You better just get the eye-rolling and sighs out of the way now, because we may soon have a show featuring Metta World Peace pulling pranks on unsuspecting athletes.
Though we do suspect it will be awful.
Deadline Hollywood reports on the latest reality-TV show in development, featuring the Lakers' resident jokester in Metta World Peace:
LMNO Prods., producers of CBS hidden camera series of specials I Get That A Lot, has partnered with Los Angeles Lakers player, Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest) and his Artest Media Group to develop Metta World Pranks, a new prank series featuring professional athletes in hidden camera bits. In addition to Metta and other professional athletes, the show’s practical jokes will also include family members, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends and fans. “Pranking and practical jokes are part of the athletic culture, so it comes naturally to Metta,” said Eric Schotz, President and CEO of ICM Partners-repped LMNO Prods. Metta has a great sense of humor and this show will be a natural vehicle for him to showcase a side of his personality we don’t get to see on the court.”
Oh, we get to see a great deal of personality already.
Lakers fans will be the first to offer that the man can be terrifying, amazing and hilarious—all on the same possession. Considering the fact that most of his postgame interviews spiral out of control into unplanned hilarity, we'd like to think the saving grace of this show might be World Peace himself.
If nothing else, the man is a walking sideshow. There is never a dull moment when he is around, and that goes for on the court as well as off. With that being said, we will assume most of these upcoming pranks err on the side of safe and obvious comedy.
I doubt we are going to see some cutting-edge incarnation of an even edgier Punk'd, but a watered-down comedy series running on star power over gags instead. The one thing I hate more than watered-down whiskey is watered-down comedy. Fingers crossed that I am wrong.
Perhaps they have already started shooting and this season is one big prank on Mike D'Antoni. Now that would be hilarious.
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