MTV made the long-awaited announcement to a room full of screaming fans at San Diego Comic-Con. The 20-episode fifth season will be split in two parts, similar to the way the supernatural high-school series aired in Season 3, which also was super-sized (24 episodes). Seasons 1, 2 and 4 each have consisted of 12 episodes running continuously. (Teen Wolf‘s fourth season renewal also was announced at a fan convention, the New York Comic-Con.)
Based on the Michael J. Fox-starring MGM movie, Teen Wolf was developed by Jeff Davis who also serves as executive producer with Russell Mulcahy, Marty Adelstein, René Echevarria, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley and Ian Stokes. The show has become a hit online, where fan tweets about it routinely put it in the Weekly Top 10 of Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings, one of only two or three scripted shows to grab one of those spots regularly.
Tyler Posey stars as Scott McCall, the title teen werewolf character. Posey, along with co-stars Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, as well as Davis, were on hand for a panel Q&A in the show’s fifth consecutive showing at Comic-Con.
At 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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“Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!” MTV‘s Happyland star Bianca Santos said this morning during the new series’ Q&A session at the TCA Summer TV Press Tour. “Now we have our lead!” responded journalists, in their heads — and one said out loud, in a follow-up question.
Right before the Q&A started, critics were treated to a clip from the pilot episode of the soapy teen comedy exploring the underbelly of a popular theme park. At the every end of the clip, Santos’ character, Lucy — around whom this show’s universe revolves — makes out with the theme park’s new hottie, only to discover they’re siblings– oh, yeah, SPOILER ALERT.
Understandably, that informed the questions they asked of the show panel up on stage – to the surprise, and weirdly, the annoyance of some panelists. Read More »
MTV’s new original family drama Finding Carter centers on a teenager (Kathryn Prescott) who learns the woman who she thought was her mother actually abducted her as a toddler and must adjust to life with her biological family while looking for her on-the-lam “mom” (whew).
One questioner today at TCA pointed out an unusual occurrence for the TV press tour: The 8-person panel of actors and executive producers included only one man. (The lineup: actors Prescott, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Milena Govich, Cynthia Watros, lone-guy Alexis Denisof and EPs Terri Minsky, Deb Spera and Maria Grasso.) Read More »
MTV has greenlighted a fourth season of docu-drama Catfish, the network announced today at TCA. Hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, the series is based on the 2010 documentary Catfish, which tracked the deceptive online romance in which Schulman became caught up. Catfish wrapped its third season earlier this week.
In December, MTV gave a script-to-series commitment to Shannara, a drama series based on Terry Brooks’ massive fantasy book series. Jon Favreau was set to direct and Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar to write, marking one of the most ambitious moves on the network’s scripted side since since Susanne Daniels became president. Now the fantasy is a reality, with a twist: MTV has greenlighted 10 episodes of the series, but scheduling conflicts have forced Favreau to exit the director’s chair, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ director Jonathan Liebesman coming aboard to direct first two episodes. He also will have an executive producer credit.
Favreau will stay on as executive producer. Gough and Millar, who worked with Daniels at WB Network on Smallville, will write and executive produce along with Brooks and Dan Farah (The Crow remake), and Sonar Entertainment is producing with MTV and distributing worldwide. The greenlight is set to be announced today at MTV’s session at TCA.
Shannara features plenty of young-adult adventure and romance to suite MTV’s target demographic (it would be compatible with MTV’s only successful drama series so far, Teen Wolf, which also has supernatural elements). The books — originally set up as a feature film at Warner Bros — are set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story centers on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.
Producers plan to base the show’s first season on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second title in the series and credited with setting the series’ place in the fantasy world. The first book in the series came out in 1977 and has spawned sequels, prequels and graphic novels, with the time-shifting and complexity of the series great enough that there’s even a page on Brooks’ website suggesting the best order in which to to read them. Read More »
Niko Pepaj has joined MTV’s Awkward as a recurring guest star. On the comedy, which has its midseason finale Tuesday, he will play Sergio, a confident and unflappable young man who works with Sadie (Molly Tarlov) on the food truck. Pepaj recurred on the ABC Family ballet dramedy Bunheads, and other TV credits include The Protector and the MTV telefilm My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 3. He next appears in The 420 Movie: Mary And Jane. Pepaj is repped by BCH Entertainment and JKA Talent Agency. Read More »
Here’s a first look at MTV‘s original family drama Finding Carter, about a teenager who learns the woman who she thought was her mother actually abducted her as a toddler and must adjust to life with her biological family while looking for her on-the-lam “mom.” Skins‘ Kathryn Prescott stars as Carter Stevens, with Cynthia Watros, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Alexis Denisof , Zac Pullam, Milena Govich, Meredith Baxter, Robert Pine, Eddie Matos, Alex Saxon, Jesse Henderson, and Stephen Guarino rounding out the cast. Terri Minsky, Deborah Spera, Maria Grasso, and Alexander Motlagh are exec producers. Finding Carter was created by Emily Silver. Series debuts July 8 at 10 PM PT/ET:
EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the Faking It season one finale tomorrow night, I’ve learned that MTV has ordered a 10-episode second season of the scripted comedy series. Faking It is the highest-rated new series launch on MTV so far this year, averaging a 1.5 rating among the network’s target demographic of persons 12-34 and 1.4 million total viewers each week. Airing at 10:30 PM, it retains nearly 90% of its lead-in, MTV flagship comedy Awkward, and regularly ranks as one of the Top 10 most socially-engaged primetime cable series on Tuesday. “Faking It has proved to be the perfect companion show to Awkward,” said Susanne Daniels, President of MTV Programming. “We’re excited about Carter Covington’s delicious plans for season two.” Created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov and executive produced by Covington, Faking It is a romantic comedy about two best friends, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk), who love each other – in slightly different ways. After numerous failed attempts to become popular, the girls are mistakenly outed as lesbians, which launch them to instant celebrity status. Seduced by their newfound fame, they decide to keep up their romantic ruse. Gregg Sulkin, Michael Willett and Bailey Buntain also star. Here is a sneak peek from tomorrow’s season finale:
Online video company Jukin Media named former Lifetime and MTV unscripted-TV executive Jessica Samet to head an expanded push into more traditional TV production. The company specializes in finding, acquiring and promoting viral videos online, and in turn licensing its content to video outlets online and in more traditional TV programming. Samet will be charged with developing TV formats around the company’s thousands of video clips and other content. Samet formerly was MTV’s SVP Development and Programming, where she helped develop Jackass, WildBoyz, and Viva La Bam. She also was SVP Reality Programming at Lifetime. Read More »
Colin Nash has been upped to SVP Series Development of West Coast Reality Programming at MTV. Nash, who joined the network in 2010 as VP Series Development, has worked on the reincarnation of Punk’d, Buckwild and contributed to the revitalization of MTV’s longest-running series, Real World with Season 29’s popular Real World: Ex-plosion, in addition to the Real World’s successful after shows. Additionally, Nash oversaw the special, Life Continued: Defeating Depression. In his new position, Nash will continue to oversee MTV’s West Coast-based development team and reality slate, including the upcoming Slednecks, Virgin Territory and the recently announced 30th season of Real World. Based in Santa Monica, he will continue to report to EVP Lauren Dolgen, MTV Head of West Coast Reality Programming. “When Colin asked him to come to MTV to the development side he was deep into his career as a prolific showrunner,” Dolgen said. “I was lucky that he said yes.” Nash has produced shows at MTV for most of his career, including the successful franchises The Hills, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The City.
As 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 »
About 2.8 million people tuned in to Sunday’s Conan O’Brien-hosted MTV Movie Awards, a million fewer viewers (-27%) than last year’s show. The 2013 trophy show clocked 3.8 million total viewers — up compared to previous year’s 3.2 million even though big winner Jennifer Lawrence didn’t show up, and Parks And Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza got thrown out. Those who watched Sunday’s fan-voted awards saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cop movie of the year, Mila Kunis hide her baby bump, Zac Efron lose his shirt and Mark Wahlberg score the MTV Generation Award — or, as he called it, the You’re Too Old To Come Back Award — and Eminem and Rihanna doing the TV debut of their hit “The Monster.”
