US cable network BET has announced it is reviving MTV’s classic hidden camera show Punk’d.
Punk’d, in which Ashton Kutcher played a series of ambitious pranks on his fellow celebrities, originally ran on MTV from 2003 to 2007. It was briefly revived in 2012 for a new season featuring a different special guest host each week. Kutcher, who co-created the show with Jason Goldberg, remained on board as an executive producer.
Goldberg will return as an executive producer on the new version Punk’d, but BET (Black Entertainment Television) made no mention of Kutcher in its programming slate, suggesting the Two And A Half Men actor is unlikely to be involved.
The network’s synopsis for the new version of Punk’d reads: “A reboot of the popular hidden camera series tailored for the BET audience. For the first time, audiences will be taken behind the scenes as the pranks are conceptualised and carried through. Stakes are high as our viewers follow the ticking clock on the journey of pranking their favourite celebrities. Produced by Katalyst Media and from executive producer Jason Goldberg.”
Punk’d is the second classic MTV show to be revived in recent weeks. Earlier this month (April) MTV2 announced plans to bring back Celebrity Death Match for its first new episodes since 2007.