The Return of 'Bloopers and Practical Jokes'
Dick Clark's hidden-camera series gets resurrected for 2012
By Kenny Herzog Dec 20, 2011 11:41AM
It's been 30 years since Dick Clark premiered his weekly, celebrity-driven candid-camera series, "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes." In the ensuing three decades, it's been rebooted with various primetime specials and the beloved "Super Bloopers and Practical Jokes" spinoff, co-hosted by Ed McMahon, but the franchise has laid dormant for several years.
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Good thing Broadcasting & Cable reports that the king is set to reclaim its throne of televised tomfoolery from "Punk'd," "Impractical Jokers" and all the other imitators. Dick Clark Productions has announced that "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" will return as a syndicated weekly series (with an order of 120 episodes no less) in 2012, and has already been confirmed for various Tribune markets across the country.
No word yet on who will host, but according to Hollywood Reporter, "Bloopers" 2.0 will, naturally, incorporate viral videos into its usual mix of hidden-camera segments. With the likes of "Tosh.0," "Web Soup" and "Ridiculousness" already crowding the voyeur-humor market, it's tough to say if the competition will help "Bloopers" fit right back in or instantly date the more wholesome series. But the nostalgia factor should help its chances of success, and if we're being candid, it'd be easy to root for the return of a show that's a bit less mean-spirited.
"TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" will air in syndication on weekends in 2012.