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Sunday’s show also was down by double digits in the network’s core 12-34 demographic, pulling a 2.6 compared with last year’s 3.4 — a 23% drop — and the previous year’s 2.8. In 2012, the MTV Movie Awards pulled in 3.2 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in 12-34. That had all been good news because 2012 was down a troubling 28% in the demo from the 2011 show. Additionally, last year’s show was up 45% among adults 18-34 and up 44% with adults 18-49 compared to ’12.
Just ahead of tonight’s Season 1 finale, MTV announced it has picked up a second season of Are You The One?, a social experiment on modern love. According to MTV, Season 2 will feature new singles whisked away to another exciting location where they will immerse themselves in the challenge of discovering who their perfect matches are. More details will be announced later. Tonight’s finale culminates a 10-week social experiment where 10 women and 10 men participated in a rigorous matchmaking process created to quantify compatibility, including weekly tests of physical attraction, personality traits and relationship history assessments. The remaining daters tonight have one last shot at successfully finding their perfect match and possibly walking away with their share of the million-dollar prize. On April 1, MTV will air the Season 1 reunion special. Are You The One? is executive produced by Lighthearted Entertainment’s Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler. Scott Jeffress. Lauren Dolgen, Tiffany Lea Williams, Maura Madden and Matthew Parillo are Executives in Charge for MTV.
A pair of flicks that were shut out at the Oscars on Sunday lead the field for the erstwhile music network’s film nods. American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street snagged eight noms apiece for the 23rd MTV Movie Awards. Close behind are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with seven and We’re The Millers with six, including a coveted Best Shirtless Performance nom for Jennifer Aniston. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Dallas Buyers Club, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is The End and Best Picture champ 12 Years A Slave are next with four apiece. Conan O’Brien will serve as host of this year’s festivities, which air live on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The show — which last year switched from its longtime post-Memorial Day date to April — again relishes is such signature categories as Best Kiss, Best Scared-As-S**T Performance and #WTFMoment, The telecast is exec produced by Jesse Ignjatovic. Here are the nominees: Read More »
Comedian/late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, who has hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards, is now taking on emcee duties for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. O’Brien will make his MTV hosting debut at the April 13 ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, which will air live at 9 PM. “After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV’s second most prestigious awards show,” O’Brien deadpanned. The MTV Movie Awards is staying in April where they moved last year after a long history of airing after Memorial Day. The show, which drew 3.8 million viewers, was hosted by Rebel Wilson, whose ABC comedy series is executive produced by O’Brien. The 2014 MTV Movie Awards is exec produced by Jesse Ignjatovic.
UPDATED: MTV’s new regime has gone 4-for-4, picking up all four of its scripted pilots to series. The latest to get a series nod is thriller drama pilot Eye Candy, which has received an order for 10 episodes. The pilot, which will undergo extensive recasting and will be reshot, joins recently picked up coming of age drama Finding Carter, which has a 12-episode order, and new comedy series Faking It and Happyland, both with 8-episode pickups. Eye Candy, from top genre feature producer Jason Blum, stars Victoria Justice as tech genius Lindy who begins to suspect that one of her online suitors might be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the cyber-police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, she works with the hackers to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice. Co-starring with Justice in the Eye Candy pilot were Harvey Guillen, Nico Tortorella, Olesya Rulin, Justin Martin, and Lilan Bowden. Of them, only Guillen will stay on alongside Justice, with all other roles recast for a new pilot episode. Eye Candy, written by Emmy Grinwis and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, marks a departure for MTV. The network also has a pilot based on the Scream horror franchise, which is still being written.
MTV President of Programming Susanne Daniels has added another senior level programming executive to her team, hiring BBC Worldwide Prods.’ Elli Hakami as EVP of Current Series and Programming. She fills the void left by the May departure of EVP of programming and head of production Chris Linn who left to run TruTV. Based in New York, Hakami will oversee creation and development of MTV’s East Coast reality series, reporting to Daniels. She is the East Coast counterpart of Lauren Dolgen, who heads West Coast unscripted development. The senior exec on the scripted side is SVP Mina Lefevre whom Daniels brought over a year ago. Read More »