TruTV has teamed with Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg’s Katalyst for a reality series set at the DMV. Tentatively titled California DMV: Field Offices, the series “will provide an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at hard-working personnel who deal with everything from issuing licenses and registering vehicles to maintaining accident records and investigating complaints,” the network said. Added Goldberg, “We’ve all spent time at the DMV, but few people know what it’s like to work for the DMV.”
This is news that will probably make Twitter explode: MTV is finalizing a deal to bring back its signature series Punk’d with teen superstar Justin Bieber as the new host. The show’s creators/ executive producers, original host Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, are back to executive produce the new installment through their company Katalyst. There has been a lot of chatter about a Punk’d revival since the celebrity hidden-camera show went off the air in 2007 after 4 years and 69 episodes. I hear Bieber was identified as a new host in the summer with talks going on ever since. No premiere date has been set but the new Punk’d has been quietly gearing up for production and will probably launch next year.
Bieber is currently the hottest music artist/personality for MTV’s target teen audience. In addition to his skyrocketing music career, he recently dabbled into acting with a guest stint on the season premiere of CBS’ CSI and parts in Saturday Night Live skits.
Kutcher and Bieber are currently No.3 and No.5 on the list of top celebrities on Twitter with more than 5 million followers each, making the combination of the two an instant Twitter behemoth. For Kutcher, a revival of Punk’d will mark a return to his roots as a producer as the MTV reality show put his Katalyst on the map.
Five years after they teamed to produce Beauty and the Geek, Ashton Kutcher & Jason Goldberg’s Katalyst and JD Roth & Todd A. Nelson’s 3 Ball Prods./Eyeworks USA have combined forces for another social experiment-type unscripted series featuring unlikely pairs, Forever Young. TV Land announced this morning that it has given a six-episode order to the reality competition based on an Eyeworks format, which teams septuagenarians with 20-somethings. “When separated by five decades, six wars and 10 presidents, Forever Young explores how revealing and how funny it can be when youth and wisdom join forces, whether in appreciation of the past, understanding the present or preparing for the future,” the producers said. Goldberg and Kutcher serve as executive producers for Katalyst; Roth and Nelson for 3 Ball ; Eliot Goldberg and Marco Bresaz for TV Land.