It's beginning to look a lot like 2006 again, with the return of disgusting reality game show Fear Factor and, now, per MTV, the officially confirmed reboot of practical joke TV show Punk'd. Access Hollywood actually reported back in August that Playboy Mansion-fanatic Justin Bieber had pranked good friend Taylor Swift for the first (and most vanilla ever) episode of Punk'd 2.0.
The original series, of course, was created and hosted by Ashton Kutcher, who, despite his annoying frattiness, led the show to become something of a hit for MTV: it ran for eight seasons from 2003 to 2007. Hidden cameras captured for our amusement practical jokes played on assorted celebrities like Justin Timberlake (who later admitted to Playboy that he had been high while being punk'd on that very first episode), Mila Kunis, and Kanye West. The show also helped launch the careers of Dax Shephard and B.J. Novak.
Kutcher is back as executive producer for the new incarnation, and the rumor is that the new Punk'd will employ different celebrity hosts for each episode, but no further details will be officially revealed until MTV's NYE in NYC 2012 telecast on December 31.
Aside from Kutcher's… entire personality, the only gripe I had about the original show was the at times premature wrapping-up of the pranks. Some of those pranks could have gone on for a lot longer. In fact, in a perfect world, Kim Kardashian's favorite pair of Louboutins would be destroyed, and Lil Jon or whoever would just never bother to tell her it was all a joke.