Updated: It’s official: MTV is bringing back Punk’d.
After many months of speculation, the younger-skewing network announced its plans to revive the popular prank series with Ashton Kutcher and his partner Jason Goldberg attached as executive producers once again. MTV will unveil first look footage and announce the series’ host –or, more likely, hosts– during its New Year’s Eve telecast on the 31st.
The hidden camera series first aired on MTV in 2003, and ran until mid-2007. Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Kanye West to Beyonce Knowles were involved in the televised pranking. Published reports suggest that one episode of the show’s second iteration will feature Justin Bieber punking Taylor Swift.
Lauren Dolgen, Colin Nash, Kristina Edwards and Jennifer Russakoff are the executives in charge of production for MTV.
The news comes three months after Kutcher made his heavily-hyped return to the small screen as Charlie Sheen‘s replacement on CBS’ Two and a Half Men. Given the time commitment of the sitcom, coupled with Kutcher’s film and investing projects, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be an on-camera feature of Punk’d.
Kutcher and Goldberg, co-founders of Katalyst productions, are also readying California DMV: Field Offices, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who work at the DMV at several offices and locations, for TruTV.
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