MTV is adding a docu-series on high school grads whose lives revolve around MMA fighting to its line-up, in addition to another season of World of Jenks, which will now have an extended one-hour format.
Caged focuses on a group of friends in small-town Louisiana, who, in trying to decide on what to do with their lives after graduating, have wound up as amateur MMA fighters. The weekly documentary series will follow their lives both inside and outside of the cage. Caged is executive produced by Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina of Joke Productions with Dave Sirulnick and Amy Bailey on board as executive producers for MTV. The series is from MTV’s news and docs department.
In the revamped, returning season of World of Jenks, 25-year-old documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks tells the stories of young people in a one-hour format, which will allow for a more in-depth look at each subject. The first season of World of Jenks gained one million viewers per episode, and performed well with women 18-24 and male teens.
World of Jenks is executive produced by Andrew Jenks and co-executive produced by Dave Snyder this season. Brent Haynes and Brooke Posch are executive producers for MTV.
The two series join new series FriendZone, The Inbetweeners, Money From Strangers, Savage U, The Substitute and two series from Jersey Shore cast members Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio.
“These shows are all about authentic storytelling, from Caged, which offers viewers a powerful look at the struggle of young people in small-town America striving to make something of their lives and break free, to Andrew Jenks, who is the voice of his millennial generation,” said David Janollari, head of MTV programming. “Andrew will go to any length – even moving in [with] and living among the people he’s documenting – in order to bring viewers the most powerful, honest look at the human condition.”