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TCA: ‘Virgin Territory’ Not Your Usual MTV Fare

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:02pm PDT

TCA: ‘Virgin Territory’ Not Your Usual MTV FareAt today’s TCA, MTV Head of Programming Susanne Daniels acknowledged that the channel deciding to air a series on virginity is a lot like “Snooki and JWoww on Meet The Press.”

But both the exec and the creative forces behind MTV’s new docuseries Virgin Territory (launching July 16) said they believe MTV is doing a public service by examining the young generation’s thoughts on virginity.
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MTV Orders 3 New Reality Series, Renews ‘Snooki & JWOWW’, ‘Real World’, ‘Girl Code’

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

mtvAs part of unveiling its slate to advertisers at its upfront presentation in New York today, MTV has announced the pickup of three new unscripted series, the Alaska-based Slednecks, from the producers of the network’s Buckwild; extreme dancing competition Beyond Dance; and the based-on-true-stories One Bad Choice. Additionally, the network has ordered new seasons of Snooki & JWOWW, Real World and Girl Code and has set premiere dates for new family drama series Finding Carter (watch the first trailer below) and  Rob Dyrdek’s cooking show The Snack-Off as well as return dates for Teen Wolf and Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness. MTV2 will debut a second season of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out this summer. On the music front, MTV is rolling out a new documentary series, 9 Days and Nights, that tells the story of one artist at a turning point in their life and career. The first 60-minute installment, set to a June launch, will feature British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, with appearances by Taylor Swift and Pharrell Williams. MTV sibling Logo TV is partnering with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’s Milojo Prods. for The Secret Guide to Fabulous Living (working title), a 30-minute comedic “how to” series, which will premiere this summer. Here are details on MTV’s new series: Read More »

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‘Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence’ Pilot Part Of WE TV’s 2014-15 Slate

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 9:27am PDT

We_tv_logo_2011 (1)WE tv‘s slate of unscripted original programming for 2014-2015 includes a one-hour pilot of Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence, a relationship-based competition show in which Sheen puts engaged couples to the ultimate test by challenging how well they think they know their intended. "Scary Movie V" - Los Angeles PremiereThe pilot is currently in production in Los Angeles and was announced today during WEtv’s upfront presentation. The network also greenlighted the new series Match Made In Heaven, Mystery Millionaire and David Tutera’s CELEBrations and renewed the popular shows Kendra On Top, Marriage Boot Camp and the Braxton Family Values spinoff Tamar & Vince. In addition to the network’s growing unscripted efforts, WE tv will debut its first original scripted series, The Divide, this July. The network previously announced the fourth season of Braxton Family Values, second season of SWV Reunited, and the new series Love Thy Sister debuting this summer. Here’s a complete description of its slate: Read More »

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‘Jersey Shore’ Star The Situation Gets TVGN Reality Series

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 10:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mike "The Situation" SorrentinoFormer Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will headline a new reality series at TVGN. The cable network has ordered The Sorrentinos, an eight-episode half-hour docu-comedy series featuring Sorrentino and his family—Mike (youngest brother), Linda (mother), Marc (middle brother), Melissa (sister) and Frank (older brother). Production starts this week in New Jersey. “The reality of the situation is… for the first time, fans and the general public, will be able to see and, well, meet Michael Sorrentino,” said The Situation. “This next chapter of my life is about sobriety and family, and I’m stoked to take people on this journey with us.” The Sorrentinos is executive produced by Julie and Seth Jarrett of Jarrett Creative (Boston’s Finest). Sorrentino is the latest Jersey Shore star to get their own series. Nicole Polizzi, Jennifer Farley and Paul DelVecchio headlined Jersey Shore spinoffs for MTV, Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project.

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FremantleMedia Acquires Majority Stake In SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Prods.

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

495ProdsThe consolidation of independent unscripted production companies continues, with FremantleMedia buying a 75% stake in SallyAnn Salsano‘s 495 Prods. with the option to acquire the remaining 25%g in the future. Founded in 2006 by Salsano, 495 Prods. is behind such unscripted series as MTV’s Jersey Shore and spinoffs Snooki And JWOWW, The Show With Vinny and The Pauly D Project; Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares, which FremantleMedia distributes internationally, and Repo Games; MTV’s dating show Friendzone and the daytime syndicated talk show The Real. The company also produces Jerks With Cameras for MTV, Tattoos After Dark for Oxygen and CMT breakout hit Party Down South. “Our ambition is to continue to grow 495 Productions in the U.S. and to broaden its global footprint even further through our extensive distribution and production network,” FremantleMedia CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said. Read More »

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TCA: MTV Sets Miley Cyrus Documentary, Comedy Pilot Pickups, ‘Scream’ Writers

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT

MTV announced today a Miley Cyrus feature documentary, and premieres for docu-series Generation Cryo and Nurses, in addition to renewals for shows including Teen Wolf, the third season of Snooki & JWOWW and the fall season of Awkward. The announcements were among those made today by Susanne Daniels, President of MTV Programming, during the network’s presentation at the TCA summer press tour.

