Chuck Barris talks about The Big Question: A Novel of Reality Television.
From the author of "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" comes this satirical look at reality television. An aging game show host hopes to make a comeback with a new concept: answer the quiz show's final question correctly, and win $100 million; get it wrong, and get executed on live TV- Book Passage
Chuck Barris is an American game show producer of the 1960s and 1970s and author.
Barris first became successful during 1965 with his first game-show creation, The Dating Game on ABC, hosted by Jim Lange, in which three bachelors or bachelorettes competed for the favor of a contestant blocked from their view. The contestants' racy banter and its "flower power" set was a revolution for the game-show genre. The show would air for 18 years.
The next year, for the same network, Barris produced The Newlywed Game originally created by Nick Nicholson and Roger Muir. The combination of the newlywed couples' humorous candor and host Bob Eubanks' exuberant, sly questioning made the show another hit for Barrisâ€”and to date, the longest-lasting of any developed by his company. It ran for 19 total years on first-run TV, both on network and syndicated television.