Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.
Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange.
The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.
Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females.
After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated.
New products included "The Newlywed Game," ''The Parent Game," ''The Family Game" and even "The Game Game."At one point Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.
Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show that was a radio hit in the 1930s, the program featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all.
Since its debut in 1965, The Dating Game remains one of the leading dating shows of all time, airing in over 25 countries and bringing countless couples and cultures together.
This iconic format starts with the wall, dividing the love-struck ‘picker’ from three potential suitors on the other side.
Students write down their answers on paper and clipboards that are provided and then reveal their answers after their significant other has said what they think their partner answered. In the second half of the game single people compete to try and find someone to go on a date with.
There are two rounds where one single person asks questions of 3 other single people whose identities they can not see.