the gong show reboot

We’re soon going to see more of Mike Myers. His last appearance in a live-action film (without counting documentaries) was Inglorious Bastards, in which he played a British general under heavy prosthetics. Now, he’s playing a British comedian under prosthetics in ABC’s reboot of The Gong Show, once hosted by the recently departed Chuck Barris (who was played by Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). Myers’ character, British performer Tommy Winston Maitland, is the new, somewhat unsettling face of the amateur talent contest.

Below, watch The Gong Show reboot producer Will Arnett introduce the 70-year-old comic.

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Mike Myers Hosting The Gong Show as Tommy Maitland - Austin Powers

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a remake of the classic 1970s amateur talent contest TV series The Gong Show coming to ABC in June. The show featured contestants displaying odd, questionable talents in front of a panel of celebrity judges who had the power to hit a gong that would end the performance before it was even over, indicating that they had seen enough.

Will Arnett and his Electric Avenue production banner are behind the show, but it’s the recently announced host that is turning some heads, because even though the name is not a recognizable one, the person who is actually doing the hosting is someone you’re definitely familiar with. It’s former Saturday Night Live star Mike Myers playing a fictional British comedian named Tommy Maitland, complete with prosthetic make-up enhancements, a fake background and everything.

Get a look at how we’ll see Mike Myers hosting The Gong Show after the jump. Read More »