"Punk'd" honcho Ashton Kutcher once again takes on prank-based entertainment with "Who Gets the Last Laugh?"
TBS has given the green light to a series from Ashton Kutcher's company Katalyst and another from "Conan" writer/producer Deon Cole.
"Who Gets the Last Laugh?" is the working title for Kutcher's project, which "puts a new twist on the comedy format by pitting two comedians against each other in the ultimate prank challenge." The comedians will construct their pranks using the same situation and elements and then unleash them on the public, with a studio audience deciding whose prank came off best. Kutcher will executive-produce, with Katalyst co-founder Jason Goldberg serving as executive producer and show runner.
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"Deon Cole's Black Box," meanwhile, will feature Cole presenting "some of the most outrageous video clips to pop up across the media landscape," using the clips to explore racial and gender stereotypes, politics and other topics. Conan O'Brien is executive producing with his Conaco LLC partners Jeff Ross and David Kissinger, with Cole and Doug Karo also executive-producing.
"Who Gets the Last Laugh?" has been greenlit for nine episodes, while "Deon Cole's Black Box" has received six episodes.
Both series are produced by Warner Horizon Television, and will premiere next year.
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