Friday, February 24, 2012

'Punk'd' Taps Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus For Comeback

MTV's legendary hidden-camera show will re-launch with rotating cast of guest hosts on March 29 at 10 p.m. ET.
By Gil Kaufman

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<P>One of MTV's most beloved series, <a href="">"Punk'd,"</a> is gearing up for a fresh round of hidden-camera celebrity gotchas when it re-launches next month with a whole new look and feel. </p><div class="player-placeholder right" id="id:1676743" width="240" height="211"></div><p> The prank show from mastermind/ executive producer Ashton Kutcher, which originally aired from 2003 to 2007, will hit the air at 10 p.m. ET on March 29 as part of a new hour-long block of original programming that will also include a "Jersey Shore" spin-off show entitled, "The Pauly D Project." <b><big><a href="">Check out the 15 most memorable moments from the original "Punk'd" show here.</a></big></b> While Kutcher enjoyed taking down his pals and unsuspecting celebrities last time, the 2.0 version of <a href="/news/articles/1676255/punkd-returning-2012.jhtml">"Punk'd" will feature a rotating cast</a> of celebrity hosts each week. Among those lined up to fill the "Two and a Half Men" star's shoes are: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kellan Lutz, Hayden Panettiere, Bam Margera and "Punk'd" alum Dax Shepard, among others. They will prank their fellow Hollywood pals, including Khlo&#233; Kardashian Odom, "Teen Wolf" star Tyler Posey, Demi Lovato and many more. Not only will the celebrity hosts take the punking to a new and unnecessarily complex level, but for the first time in series history, viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to pull off these elaborate pranks. During its initial run, "Punk'd" pulled some all-time classic gags on such unsuspecting targets, one of which occurred in the series premiere, when a then-22-year-old Justin Timberlake broke down in tears when he thought government agents were seizing his home because of $900,000 in unpaid taxes. Other classic bits included one in which Beyonc&#233; is tricked into believing that she caused a giant Christmas tree to topple over on some presents intended for a group of underprivileged children, ruining their holiday. <b>Catch "Punk'd" when it returns on Thursday, March 29 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.</b> <b>For more on the <a href="">return of MTV's "Punk'd"</a> check out the <a href="">Remote Control blog.</a></b></p>

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