The one-hour Cyrus feature film produced by MTV’s News and Docs team will follow her as she works on her new album and delves into the “transformation” she has experienced over the past few years — from Disney princess to TMZ fave. Premiering this fall, it follows in the footsteps of similar documentaries that have featured the likes of Lady Gaga, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and most recently Demi Lovato.

Additionally, Daniels announced pilot pickups of comedies Faking It (working title) from Carter Covington (10 Things I Hate About You) and Happyland (working title) from Ben Epstein and executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (Smash). Faking It  revolves around two best friends who will do almost anything to fit in and be popular in high school — including pretending to be something they are not. Happyland is a soapy teen comedy which explores the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks and those who work there.

Daniels also announced that writers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds) have been tapped to write the horror drama pilot Scream, which is based on the successful film franchise with Dimension Films. Read More »

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It’s Official: ‘The Real’ Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 10:41am PDT

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: ‘The Real’ Getting Summer Trial Run On Fox Stations

Telepictures Prods. today officially announced The Real, a new female panel daily syndicated talk show, which is getting a summer trial run on Fox stations. The announcement provided more details about the talker, hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai. The show, distributed by Warner Bros Domestic TV Distributiin, will launch on July 15 and will air in seven markets: LA, NY, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston and Tampa. Jersey Shore executive producer SallyAnn Salsano serves as executive producer. Here is the release, including The Real‘s airtimes in the different markets.

“The Real” is led by five bold, diverse and outspoken hosts — Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley. These women reflect the home audience and unapologetically say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through their candid conversations about topics ranging from their own personal lives to the news of the day to beauty, fashion and relationships.

These women are all going through varied life experiences, including new motherhood, new marriages, dating or singledom, that relate to every woman’s own trials and tribulations. Unlike other talk shows, each of the five hosts is admittedly a “work in progress” and fearlessly

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MTV Announces ‘Scream’ Pilot, New Reality Series And ‘Snooki & JWoww’ Renewal

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 1:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

At its upfront today, MTV is announcing a pilot order to a series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise Scream. At the event, held at the Beacon Theatre in New York, the cable network announced new unscripted series Generation Cryo, Nurse Nation as well as The Hook-Up, which Deadline wrote about yesterday. Additionally, Snooki & JWOWW has been renewed for a third season.

MTV is working on Scream with the films’ producer, the Weinsteins’ Dimension Films and former top MTV execs Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley’s DiGa Vision, which is behind MTV’s Teen Wolf and new reality series Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life. The project originally landed at MTV almost a year ago, brought in by previous MTV programming head David Janollari. The pilot green light is suprising, given the fact that there is no specific concept or a writer for the adaptation yet. The network recently met with a number of potential writers but didn’t settle on an idea. Still, MTV has big plans for the project, announcing that the potential series already has been slated for a summer 2014 debut. Dimension is in discussions with the films’ original director Wes Craven to direct the pilot.

In other MTV announcements, Nick Cannon’s re-imagined improv comedy show Nick Cannon Presents Wild N Out will premiere on MTV2 on July 9, and MTV2 is adding new series Guy Court to its slate. Here are descriptions of MTV’s newly picked up unscripted series: Read More »

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Is Viacom Poised For A Turnaround?

