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Damage Control
GenreReality television
Created byPeter Bennett-Jones
Developed byRico Martinez
Written byEllie Barancik
Trent Haaga
Directed byClaudia Frank, Sebastian Doggart
Presented byPierre Bouvier
StarringKelly 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, Courtney Waldron, Rizwan Manji, Devin Ratray, David Lassiter, Alyssa Pridham, Mike Leya, Jake Fleisher, Topaz Adizes, Brian Drolet
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
Executive producersRico Martinez
Rabih Gholam
ProducerFrank Sutera
Production locationsNew Jersey, United States
EditorsDiana DeCilio, Alanna Yudin
Production companiesTiger Aspect Productions
Rico Martinez Productions
MTV Series Entertainment
Original networkMTV
Original releaseMarch 6 (2005-03-06) –
April 24, 2005 (2005-04-24)

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,[1] 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.


The format was created by UK company Tiger Aspect Productions Two eight-episode seasons were filmed before any episodes were aired.

MTV information

Damage Control's theme song was "Me Against the World", the fifth track from Still Not Getting Any..., the second album by Bouvier's band, Simple Plan.

Damage Control was aired on MTV on Sunday nights alongside Punk'd, Pimp My Ride, and Viva La Bam. Collectively, the four shows were known on MTV as the Sunday Stew lineup.