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.
The BET Awards, the capper to the cable channel’s annual BET Experience that annually overwhelms the L.A. Live entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, grabbed lots of online attention in this week’s Twitter TV ratings, reaching an unduplicated audience of 9.3 million Twitter users with nearly 10.9 million tweets, far and away the biggest Twitter-borne conversation about any non-sports show. On the sports side of Nielsen’s weekly rundown of TV-related Twitter conversations, it was all FIFA World Cup soccer games, led by matches featuring the teams from the United States and Mexico.
Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings attempt to measure the unduplicated audience of Twitter users who saw posts about a given broadcast during its first broadcast or within three hours before or after. In this case, the BET Awards overcame an unpromising early summer Sunday schedule to rock it out online, with a staggering number of tweets about the show. I can’t remember any other program in recent months with that many tweets (we’ve only been writing about this stuff since April or so, so mega events such as the Super Bowl and Oscars likely do much better, but then again, not much else has come close here since Deadline began tracking these numbers). There have been other shows that have reached a large audience, given the large followings of those talking about a show. But this show, from a relatively small basic-cable channel, is definitely an online overachiever.
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In yet another acquisition of a U.S. production company, the UK’s ITV has taken a controlling stake in DiGa Vision. The New York-based indie produces reality and scripted programming including MTV’s Teen Wolf. ITV is paying cash for 51% of the company with a put and call option to acquire the remainder in three to six years. In keeping with its typical acquisition strategy, ITV would pay an amount linked to the performance of DiGa over the period. ITV did not provide detailed financials. DiGa was launched in 2011 by former MTV executives Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley. Along with Teen Wolf, the slate includes MTV’s Girl Get Your Mind Right and Ke$ha: Crazy Beautiful Life. Auction-based format Celebrity Home Raiders will air on Lifetime in March. Paul Buccieri, president and CEO, ITV Studios U.S. Group, said, “Tony and Liz have an excellent track record in creating original, engaging and compelling reality and scripted programming with an impressive content pipeline which feeds into numerous networks. They’re a true creative force and will be a great addition to the ITV Studios US Group of companies. In the last 18 months, ITV has acquired controlling stakes in Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment and Thinkfactory Media in the U.S. as well as UK producers The Garden and Big Talk.
The midseason premiere drew a series-record 2.43M viewers Monday night. Teen Wolf, from creator/exec producer Jeff Davis and starring Tyler Posey, also pulled a 2.3 rating among ages 12-34, tying the Season 3 premiere’s record. The episode also hit series highs among teens (4.3 rating) and female teens (6.3). Afterward, MTV premiered Wolf Watch, a half-hour talker hosted by Teen Wolf‘s Jill Wagner, which drew a 1.4 in the demo.
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MTV‘s Teen Wolf will howl again for a fourth season, the network announced today at NY Comic-Con. That’s no surprise as werewolf series just enjoyed its most-watched season to date, with the second half of Season 3 set to premiere on January 6. To accompany its fourth season MTV will also debut Wolf Watch, a new Teen Wolf-centric talk show to air after each episode a la AMC‘s Talking Bad and Talking Dead. Cast member Jill Wagner will host the chat show joined by fellow stars and celebrity fans.
Singer/actor T.I. (Boss) will do a multiple-episode arc on the third season of the Showtime comedy series House Of Lies as Lukas, a clothing company co-owner with childhood friend “Dre” (guest star Mekhi Phifer), who enlist Marty (Don Cheadle) to help expand their empire. He is with UTA and Category 5 Entertainment’s Brian Sher.
Amir Arison (Homeland) has booked a recurring role on hit new NBC drama series The Blacklist, playing FBI Tech specialist Aram Mojtabi who is an enthusiastic, hardworking agent desperate to assimilate. Arison, repped by Bauman, Redanty and Shaul and Sweet 180, recurs in the upcoming 3rd season of HBO’s Girls. Read More »
Fans of MTV‘s creature comfort will have a happy new year: The series will return January 6 for its winter feeding. (Thankfully there won’t be a full moon.) The Tyler Posey-toplined Teen Wolf reappeared June 3 to series-high ratings, with viewership beating its old record by 10%. The series marked its fourth visit to Comic-Con by announcing the premiere date and debuting a midseason trailer. Pleasant dreams:
The Entourage movie, the fourth season of MTV’s Teen Wolf, the fifth season of Justified, the upcoming CBS Studios-produced King And Maxwell and Pretty Little Liars Season 5 are among the 31 projects picked this year in the state’s $100 million film and TV tax credit lottery, the California Film Commission announced today. Also on the list of winners is a previously unannounced sequel of Blumhouse’s upcoming horror/thriller feature The Purge, which debuts on June 7 from Universal.
