“Ripley’s Believe It or Not” will be making its way back to television screens this year — and it will now be hosted by “Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell (pictured above left).
Dean Cain (“Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Gosnell”)(above right) hosted the previous version of the show. It ran for four seasons from 2000 to 2003.
The program is a globetrotting series that seeks out the strangest and most hard-to-believe stories around the world.
They’re then presented to audiences — but the catch is that a few may not actually be true.
The very first “Ripley’s” series aired from 1949 to 1950, hosted originally by Robert L. Ripley, the creator of the entire franchise — which now includes best-selling books and attractions across the country.
An animated series also existed, while a Filipino version of the series, hosted by Chris Tiu, debuted in 2008.
Besides his work as Superman/Clark Kent in “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” Cain is best known as the host of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.”
And though he’s no longer at the head of the series’ revival, he’s excited nonetheless.
“Go get ‘em @GroovyBruce,” Cain tweeted to Campbell in response to the news that he would be hosting the latest version of the show.
“No clue how they’ll do the next version, but I know and really like Bruce, so I’m rooting for him and the show to be awesome!” Cain added in an exclusive interview with LifeZette about the new “Ripley’s.”
Cain also said the show is “Bruce’s baby” now and he’s perfectly OK with that.
Campbell’s version of the show will air this year on the Travel Channel; check out the first teaser trailer below:
I believe you! https://t.co/wNLHaw1frE
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) January 1, 2019
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Fans seemed excited at Campbell’s involvement.
“Excellent! There’s no one better suited, great choice,” tweeted one user in response to the news.
Another said, “Sweet! The planets have aligned finally!”
Yet another said, “Congratulations! I hope you get a billion viewers!”
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Cain and Campbell have worked together in the past. Campbell guest-starred on three episodes of “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” in 1995 as the character of Bill Church Jr.
In a 2017 interview with LifeZette, Cain expressed interest in the return of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” to television and said the series is one that really doesn’t ever need to end.
“‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ is the kind of show that could go on forever. I wish it had. My company produced that show, and I had an absolute blast making it,” said Cain.
“Much of what you see today on the internet, iPhones, YouTube, etc. stems from exactly what we did on ‘Ripley’s.’ Talk about going viral! People are fascinated by the strange and the unusual,” he said. “With today’s technology, we would just have more and more incredible, strange, weird and unbelievable stories to tell.”
For more on the upcoming reboot of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” check out the video below: