Girl Code, a spin-off of MTV2′s Guy Code has been picked up for a second season by MTV. The series features female comics giving viewers tips about womanhood, covering everything from frenemies, girl fights and cutting bathroom lines, to dancing drinking and dating. Two new episodes are set to air Tuesday at 9:30 PM and 10:30 PM. Girl Code ranks as the No. 1 original cable series in its time slot with P12-34, and is the No. 1 program across all TV in its time slot with W12-34. Additionally, it’s currently the most social MTV reality series on air, and ranks in the Top 10 for all TV shows each week. Girl Code, an original production by Viacom Media Networks, was developed by Ryan Ling who also serves as executive producer. Darin Byrne and Paul Ricci executive produce for MTV. Laura Murphy directs.
Changes are afoot at MTV. Head of Programming Susanne Daniels announced today that Lauren Dolgen was named Head of West Coast Reality, EVP of Series Development for MTV. It also was announced that Kimberly Rach and Andrew Portnoy will now co-head production for MTV and Chris Linn, EVP of Programming and Head of Production will be leaving MTV in the next few weeks. He has joined Turner Broadcasting as president, head of programming at truTV. You can read MTV’s full release below:
New York, NY/Santa Monica, CA (May 28, 2013) – MTV President of Programming Susanne Daniels today announced that Lauren Dolgen has been promoted to Head of West Coast Reality Programming, Executive Vice President of Series Development for MTV. Her previous title had been Head of West Coast Reality, SVP Series Development. In her expanded new position, Dolgen will oversee the strategic creation and development of all of the network’s west coast based reality television slate, including oversight of such current hits as “Teen Mom 2,” and “Ridiculousness,” the upcoming “Teen Mom 3,” as well as adding on the next season of “The Real World” to her responsibilities, among others. Based in Santa Monica, she will continue to report to Susanne Daniels.
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:
Almost two decades after the debut of Singled Out, which launched the TV careers of Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy, MTV is betting on another dating show for the 18-34 set. I’ve learned that the network …
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It’s now been 22 years since Jonathan Murray and his late partner Mary Ellis Bunim created MTV‘s The Real World and thereby unofficially launched the reality television genre in its current form. The show is still on the air, in its astonishing 28th season, and Murray took a few minutes to reminisce this afternoon following a panel for his second-year Oxygen tattoo competition reality series Best Ink. He was asked how long Real World could conceivably run. The short answer: It will definitely see at least a 29th season (currently in pre-production) and has demonstrated that it still has some gas left in the tank after a slow start to Season 28, rising 77% in ratings since its premiere. As for how long Real World can remain on the air, Murray reveals that the question has been posed to him repeatedly over the years. “What I say is, it will be on the air as long as people want to see it,” he says. “We love doing it and every year is a challenge. Every year we come away saying we could have done this better, done that better. But every year we change the location, we tinker with it, we sort of reinvent it every year.” Murray also says he spends little time worrying about where the reality genre is heading. “The good stuff rises, finds an audience, stays on the air,” he stresses.
MTV said today it was “not appropriate” to continue with a second season of Buckwild after the death of star Shain Gandee, though the network will air a special, Buckwild: WV To NYC, on April 14. n Tuesday, a week after the 21-year-old reality TV star was discovered dead in West Virginia, the network decided to permanently pull the plug on the series, which MTV had renewed for a second season in February. The network says the special was shot before production had started on the show’s now-scrapped second season and has the blessing of Gandee’s parents. Buckwild: WV To NYC will feature a short tribute to Gandee, network sources say. MTV halted filming on Season 2 of the show called “the Jersey Shore Of Appalachia” on April 1 after Gandee’s body and two others were found dead in a car near Sissonville, WVa. Here’s the statement MTV released today:
UPDATE, 12:53 PM: Filming has been halted on the second season of MTV’s Buckwild today due to the death of the show’s Shain Gandee, a network spokesperson told me. MTV will not say if the production shutdown is permanent, nor is it clear whether the reality show will go forward or whether Gandee will be featured in upcoming episodes if Buckwild Season 2 does air. Gandee, who was found dead on Monday in West Virginia, was one of nine cast members on the hit show. MTV renewed Buckwild for a second season on February 6.
PREVIOUSLY, 10:45 AM: Buckwild’s Shain Gandee has died, MTV has confirmed, after sheriff’s deputies discovered the 21-year-old reality TV star and two others dead in a car today near Sissonville, WVa. He had not been seen since earlier in the weekend. “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly,” the network said in a statement today.
EXCLUSIVE: In a major shakeup on MTV‘s comedy pilot Hot Mess, I have learned that the project’s creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich has departed. “We mutually agreed to part ways on the Hot Mess pilot,” a rep for MTV said. The move comes as I hear Hot Mess tested very well and was heading into next week’s MTV screenings as a frontrunner for a series pickup. The pilot had already been exploring writer staffing in anticipation of a series order. I hear Iungerich recently made the difficult decision to leave the project she had worked on for several years for a combination of creative and personal reasons. She remains committed to her MTV series Awkward, which is currently filming its 20-epsode third season. Iungerich is Awkward’s creator/executive producer. Hot Mess was picked up to pilot by the previous MTV regime. The pilot was wrapping casting when Susanne Daniels in November was announced as new head of programming, replacing David Janollari. She was joined by ABC Family’s Mina Lefevre as SVP and Head of Scripted Programming at the end of January. I hear Daniels and Lefevre are high on Hot Mess,
Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted lead the 2013 MTV Movie Awards nominations with seven each. Silver Linings Playbook follows with six nods and the final installment in the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, nabbed five. The Avengers, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Pitch Perfect and Skyfall all have four noms each. Rebel Wilson, nominated for Best Female Performance and Breakthrough Performance for her role as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, hosts the annual celebration of movies, actors and music. She’ll be joined by Will Ferrell, who’ll receive MTV’s inaugural Comedic Genius Award. The show airs live on MTV at 9 PM ET on Sunday, April 14. The complete list of nominees follows: