Punk'd

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Punk’d
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Revived series title card
FormatComedy reality, candid camera
Created byAshton Kutcher
Jason Goldberg
StarringAshton Kutcher (2003–07)
Celebrity guest hosts (2012)
Theme music composerElizabeth Miller
Brian Friedman (Theme)
Ricky Friedman (Theme)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes67 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jason Stuffings
Ashton Kutcher
David R. Franzke
Billy Rainey
Lois Clark Curren
Rod Aissa
Running time22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelMTV
Original runOriginal series:
March 17, 2003 (2003-03-17) – May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
Revival series:
March 29, 2012 (2012-03-29) – June 7, 2012 (2012-06-07)
External links
Website
 
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Punk’d
Punk'd revived logo.jpg
Revived series title card
FormatComedy reality, candid camera
Created byAshton Kutcher
Jason Goldberg
StarringAshton Kutcher (2003–07)
Celebrity guest hosts (2012)
Theme music composerElizabeth Miller
Brian Friedman (Theme)
Ricky Friedman (Theme)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes67 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jason Stuffings
Ashton Kutcher
David R. Franzke
Billy Rainey
Lois Clark Curren
Rod Aissa
Running time22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelMTV
Original runOriginal series:
March 17, 2003 (2003-03-17) – May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
Revival series:
March 29, 2012 (2012-03-29) – June 7, 2012 (2012-06-07)
External links
Website

Punk'd is an American hidden camera-practical joke reality television series that first aired on MTV in 2003 and was created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, and produced and hosted by Ashton Kutcher. It bore a resemblance to both the classic hidden camera show Candid Camera and to TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes, which also featured pranks on celebrities. Being "punk'd" referred to being the victim of such a prank.

The series finale aired on MTV on May 29, 2007. The series culminated in early June with the Punk'd Awards.[1]

After a five-year hiatus, the series was revived with a March 29, 2012 premiere. The revived series was hosted by different celebrity guests each week.[2]

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History and format

Original series title card (2003–05)

Originally, Ashton Kutcher and MTV were developing a series called Harassment, a hidden camera show which would feature pranks on regular people. However, a January 2002 prank involving a fake dead body at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas backfired and the couple who were targets of the prank sued Kutcher, MTV and the hotel for $10 million.[3] The concept was later retooled to involve celebrities instead. Pranks would be set at a variety of locations, public and private. The show's first prank was set at singer Justin Timberlake's home, where he was led to believe that government agents were seizing his home and valuables because of unpaid income taxes. The prank was named by Time magazine as #3 in their list of 32 Epic Moments in Reality-TV History.[4] Furthermore, Ashton Kutcher's prank on Justin Timberlake was Ashton Kutcher's first prank of the show and there was a celebrity scandal that led Timberlake to stop smoking marijuana after the prank. During the prank Timberlake was high according to Starplus Online[5] Kutcher would sometimes use real-life current events as elements in his pranks, as when he punked tennis player Andy Roddick, who was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show, by convincing him that his automobile was trapped by the Los Angeles mudslides. Kutcher sometimes sets his pranks where his targets work, such as on the sets of movies, TV shows, and music videos. As one example, Kutcher pulled a prank on The Rock, who was filming the movie Be Cool, by convincing him that his trailer was destroyed. As another example, Kutcher punk'd Kanye West by convincing him that he could not shoot his music video for "Jesus Walks" on Sundays without a permit. Kutcher has also done holiday-themed pranks, as when he punk'd Beyoncé Knowles into thinking she knocked over a 50-foot (15 m) Christmas Tree, or when he pulled a prank on Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz into thinking he derailed a train at a Christmas festival. After the joke progresses to a point, usually with the celebrity having become angry or frustrated at the outrageousness of the situation, Kutcher or one of the actors will announce to the surprised victim that they just had a practical joke played on them, usually with use of the catchphrase, "You just got punk'd!", or by revealing a large sign or banner to that effect. Each half-hour episode usually features three pranks.

