"Time is a flat circle," Rustin Cohle from True Detective said while pranking the detectives interviewing him about an old case. That doctrine can be applied here to MTV's Punk'd which, for the third time in a decade, is getting the reboot treatment, this time with Chance the Rapper giggling behind the monitors.
MTV announced on Friday morning that its seminal prank show, once hosted by Ashton Kutcher for eight seasons will return, this time to stream exclusively on the mobile-only streaming platform Quibi, and will be hosted by Chance the Rapper, who will be deploying convoluted situations and hungry L.A.-based actors to torment a new generation of A-list stars. This follows an attempt in 2012 to revive the series on MTV, using a different celebrity guest each time to host, and another version that aired on BET in 2015. Third (or fourth, I guess!) time's the charm, MTV Productions obviously hopes. Not only are they putting eggs in the basket of a show that's ended three times this century already, but Quibi is still an entirely untested format.
Still, Chance is a great choice for a host: His star power and innate charismatic enthusiasm will transfer well to acting as Punk'd's puppet master, and Quibi's promise to keep all its content at under 10 minutes might just work in this new version's favor, lightening the workload for both the ubiquitous musician and his "marks." We might not get another iconic moment in the vein of Justin Timberlake sobbing outside his house as all his worldly possessions are taken away, but we're excited to give this a shot.
He’s more spirit-lifting than Jay Z, more congenial than Drake, and more “of the people” than Kanye. And with no label backing him, he’s leading hip-hop to a new place, a new era, a whole new sound. But can Chance the Rapper become the very best we’ve got?
Originally Appeared on GQ