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MTV Cancels ‘Hard Times Of RJ Berger’

By | Friday August 12, 2011 @ 3:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was the first of MTV’s new generation of scripted series. Now The Hard Times of RJ Berger has been canceled after two seasons, series co-creator Seth Grahame-Smith tweeted earlier today. The series, which Grahame-Smith co-created with David Katzenberg, launched with 2.8 million viewers last year when it aired after the MTV Movie Awards. Its second-season premiere hit a series high of 3.1 million viewers airing behind Jersey Shore. But by the end of the second-season run in May, the series’ viewership had dropped below 1 million. RJ Berger, which stars Paul Iacono as a well-endowed high-school student, is the second MTV scripted series to be canceled following the axing of Skins after one season. Teen Wolf has been renewed for a second season, and new comedy Awkward appears a lock for a second-season renewal after hitting a series high in persons 12-34 this week. Coming up is the premiere of Death Valley on Aug. 29 and a post-Video Music Awards sneak of I Just Want My Pants Back, and the October launch of animated comedies Beavis and Butt-head and Good Vibes. The Inbetweeners is in production for a 2012 debut.

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UPDATE: Signings by ICM, WME, Gersh

UPDATED: ICM has signed actor clients including Emmy-winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk for 8 seasons) from CAA, Melissa George (In Treatment) from Paradigm, and Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) from WME. In addition, the agency signed away from UTA new motion picture lit clients Steven Rogers (Enchanted Inc, P.S. I Love You, Kate & Leopold) and Japanese horror movement pioneer Takashi Shimizu (English-language remakes of The Grudge 1 & 2). ICM’s International & Independent film department is packaging Shimizi’s next project Parasyte produced by Ozla Pictures, the Jim Henson Company, and Angry Films.

WME has signed Michael Patrick O’Brien, who is about to start his 2nd year as a writer for Saturday Night Live; Paul Iacono who stars as the title character in MTV’s highest-rated scripted show The Hard Times Of RJ Berger; indie film star and West Wing standout Allison Janney who is managed by Thruline Entertainment; Melina Kanakaredes who just finished a 6-year starring role in CSI:NY, Kerry Bishe, one of the stars of Ed Burns’ film Nice Guy Johnny and who last season was a new cast member on ScrubsLuke Bracey, the male lead of Monte Carlo; Jane Goldman, who co-wrote Stardust, The Debt, and Kick-Ass and is  currently writing on X-Men: First ClassAndrew Barrer & Gabe Ferrari, whose screenplay Die In A Gunfight is currently being developed with Zac Efron attached to star and Mark Gordon attached to produce; Ian Deitchman & Kristin Rusk Robinson who have Life As We Know It coming out this October from Warner Bros; W Kamau Bell, standup comedian whose one-man show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in … Read More »

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