MTV renews its 'Rob and Big' reality series for a second season
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/24/2007
MTV has announced that it has ordered a second season of Rob and Big, a reality series that follows the unlikely friendship of professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, his personal bodyguard.
According to MTV, Rob and Big's eight-episode second season will begin airing on both MTV and MTV2 sometime this spring.
Dyrdek, 32, achieved the status of a professional skateboarder at the age of 16 but could never prevent cops from hassling him while street skateboarding. Enter 34-year-old Big Black, a 6'6'', 416 lb. personal bodyguard that aids Dyrdek in his never-ending quest to ride his skateboard "wherever and whenever" he wants. The pair became "instant buddies," and the series documents their friendship while living together in Hollywood Hills with their bulldog Meaty.
Created by Jeff Tremaine, co-creator of MTV's Jackass and Wildboyz, Rob and Big premiered in November 2006. Rob and Big's first season ranked ascable's program among People 12-34 in its 10:30-11PM time period and ranked first among all television programs -- both cable and broadcast -- among Teens in its time period.
Given a Rob and Bigmini-marathon also helped MTV2 "achieve its highest rated day in channel history" on Monday, January 15, it was pretty much a no-brainer that the cable network would order a second season.
"Our approach to Rob and Big was to deliver their hilarious brand of reality buddy comedy across all our channels and multiple platforms," said Lois Curren, executive vice president of series development for MTV. "Our audience absolutely fell in love with the charming duo's bizarre daily escapades and now, we're thrilled to bring Rob and Big back for a second season to MTV and MTV2 for more of their lovable, non-stop, comic adventures."
Rob & Big was created by Tremaine, Dyrdek, Boykin and Ruben Fleischer. Tremaine is also executive producer and Fleischer is producer. Lauren Dolgen and Heather Olander are executives in charge of production.