Upfronts ’14: MTV orders “Slednecks,” “Beyond Dance”

The U.S. cable network's summer slate includes an Alaska-set reality show, an extreme dance competition and a new music documentary series.
April 25, 2014

U.S. cable network MTV has greenlit an Alaska-set reality show, an extreme dance competition and a music documentary series as part of its summer slate.

Slednecks follows a group of friends who live outdoors in the wilds of the northernmost state. The title was one of three new reality shows announced during MTV’s upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday (April 24).

The other new programs are the weekly, hour-long dance competition Beyond Dance, which stars choroegoraphers Rich & Tone and features dancers taking part in extreme challenges such as dancing on the side of a building or in zero gravity; and One Bad Choice, which “explore the consequences of young people who made a single, terrible decision that irrevocably changed their lives forever,” according to MTV.

The network also set a July 10 premiere date for Snack-Off, a cooking competition in which amateur chefs do battle in a series of snack-inspired challenges.

On June 10, MTV will begin airing 9 Days and Nights, a documentary series that focuses on an artist during a turning point in their career. The first 60-minute episode will feature British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Returning series include Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness, the Jersey Shore spin-off Snooki & JWOWW, and Real World, which will enter its 30th season. In addition, MTV2 will debut a second season of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out.

Finally, LGBT-skewing sister net Logo TV has ordered the 30-minute comedic how-to series The Secret Guide to Fabulous Living (working title) from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions.

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