October 13th, 2011
07:43 PM ET
Maybe you haven’t thought about Jaleel White since “Family Matters,” but the actor formerly known as Steve Urkel is stepping back into the spotlight with a new TV gig.
The '90s megastar, now 34, will host upcoming Syfy game show "Total Blackout," according to a statement from the network.
The show, filmed in night vision, will see contestants compete to complete various tasks in total darkness… but that’s not the whole challenge. The twist is that they may encounter creepy crawlies along the way – White mentions tarantulas and snakes, specifically.
“Really the biggest surprise will be the contestants' behavior, whether they maintain their composure or not, because the darkness brings out something in all of us," White told NBC of the comedic half-hour show. He adds, “This is a show I would watch.”
When asked what he wouldn’t want to touch, Jaleel says, “I don’t like possums.”
White’s new venture is expected to premiere next year. “Total Blackout” is based on the gross-out game show of the same name popular in countries including Norway, Russia, Japan, Greece and Belgium.
Since sitcom “Family Matters” ended in 1998, Jaleel has appeared on TV series “Boston Legal,” “House” and “Psych,” and had a minor role in the 2006 movie “Dreamgirls.” He also voiced animated character Sonic the Hedgehog.
Will you watch White host “Total Blackout”? What if there was a possum involved?
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