TVLine Items: Mayim's Candid, Conan Is Beheaded, Big Bang Status and More

Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik will help serve up beaucoup real-life bazingas as host of TV Land’s Candid Camera revival.

Per Entertainment Weekly, Bialik will cohost with Peter Funt, son of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt. The on-camera pranking series will debut Monday, Aug. 11 at 8/7, airing new episodes every night that week through Thursday, before settling into a weekly Tuesday schedule.

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Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well….

♦ Speaking of Big Bang Theory, our sister site Deadline reports there has been no “significant progress” in contract renegotiations for stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar — and with production on the new season set to start in less than a week, on July 30. (The lead trio reportedly are seeking to up their per-episode payday from north of $300K to possibly a cool million.) Even so, there’s believed to be no immediate concern that delivery of the hour-long Sept. 22 premiere will be delayed.

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♦ Michael Landes (Save Me) has landed a lead in Members Only (fka The Club), ABC’s upstairs/downstairs look at country club life, Deadline reports. He will play a charming, recently widowed pediatrician and father of two.

♦ Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Andy Samberg and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington are set to play Wimbledon tennis rivals in 7 Days in Hell, a sports mockumentary for HBO, per The Hollywood Reporter. The one-off special’s cast also includes SNL alums Fred Armisen and Will Forte, Girls‘ Lena Dunham, Doctor Who vet Karen Gillan and Masters of Sex doc Michael Sheen.

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♦ Conan O’Brien on Wednesday night revealed his cameo in Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda, Syfy’s Roger Corman-directed shlockfest premiering Saturday, Aug. 2. WARNING: Much fake blood, much pasty skin.

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15 Comments
  1. CBWBDK1 says:

    They want one million per episode? Please cancel this $hit!!! Buch of money hungry idiots!!

    • dman6015 says:

      The six “Friends” each received $1 Million per episode, and that was over a decade ago. Highest paid TV “actor” is Ashton Kutcher at $750K per.

      • CBWBDK1 says:

        There is a big difference between Friends and the big bang theory. Friends is funny and the big bang hasn’t been funny in years. It’s terrible!

        • rawley says:

          This is not a discussion of quality, although I disagree with you and think the show is still funny. It’s a matter of money. It’s the biggest show on television right now, and the actors deserve a piece of that. Plain and simple.

        • rowan77 says:

          You’re wrong there. TBBT has been consistently funny throughout its seven seasons, while Friends would be funny one season, then go off the rails the next, then be funny in the next season, then lose it the next throughout it’s ten year run.

          With the money Warner Bros TV and Chuck Lorre make on syndication from this show, they can more than afford to up the salaries of the main cast and CBS will be able to afford an increase in the licensing fees – especially since it’s still the top rated sitcom on TV and not showing a slowdown. The show is a cash cow – they deserve their share. Without the chemistry of these actors, the show would not be as good. They deserve to get top dollar.

        • Temperance says:

          Are you nuts? Friends was decent and comforting and endearing, but it was never funny. BBT is hands down the funniest show on TV. Adding Mayim just took the show that extra notch up to comedy classic.

          • Rod Garant says:

            give your head a shake, FRIENDS was funny?!!!? what are you talking about….?yes I know its not funny like big bang, but still way funny! gotta stop being JEALOUS ! its not gonna make them make any less per episode…..what it does do is guarantee us 3 more seasons of Big Bang, and that is Awsome!

      • rawley says:

        Exactly. And Big Bang has the ratings to back up that level of a pay increase. Frankly, I’m not surprised they’re asking for more. They earned it.

        • KevyB says:

          $1M shocked me a little bit, but not nearly as much as the fact that the three leads are only making $300K and Helberg and Nayyar are making less than half that! With the money they made in syndication, they should have renegotiated BEFORE their contracts were up and they wouldn’t be paying as much as they’re going to. And kudos to the cast for waiting for their contracts to actually end before holding out for what they’ve earned.

    • rawley says:

      Yes. They are going to cancel the highest rated show on television because the actors want their share of the revenue. Good one.

    • Temperance says:

      They’re worth much more. The writers and the actors make the magic… the folks that do little make so very, very much more already.

  2. Eric says:

    That 7 Days In Hell cast is amazing! I’m looking forward to it.

  3. JB Smooove says:

    i cant believe these greed-heads want so much money for making a show. there is a point that someone has made too much money.

    • rowan77 says:

      When did you become the arbiter of how much money someone should make? Unless you’re in the Business Affairs department at Warner Bros. Television or CBS, you don’t have a dog in this fight.

  4. cltaylor says:

    Who needs Candid Camera when we have youtube, twitter, instagram etc.? :confused:

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