MTV’s latest incarnation of Punk’d may have found an unlikely patsy: itself.MTV welcomed an amusing new entry into the reality/humiliation circus tonight with Faking The Video, a show that bridges the gap between Punk’d and The Apprentice. The prank setup of fooling a bunch of hapless PAs into thinking they’re working on the video set from hell is actually a pretty novel idea. The show only goes wrong when its faulty logic kicks in during the elimination segment. You see, the producers kick off the person who they deem to be the worst PA. That means they are incompetent in some way: professionally, socially, verbally, etc. So then why did the producers laugh and cheer encouragingly when they broke the news to the unsuspecting contestant that she sucks? Was it a cruel passive aggressive joke? Donald Trump doesn’t congratulate his fired applicants, festoon them with prizes, and then send them off to hoity Santa Monica hotels. Then again, you can’t just prank someone and then be like “hahahaha, but seriously, you’re worthless. Leave.”
Faking The Video is fun with its shenanigans, but the prank element screws up the show logic. As tonight’s victim babbled on with relief that show business wasn’t as crazy as MTV had led her to believe, I wondered why we weren’t watching real PAs jumping through real hoops with no bag of MTV swag attached to the pink slip.
In other news, fan favorite Rupert Boneham was present for last night’s NBA playoff game between the Detroit Pistons and the Indianapolis Pacers. Without fail, Rupert belted out his signature wail and left us wondering why he hasn’t been able to hit up a Supercuts since earning his $1 million two weeks ago. At least he traded up the tie-dyed tank top for a Pacers jersey. The support was to no avail as the Pacers wound up like the bearded one: close but no cigar.