Egads! MTV is reaching into the vault and blowing the dust off of an old gem.
No, we aren’t talking about Daria!
After nearly a year of whispers, Music Television suits are making good on vows to revamp the network’s once-popular hidden camera hit, Punk’d. Ashton Kutcher spent five seasons pranking some of the biggest names in Hollywood on the show before hanging up his laughing pants in 2007. With Ash now busy tickling funnybones (and possibly other parts) on the set of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, MTV has opted to rip a page from the Book of Saturday Night Live, tapping different rotating hosts to helm the show each week.
First up: Pop’s Boy Wonder Justin Bieber.
Last fall, the Canadian heartthrob had been rumored to be succeeding Ashton as the weekly host of Punk’d. Yeah, not quite. According to spywitness-types, Bieber and pal Taylor Swift will star in the first episode the second coming of Punk’d, produced by the Kutcher-owned Katalyst Production Company. The season opener, expected to debut later this year, will see The Biebs executing a practical joke on an unsuspecting Taylor in true Punk’d form.
The show was tapped on Friday — and interestingly enough, came just a few days after Bieber joined his good friend Taylor on stage in Los Angeles for a duet of his breakout hit “Baby.” The special guest appearance was a total surprise for the crowd, who went absolutely mental when Taylor asked them: “Who wants to see my friend Justin?”
She later Tweeted: “You think you’ve heard LOUD screaming in your life.. Then @justinbieber comes out and does a surprise song during your show. Woah. Unreal.”