U.S. cable network TruTV has greenlit a reality series starring comedic magician Michael Carbonaro (pictured).
The 12-episode Undercover Magic (working title) is being produced by Fields Entertainment and 11 Television and will premiere next summer. Simon Fields and Kevin Healey are serving as executive producers.
In the show, Carbonaro goes undercover in everyday situations – as a bartender or salesman – and uses magic tricks to play hidden camera pranks on unsuspecting people.
“What we love about Michael Carbonaro’s approach to magic is that in addition to great illusions, he has a unique ability to connect with the marks and keep them engaged comedically without being snarky,” said Chris Linn, TruTV’s president and head of programming, in a statement. “And Michael does this in such a charming, fun way that, as a viewer, you actually wish you were the mark.”
The show is part of the network’s strategy to appeal to viewers of comedic reality. Other TruTV programs targeted at this audience include Killer Karaoke, which will return next year with a new host, Mark McGrath, next year; competition series Panic Button; and a new season of Impractical Jokers, which premieres on January 2.
Watch a preview of the series below: