The latest trend in reality television has arrived, with back-to-back series orders for similarly themed shows. In the second order this month for a show about magic, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Turner-owned cable network TruTV ordered “Undercover Magic,” a 12-episode unscripted series built around comedian-magician Michael Carbonaro.
The series will feature Carbonaro performing tricks on unsuspecting people who are caught on hidden camera.
“Posing as an ordinary bartender or salesman, Carbonaro turns hair into a puppy and pours 12 pints of beer from a regular bottle," the story notes.The show is set to bow in summer 2014.
The TruTV order comes on the heels of an order by A&E for its own unscripted show focusing on magic. As we reported earlier this month, A&E is readying “Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne,” a magic show with a revenge twist.
The A&E show is set for a Jan. 13 rollout.
Here’s a preview clip for TruTV’s "Undercover Magic":