MTV ANNOUNCES NEW CELEBRITY HOSTS AND MARKS FOR THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED RETURN OF HIT SERIES "PUNK'D," PREMIERING THURSDAY, MARCH 29 AT 10:00 P.M. ET/PT ON MTV
Previously Announced Celebrity Hosts Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera, Hayden Panettiere, Dax Shepard, And Tyler, The Creator, Are Joined by Nick Cannon, Lucy Hale, Mac Miller and Heather Morris, Who "Punk" Their Unsuspecting Famous Friends
Santa Monica (March 15, 2012) - MTV's pop culture phenomenon series "Punk'd" returns for an all-new season on Thursday, March 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, featuring the hottest celebrities in Hollywood, and the most hilarious and crazy moments in "Punk'd" history. This season Ashton Kutcher hands over the hosting reins to a new celebrity each week. Joining previously announced celebrity hosts Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera, Hayden Panettiere, "Punk'd" alumni Dax Shepard, and Tyler, The Creator, are Nick Cannon, Lucy Hale, Mac Miller and Heather Morris. Rounding out the ranks of unsuspecting celebrity marks are Dianna Agron, Ron Artest, Lauren Conrad, Zac Efron, Shenae Grimes, Ian Harding, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson, "Jersey Shore's" Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Chloe Moretz, New Boyz, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Darrelle Revis, Emma Roberts, Cody Simpson, The Wanted, who join previously announced targets Rob Dyrdek, Liam Hemsworth, Khloe Odom Kardashian, Sean Kingston, Demi Lovato, "Teen Wolf's" Tyler Posey, and Taylor Swift.
The celebrity hosts take "Punk'd" to a whole new level this season, with more complex, hilarious and fun punks than ever before. For the first time in the series' history, the curtain will be pulled back, giving viewers an inside look at what goes on behind-the-scenes to pull off these elaborate pranks. Get ready for some real outrageously fun moments that you wouldn't expect from your favorite stars!
"Punk'd" is executive produced by Katalyst's Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher. Lauren Dolgen, Colin Nash, Kristina Edwards and Jennifer Russakoff are the Executives in Charge for MTV.
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Katalyst is a new breed of studio developing innovative content for TV, film and the web. Founded in 2000 by partners, Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, Katalyst film credits include The Butterfly Effect, Guess Who, Spread and Killers. Television property credits include the hit series Punk'd, Beauty and the Geek, and True Beauty. Digital Media properties include programming for major brands such as the Levi's Curve ID campaign, winner of the 2011 OMMA Award for Best Integrated Online Fashion Campaign, Nikon "The Chase", Mountain Dew "DEWmocracy," United Nations "Malaria No More." In 2010, Katalyst was named one of the year's Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies.