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MTV announces new 'Engaged and Underage,' 'MTV Show Choir' series


By Christopher Rocchio, 10/05/2006 

MTV has announced that it will tackle the lives of young married couples as well as the world of a small-town show choir in two new reality series set to premiere in 2007.

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Produced by MTV's News & Docs department, Engaged and Underage will follow couples between the ages of 18 and 21 beginning with their final weeks of single life and ending with the big day that will change their lives forever.  Included with the drama, tension and humor normally associated with an engagement and wedding, the half-hour documentary series will also depict a young couple as they take their first baby steps towards adulthood and begin to define themselves seperate from their parents and home life.

Executive produced by Dave Sirulnick, Amy Bailey, Stuart Cohn and Lauren Eskelin, Engaged and Underage will have eight episodes and is scheduled to premiere during the winter of 2007.

In MTV Show Choir, the News & Docs group will chronicle a competitive season for the Morgantown, WV show choir as it sings in four part harmony while decked out in elaborate costumes and performing intricate choreography.  Despite being the pride of its town and garnering rave reviews for their renditions of Broadway show tunes, the choir is seemingly destined to always finish second when competing.  So the show choir turned its repertoire on its head and began performing modernized versions of current pop hits with frsh choreography in order to be on the same level of other choirs across the country.  If the stress of trying to be show choir champs weren't enough, the series will also give viewers a glimpse into how members struggle to balance schoolwork, relationships and the grind of everyday life with their desire to win.

MTV is producing MTV Show Choir in association with World of Wonder, the folks behind Bravo's Showbiz Moms & Dads, Million Dollar Listing and Sundance's TransGeneration.  Sirulnick, Amy Bailey, Lauren Lazin, and World of Wonder's Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are executive producing MTV Show Choir, which will feature eight half-hour episodes currently scheduled to premiere in the spring of 2007.

MTV's News & Docs department covers a variety of topical issues relevant to the network's viewers through programming such as its True Life series.

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