The Big Question: A novel of reality television by the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

The Big Question A novel of reality television by the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind From the revolutionary mind of television s legendary mad genius a story of money sex greed revenge murder and reality TV The year is and as the Most Famous Television Producer in the World

  • Title: The Big Question: A novel of reality television by the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Author: Chuck Barris
  • ISBN: 9781416539285
  • Page: 334
  • Format: ebook
  • From the revolutionary mind of television s legendary mad genius, a story of money, sex, greed, revenge, murder and reality TV The year is 2012, and as the Most Famous Television Producer in the World is walking down a wintry New York City block, he s accosted by a homeless looking cripple who, like everyone else, insists he has the formula for the greatest TV show ofFrom the revolutionary mind of television s legendary mad genius, a story of money, sex, greed, revenge, murder and reality TV The year is 2012, and as the Most Famous Television Producer in the World is walking down a wintry New York City block, he s accosted by a homeless looking cripple who, like everyone else, insists he has the formula for the greatest TV show of all time As it turns out, he does Contestants will compete for one hundred million dollars If they win, they re rich If they lose, they face immediate on camera execution As the Producer begins scheming to steal the idea and revive his fading career, The Big Question introduces the extraordinary characters who will ultimately become the show s contestants a brilliantly rendered, Dickensian cast that includes the seventy something Vera Bundle, with a taste for scotch and encyclopedias Arthur Durch, a convicted sex offender turned relationship therapist Retta Mae Wagons, a sixteen year old prostitute with an IQ of 170 and an ex con turned Muslim fundamentalist boyfriend who doesn t appreciate her Billy Constable, the Kentucky rube who gets off a bus in New York and promptly finds himself in trouble with the Mob and Father Brady, the devout Catholic priest with a mortifying secret to hide at any cost As the first episode is broadcast live in front of millions, the audience, the cast, and the crew behind the scenes do the unthinkable they sit and watch, rapt and glassy eyed, as the final contestant left on stage meets an unimaginable fate To say The Big Question is a novel of greed and immorality would be putting it lightly But to read this book without laughing out loud at every page would be impossible This is than just a funny book, though With uncanny precision and razor sharp wit, the inimitable Chuck Barris reveals the inconceivable lengths to which people will go for those priceless fifteen minutes, the fascination we have with the little black box in our homes and the horrifying deeds done in the name of entertainment.

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    About “Chuck Barris

    • Chuck Barris

      Charles Hirsch Chuck Barris was an American game show creator, producer, and host He is best known for hosting The Gong Show and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game He is also a songwriter, who wrote the hit Palisades Park , and the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a story about himself that became a film directed by George Clooney.Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania He attended Drexel Institute of Technology where he was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Triangle He graduated in 1953.Barris got his start in television as a page and later staffer at NBC in New York City, and eventually worked backstage at the TV music show American Bandstand, originally as a standards and practices person for ABC Barris soon became a music industry figure He produced pop music on records and TV, but his most successful venture was writing Palisades Park Barris also wrote or co wrote some of the music that appeared on his game shows.Barris was promoted to the daytime programming division at ABC in Los Angeles and was put in charge of deciding which game shows ABC would air Barris told his bosses that the pitches of game show concepts were worse than Barris own ideas They suggested that he quit his ABC programming job and become a producer.Barris formed his production company Chuck Barris Productions on June 14, 1965 Barris first became successful during 1965 with his first game show creation, The Dating Game, on ABC The show would air for eleven of the next fifteen years and be revived twice in the 1980s and 1990s.The next year Barris began The Newlywed Game, originally created by Nick Nicholson and E Roger Muir, also for ABC The combination of the newlywed couples humorous candor and host Bob Eubanks s sly questioning made the show another hit for Barris The show is the longest lasting of any developed by his company, running for a total of 19 full years on first run TV, network and syndicated.Barris created several other short lived game shows for ABC in the 1960s and for syndication in the 1970s, all of which revolved around a common theme Barris also made several attempts through the years at non game formats, such as ABC s Operation Entertainment a CBS revival of Your Hit Parade and The Bobby Vinton Show The latter was his most successful program other than a game show.Barris became a public figure in 1976 when he produced and served as the host of the talent contest spoof The Gong Show The show s cult status far outstripped the two years it spent on NBC 1976 78 and the four years it ran in syndication 1976 80.Barris continued strongly until the mid 1970s, when ABC cancelled the Dating and Newlywed games This left Barris with only one show, his weekly syndicated effort The New Treasure Hunt But the success of The Gong Show in 1976 encouraged him to revive the Dating and Newlywed games, as well as adding the 1.98 Beauty Show to his syndication empire He also hosted a short lived primetime variety hour for NBC from February to April 1978, called The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show, essentially a noncompetitive knock off of Gong.In Barris s biography, he claims to have worked for the Central Intelligence Agency CIA as an assassin in the 1960s and the 1970s A 2002 feature film version, directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell, depicts Barris as killing 33 people Barris wrote a sequel, Bad Grass Never Dies, in 2004.Barris published Della A Memoir of My Daughter in 2010 about the death of his only child, who died in 1998 after a long struggle with drug addiction.



