As commentators note the passing of Chuck Barris, the legendary creator of hit television shows The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, and commemorate his career, they have overlooked the sex and sexism at the heart of his enterprise. Part of Barris’s legacy is his packaging and selling of sexual conflict, sexual…
Chuck Barris, the character who created The Dating Game, The Gong Show, and a pile of other game shows from which our current contest-heavy TV lineup is directly descended, has died at 87.
Fox has just announced a new show called The Choice, which is basically The Voice meets The Bachelor meets The Dating Game. Eligible single celebrities will be seated in rotating chairs, with their backs turned to a single hopeful regular plebe. In other words, they won't see the person they're being set up with.