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Synopsis: Punk’d is back! And no one is safe! The iconic series returns with Chance the Rapper as host — masterminding the biggest pranks behind the scenes. The biggest stars are about to learn what happens if their fates were up to Chance.

Format: All episodes streaming now on Quibi.

Cast: Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, Chloe Bridges, Miles Brown, Sabrina Carpenter, Adam DeVine, Scott Disick, Liza Koshy, Marsai Martin, French Montana, Offset, Quavo, Takeoff, Lil Nas X

Although I didn’t grow up with access to MTV and the original Punk’d, I sure was grabbing each DVD as it released at my local Video Ezy store. The fact that this show has been rebooted and now only streams on my phone when I used to rent it at a brick and mortar store is not lost on me either.

Chance The Rapper is your new Punk’d host with MTV teaming up with Quibi for the latest iteration. It’s the same concept, with Chance pulling pranks on unsuspecting celebrities, usually with an insider closer to them helping pull it all off. There’s the set-up, the reaction and then the eventual reveal it’s all a prank. Chance sits inside an enclosed, but close-by media room watching everything go down on monitors and directing the actors in on the prank towards saying certain lines. If you’ve seen Punk’d before, it’s the same stuff, except with one prank per episode now and less imagination. 

Chance The Rapper as a host is fine, he seems to be generally into it and appears super-excited at times with even the lamest examples of pranks going down. But his energy is here and I can’t fault the program with him as a host, but that’s just what he is – a host. Ashton Kutcher wasn’t simply a host of the original though, he was a conniving kid with a penance for scheming up these simple but fantastic pranks.