“Catfish” TV series heads to MTV

Catfish, a series based on the Sundance Film Festival sensation, has been added to U.S. net MTV's line-up, along with reality and docu-series Hoods, Wake Brothers and Wait Till Next Year.
September 19, 2011

Catfish, a series based on the Sundance Film Festival sensation, has been added to U.S. net MTV’s line-up, along with reality and docu-series Hoods, Wake Brothers and Wait Till Next Year.

The star of the controversial Catfish feature film, Nev Schulman, will bring together couples who have met online, to discover if they truly are who they say they were online. The doc caused a sensation following its Sundance premiere, with many questioning whether the film’s events were staged or not (the filmmakers insist they were not).

The series will be produced by RelativityREAL, and executive produced by Tom Forman, Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki, Brad Bishop and Jonathan Karsh.  For MTV, the exec producers are Dave Sirulnick, Marshall Eisen and Nomi Leidner, with Jonathan Mussman serving as the executive in charge for the network.

In Hoods, celebrities will leave their glamorous lives to reconnect with their roots in their home towns.  The pilot episode sees pop singer Ke$ha going back to Nashville, Tennessee.

Shannon Fitzgerald and Tiffany Williams are executive producers for MTV, and Shane Tilston is the exec in charge for the network.  Bruce Gilmer is executive producer for MTV International.  The original concept for Hoods was developed by Lisa Stokoe for MTV UK.

Elsewhere, Wait Till Next Year is billed as a reality docu-drama version of Friday Night Lights, and follows the Lincoln Park High School football team, which has been on a five-year losing streak. With a new head coach, the team hopes to win one game.

The exec producers are Craig D’Entrone, Amelia D’Entrone and Sean Travis.  Lauren Dolgen, Jessica Zalkind and Julie Schwachenwald are the MTV executives in charge of production.

Finally, sibling rivalry and wake-boarding are the focus of Wake Brothers, which stars wake-boarding pros Philip and Bob Soven. Pink Sneakers Productions produces the show, with Kimberly Belcher Cowin and John Ehrhard serving as executive producers.  Tony DiBari and Karen Frank are MTV’s exec producers, and Matt Parillo is the exec in charge for the network.

The pick-ups come on the heels of one of MTV’s most successful summers in recent history, with Jersey Shore and Teen Mom ranking the cable network as one and two of the top 20 original series on cable among P12-34, the network said.

David Janollari, head of MTV programming, said of the new series: “These shows underscore our commitment to further diversifying our schedule, as we continue to solidify our place as the entertainment destination for our core millennial audience.”

Chris Linn, exec VP of MTV programming and head of production, added: “All of these series reflect timely themes that we know resonate with our audience. We’ve listened to our viewers and feel that this group of shows hits cultural nerves that connect with them.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.