    153 thoughts on “The Big Question: A novel of reality television by the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    • " wants us - the passionate users, the activists - gone. We are a fly in the ointment, a gnat in the white wine of marketing feeds. They can't use our reviews on amazon. They contain fs, and profanity, and they are full of social stuff. We are talking to each other and not to the anonymous amazon customer who might want to buy the book in question."This is the question posed by Moonlight reader. It is scary. I know this hullabaloo about reviews being deleted may seem, to some, like a silly issue [...]


    • Perhaps the skull printed on the front cover of the book should have warned me that the book's contents were rancid. The premise of the book did sort of smell bad: a once-famous creator of game shows (a bum named Chuck Barris, wink wink) has an idea for a game show where contestants either win a huge sum of cash or, if they lose, they're executed live on tv. Sounds dreadful but Barris has written some interesting stuff so I figured maybe he could do something with the idea. After all, this is th [...]


    • This book's premise was so interesting and ripe for creating a really interesting and fascinating story, and written by someone who has spent his life creating game shows! But it was extremely lackluster. The characters were completely unbelievable. Some were introduced and then discarded for absolutely no reason. The entire book seemed to start so many mini-stories that went nowhere. The point was to draw out the characters for us, but some characters stories were dropped, and some character's [...]


    • This book was terrible--do not waste your time. I almost always finish a book, even if I don't like it, and I finally gave up at page 75 (which was a stretch). It's poorly written, very redundant and never gets to the point.


    • Chuck Barris is the creator and producer of such shows as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show, so it's safe to say he knows a little something about television contests. However, if there's one thing that "The Big Question" proves, he certainly doesn't know much about writing."The Big Question" is the name of a theoretical television show, one in which the final contestant in the final round has the chance to win one hundred million dollars by correctly answering one big questi [...]


    • I didn't really start to enjoy the Name of the Wind until about the 200 page mark. I didn't start enjoying Game of Thrones until about page 150. That's just the way things go sometimes. Sometimes, a book takes a while to grow on you, but if you give it time and attention, it'll grow into something beautiful. Some books are like that. They ask a lot but they give a lot in return.The Big Question doesn't really pick up until page 225. That's a long time to let a book grow, but it's not unreasonabl [...]


    • Barris, the producer of 70s and 80s game shows (and self reported CIA agent?), self references several times in The Big Question. The obvious references (the cripple's name is Chuck Barris; mention of "that jerk on the Newlywed Game") make the reader wonder what other secret in-jokes may populate the novel.The story is raw with many references to the darker side of life - racism, sexism, criminality. Many characters, while interesting and colorful, are detestable or pathetic. Almost all the main [...]


    • I saw Chuck Barris on a CNN show or something along those lines promoting this book and knew I had to read it. It is satirical, but when you think about the idea of a reality show called The Death Game, it really isn't that far fetched in the world we live in. I doubt we'll ever see anything so morbid, but who knows, I could very well be eating my words in the year 2040. The book is comical and insightful. It is makes you think what direction we are heading in as far as entertainment and poses t [...]


    • This book is, at times, a tad difficult to follow. A couple times while reading it I had to stop and think to remember who the character was. But overall it was pretty good.This book facinated me. Through all the twisted horrors of the world, it was entertaining. It is the kind of book where you never know what will happen next. I love those types and hate the ones with formula plots. This book definitly held my attention firmly.And then there was the ending. I hoped a false hope of a happy endi [...]


    • Bleh.As Adam quickly pointed out, Steven King has already done this idea (game show in which you either win or die). Unfortunately, that version was much, much better. The main reason? It actually deals with the alleged plot.Most of Barris' 288 pages is about the characters who will -- or will not -- appear on the show. Their back stories are vaguely interesting, but only because you expect them to all come together in a dynamic way. They don't. In fact, some of the folks never even make it on t [...]


    • Not bad. It's from Chuck Berris (gong show host/crazy guy) and it's about this gameshow in 2012 that either you win 100 millon $'s, or you get executed on TV. According to him the right to do the show started when the "assisted suicide" law was overturned and you could do what you wanted with your body. Interesting


    • I enjoyed this book, though the beginning was frustrating to get through. He introduced so many characters, and spend only a page or two on them at a time. It did finally come all together in the end, as I knew it eventually would. There were a few good laughs, and it was definitely an interesting concept.




    • Not big on suspense. Not what I'd call a real "page-turner" but I did enjoy this story. I really enjoyed the characters and the way the author described them.


    • Clever book about reality TV. A game show where if you miss the final question you are executed on live tv. Great characters and a real shocking ending. Recommended by Angela Laws. Thanks Angela.



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