Pound for pound, TV Land may be the best network out there. That’s sure to raise some eyebrows, but they know what they’re doing, what shows are going to work, and have a game plan that makes a lot of sense. Building off of the qualities they feel work for a certain demographic, they’ve capitalized on a new theory of series creation – rebooting shows from the ’80s and early ’90s that never existed in the first place.
Staying right in line with their idea that there are a lot of people who want to watch shows from bygone eras (even if we have to create them now), they are now launching a new version of Candid Camera. So far we only know that the show will hit in summer with a 10-episode order, which I imagine will almost immediately get expanded. Further details, like who might host, should be available soon, considering summer isn’t that far away.
What do you think about this idea? Will you be watching? To be honest, I’m glad of the revival, and hope it is fantastically popular, if only because hopefully people will realize that they have been saying, “Am I being Punk’d?” when what they mean is, “Am I on Candid Camera?”
SMILE! “CANDID CAMERA” IS BACK!
TV LAND TO LAUNCH NEW VERSION OF THE ICONIC HIT SERIES “CANDID CAMERA” THIS SUMMER
TV Land is set to reboot the hidden camera reality television series “Candid Camera,” with Ben Silverman‘s multimedia studio Electus and Peter Funt’s Candid Camera, Inc. co-producing, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, President of TV Land. TV Land is ordering 10 episodes to air this summer.
“A remake of Candid Camera is the perfect addition to our portfolio of original series,” said Jones. “The show is full of joyful laughter that catches you off guard and leaves you in high spirits – exactly the outlook that our brand embodies.”
“Candid Camera” introduced the hidden camera concept to television in 1948, and the series continued in several iterations over the course of more than 50 years. The landmark series concealed cameras to capture the reactions of ordinary people being confronted with unusual and often challenging situations. The payoff, when unsuspecting people are told, “Smile, you’re on ‘Candid Camera!’” is one of TV’s most memorable taglines.
In addition to Ben Silverman, the new show will be executive produced and co-hosted by former “Candid Camera” host Peter Funt, son of the show’s original creator and host, Allen Funt. “We’ll be daring but respectful, funny yet insightful,” explained Peter Funt. “I can’t think of better partners to help pull this off than Electus and the team at TV Land.”
“Candid Camera is one of the most innovative shows in television history and we can’t wait to bring its unique and distinct style to today’s audience,” said Silverman. “It is an honor to get to work on the brand with Peter Funt and the team at TV Land.”
Funt and Silverman are executive producers. Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox will serve as executive producers for TV Land. The package was handled by Mark Itkin of William Morris Endeavor.
Additional casting, including a host, will be announced shortly.