Investors seem to think so as ratings improve at key networks led by Nickelodeon and MTVViacom shares — which closed Friday at $57.78 — are up 7.8% so far in 2013, and about 20% over the last six months. But analysts are divided about when the company might benefit from the upturn, and how significant it could be. Macquarie Equities Research’s Tim Nollen became more optimistic this morning as he raised his price target to $62 from $47 ahead of January 31, when the entertainment company releases its earnings results for the last three months of 2012. Solid performances by shows including iCarly and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles helped Nickelodeon beat Disney Channel in total-day viewers for 16 of the last 17 weeks, he notes — and Nick’s performance will look especially impressive in February when compared to last year when its ratings were down 30%. Although MTV’s ratings are still down by double-digit percentages, if that changes with shows including Snooki & JWOWW and Buckwild then it “would ease concerns that we and others have had about Viacom’s ability to replenish content,” Nollen says. Janney Capital Markets’ Tony Wible also cited the ratings last week when he upped Viacom to “buy” from “neutral” with a $65 target price. In addition, he’s upbeat about “a more promising Paramount slate, and a lean expense structure.” Read More »

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Fox Sets Hosts For Celebrity Diving Special

By | Monday December 24, 2012 @ 2:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that TV presenters Kyle Martino and Becky Baeling are set as hosts of Fox‘s Stars In Danger: The High Dive two-hour reality special, which will air on Wednesday January 9. The two join Olympic diving medalist and commentator Troy Dumais, who will be providing expert commentary. The celebrity cast of the special includes Jersey Shore co-star JWoww, Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills‘ Kyle Richards, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and former NFL star Terrell Owens. Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ Soft In Series Finale

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 4:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

It was time. Despite a blanket campaign surrounding the final season of MTV‘s Jersey Shore, the former ratings juggernaut whimpered to the finish line. Last night’s series finale drew 3.1 million viewers, a third of the audiences the reality series commanded in its heyday. It was up 55% from last week’s episode but down 33% from the current season’s premiere and the lowest-rated season finale ever. Among adults 12-34, the Jersey Shore finale posted a still-potent 2.8 rating. Besides turning around the MTV fortunes and becoming an instant pop culture phenomenon when it burst into the scene in 2009, Jersey Shore spawned two spinoff series: Snooki & JWoww, which was renewed for a second season, and The Paulie D Project, which is unlikely to return.

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Fox Sets Premiere Date, Cast For Celebrity Diving Special

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 12:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

JwowwFox has slotted its Stars In Danger: The High Dive two-hour reality special for Wednesday January 9. Jersey Shore co-star JWoww, Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills‘ Kyle Richards, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and former NFL star Terrell Owens are among the celebrities tapped for the Bunim/Murray-produced special based on a long-running German format. Fox greenlighted the special in October, shortly after ABC gave a series order to the similar Celebrity Diving, which was just scheduled to premiere March 19.

After an intense training period, the eight celebrities in Stars In Danger will compete in a series of Olympic-style dives, including solo high diving and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights. Providing expert commentary during the special will be Olympic diving medalist and commentator Troy Dumais. Here is the full cast list: Read More »

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MTV Greenlights Talk Show Hosted By ‘Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 10:27am PST

With Jersey Shore nearing its end, another cast member of the blockbuster reality series is staying at MTV with a new show. The network has greenlighted hybrid talk show/reality series The Show With Vinny hosted by Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino. Executive produced by Jersey Shore mastermind SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Prods, the series will be set at Guadagnino’s family home in Staten Island, NY.

The Show With Vinny, which sounds a lot like UK’s The Kumars At No. 42, combines the reality of Guadagnino’s home life with off-the-cuff and unscripted interviews with stars invited over to break bread. It will feature a host of real characters from Guadagnino’s personal life, from his ultimate hostess mother Paula to party boss Uncle Nino and more. Celebrities will share a meal and a candid conversation about whatever comes up complete with lots of commentary from Vinny’s peanut gallery of loved ones. No studio or audience; just family, food and big friggin’ stars. “Vinny’s unique mix of humor, intelligence, curiosity and heart make him the perfect choice for this genre busting take on the interview format,” said Chris Linn, MTV EVP Programming and Head of Production. Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ To End Run After Next Season

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 9:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With some of its stars off to topline their own spinoffs and start a family, ratings starting to come down to earth and cast salary demands escalating, MTV is ending its blockbuster reality show Jersey Shore. The upcoming season 6 of the series, which premieres Oct. 4, will be its last, MTV said.
MTV has lined up a slew of Jersey Shore farewell programming beginning on Sept. 6, the night of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The full-day celebration will kick-off  at 11 AM with a Jersey Shore marathon. At 6 PM, MTV will air Gym, Tan, Look Back, a retrospective special, which will feature a sneak peak from the final season. AT 7 PM, Jersey Shore cast members will discuss the end of the show on the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show red carpet. Following  Season Six premiere on October 4, the new episodes of the final episodes will be followed by Jersey Shore encore programming at 11 PM.
Jersey Shore is MTV’s highest rated series ever in history and has ranked as the #1 cable series for P12-34 for all five of its previous seasons. It aired internationally, spawned spinoff series The Pauly D Project and Snooki & JWOWW, which has been renewed for a second season, and inspired two international versions: Geordie Shore in the UK and Gandia Shore in Spain. Jersey Shore is executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano from 495 Prods. Concept created by Anthony … Read More »

