Mayim Bialik began her TV career by playing Blossom on NBC’s sitcom of the same name. Following her foray into acting, however, Bialik would go on to get her PhD in neuroscience and wind up landing a much more appropriate role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. Now, Bialik in an Emmy-nominated supporting actress on TV’s number one show and is a household name. Fortunately, Bialik has not let the stardom go to her head, though, as she is now the host on a much humbler television series, Candid Camera.
Candid Camera first landed on television in 1948 on ABC as a hidden camera show. The show was hosted by its creator, Allen Funt, from its beginnings until 1993. Since that time, the series has been hosted by Funt’s son, Peter, and a plethora of other hosts – the most recent addition being Bialik.
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) August 11, 2014
When most Hollywood stars take roles deemed less popular by the general populace, they usually try to draw as little attention to their new position as possible (a la Tara Reid). Bialik, however, cherishes her new role, citing a childhood fondness as the reason for her excitement:
I am very excited to be working with TV Land, Electus, and the legendary Peter Funt on the newest incarnation of the original feel good reality show, Candid Camera. Since I was a child, I have found it impossible to not smile when I hear, ‘Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!’ and I am honored and tickled pink to get to be a part of this amazing franchise.
While some may think that hosting a gag TV show is far from Bialik’s line of expertise, the Big Bang Theory star sees the shows as a form of science, in a way: “It is kind of a giant social experiment to see how people behave when there’s no logical explanation for why things are happening. It’s fascinating to see how people try to make sense of these gags.”
Candid Camera aired its first episode of its newest season last night on TV Land. New episodes will continue to air tonight through Thursday night, with new weekly episodes being aired every Tuesday night.
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