13 items from 2017
From showtime’s “Twin Peaks” to the upcoming “Dynasty” on the CW, reboots and revivals are flooding the airwaves, so it is no surprise that those behind the reality television genre want to capitalize on the nostalgia craze, too. An overwhelming wave of reality revival development is now thriving across broadcast, cable, and streaming networks.
“America’s Next Top Model” spent 22 cycles on broadcast television — premiering on Upn before that network merged with the WB to become the CW, where “Top Model” continued for almost a decade — before it was cancelled, only to be subsequently resurrected just months later on Viacom staple VH1.
“As one of the most iconic pop culture and fashion formats of all time, we felt that ‘America’s Next Top Model’ fit perfectly into VH1’s brand values,” says Nina Diaz, MTV and VH1’s head of unscripted.
The show’s syndicated run on the network from 2004-2007 was a proven performer as »
- Danielle Turchiano
The SiAngie twins brought this hip-hop star back to the 'My Super Sweet 16' stage. »
- Tina Smithers Peckham
In a sneak peek from the upcoming 'My Super Sweet 16,' the birthday girls get some difficult news. »
- Jordana Ossad
MTV News is being restructured with an eye toward creating more video and short-form content for a younger audience, Variety has learned.
The move comes seven months after Chris McCarthy was named president of MTV, and on the heels of a reorganization of the network’s linear-programming department. The transition will see resources shift from long-form journalism to the development of short-form video pieces.
Among the most significant changes — MTV has reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America East to represent MTV News staff members. As part of that agreement, MTV News is parting ways with fewer than a dozen staffers and several freelancers. The news division is in the process of hiring additional personnel to focus on video and short-form content.
Plans to reorganize the news division had been in the works prior to February, when the WGA East notified MTV that it would seek a contract on behalf of MTV News employees. MTV »
- Daniel Holloway
MTV is set to launch a new comedy game show called “SafeWord,” the network announced Monday.
From the producers of “Lip Sync Battle” and hosted by Terrence J, the series will feature celebrity guests such as Kevin Hart, Damien Dante Wayans, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, Lala Anthony, Amber Rose, “13 Reasons Why” cast mates Ross Butler and Justin Prentice, Charlamagne Tha God, Drake Bell, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler and more.
The series is based off the U.K. format that aired on itv2 and was originally developed and produced by Stv Productions and Motion Content Group. In each episode, the celebrity guests will partner with superstar comedians, including Carly Aquilino, Sam Jay, Ricky Velez, Leonard Ouzts, Taylor Tomlinson, Akaash Singh, Matt Pavich, Sherry Cola to help them play a series of games in front a live audience. Throughout multiple rounds, the teams go head-to-head daring each other in a variety of challenges including »
- Joe Otterson
The new MTV installment of “Fear Factor’s” premiere on Tuesday gave the Viacom-owned network its biggest series premiere in two years, according to Nielsen data.
The competition show, which is hosted by actor and rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, delivered a 0.8 rating in adults 18-34, the target demographic for the network, in addition to almost one million total viewers. That demo rating is a 164% improvement over the 10 p.m. Tuesday time period average. It was also Tuesday’s number one unscripted show on cable in adults 18-34 and helped deliver MTV’s best Tuesday in a year and a half.
Anthony Carbone, Charles Wachter, Kevin Wehrenberg, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg serve as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America. Nina L. Diaz, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are executive producers for MTV.
“Fear Factor” is one of several shows MTV is launching as the network shifts its focus to attracting younger viewers. “The »
- Joe Otterson
Almost three years after its launch, Musical.ly stands as a popular content platform, particularly among young viewers. Now, the mobile streaming app wants to connect those viewers to the media companies eager to reach them. According to Bloomberg, Musical.ly has talked with major conglomerates like Viacom and NBCUniversal about original content that would premiere on the app over the summer.
Bloomberg’s sources said the upcoming shows will be “participatory and interactive, instead of feeling heavily produced,” and they will go beyond the music category through which Musical.ly built its audience, but few details about specific programs are known at this time. MTV, a Viacom-owned company, has made known its intent to revive its cult classic My Super Sweet 16 through Musical.ly, though a release date has not yet been set.
