MTV's Punk'd Is Getting A Reboot

June 4, 2019

When it isn't airing shows about teenage pregnancy drama and suck-tacular dating competitions, MTV has decided to bring two of its classic programs into the 21st century: the celebrity prank show Punk'd and the dating game show Singled Out.

But of course there's a catch. Although there have been 20 episodes ordered for both shows, they will each last approximately 10 minutes to keep up with viewing content through mobile devices, as well as dwindling attention spans. And rather than airing on MTV itself, they will be available to stream on the “mobile-first media technology platform", Quibi.

From 2003 to 2007, Punk'd host Ashton Kutcher terrorized some of the biggest names in music, movies, sports, and television through some twisted (and at times, dark) pranks. Some rock stars that have been the victims of Punk'd host Ashton Kutcher include Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe.

In the original version of Singled Out, which was co-hosted by Chris Hardwick, Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra, a single contestant would narrow their potential choices from 50 candidates down to one.

Punk'd and Singled Out aren't the only classic MTV programs expecting a reboot. A Double Shot at Love received a revival featuring the "star power" of Vinny Guadagnino and DJ Pauly D Jersey Shore, and possible revampings for Real World and Daria are also being discussed.