Unscripted

MTV boosts unscripted content in Thursday line-up

Viacom’s youth-focused network MTV has bolstered its Thursday night unscripted line-up with the greenlighting of two new reality series. The new-look block builds off of MTV’s success with Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which ...
April 25, 2018

Viacom’s youth-focused network MTV has bolstered its Thursday night unscripted line-up with the greenlighting of two new reality series.

The new-look block builds off of MTV’s success with Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which became the Viacom net’s highest-rated new show in six years, drawing an average of 2.5 million total viewers.

Anchoring the line-up is the tentatively titled Made in Kentucky from MTV Studios, in association with Luau and Critical Content. The Jackass-style docuseries, which is slated to premiere in July, follows a group of friends from Pike County, Kentucky as they capitalize on their wild behavior to create a raft of stunts, from “Hillbilly Jet Skiing” and “Rock Bouncing” to “Lawnmower Jousting” and making “Hot Tub Pickups” out of the flatbeds of their trucks.

Meanwhile, the MTV Studios-made Staten Island 10310 (w/t) follows a group of rebellious young adults and their families as they struggle to break away from the temptations of the lifestyle they were born into. Staten Island 10310 is expected to debut August 2018.

The commissions follow on the heels of the previously announced prank subculture series Too Stupid To Die  from Gunpowder & Sky (8 x 30 minutes; pictured), which follows a group of friends as they delve into pranks, comedy and stunts; and the MTV Studios and Big Fish-produced Just Tattoo of Us, a studio-based format created for MTV International that asks friends, family members and couples to design tattoos for each other.

Too Stupid to Die is slated for a June broadcast, while Just Tattoo of Us will premiere in the U.S. in Fall 2018.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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