Jaleel White to host Syfy game show
October 13th, 2011
07:43 PM ET

Jaleel White to host Syfy game show

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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  1. Jaimien Meinertq

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    July 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ozzi

    Sorry Jaleel White.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ozzi

    I like Jameel White but this game show is one more reason SyFy sucks.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. mejazzbo

    It has been a long time since Mr. White's Urkel days. I hope we see much more of him in the future. He is always fun!

    October 17, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. lilwrascl

    use to luv the hot chicks on family matters... urk's girlfriend was super hot... but read she died... too bad as I bet she would have still been smokin hot...

    October 17, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. gah

    don't forget he was in Judy Moody . . . . i've been trying to

    October 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anomic Office Drone

    How is a Fear Factor ripoff sci-fi?

    October 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. annette


    October 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. eunis

    Syfy should have more movies about toilet monsters and doo doo eatin.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. pedro

    yeah. it is a dooodooo channel. Chiller TV is better.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Abbo Riginy

    Since when is a game show science fiction? this channel needs to stop the pretense and call itself The Cr@p Channel. Wrestling? Ghost hunting? canceled eureka, one of the best shows ever. FAIL.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hootie and the Buttfish

    The only game he knows is "pocketPool."

    October 14, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Barry Kline

    I've been waiting for Jaleel White to return to TV for years as he provided me with tons of laughs on Family Matters. The concept of his new show will be very entertaining for anyone who loves to laugh. Good luck JW, I'll be watching.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. pedro

    ick. double ick. a grown up urkel.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Heni92

    I agree have you seen the interview?? I've seen it posted at CELEBUR.COM the video is still up i think.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. Cancelled

    Why not bring back "Estate of Panic"? From what this sounds like, its basically the same show, except Panic is probably still more entertaining

    October 14, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • I concur

      Estate of Panic is one of my guilty pleasures. That and Jingle All the Way.

      October 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  17. I don't want...

    ...syfylis. I won't be watching this.(especially since you killed Stargate, you b@stards)

    October 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Beech Slapp

    Last episode... put Urkel in a room full of possums with Tracy Morgan. He would $#it his draws.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |

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