A frequent segment during the first two seasons was a Punk'd cast member pretending to interview celebrities at red carpet events, only to mock them instead. This segment closely copies what originated on The Howard Stern Show in the 1980s, when Stern and his writers began sending interns (most notably Stuttering John Melendez) to ask celebrities embarrassing questions on the red carpet.[6] During the first season then-fifteen-year-old Ryan Pinkston posed as a reporter from a children's television program, and would insult the celebrities.[7] During season two, the producers then chose a foreign interviewer accompanied by her interpreter who would then ask inane questions to the guests.

Revival

In October 2010, New York Magazine revealed that Punk'd was being revived with Justin Bieber replacing Kutcher as the host; however it stated that Kutcher would remain as executive producer.[8] The first episode of the ninth season, featuring Bieber as a guest host, was filmed in late August 2011. On December 31, 2011, MTV confirmed that the series would be revived in 2012, and that a different celebrity guest host would be featured each episode, so far the guests have included; Tyler, the Creator, Justin Bieber, Bam Margera, Hayden Panettiere, Lucy Hale, Nick Cannon, Dax Shepard, Miley Cyrus, Heather Morris, Kellan Lutz, and Mac Miller. Ashton Kutcher made a returning appearance on an episode where he got to punk again.[9][10]

Failed and unattempted "punks"

While the pranks most of the time are successful, some actually have failed.

Original

Revival

Controversy and conflict

Episodes

Celebrities who have been Punk'd

Syndication

Reruns began airing on TV Guide Channel in 2009 and PMC (with Persian dubbing) on November 20, 2010.

International versions

See also

References

  1. ^ "Punk'd: Is Ashton Kutcher Really Calling It Quits?", TVSeriesFinale.com, March 27, 2007
  2. ^ Keveney, Bill (2012-03-26). "'Punk'd' returns with Ashton Kutcher behind the scenes – USATODAY.com". usatoday.com. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/story/2012-03-25/punkd-ashton-kutcher-justin-bieber/53777190/1. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Couple sue over TV corpse 'prank'". BBC. 2002-06-13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2042466.stm. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  4. ^ Webley, Kayla. "32 Epic Moments in Reality-TV History: 3. Punk'd: Justin Timberlake Cries", Time magazine, accessed April 8, 2011.
  5. ^ Starplus. (2011, June 14). Retrieved from Justin Timberlake 'Was Stoned' While Being Punk'd By Ashton Kutcher: http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/06/14/justin_timberlake_was_stoned_while_bei
  6. ^ EGOS & IDS; Tough-to-Ask Questions Are Getting Easier to Ask, The New York Times, July 5, 1992, accessed May 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Soriano, Cesar G. "MTV prankster Pinkston is a wee bit popular", USA Today, July 13, 2003
  8. ^ "MTV Bringing Back Punk’d, With Host Justin Bieber", New York Magazine, October 5, 2010, accessed October 11, 2010.
  9. ^ MTV's Hit Series "Punk'd," The Pop Culture Phenomenon, Returns on Monday, March 19, for an All-New Season, Featuring Bigger Laughs and More Shocking Surprises from Your Favorite Stars
  10. ^ MTV’S HIT SERIES “PUNK’D,” THE POP CULTURE PHENOMENON, RETURNS ON MONDAY, MARCH 19, FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON, FEATURING BIGGER LAUGHS AND MORE SHOCKING SURPRISES FROM YOUR FAVORITE STARS
  11. ^ "PAMELA REFUSES TO BE PUNK'D"; contactmusic.com; May 2, 2004.
  12. ^ "Brad Pitt Warns Ashton Kutcher 'Don't Punk George Clooney'", celebrityspider.com, March 22, 2005.
  13. ^ "Ellen DeGeneres Refuses to be Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher"; celebrityspider.com; October 4, 2005
  14. ^ "Kutcher's Punk'd Prank Leaves Vartan Unimpressed", Hollywood.com, April 10, 2005
  15. ^ "Zach Braff Beat Up Kid During 'Punk'd' Stunt"; starpulse.com; September 14, 2006.

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