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EW has learned that TV Land will announce at their Comic Con panel today that Emmy-nominee Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) will host Ben Silverman’s new version of Candid Camera alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s creator and host, Allen Funt. Silverman’s company Electus will co-produce with Peter Funt’s Candid Camera Inc, with Funt and Silverman serving as executive producers.
The series will premiere on TV Land on Monday, August 11 with a new episode airing from Monday through Thursday that week. Episodes will air on Tuesday nights after that. TV Land also announced that the Candid Camera crew is taping across the country right now: They’ve already visited cities like Chicago and New York and pranked with the help of the likes of Megan Hilty (Smash). So if you’ve had a weird interaction with Ivy Lynn in New York recently, now you know why.
Candid Camera first came on air in 1948, and has been revived several times since them—most recently in 1996 and 2001. Bialik, who rose to fame on Blossom before launching a career in neuroscience, noted her nostalgic appreciation for the show: “Since I was a child, I have found it impossible to not smile when I hear, ‘Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!’ and I am honored and tickled pink to get to be a part of this amazing franchise.”
That catchphrase is a big selling point for TV Land, as the network will need an extra dose of brand recognition to stand out among other hidden camera shows. TBS has Who Gets the Last Laugh with Donald Faison (Scrubs), which is produced by Ashton Kutcher (the former host of Punk’d). Meanwhile, Lifetime picked up more of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which was canceled at NBC.