Viacom and NBCUniversal are likely interested in grabbing a piece the Musical.ly pie, given »
- Sam Gutelle
The launch of MTV’s new unscripted Sunday night programming block delivered strong ratings among young female viewers.
The reboot of “My Super Sweet 16” and the new series “Promposal” both showed significant increases in both female teens and with women 18-24. “My Super Sweet 16” boosted the time period average among female teens by 123% and out-performed MTV’s new series average in that demographic for the year by 158%. The episode also improved in women 18-24 compared to the time period average from last year by 19% and the new series average for the year by 61%.
The series debut of “Promposal” improved in the time period average among female teens by 120% and surpassed MTV’s new series average for the year by 189%. In women 18-24, the episode also marked a 35% increase versus the same time period last year and was up 96% versus the new series average for the year.
The ratings come as welcome news at the Viacom-owned »
- Joe Otterson
MTV is teaming up with popular lip-synching app Musical.ly as it seeks to revive My Super Sweet 16, a cult-classic series that originally debuted in 2005, chronicling the lavish birthday parties of American teens.
As part of the partnership, Musical.ly users (who are known as 'musers') can apply to be featured on the show by submitting a video today using the hashtag #MySuperSweetAudition and describing what their forthcoming birthday parties will entail. Producers will then select applicants to move on to the next round. This marks the first time that MTV has used an app to cast one of its series, according to the company.
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- Geoff Weiss
MTV is reviving mid-2000s hit My Super Sweet 16 with the help of a modern-day social network.
The cable net has partnered with Musical.ly, an app for creating and sharing short, looping videos set to popular music, to cast an upcoming episode of the forthcoming series.
Beginning Monday, Musical.ly users — known as "musers" — can submit entry videos on the app using the hashtag #MySuperSweetAudition for the chance to be featured in a future episode. Musical.ly and MTV will review the videos and select some of their creators to move on to a second round with My Super Sweet 16's producers.
- Natalie Jarvey
Lily Neumeyer was named head of development for both MTV and VH1, an expansion of her duties at the latter network, where she supervised original programming development and other talent-driven projects.
She will continue to report to Nina L. Diaz, who heads unscripted for MTV and VH1.
Neumeyer joined VH1 in July from A&E, where she served as vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming at A&E, where she developed and executive produced “Duck Dynasty.” Neumeyer also developed and executive produced “Wahlburgers,” starring Mark and Donnie Wahlburg, and “Nightwatch.”
“Lily is among the sharpest development executives in the industry, with the track record to prove it,” said Diaz, in a prepared statement. “She continues to play a big role in driving VH1’s success and I know she’ll bring the same creativity, passion and results to MTV.”
Neumeyer began her career at MTV, where she developed “My Super Sweet 16″ and “Juvies.” Neumeyer »
- Brian Steinberg
My Super Sweet 16 was never MTV's most wholesome show, but the reboot is looking . . . extreme? The network released a tongue-in-cheek teaser on Thursday, and the way they're marketing it now is incredibly bizarre. The teaser features a girl doing drugs with her parents - her dad is washing his face with cocaine like it's a Neutrogena ad - as a cover of the original theme song plays. The press release states: "The hit reality series returns with a format open to girls and boys wishing to significantly increase their followers on social media by showcasing their extravagant parties with the help of MTV." I feel old. Related:17 Beloved Shows That Are Ending in 2017 »
- Maggie Pehanick
A gaudy parade of humanity’s worst instincts, the MTV show died in 2008 just before Obama rose to power. Now it’s being revived, in all its monstrousness
Of all the nasty, nefarious, no-good ways to erase Barack Obama from history, this is perhaps the most sinister. Forget mass-pipeline initiation or repealing the Affordable Care Act; MTV is bringing back My Super Sweet 16.
Stick with me here. My Super Sweet 16 ran for three and a half years from January 2005, and managed to perfectly encapsulate the then-prevalent notion of the Ugly American. The series was a gaudy parade of humanity’s worst instincts, of entitlement and pettiness and blind consumerism at all costs. It was a grotesque bearpit of a show, an all-time gold standard blueprint for horrible parenting. With every episode, with every room-shredding tantrum brought about by an infinitesimally off detail in a whirlwind of tacky excess, »
- Stuart Heritage
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