MTV greenlights food competitions, virgin series

The U.S. cable net has picked up a reality series about virgins, two food competitions and a daytime show about young couples in relationship therapy. (Pictured: Rob Dyrdek)
August 6, 2013

MTV is lining up four unscripted series to air in 2014.

The hour-long Untitled Virgins Project, set for a primetime slot, will follow a group of young adults from across the United States who are virgins and grappling with sexual and relationship pressures. The series will be supported by information and resources from the U.S. cable network’s sexual health campaign “It’s Your (Sex) Life.”

The second primetime series is MTV’s House of Food (working title), which features a group of young chefs living together while competing in cooking competitions in order to win an apprenticeship. The commission marks the first major cooking commission for the network.

MTV also greenlit two afternoon shows: SNACKDOWN (working title), a cooking competition show featuring skateboarder and reality star Rob Dyrdek (pictured) that challenges young chefs to re-imagine snack foods for a high-end menu; and The Ex and the Why, a 30-minute series in which young couples work through unresolved relationship issues.

“Virgins, food and exes – all part of the millennial palate,” said MTV’s president of programming, Susanne Daniels, in a statement. “I’m very proud of our team who really dug deep to unearth uncharted areas or unique twists on genres that will appeal to our audience.”

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