The series with the iconic tagline “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!” is returning to television with a new existence at TV Land. The series is brought back to life by long-time host, Peter Funt, son of the creator and the original host Allen Funt, and Ben Silverman's multimedia studio Electus.
Silverman, a long-time fan of the show, found the format to WME (William Morris Endeavor) and then paired up with Funt to develop the new season.
‘Candid Camera’ was the first hidden camera television show. Initially airing in 1948, the series stood the test of time with many recurrences and hosts over the course of 50 years. The show focuses on ordinary people who are confronted with the most unfamiliar situations. However, the catch is that the people are being secretly filmed so millions of people can see their reactions.
TV Land president Larry W. Jones noted, "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."
Jones went on to recall the copycat hidden camera shows since ‘Candid Camera’ and commented, “Most of those derivative series were mean and had more of a ‘gotcha’ vibe.” He extrapolated that the new 'Candid Camera' will stay true to its roots.
The show will be, Jones noted, “about delivering a fresh show for today’s audiences with great bits.” There will be “more comedic observations, more thoughtfulness.”
TV Land has ordered 10 episodes to air this summer.
Until then, here is a clip of the original 'Candid Camera':