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MTV show allows musicians to do the punking. ''Faking the Video'' fools production assistants into thinking they're working on real music video shoots

MTV can't stop with the pranks! In ''Faking the Video'' (premiering Monday, May 24 at 10:30 p.m.), six college-age kids think they're getting their big breaks working as production assistants on a video shoot -- but they're really signing on to be tortured by the likes of Bubba Sparxxx, JC Chasez, Michelle Branch, and Monica. In each episode, a pop star who's in on the joke unleashes his or her best abusive behavior in front of the PAs while filming a purposely ridiculous clip for a purposely cheesy Diane Warren tune. Chasez, for instance, demands one candidate play Ping-Pong with him instead of reporting to the set; Monica yells at another for not sweeping confetti fast enough. ''You feel bad when you're actually doing it,'' Monica says. ''One [PA] started crying.'' Don't feel too sorry for them: Each week an assistant is fired (producers make the cut), but the last one standing wins a job with real video director Wayne Isham. ''I figure celebrities have been punk'd enough,'' Chasez says. ''It's time to give it back to regular folks.''

Originally posted May 28, 2004 Published in issue #767 May 28, 2004 Order article reprints
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