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MTV Sets ‘Jersey Shore’ Season Premiere Date, Series Renewals: TCA

By | Friday August 3, 2012 @ 10:46am PDT

At today’s TCA, MTV announced that the 6th season of Jersey Shore will premiere Thursday October 4 at 10 PM. The network also says it will be picking up second seasons of Snooki & JWoww and Money From Strangers. Here’s the release:

Beverly Hills, CA (August 3, 2012)—The much-anticipated premiere date for season six of “Jersey Shore,” along with the premiere dates for new and returning series, and season two renewals for “Snooki & JWOWW” and “Money From Strangers,” were among the announcements today by David Janollari, Head of MTV Programming, during the network’s presentation at the Summer 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour. MTV also unveiled an all-new clip from the upcoming comedy “The Inbetweeners,” set to debut on Monday, August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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MTV’s ‘Awkward’ Up In Second Season Premiere, ‘Snooki & JWoww’ Slips In Week 2

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 2:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The season two premiere of MTV’s comedy series Awkward in an upgraded 10:30 PM time slot drew 2.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among people P12-34 last night. That was up 29% in both total viewers and 12-34 over the July 2011 series premiere when Awkward aired at 11 PM on Mondays, following Teen Mom. Last night, Awkward impressively built onto its lead-in, Jersey Shore offshoot Snooki & JWoww (2.06 million viewers) which was down a modest 6% from its series premiere last Thursday. Including the premiere episode and two encore airings, Awkward drew in a combined 3.8 million total viewers.

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MTV’s ‘Snooki & JWoww’ Off To So-So Start

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 3:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Snooki and Jwoww ShowThe Jersey Shore franchise is validating the old adage that “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The second spinoff from the blockbuster reality series, Snooki & JWoww, drew 2.4 million viewers in its debut last night. That was a third of the audience that tuned in for the most recent Jersey Shore season premiere. Snooki & JWoww also debuted lower that the first Jersey Shore spinoff, The Pauly D Project, which opened with 2.9 million viewers in March, a sign that the multiple spinoffs are likely diluting the franchise. Overall, 2.4 million is an OK number, on par with MTV’s reality staple Teen Mom, but given Snooki’s status of a pop culture and tabloid fixture, the premiere probably should’ve done better. In its defense, Snooki & JWoww had the tentpole 10 PM position while Pauly D aired at 10:30 behind Punk’d. Among persons 12-34, Snooki & JWoww averaged a 2.1 rating to rank as Thursday’s No. 1 original series of the day in the demo. Starting next week, the reality comedy will be used as a lead-in for the second season of scripted comedy Awkward.

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MTV Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Snooki & JWoww’, ‘Teen Wolf’ And ‘Awkward’

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

At its upfront presentation today, MTV announced premiere dates for returning series Teen Wolf and Awkward and the upcoming Jersey Shore spinoff Snooki & JWoww (tralier below). Just like its series premiere last year, the second season of Teen Wolf will launch after the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 3 at 11 PM. The series will move into its regular Monday 10 PM slot the following night. MTV is changing the scheduling strategy for Awkward, whose first season aired at 11 PM. In Season 2, the breakout comedy is moving to primetime, paired with Snooki & JWoww, which will keep the time slot of the mothership Jersey Shore series, Thursday 10 PM, premiering on June 21. Awkward will follow at 10:30 PM on June 28. During the presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York, MTV also showcased its slate of new scripted and reality series: Catfish, Inbetweeners, Underemployed, Wake Brothers and Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous.

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‘Jersey Shore’ Spinoff Finally Finds Home

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 9:02am PST

It looks like MTV’s Jersey Shore spinoff starring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley has found a place to shoot after being turned down last week by Hoboken”s film commission. Jersey City, N.J, has issued a permit for the show, which is expected to begin lensing this month. Hoboken’s film commission had denied the request, citing safety and quality of life concerns for a shoot that asked for a 24-hour filming permit to follow the pair around. Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said he believes the spinoff will help promote the city.

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