Damage Control (TV series)
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|Written by||Ellie Barancik
|Directed by||Claudia Frank, Sebastian Doggart|
|Presented by||Pierre Bouvier|
|Starring||Kelly Clarkson, Hulk Hogan, Jamie Benge, Lisa Dodd, Paul Sutera, Kelly Egarian, Ben Morrison, Zane Lamprey, Brian Huskey, Rue DeBona, Cate Beehan, Sebastian Doggart, Jennifer Johnson, Rizwan Manji, Devin Ratray, David Lassiter, Alyssa Pridham, Mike Leya, Jake Fleisher, Topaz Adizes, Brian Drolet|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Rabih Gholam|
|Location(s)||New Jersey, United States|
|Editor(s)||Diana DeCilio, Alanna Yudin|
|Original release||March 6 – April 24, 2005|
Damage Control is a reality TV series produced by MTV. Hosted by lead vocalist of Canadian music group Simple Plan Pierre Bouvier, and directed by Sebastian Doggart, the show was a real-life version of the movie Risky Business. It first aired on MTV on March 6, 2005. The last episode was broadcast on April 24, 2005.
Each episode begins with parents telling their teenage son or daughter that they are going away for the weekend. What the teenager does not know is that their parents actually hide out with Bouvier a short distance from their home. Using secret cameras and an insider friend of the teenager, the parents and Bouvier watch the teen's every move. Parents can win money by correctly predicting the next action their child will take.
At the end of the weekend, the parents return home as promised. The teen can then win money by confessing to their parents about the events that took place. Eventually, Bouvier appears on the set to defuse the situation. He reveals what actually happened—"to do some damage control," as he says.
A nearly identical TV series, Animal House, aired on British TV a year earlier in 2004.
Two eight-episode seasons were filmed before any episodes were aired.