‘I Just Wants My Pants Back’ Fans Besiege Viacom Offices As Producers Continue To Shop Canceled MTV Series

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fans of MTV’s I Just Want My Pants Back took to the network’s offices in New York and Los Angeles last Wednesday to protest the recent cancellation of the praised comedy series. They were carrying some 500 pairs of … Read More »

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Doug Liman Reacts To ‘I Just Want My Pants Back’ Cancellation: “I’m Not Done Fighting’

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 5:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A day after MTV‘s surprising cancellation of freshman comedy I Just Want My Pants Back, the series’ driving force, executive producer/director Doug Liman says the news still hasn’t sunk in because no one at the show saw it coming. “They were so bullish on the show. MTV’s (head of programming) David Janollari told me that for an executive, this kind of shows come only a few times in a career. This was a month ago.”

Related: MTV Cancels ‘I Just Want My Pants Back; Comedy Series Looks For New Home

Liman said that his team was already working on Season 2 when the cancellation news came. “When the head of the network tells tells you how passionate he is and that he is bringing back the show, and when the studio tells you how profitable the show is, you start to work on next season.”

“I’m no stranger to disappointment,” he added, pointing out how the Sundance film festival passed on his cult 1996 movie Swingers. He also noted that he’s worked on shows that didn’t work and has accepted their demise. But Pants was different. “It’s really upsetting, not only because of how hard we worked but because of the way the series was received — it was one of MTV’s best reviewed shows ever. It also had solid ratings given its 11 PM slot. When a show works like this you don’t cancel it, it makes no sense.” Read More »

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Comedy Series ‘I Just Want My Pants Back’ Cancelled By MTV, Looking For New Home

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 4:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I Just Want My Pants Back CancelledMTV‘s comedy series I Just Want My Pants Back will not be coming back for a second season. The project, based on the book by David Rosen, launched to critical praise and strong … Read More »

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The End Of Producer Cards In TV? MTV Moves Logo Cards From End Of Shows

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 3:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The time of full-screen, slow-moving end credits on TV shows is long gone and forgotten as TV networks, in face of increased competition, are constantly looking for new ways to keep viewers from flipping the channel at the end of … Read More »

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VMAs Score MTV’s Biggest Audience Ever

By | Monday August 29, 2011 @ 2:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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Lady Gaga’s male alter ego and Beyoncé’s newly revealed baby bump boosted last night’s 2011 Video Music Awards to a record-breaking 12.4 million total viewers, the largest audience ever for MTV. In the network’s target persons 12-34 audience, the VMAs delivered a 10.8 rating (8.5 million), making it MTV’s most-watched telecast of all time in the demo. Versus last year’s show, the VMAs were up 8% with  persons 12-34 and 9% with total viewers. The 2011 VMAs now rank as the No. 1 cable telecast of 2011 with persons 12-34 and the No. 1 non-sports cable telecast of 2011 with total viewers. Read More »

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MTV Picks Up ‘I Just Want My Pants Back’ To Series

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV has picked up drama pilot I Just Want My Pants Back to series, the latest addition to the cable network’s rapidly expanding portfolio of scripted original series. The project, based on … Read More »

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MTV Greenlights ‘Pants’ Drama Pilot From Universal Cable Prods. & Doug Liman

Nellie Andreeva

MTV has greenlighted for production I Just Want My Pants Back, a drama pilot based on the book by David Rosen, which will be directed by Doug Liman. The project, from Liman and Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic and Universal Cable Prods., marks the first pilot order from an outside network for UCP, which has been ramping up development for unaffiliated cable networks in the past 6 months under SVP Maira Suro. It also falls under a two-year overall deal that Hypnotic has signed with UPC. Read More »

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