After a 10-year hiatus, that catchy line, “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera” will be heard once again as TVLand gets ready to launch a 10-episode series this summer. Originally created and hosted by Allen Funt in 1948, the show was revived several times with various hosts in the decades since, and the 2014 version will be co-hosted by the creator’s son – Peter Funt.
Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
“Candid Camera” was responsible for untold embarrassment as practical jokes were played on unsuspecting victims, all while being filmed for television. Viewers had the last laugh as they relished in the light-hearted humiliation and discomfort of those being tricked, but it was all in good fun, much like a full-length April Fool’s joke. In 2003, Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg created “Punk’d”, a similar show that aired on MTV that featured pranks on celebrities instead of the general public. Other shows featuring pranksters have been created with a modicum of success, none of them able to capture what Allen Funt started so long ago. Will it take another Funt to pull it off successfully?
Can Good, Clean Fun Cut it Today?
The original “Candid Camera” was pretty tame by today’s standards, and it remains to be seen just how far the producers will go to titillate viewers to keep them interested in the twenty-first century, while also remaining true to the family-friendly nature of the show we witnessed during Allen Funt’s days. As a child of the 60s, I enjoyed the old “Candid Camera”, and look forward to watching the latest rendition this summer, as long as it’s not over the top. I’m not a prude, but think that some things just don’t need to be changed entirely to be brought up to date. It was a fun show way back when, and can still be so today, but does anyone even attempt to pull off comedy in 2014 without being raunchy or racy, or do they all bow to the pressure of ratings?
If the new show doesn’t have enough in common with the old, fans of the original “Candid Camera” series can still catch a glimpse of the good old days by visiting Candid Camera , the company website.
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