MTV to broadcast eight new reality series in early 2009
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/17/2008
MTV has announced it's ordered seven new reality series -- Rob Dydrek's Fantasy Factory, The CollegeHumor Show, Nitro Circus, Daddy's Girls, College Life, How's Your News? and MTV's Untitled Performing Arts Reality Project -- for broadcast in early 2009.
"This is a generation with the bravado and drive to reinvent the world, and the ingenuity to actually pull it off," said MTV president Brian Graden. "These new series reflect Generation 'Why Not?,' living, working and playing on their own terms, 'adventure capitalists' if you will, pursuing a variety of thrill seeking, 2.0, express-yourself enterprises."
All seven of the aforementioned shows, as well as The Girls of Hedsor Hall -- a Donald Trump-produced Charm School-like reality series that MTV had ordered under the working title of Lady or a Tramp back in March -- are currently slated to premiere in the first quarter of 2009 and be part of a new programming initiative in which MTV will begin airing original programming on the Sundays 9-11PM ET/PT time periods and the Mondays and Thursdays at 9-10PM ET/PT time periods.
"In the coming months, we are unveiling an extremely ambitious launch schedule filled with an unprecedented volume of new content," said MTV programming executive Tony Disanto.
"We are giving our viewers a spectrum of choice across a diverse slate of exciting creative in various genres and formats by expanding to new timeslots and fast tracking projects. Our upcoming Sunday night block of programming has the unifying theme of entrepreneurship, ambition, and enterprise wrapped in an adrenalized spirit and attitude."
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory will follow the Rob & Big star as he looks to expand his skateboarding business via "The Fantasy Factory" -- a 25,000 square foot industrial-complex-turned-skate-park and product testing facility. Action sport celebrities Travis Pastrana, Paul Rodriguez, Steve Berra, Ken Block and Danny Way will also appear on the show. Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory is being executive produced by Dyrdek, Jeff Tremaine, Ruben Fleisher and Shane Nickerson.
The CollegeHumor Show will introduce viewers to the staff behind collegehumor.com, a website started by two high school friends that currently boasts a monthly readership of six million. The series will be filmed at the website's actual offices. The CollegeHumor Show is being executive produced by Ricky Van Veen, Josh Abramson, Sam Reich and Scott Tomlinson.
Nitro Circus is being executive produced by former Jackass producers Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville. It will follow freestyle motocross rider Travis Pastrana as he performs Jackass-style stunts with a group that includes professional mountain biker Jim DeChamp, motocross rider Andy Bell, base jumping daredevil Erik Roner, female motocross sensation Jolene Van Vugt and former sheet-rocker Streetbike Tommy.
Daddy's Girls will star Vanessa and Angela Simmons, who have previously starred in MTV's Run's House reality series. The spinoff will feature the girls as they move to Los Angeles to set up a west coast office and showroom for their tennis shoe and apparel line, and also so Vanessa can pursue her acting career. Jason A. Carbone, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Rev. Run are serving as executive producers.
MTV is billing College Life as "a completely self-produced, groundbreaking series" that will follow a group of students as they embark on their freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The series is being executive produced by Liz Gateley, Brent Haynes and Amy Emmmerich.
How's Your News? is based on a series of short films directed by Arthur Bradford that subsequently led to a feature film, and the MTV series will feature a team of reporters who drive across America in a customized tour bus and documenting their experiences. How's Your News? is being executive produced by Bradford, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
MTV's Untitled Performing Arts Reality Project was created by Nick Lachey and will focus on students attending Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts -- blending their performances with narrative about the school that the former Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica star attended as a youth. MTV had ordered a pilot for the series last March.
The Girls of Hedsor Hall will take a group of young women out of their wild and crazy lifestyles and teach them to become proper women. It is based on Ladette to Lady, a British reality series in which a group of women are sent to Britain's Eggleston Hall charm school.
MTV's version is being produced by Donald Trump's Trump Productions and RDF USA, and it will follow a group of 12 American girls who are whisked across the Atlantic to Hedsor Hall where they are taught how to be ladies by headmistress Gill Harbord, disciplinarian Rosemary Shrager and former Miss USA Tara Conner.
The girl who shows the most improvement at the end of the series will claim $100,000.