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Perry to guest in new sitcom

Katy Perry has signed on to feature in new sitcom Raising Hope in a guest role. The singer will play a prison attendant who claims to be a friend from one of the characters’ pasts.

Top Model renewed

A 19th season of America’s Next Top Model has been commissioned by The CW in the US. The new season will be a college edition.

Heroes actor joins new pilot

Former Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia has landed a role in new Frank Darabont crime drama LA Noir. The actor will reportedly play a marine who becomes a “fixer” for the mob.

Phillippe drops out of pilot

Ryan Phillippe has dropped out of a new cop drama pilot which was called Golden Boy. Phillippe had originally signed on to play a cop who rises through the ranks to police commissioner.

Margera arrested

Jackass star Bam Margera has been arrested this week after jumping into a pool fully-clothed during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans.

MTV Networks has issued the following statement:

“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade.  He made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favourite middle school friend.  Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends.  The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.” – Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music/Films Group.

As a tribute to Ryan, MTV (SKY channel 014) will screen a block of Jackass favourites on Thursday 23 June from 11am-1pm and Saturday 25 June from 1.30pm-5pm.

Hamm signs new Mad Men deal

Jon Hamm has reportedly signed a new three-year contract with Mad Men. The actor, who plays Don Draper, will now appear in the fifth, sixth and seventh seasons of the drama series.

Lost actor joins Hawaii Five-0

Lost actor Terry O’Quinn has signed on for a recurring role in new drama series Hawaii Five-0. The actor will play a Navy Seal on the show.

Kardashian close to wedding TV deal with E!

Kim Kardashian is said to be close to a deal with the E! channel over televising her wedding to Kris Humphries. Kardashian claims the deal is to help her fans celebrate with her on the most important day of her life.

South Korean Top Gear on the way 

A local version of Top Gear has been commissioned for South Korea following the show’s successful debut in China earlier this year. The series will be hosted by former professional racing drivers.

Conan O’Brien wins walk-on role on HIMYM

American talk-show host Conan O’Brien has won a walk-on part in How I Met Your Mother at a recent charity event. Producers of the series are looking to write him in as a quest character rather than simply an extra in the background.

Dunn was over limit when crash occurred

Jackass’s Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash earlier this week, was confirmed as over the legal blood alcohol limit when the accident occurred. Both Dunn and his passenger Zachary Hartwell were killed instantly.

Jackass’s Ryan Dunn dies in car crash

Jackass star Ryan Dunn has been killed in a car accident overnight in Pennsylvania. Dunn and an unidentified person died when the Porsche he was driving left the road and burst into flames. A post on the official MTV Twitter page read: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

The G4 network in the US has pulled the Ryan Dunn-hosted reality series Proving Ground following news of his death.

Hobbit role confirmed for Sherlock actor

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been revealed as the voice of Smaug the dragon in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit prequels. Evangeline Lilly from Lost and Aussie comic Barry Humphries have also been confirmed for the series.

Another British Jersey Shore spin-off planned

The Brits are planning another Jersey Shore spin-off, this time based in Liverpool. MTV launched the Newcastle-based Geordie Shore last month in the UK to record-breaking ratings for the network.

Gyllenhaal joins Grylls on survival mission

Bear Grylls of Man vs Wild says he took actor Jake Gyllenhaal on a survival mission in Iceland last month to prepare him for an upcoming role. Grylls said: “We had crazy conditions sleeping in snow caves, huge river crossings and these torrential storms. I was a little bit nervous as I promised Jake’s management team I would keep him alive, but he was brilliant.”

American comedian, stuntman and star of Jackass, Steve-O, visits Auckland as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival in May 2011.  

He is a daredevil performer, television personality and hip-hop artist but is best known as one of the stars of the hit MTV series’ JACKASS and WILDBOYZ.

Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name and it all started when he snatched a video camera from his father’s closet when he was fifteen years old.  From there he started producing homemade skateboarding videos featuring dangerous stunts mixed with comical behavior.

Steve-O was born in London and by the age of twelve, had lived in five countries and communicated fluently in three different languages.  He holds citizenship in three countries – the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

After finishing high school in London, and completing a year at the University of Miami, Steve-O realised that college wasn’t for him. He enrolled in Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College to help further his goal of becoming a professional stuntman. After graduating Clown College, and determined to make it in Hollywood, he began to pitch his home videos to producers.

Eventually, Steve-O’s videos made it into the hands of Jeff Tremaine (Jackass Creator/Director/Producer) who was working with Johnny Knoxville to create a stunt based reality show. The rest is history.  MTV aired the first season of JACKASS in 2000. In 2001, Steve-O launched his own “Steve-O Don’t Try This At Home Tour”, establishing himself as an accomplished stage performer, at venues throughout the U.S. and around the world.

When the JACKASS TV series ended in 2002, the team moved on to JACKASS: THE MOVIE, released that year.  Shortly thereafter, Steve-O and fellow JACKASS alum, Chris Pontius, were given a spin-off show entitled WILDBOYZ, which aired on MTV and MTV2 and lasted four seasons. In 2006, Paramount released JACKASS: NUMBER 2 in theatres and Steve-O continued to thrill audiences with his outrageous stunts. 

In 2009 he competed on the hit show, DANCING WITH THE STARS, and lasted six weeks, despite an injury and having virtually no dancing ability whatsoever.

Next up, for Steve-O was the release of JACKASS: 3D, in October 2010.  Thus far (and still counting), his career as a performer has brought him to a total of 38 countries.

Most importantly, however, Steve-O has been clean and sober since March of 2008 and lives a healthy, vegan lifestyle in the Los Angeles area…but he still has no problem stapling his balls to his leg.

 

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Jackass Week – Premieres Monday through Friday starting October 25 @ 5:30 and 10:30 PM
 
Get ready for the Jackass crew to take over MTV for a whole week of stupid stunts and outrageous pranks. Yes.  To celebrate the launch of the new Jackass 3D movie, the cast has decided to forcefully hijack MTV with flashbacks of the most classic episodes and special behind the scenes footage all hosted by the special guys that make up Jackass themselves. This will certainly be a week of mayhem!
 
Make sure you put your cup in before switching on Monday through Friday starting October 25 @ 5:30 and 10:30 PM.

MTV – Weekdays from Monday 25 October, 5.30pm & 10.30pm

Get ready for the Jackass crew to take over MTV for a whole week of stupid stunts and outrageous pranks. Yes. To celebrate the launch of the new Jackass 3D movie, the cast has decided to forcefully hijack MTV with flashbacks of the most classic episodes and special behind the scenes footage all hosted by the special guys that make up Jackass themselves. This will certainly be a week of mayhem!

Make sure you put your cup in before switching on Monday through Friday starting 25 October at 5.30pm and 10.30pm.

MTV Networks will close its New Zealand offices in December this year and run its operations out of Sydney.

MTV Networks, whose portfolio includes MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, will still run on Sky TV in NZ but will no longer operate out of Auckland.

All of MTV NZ’s 23 staff will be left to look for alternate employment, with the exception of presenters Jay Reeve and Amber Peebles who MTV claim are “still very much part of the family”.

Spokesperson Polly Stevens said: “Right now we are working through with them what the implications of this agreement means, but certainly it will be our intention that they will be working with us in our top projects in the future.”

Ms Stevens said the decision to merge with Australia comes down to the similarities in scheduling and content.

“The logical next step for us was to service one feed … that covers Australia and New Zealand marketplaces.

“Like any business, this is about growth and doing the right thing for the organisation.”

Management and staff will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the process.

Source: Stuff