TVLine Items: Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Dead at 34, Denis Leary Adapts UK Series, and More

Jackass prankster Ryan Dunn was killed early Monday morning as the result of a fatal car crash in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. He was 34.

Dunn, who costarred in MTV’s Jackass series as well as all three films, and an unidentified passenger lost their lives around 3 am, when his 2007 Porsche somehow veered off a road and became engulfed in flames. TMZ first reported the sad news.

“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn,” MTV said in a statement via Twitter. “Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Dunn most recently hosted G4’s Proving Ground, which premiered last week — just six days before his death.

Ready for more of today’s news? Well…

• Denis Leary has lined up his first post-Rescue Me writing gig, partnering with USA Network to develop a U.S. adaptation of the British series Sirens. Leary will co-write and executive-produce the half-hour pilot, which showcases both the “humorous antics and dramatic conflicts” of a group of paramedics.

Live with Regis and Kelly is currently throwing around just three names to replace departing daytime host Philbin, sources tell The Wall Street Journal: American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, and Ripa’s real-life hubby/former All My Children scene partner, Mark Consuelos.

• Marie Osmond will be joining the cast of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful later this year, Entertainment Tonight confirms. “You only have One life to live, and All My Children asked me to do a soap, so I’m doing The Bold and the Beautiful,” Osmond joked, revealing her new gig at Sunday’s Daytime Emmys. (Added bonus: B&B won Outstanding Drama Series at the festivities.)

• Spike TV has renewed Auction Hunters for a 26-episode third season, which will include a one-hour live episode.

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  1. Doug says:

    Wow, shocking.

    Never watched too much Jackass, but he and Steve-O were on Minute to Win It on NBC over the weekend (A repeat from the June 8th episode)

    So.. wow.

  2. ck says:

    Re Regis & Kelly…Seacrest won’t leave LA, Cohen too gay for Middle America, and Consuelos is too milquetoast. There has to be more choices.

  3. Amanda says:

    Jerry O’Connell should replace Regis. His show was canceled. He needs work, and it would fit nicely into his family schedule I bet.

  4. RTA says:

    Talk about your bad rumours, everyone knows Seacrest won’t be involved with the Regis and Kelly show. Mark is a strong possiblity and Cohen I don’t is a good fit.

  5. Megan says:

    For Regis and Kelly – ANYONE but Seacreast, please. He’s already too omnipresent as it is!

  6. Danielle H. says:

    Ryan S. already has too many lines cast out into the lake. The man has 100 different jobs/ things going on. I can’t see Cohen getting into this either. Maybe Mark? But it’d become totally gimmicky and totally reliant on those 2 as a couple, and when they are done the show would be done then.
    I’m sure there are other options being considered.

  7. KR says:

    I would love Neil Patrick Harris to take over as host.

  8. Ivan Helovanitch says:

    I bet this was an experience for him,pitty he can’t say what it is like.
    I wonder how much time is waisted on people that do this jackass type of thing and cost money to get them treated in hospital.