I’ve learned that MTV has decided not to go forward with comedy pilot Hot Mess following the recent departure of the project’s creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich. The decision comes as MTV brass are screening pilots for potential series pickups. Hot Mess had been considered a top contender based on strong testing and the pedigree of its creator, Awkward creator/executive Iungerich. But, like on Awkward, I hear Iungerich’s voice was at the core of Hot Mess, and, with her gone, MTV executives ultimately decided not to go forward with the project.
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,
Michael Beach has booked a recurring role on the Lifetime series The Client List starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a single mother working at a massage parlor. Beach will play the boyfriend of parlor owner Georgia (Loretta Devine), a former musician who owns the bar where she works. Beach, repped by Medavoy Management and Global Artists Agency, is recurring on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy and BET’s The Game.
MTV has assembled the cast of Hot Mess, a new pilot from Awkward creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich. Annabelle Stephenson, Matthew Atkinson, Mathew Botuchis and Shoshana Bush are set for the pilot, which Iungerich wrote and will direct. Hot Mess centers on Amanda Marshall (Stephenson), who is caught between her current and former boyfriend, and her close circle of friends from college. Atkinson plays Nick, a member of Amanda’s crew, with Botuchis as his partner in crime Todd. Bush is Vivi, Amanda’s closest girlfriend. Iungerich executive produces with Robyn Meisinger and Kim Fleary.
MTV quietly greenlit Hot Mess in September, well before this week’s executive shakeup at the network, with Susanne Daniels replacing head of programming David Janollari and co-head of scripted Clay Spencer exiting. Hot Mess has been shepherded by MTV’s other co-head of scripted Justin Levy, who is staying put and who also championed Iungerich’s breakout Awkward, which just received a People’s Choice Awards nomination for favorite cable comedy.