New "Punk'd" Premieres March 29 With Rotating Celeb Pranksters

In OnScreen & Music by Wendy Michaels , on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 10:41 AM (PDT)
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Justin Bieber on 'Punk'd'


MTV Hidden Camera Prank Show Returns

As we first reported in December, Punk'd is making its return to MTV, with a rotating list of celebrity hosts who pull pranks on their famous friends.

So, what's in store this go around on Punk'd?

Well, original host Ashton Kutcher is going behind the scenes on this edition, plus the show will feature different celebrity pranksters each week to keep it fresh.

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Justin Bieber is the first guest host for Punk'd, premiering Thursday, March 29, on MTV.

Now, five years since we last saw the prankeriffic show, Punk'd will include hosts like Bam Margera, Hayden Panettiere, Kellan Lutz, Miley Cyrus, Nick Cannon and Heather Morris. Stars like Taylor Swift, Liam Hemsworth, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson, Emma Roberts and Snooki will be on the receiving end of the pranks.

Kutcher tells USA Today, "There's a whole new crop of talented stars, celebrities, entertainers and athletes that weren't even around when we were shooting the show

Co-creator and executive producer Jason Goldberg adds, "It's fresh thinking. It's a different way to approach the show. Justin's show is so different from Bam's show, but both work. It's their thinking and their vision for it."

MTV network programming chief David Janollari talks about keeping the star power young and relevant in this newly revamped Punk'd: "We have a history of reinventing (for) our audience, which is ever-changing. I don't think we've seen a time where this young core audience is more fascinated and more engaged with celebrity. The timing feels perfect."

Read: New Details About MTV's "Punk'd" (Video)

Look for the show to include some bonus behind-the-scenes access to what went into planning each prank, which is a nice twist.

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