Given the green light by Warner Bros back in January, the feature version of HBO’s eight season Hollywood series was always going to film a portion of its big screen debut in California but now they have a 20% tax credit to use. Among the others selected, Shane Brennan’s P.I. series King and Maxwell is one of the few new TV series to get subsidies this year and with a 25% tax credit, a move to California as a Relocating Series. Ordered earlier this year for 10-episode season by TNT, the pilot for the series, which stars Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney, was shot in Canada. There were a lot of familiar names this year too. This is the second year that Teen Wolf has received an allocation from the state program. It was selected as a Relocating TV Series in 2012, which made it automatically eligible this year under the Film Commission’s rules. TV series Justified and Pretty Little Liars, who already film in the Golden State and received tax credits last year as well, were re-eligible this year under regulations that place previously selected TV series at the top of the queue for future seasons. See the names of all of the winners of the 2013 California Production Tax Credit Lottery after the jump. Read More »
MTV will debut the first half of its 24-episode third season of Teen Wolf on Monday, June 3 at 10 PM. Based on the 1985 movie about a high school student-turned-werewolf, Season 3 will feature new (hairy) faces in Beacon Hills including Charlie and Max Carver as twin Alpha werewolves Ethan and Aiden; Gideon Emery as Deucalion, leader of the Alpha werewolves; Felisha Terrell as Kali, an Alpha werewolf; and Adelaide Kane as Cora, a tough 17-year-old who has ties to the Beacon Hills werewolf line. Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin and Holland Roden return to star. In its second season, the show was the No. 1 cable series among persons 12-34 in its time period and averaged a 1.6 rating, a 7% increase over Season 1.
Veteran British actor Mark Ryan has joined Starz’s upcoming series Black Sails, the eight-episode pirate adventure executive produced by Michael Bay that is set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Ryan will play Gates, Captain Flint’s (Toby Stephens) right-hand man. Ryan, who has been the on-set presence of the Autobots on all three Transformers movies, is managed by Sandy Oroumieh. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: MTV‘s Teen Wolf has added a quartet of young actors for Season 3. Desperate Housewives co-stars Charlie and Max Carver, Adelaide Kane and Felisha Terrell have landed recurring roles on the 24-episode third season of the show, based on the 1985 movie about a high school student-turned-werewolf. Teen Wolf starring Tyler Posey begins production next week in Los Angeles, where the MTV/MGM-produced show relocated from Atlanta after winning the California tax credit lottery. Read More »
MTV is bringing back Teen Wolf for a third season, it was announced today at Comic-Con. The show’s star Tyler Posey first teased fans that the show hadn’t been picked up to cries from the crowd before springing the real news. The upcoming season is for 24 episodes, twice the number of the first- and second-season orders. The pickup was expected as Teen Wolf was recently one of the winners of California’s $100 million tax-credit lotto, after it applied for the credit as a relocating series. It previously filmed in Atlanta but will shoot in LA next season. The announcement was made during the show panel at the packed 6A Ballroom that included executive producer Jeff Davis as well as series stars Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes previewing the upcoming season. It kicked off with a well-received preview of MTV’s new American version of the UK teen show The Inbetweeners.
At its upfront presentation today, MTV announced premiere dates for returning series Teen Wolf and Awkward and the upcoming Jersey Shore spinoff Snooki & JWoww (tralier below). Just like its series premiere last year, the second season of Teen Wolf will launch after the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 3 at 11 PM. The series will move into its regular Monday 10 PM slot the following night. MTV is changing the scheduling strategy for Awkward, whose first season aired at 11 PM. In Season 2, the breakout comedy is moving to primetime, paired with Snooki & JWoww, which will keep the time slot of the mothership Jersey Shore series, Thursday 10 PM, premiering on June 21. Awkward will follow at 10:30 PM on June 28. During the presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York, MTV also showcased its slate of new scripted and reality series: Catfish, Inbetweeners, Underemployed, Wake Brothers and Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous.
EXCLUSIVE: I hear that MTV is considering doubling its second-season order to Teen Wolf. In July, MTV renewed the supernatural drama, inspired by the 1985 movie, for a second season with a 12-episode pickup. Now I’ve learned that there are discussions to expand the order to 24 episodes, which would be filmed back-to-back with a short hiatus between them. The teen-skewing werewolf show starring Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed and Dylan O’Brien was MTV’s highest-rated new series this season until breakout hit Awkward came along. It averaged about 1.7 million viewers on Mondays at 10 PM. Creator Jeff Davis, Marty Adelstein, Michael Thorn, René Echevarria, Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley executive produce.
MTV has renewed freshman teen comedy Awkward for a second season. The news comes on the heels of the series, created and executive produced by Lauren Iungerich, hitting a series high 2.0 rating in persons 12-34 last week, up a whopping 21% from the week before. “The show is really resonating with our young audiences,” said MTV programming head David Janollari. “What I like about the show is that it first and foremost is a comedy but it’s also not afraid to be honest and emotional. It’s all about the voice of Jenna that Lauren Iungerich so brilliantly created, and with Ashley Rickards, we have an immensely watchable TV star who gives Jenna all the depth and humor and pathos and sympathy we’re looking for in a TV star”. Awkward is less than a month into its first-season run, with seven more episodes left to air. Season 2 will debut in 2012. In addition to Awkward, Iungerich is also shepherding a comedy pilot for MTV, the recently picked up Dumb Girls. This is the second scripted MTV series to be renewed this summer, following the recent pickup of Teen Wolf for a second season. Meanwhile, Skins and The Hard Times Of RJ Berger have been canceled after one and two seasons, respectively. Read More »
MTV has picked up Teen Wolf for a second season, the network announced today, calling for 12 new episodes to air in 2012. The teen-skewing werewolf show is the network’s highest-rated new series this season, attracting about 1.7 million viewers on Mondays at 10 PM, where it has doubled the time-period average compared with a year ago. Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed and Dylan O’Brien star. Creator Jeff Davis, Marty Adelstein, Michael Thorn, René Echevarria, Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley are executive producers; Russell Mulcahy is co-executive producer. David Janollari and Justin Levy are the MTV execs in charge of production. The series is a co-production with MGM in association with Lost Marbles Prods, First Cause and DiGa.