MTV adds four series, special

New series making their way to the youth-skewing net include docudrama The Heights, panel show Epic Fail, hidden camera game show Totally Clueless, and celeb-focused This Is How I Made It.
March 23, 2012

MTV has added four new series to its line-up – The Heights, Epic Fail, Totally Clueless, and MTV’s This Is How I Made It – and a new special, Dev.

Gigantic! Productions’ docudrama The Heights (w/t) is a one-hour series following a group of best friends in the New York neighborhood of Washington Heights, as they pursue careers ranging from pro baseball player to hip hop artist.

The series is executive produced by Cheryl Horner Sirulnick and George McTeague of Gigantic! Productions, along with executive producers Beck Hickey, Craig Sloane and Jim Czarnecki. MTV’s executive producers are Christy Spitzer, Christina Lee and Shannon Fitzgerald.

Epic Fail uses audience-submitted status updates, text messages and photos along with re-enactments to share cringe-worthy moments. The series is executive produced by Jim Biederman, Evan Mann, Gareth Reynolds and Kara Welker, and for MTV, Brooke Posch and Brent Haynes are executive producers.

Dev rounds up the primetime line-up, focusing on singer Devin Star Tailes, better known as Dev, who was on the cusp of a big pop music career with her single “Like a G6″ (recorded with production team The Cataracs and Far East Movement) when she got pregnant. The special follows Dev as she deals with a high risk pregnancy ahead of her album release and promotional summer tour.

Dev is executive produced by Jason Carbone from Good Clean Fun, and MTV’s executives in charge are Lauren Dolgen, Jessica Zalkind, Jeff Hevert and Jennifer Russakoff.

Joining the weekday schedule is Totally Clueless (w/t),  a hidden-camera game show in which contestants win cash by figuring out that they are actually on television. A team of improv actors puts people into uncomfortable situations, and the faster they figure out they’re on a game show, the more money they win. The hidden-camera show is a Magilla Entertainment and One Louder Productions series.

Lastly, This Is How I Made It will be added to the network’s Saturday morning schedule. The half-hour series will feature two celebrities discussing recipes for success. Dave Sirulnick and Ryan Kroft serve as executive producers, while Jonathan Mussman is the executive in charge for MTV and Whitney-Gayle Benta is the exec in charge of talent.

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