PRANK ON WITH JOHNNY GALECKI’S ‘SCIJINKS’
PREMIERING THIS SPRING ON DISCOVERY
(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.
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and captivates superfans around the globe with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. Available in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s programming reaches 3 billion cumulative viewers, who together consume 54 billion hours of Discovery content each year. Discovery’s offering extends beyond traditional TV to all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio and Discovery Kids Play; over-the-top streaming services such as Eurosport Player; digital-first and social video from Group Nine Media; and virtual reality storytelling through Discovery VR. For more information, please visit www.
About Alcide Bava
In 2014, Galecki established Alcide Bava Productions, which is focused on developing TV series and feature films. He teamed up with writer/director Bobby Miller to executive produce the film Master Cleanse, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.
Alcide Bava is currently producing a new CBS comedy, Living Biblically, which will premiere on . Directed by multi-Emmy winner Andy Ackerman (Seinfeld, Cheers), with Galecki serving as an executive producer, the comedy series is adapted by A.J. Jacobs and Patrick Walsh from Jacobs’ nonfiction book about a man who tries to live in accordance with the Bible’s teachings as closely as possible.
About A. Smith & Co. Productions
A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 4,000 hours of award-winning programming - with budgets totaling well over one billion dollars across more than 47 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include “Hell’s Kitchen," “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” “Unsung,” “Inside the Label,” “American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja,” “Scijinks,” “The Dunk King,” “The Game of Dating” and “That Awkward Game Show.” Past hits include “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Wizard Wars,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Acting Out,” “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Celebrity Duets,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “Skating with Celebrities,” and many others. For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.