DJ Pauly D

The Pauly D Project, a Jersey Shore spin-off starring DJ Pauly D, is set to premiere Thursday, March 29 at 10:30/9:30c on MTV, the network announced Wednesday. The 12-episode series will take the time slot of its predecessor, Jersey Shore, after the season finale airs on March 15 (followed by the reunion on March 22).

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The fist-pumping, gym-going, tanning addict is leaving his seven Jersey co-stars behind as he attempts to pursue his dream of becoming a renowned DJ. Throughout his

journey, the Rhode Island native lands a recording contract with 50 Cent's record label, and opens for Britney Spears on her tour.

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Joining The Pauly D Project on Thursdays will be Punk'd, the candid camera-esque prank show (made famous by creator and host Ashton Kutcher), which returns after a five-year hiatus. The series will air at 10/9c, and while Kutcher will continue to serve as executive producer, he's surrendered his duties as host. Instead, the show will be hosted by a variety of guests including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Kellan Lutz.

Are you looking forward to The Pauly D Project and Punk'd?