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TV Note: 12/24/01

Monday, December 24, 2001

'Jackass' lives

MTV has reached a deal with Johnny Knoxville to develop a feature film version of his prank show "Jackass," which brought the cable channel some of its biggest ratings -- and biggest criticism.

Knoxville will star in the movie, scheduled for release next year. The director will be Jeff Tremaine, one of the show's co-creators and writers. The agreement also includes the creation of three TV specials.

"Jackass" became an instant hit when it debuted in October 2000, featuring Knoxville and his crew in a series of stunts, including being doused with pepper spray, sitting in a portable bathroom as it was tipped over, and lying down on a barbecue in a fire-resistant suit hung with steaks.

"When we first uncovered the creative genius of the underground skateboard mentality of 'Jackass,' we knew it would resonate with our young adult audience," Brian Graden, MTV's president of programming, said this week in a statement.

But several young people were seriously injured trying to copy the stunts, prompting MTV to move "Jackass" to a later time slot and run disclaimers. Reruns of the program air Sunday nights.

(Associated Press)

WTAE special airs this week

WTAE's latest "Healthy 4 Life" special will air Thursday at 8 p.m.

Titled "No Butts About It," the one-hour program will offer viewers advice on how to stop smoking.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

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