August 16, 2013 11:47am PT by Lesley Goldberg
MTV Orders Prank Show 'Jerks With Cameras' From 'Jersey Shore' EP (Exclusive)
More than a decade after MTV aired The Tom Green Show, the cable network is going back to the prank well.
The Viacom-owned cabler has handed out a series order to Jerks With Cameras, a fast-paced half-hour "unhidden" camera prank show, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 10-episode series hails from Jersey Shore executive producer SallyAnn Salsano's 495 Productions and will feature a team of quick-thinking comedians -- aka "the jerks" -- who are sent out onto the streets by the show's host with one mission: Mess with everyday people.
The comedians will travel the country for the best pranks to bring back to the studio to share the laughs with viewers and vie for the top spot with the best "jerk" prank.
MTV's Jackie French, Dan Caster, Janay Dutton and Nick Predescu will oversee for the network. The series, which does not yet have a formal host or comedians attached, will bow in 2014.
The series marks Salsano's most recent addition to MTV's schedule. In addition to the upcoming third season of Snooki & JWOWW, the net recently picked up The Ex and the Why, a half-hour daily entry featuring former couples getting a second shot at love -- or closure.
The pickup marks the latest unscripted addition at the network, which on Aug. 5 added four new offerings to its lineup. The orders come after MTV programming president Susanne Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter that she's looking to add six to eight new reality series for next year, with each entry high on heart.
Jerks comes more than 10 years after MTV aired Green's self-titled show that became notorious for the host's pranks and stunts that included man-on-the-street interviews with a microphone covered in feces.
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