Buzzkill

Premise of the show is laid out in the theme song by Gaunt: Three guys -- Dave, Travis and Frank -- travel around the country (the premiere episode takes place in Miami Beach) pulling off "buzzkills." Show's voiceover narrator, who claims to be one of the trio, although which one is unclear, assumes an ironic Joe Friday-like tone, explaining each prank's setup.

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Cast: Travis Draft, Frank Hudetz, Dave Sheridan. Hoping to add another entry into the pop culture lexicon, "Buzzkill" is defined as an elaborate prank -- sort of like "Candid Camera" for the cynical adolescent set. Trouble is, the pranks are amusing only to the three actors who pull them off, and they mostly come off as mean-spirited and with no payoff. Maybe this desperately-trying-to-be-hip spin on "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" will find a life on MTV if the material improves. If.

Premise of the show is laid out in the theme song by Gaunt: Three guys — Dave, Travis and Frank — travel around the country (the premiere episode takes place in Miami Beach) pulling off “buzzkills.” Show’s voiceover narrator, who claims to be one of the trio, although which one is unclear, assumes an ironic Joe Friday-like tone, explaining each prank’s setup.

In Miami’s South Beach, the trio pull off three buzzkills, the first as “The Miami Safety Machine,” giving mini-seminars in safety to the tourists who good-naturedly stop and listen to them, ultimately pushing the envelope with a pair who tell them to shove off.

The third prank is the most successful: Dave, Travis and Frank stage a fashion show on the beach. Frank, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Isaac Mizrahi, impersonates the designer, recruiting beachgoers as models for his “Apocalypse Wow!” collection. The “clothes” are explained thus: “If it were the end of the world now, where would you get your clothes? From dead bodies, right? That’s what we’re going for!” Setup mimics “Unzipped,” complete with title cards , and the “clothes” include toilet seat covers and plastic shirts.

The most puzzling aspect of the show is the disclaimer at the beginning stating that only hidden cameras are used. Editing is quicksilver (an MTV patented device), and good use is made of the sunglasses cam, but some shots seem not to have been taken from a hidden camera, and a cameraman is listed in the credits — maybe it’s MTV manipulating the truth, a la “The Real World.”

Only Frank Hudetz stands out in the trio of pranksters — mainly because he doesn’t look like the other two. Editing and use of alternative musical bites, although impeccably executed, attempt to create urgency where there is none.

Show sneaks after the MTV Movie Awards before landing in its regular timeslot on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

Buzzkill

Production: Buzzkill (Thurs. (13), 10-10:30 p.m., MTV) An MTV Prods. production. Executive producer, Lisa Berger; co-executive producer, John H. Miller; producer , R. Greg Johnson; creative consultants, Chris Manahl, Brian Posehn; field director, Jason Sands; additional material, Travis Draft, Frank Hudetz, Dave Sheridan.

Crew: Camera, Steve Priola; audio, John Walker; editor, Todd Darling; opening music, Gaunt.

With: Cast: Travis Draft, Frank Hudetz, Dave Sheridan. Hoping to add another entry into the pop culture lexicon, "Buzzkill" is defined as an elaborate prank -- sort of like "Candid Camera" for the cynical adolescent set. Trouble is, the pranks are amusing only to the three actors who pull them off, and they mostly come off as mean-spirited and with no payoff. Maybe this desperately-trying-to-be-hip spin on "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" will find a life on MTV if the material improves. If.

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