Ready for the Original TV Prankster to Return?

'Candid Camera' is reincarnated once again, with this version's host Peter Funt, son of the series' late creator and host, Allen Funt.

TV Land will air a new version of "Candid Camera."
TV Land will air a new version of "Candid Camera."

A new version of the hidden camera reality television series "Candid Camera" will air on TV Land this summer, the cable network announced today.

The 10-episode series will be co-hosted by Peter Funt, the son of the series' late creator and host Allen Funt.

"We'll be daring but respectful, funny yet insightful," said Peter Funt, who will also be an executive producer.

The younger Funt hosted the show from 1996-2004, when it aired first on CBS, then on PAX from 2001-2004.

The series will also be produced by Ben Silverman, a former NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios co-chairman who, as head of Reveille, an independent production and distribution company, was responsible for helping to turn foreign series into American hits, such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' "Ugly Betty," "The Office" and "Big Brother."

"Candid Camera" began as a radio series, "Candid Microphone," in 1947 and moved to television the following year. Unsuspecting members of the public were informed they were part of a gag by being told, "Smile, you're on 'Candid Camera!"' which would become one of television's most memorable taglines.

--City News Service


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