TV Land is developing a reputation for being the network where stars of screens past can revive their careers. Kirstie Alley stars in Kirstie; Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick star in Hot in Cleveland (Betty White also stars in Hot in Cleveland, but she's excluded because she can do whatever she wants); and Donald Faison, Leah Remini, and Wayne Knight star in The Exes. And now TV Land is giving a real dinosaur of a show another shot: Candid Camera.
TV Land announced today that it's rebooting the iconic hidden-camera prank show that used to make your grandma pee her granny panties when it debuted in 1948 (yes, they had cameras back then). It was the original Punk'd, created and hosted by Allen Funt; Funt's son Peter, who co-hosted several Candid Camera specials and a CBS revival of the series in the '80s and '90s, will co-host the new TV Land version. Peter will also serve as an executive producer, along with former NBC boss Ben Silverman.
TV Land has ordered 10 episodes of Candid Camera, which it plans to air this summer. An additional co-host will be announced at a later date.
And now, for a hint of what's ahead, here's some classic Candid Camera!
Is a Candid Camera remake something that television needs? Will you watch?