MTV Confirms "Punk'd" Will Return to Its Schedule
MTV is making an effort to add a fresh spin to classic programming. It’s official that the once popular practical joke-themed show, “Punk’d” will return to MTV’s schedule with a new host and pranks on this generation’s biggest stars.
According to reports, Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg are returning as executive producers. Though Kutcher will not likely host the show, MTV will make the official announcement of the return of “Punk’d,” including the host, during the annual New Year’s Eve special. The Internet’s went ablaze with potential punk’d-ees, but one that seems to be true is that popstar Justin Bieber will punk Taylor Swift on one of the first episodes.
Experts believe that Kutcher’s schedule will not allow him to return to his gig as host, but would the show be the same without his goofy and quirky personality?
Over the years, MTV’s programming slowly declined from many music-based shows to airing a music video between reality TV shows. “Punk’d” may be one revitalization that will attract old viewers back to the channel. Despite “Punk’d” adding a new spin to the current line up, it’s not the only show itching for a comeback.
“Total Request Live” was cancelled just a couple of years ago, but this was staple in pop culture. Daily fans voted for their favorite videos, while musicians, actors and TV hosts stopped by to promote their latest work. Once the show only showed two seconds of each video, viewers stopped tuning in. Of course everyone can watch videos today on YouTube, but it’s not the same as tuning into MTV every day.
“Fanatic” is another show that was short-lived, but fun for viewers. Fans sent videos to MTV declaring they were the ultimate fan of Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera and other popular artists at the time. The producers then surprised the ultimate fan with a meeting with their favorite artists. It was the type of show that gave any teeny bopper hope that they could meet their idols some day.
What shows would you like to see MTV bring back from the dead?