Unscripted

MTV’s summer slate heats up with “Siesta Key,” “Undressed”

Viacom’s youth-focused network, MTV, has announced it unscripted summer slate, which includes five new and previously announced series. Siesta Key (pictured), a summer soap from the producers of Laguna Beach, follows a group ...
July 11, 2017

Viacom’s youth-focused network, MTV, has announced it unscripted summer slate, which includes five new and previously announced series.

Siesta Key (pictured), a summer soap from the producers of Laguna Beach, follows a group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak and looming adulthood, while Win Big (w/t) is a live game show where professional skateboarder Rob Drydek gives away $100,000 to help young people to help them fulfill life goals

The network has also greenlit Catfish: Trolls, a spinoff of the long-running docuseries Catfish: The TV Show, an investigative show that chronicles internet trolls.

Also new to MTV is Undressed — a series where in each episode, two strangers must undress each other before getting to know one another by answering questions and performing challenges. MTV Undressed will be produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and is based on an Italian format created by Banijay Group-owned Magnolia Italy.

Returning to the network is Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mum, a UK take on the franchise which follows girls from the cast of 16 and Pregnant as they face the challenges of motherhood. Other returning shows include The Challenge X XX and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out.

According to a release, MTV is upping its programming targeted to coming-of-age moments and stories, along with fun and topical content that celebrates the intersection of music, pop culture.

“By embracing a new generation of young people, we are seeing record ratings increases at MTV and our new summer slate will fuel this growth,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1 and Logo, in a statement.

The lineup of five new series and four returning shows is listed below, along with descriptions from MTV:

NEW AND PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED SERIES

Siesta Key

From the producers of Laguna Beach comes Siesta Key (pictured), the ultimate summer series that follows a group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak and looming adulthood.  As these friends spend the summer together in their beautiful hometown, they come of age while trying to figure out who they are and want they want to be. Executive producers are Tara Long and John Morayniss for Entertainment One (eOne), Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films. Mark Scheibal, Elizabeth Jones, Gary Kompothecras and Warren Skeels also serve as executive producers.

July 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

SafeWord

A new comedy series, MTV’s SafeWord is where famous friends become famous frenemies, all for a laugh.  From the producers of Lip Sync Battle and hosted by Terrence J, the season will feature high profile talent like Kevin Hart, Damien Dante Wayans, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Rowland, LaLa Anthony, Amber Rose, Ross Butler and Justin Prentice, Lil Rel Howery and more.  In each episode, celebrity guests will partner with comedians to play games in front a live audience. In a friendly roast, the celebs are tasked with taking the heat, but can stop the pain using a “safeword.” SafeWord is executive produced by Jay Peterson and Jerry Carita for Matador. James Sunderland serves as showrunner. Terrence Jenkins serves as host and executive producer. The series is directed by Michael Simon.

July 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

Win Big (w/t)

As a pro-skater, television star, and serial entrepreneur, Rob Dyrdek, is a professional “dream-achiever” who carved his own path to fame and fortune by transforming his passions into reality. Now, Rob is teaming up with MTV for a new game show where $100,000 will be given away in every episode to help young people take life to the next level. Win Big (wt) is produced by Superjacket for MTV. Rob Dyrdek, Shane Nickerson and Blake Levin serve as executive producers for Superjacket.

September 2017

Catfish: Trolls

Radio host, television star and internet provocateur Charlamagne tha God, and co-host Raymond Braun, will give everything they’ve got to stop internet trolls, the most pervasive and consistent troublemakers online. Using the “Catfish” brand of investigating the truth, Catfish: Trolls unmasks the internet’s most vocal trolls to drag them out of hiding and into the light. Catfish: Trolls is produced by Critical Content.

September 2017

MTV Undressed

MTV Undressed is a one of a kind social experiment that strips away the distractions and superficiality of the digital world. In each episode of this dating experiment, MTV brings together two strangers who must undress each other before getting to know one another for the next thirty minutes, answering questions and performing simple challenges – all designed to test whether or not romance can blossom.  At the end, each partner must press a YES/NO button to decide if he or she wants to continue the fledgeling relationship or say goodbye. MTV Undressed is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ Inc. Executive producers for Bunim/Murray are Gil Goldschein and Julie Pizzi and from Kreativ Inc., Joel Karsberg.

August 16 at 11 p.m. ET/PT

RETURNING

Teen Mom 2

For the first time in “Teen Mom” history, a new mom is on the scene.  Briana, whose story began on “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom 3,” will join Chelsea, Jenelle, Leah and Kailyn on “Teen Mom 2.”  Briana has juggled raising five-year-old Nova, while trying to balance a career and a boyfriend.  This season, Chelsea and Cole welcome their son, and Jenelle feels like things are looking up after welcoming her daughter. Kailyn is on track to graduate, but an unexpected pregnancy with an on-again-off-again boyfriend weighs her down. Leah begins college, but is forced to juggle the education she wants with raising her girls.

July 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Teen Mum (limited series)

At a time when teens are increasingly spending summers abroad, MTV UK’s wildly popular “Teen Mom UK” is crossing the pond for a special three-week “Teen Mum” series. In a thoroughly entertaining British spin on the hit U.S. franchise, viewers will be introduced to Chloe (17), Megan (17), Mia (19) and Naomi (17), where the highs and the lows of young parenthood are showcased.

July 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

The Challenge X XX

In honor of its 30th season, MTV brings together 30 of the series’ most conniving, unpredictable players travel to South America for the biggest, baddest, boldest season to date. Villains will go head to head in an epic battle, through the most extreme, daring challenges to compete for their chunk of a million dollars, the largest prize in franchise history.

July 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N’ Out

The new season of MTV’s classic freestyle improv series “Wild ‘N Out” brings Nick Cannon and his world class cast of comedians back to New York City and the biggest stage in the world – Broadway. Guest captains for the season include some of the hottest stars in music and entertainment from Rick Ross, Lil Yachty, Vic Mensa and Blac Chyna, to the cast of the “New Edition Story,” Run the Jewels, Jake Miller, Remy Ma, Papoose, Young M.A, Wendy Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Tami Roman, Shameik Moore and more.

June 29 at 11 p.m. ET/PT

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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