The Game Show King: A Confession

Overview

Chuck Barris reinvented television. And when he was through, he moved to the south of France. This memoir is about becoming king of the game show and why Peter Mayle got it all wrong. So how does a boy from south Philadelphia, the fellow who created the Dating Game, the Newlywed Game, and the Gong Show find happiness on the Cote d' Azur - especially if he fractures the language, is homesick for football, and knows in his heart of hearts that he's got at least one more prime-time hit in him struggling for air ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (50) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $22.95   
  • Used (49) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$22.95
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(18)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
1993 Hard cover Carroll & Graf ed. New in good dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 301 p. Audience: General/trade.

Ships from: Toronto, Canada

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Chuck Barris reinvented television. And when he was through, he moved to the south of France. This memoir is about becoming king of the game show and why Peter Mayle got it all wrong. So how does a boy from south Philadelphia, the fellow who created the Dating Game, the Newlywed Game, and the Gong Show find happiness on the Cote d' Azur - especially if he fractures the language, is homesick for football, and knows in his heart of hearts that he's got at least one more prime-time hit in him struggling for air time? Painfully candid, remarkably informative, and alive with spark, wit, and intelligence, this chronicle may well be the funniest confession ever written. The end began a few years ago with the Popsicle Twins, an act performed by a pair of nubile Valley Girls on the Gong Show that almost shut down NBC. Chuck Barris was not only the creator and producer of the program, he was also its host, and therefore, the man responsible. He had, finally, gone too far. So, he sold Chuck Barris Productions and decamped with his beautiful wife to the hills above Saint-Tropez. He soon had a villa, a classic speedboat, lots of unwanted guests, and was being kicked toward the conclusion that the charm of the country would be considerably enhanced if one could only figure out how to get rid of the French people. The new beginning ended when Chuck Barris realized that having all your dreams come true isn't what it's cracked up to be. So, back to Los Angeles and the real dream-makers. Can't a guy who wrote a rock and roll standard, a guy who made himself into a champion boule player make the legend live again? The answer to that, and to why Bill Clinton would rather talk with Nicole Kidman (Mrs. Tom Cruise), can be found in these pages, a confession that would make St. Augustine and Jean-Jacques Rousseau envious. But before then, in 1972, Chuck Barris wrote a love story (You and Me Babe, which spent seven weeks on the New York Times best-seller list). At that time he was the
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This autobiography may surprise some readers: while Barris covers his many successful television game shows in some detail, his primary emphasis is on his retirement years in St. Tropez. (He also describes one unhappy return trip to L.A., which convinced him that he didn't want to go home again.) Starting in 1965 with The Dating Game , Barris racked up hit after hit with shows like The Newlywed Game , Dream Girls , The Family Game , The Parent Game , The $1.98 Beauty Show and his most famous and controversial effort, The Gong Show , considered sadistic by many because it featured individuals with minimal talents or skills otherwise unmarketable. Barris ruled the field until 1986, when he moved to the Riviera. France and the French irritated him considerably, but they were real--which, he discovered on his return to La La Land, Hollywood was not. Enlivened by many amusing anecdotes, this is a good read. 40,000 first printing; $40,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Chuck Barris is living proof of H. L. Mencken's assertion that no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the masses. After all, this is the man who gave TV viewers The Dating Game , The Newlywed Game , and The Gong Show . These popular programs earned Mr. B a great fortune and, when he picked himself to host The Gong Show , enormous fame. At some point--the author suggests around 1980, when his one foray into motion pictures, The Gong Show Movie , laid an ostrich-sized egg--it started to go sour. By 1986 Barris was ready to sell his company , and the next year he and his wife moved to the south of France. End of story? Not quite, but, unfortunately, Barris spends an inordinate amount of time describing life in St. Tropez and not enough behind the scenes in TV to make this worthwhile for most collections.-- Thomas Wiener, formerly with ``American Film''
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786700028
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Chuck Barris

Chuck Barris is a former television show creator and producer, whose credits include The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, and Treasure Hunt. He is the author of several books, including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (adapted into a major motion picture) and the New York Times bestselling novel You and Me, Babe. Chuck and his wife, Mary, live in Manhattan.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)