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MTV gets ‘Punk’d’ for two more years

Prank skein to bow new episodes in late fall

MTV has ordered 20 more episodes of Ashton Kutcher-hosted sketch comedy “Punk’d,” renewing the show for an additional two seasons. Frosh series, created by Endeavor-repped Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, debuted in March and is already one of the music net’s top shows with teens. Katalyst Films and MTV produce the series.

“Punk’d” is just one of the latest in MTV’s onslaught of celeb-driven vehicles led by “The Osbournes” phenomenon. Skein will be joined this month by the premieres of Snoop Dogg’s “Doggie Fizzle Televizzle”; “Who’s Got Game?,” exec produced by and featuring Magic Johnson; and “The New Tom Green Show.” Also in the pipeline is an unscripted Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey project for later this year.

“MTV is an appealing place for celebrities to come and bring their ideas when they want to reach our audience. Ashton wanted to touch our viewers, and he knew we wouldn’t dilute his vision,” said exec VP of series and movie development Lois Curren.

Half-hour hidden-camera show features Kutcher and company performing pranks on their unsuspecting celebrity pals including Justin Timberlake, Pink and Seth Green.

No word yet on whether fellow “Punk”-ers Dax Shepard and Ryan Pinkston will return.

“We love them, but they are starting to get recognized,” Curren said. “But we hope they can come back because I can’t imagine a more talented group.”

Renewal comes on the heels of waning ratings for the recent premieres of net mainstays “The Osbournes” and “The Real World.”Kutcher is next set to star in “The Woods,” and will appear in the upcoming features “The Boss’ Daughter,” “The Butterfly Effect” and “Cheaper by the Dozen.” He currently plays Kelso in the Fox laffer “That ’70s Show.”

New episodes of “Punk’d,” airing Mondays at 10:30 p.m., are skedded to bow in late fall.

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