This is not a prank. Today, Discovery Channel announced Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki will host a new TV show called SciJinks.
The prank series will use “cutting-edge science as the foundation for outrageous stunts and practical jokes.” The show is set to debut on [su_discovery] this spring.
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(New York) – Using cutting-edge science as the foundation for outrageous stunts and practical jokes, SCIJINKS, the all-new science prank show hosted by Johnny Galecki, will premiere on Discovery and Science Channel this spring. Galecki orchestrates a team of inventive scientists who use science to feed people’s minds, and to mess with their heads. Galecki’s Alcide Bava Productions, and A. Smith & Co. Productions is producing the series.
Galecki, along with science prankologists Tamara Robertson and Jason Latimer, test out science on unsuspecting marks, drawing from chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and more, with never-before-seen pranks that will introduce audiences to remarkable and unusual scientific discoveries. From showcasing classic chemical reactions under the guise of a cooking class, to controlling the movement of objects with their brains using electroencephalography, the pranks not only contain mind-blowing science, but a heaping dose of chaos too.
“I am humbled and excited to work closely on this show with some of the scientists and STEM students I’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the past decade. It’s a great opportunity to put these amazing folks in the spotlight, erase some of the stereotypes of people in the sciences and it’s resulted in a show that is a whole lot of fun,” said Galecki.
“SciJinks, the smartest prank show on television, is a fun series with both humor and practical science,” said Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery Channel and Science Channel. “There is no one better to host and produce this than Johnny Galecki.”
With a professional acting career that spans more than 25 years, Johnny Galecki is best known for his roles on two hugely popular television series, Roseanne and The Big Bang Theory. He currently stars on the CBS sitcom, which is airing Season 11. As socially awkward physicist Leonard Hofstadter, Galecki has garnered an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination, along with those from the Critic’s Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards and four consecutive ensemble nominations by the Screen Actors Guild Awards, among others. Along with numerous television movies, his credits include guest roles on My Name is Earl and Entourage, as well as lending his voice to such animated series as American Dad! and Family Guy.
Galecki portrayed band manager Terry Ork in the 2013 indie movie CBGB about the legendary punk rock club in New York City, and appeared in Peter Berg’s superhero film Hancock. Other film credits include the Don Roos films The Opposite of Sex, Bounce and Happy Endings, Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, the hit horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer, Suicide Kings, Playing Mona Lisa and the comedy classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, playing Rusty, the son of dad Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase).
A longtime patron of the theater, Galecki has himself been involved in live theater since age six. Among numerous credits, he starred in Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony-nominated Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed, receiving a Theater World Award for outstanding Broadway debut. His other theater credits include The Drawer Boy and Pot Mom at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, Galileo at the Goodman Theater and The Member of the Wedding, for which he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award at the age of eleven.
SCIJINKS is produced by Alcide Bava Productions and A. Smith & Co. Productions for Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Johnny Galecki and Andrew Haas are executive producers for Alcide Bava Productions. Arthur Smith, Frank Sinton and Anthony Storm are executive producers for A. Smith & Co. Productions. Caroline Perez is executive producer for Science Channel.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Johnny Galecki? Will you watch SciJinks?