Justin Timerlake to star as game show host Chuck Barris on Apple TV+

Justin Timberlake Chuck Barris
Justin Timberlake Chuck Barris (Image credit: Mega; AP)

What you need to know

  • Justin Timberlake is set to star in another series on Apple TV+.
  • The actor will play Chuck Barris, the game show host who claimed to also be a CIA operative.

Justin Timberlake is coming back to Apple TV+ in a new series.

As reported by Deadline, Timberlake has signed on for a new series that pits the actor as Chuck Barris, the game show host who also claimed to be a CIA operative.

Eager to bring Justin Timberlake back into the Apple TV + fold after the strong results of the Fisher Stevens-directed dramatic film Palmer in January, Apple won an auction and acquired the script to develop an hour-long drama series that will have Timberlake playing Gong Show host Chuck Barris. The untitled series will be based on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a 1984 memoir in which Barris made suspect claims that being the zany Gong Show host and creator of game shows like The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game was cover for his real job: CIA assassin who took out enemies of the state in the 1960s and 1970s. The book was turned into a film that George Clooney directed with Sam Rockwell playing Barris.

Jon Worley, best known for Justified, SEAL Team, and Iron Fist, has written the pilot script.

The show is a co-production between Miramax (which released the 2002 film) and Paramount Television Studios. Ray Donovan EP David Hollander will be Executive Producer and showrunner, alongside Jon Worley, who wrote the pilot script. Worley's credits include Justified, SEAL Team, and Iron Fist. Hollander has an overall deal with Miramax and Paramount Television Studios. They'll run the show together.

It is currently unknown when production will begin or when the series will see its debut on Apple's streaming service. If you're wondering what the best way to watch Apple TV+ is, check out our list of the Best Apple TV in 2021.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.