MTV adds four series to lineup
MTV announced Wednesday the pickup of four new series (and a profile special) featuring the things we’ve come to expect from the network: reality cameras following a group of friends, hidden-camera fare and celebrities trying to be relatable.
Expected to air in prime time are:
“The Heights," a one-hour reality series that captures the lives of a group of BFFs living in New York’s gritty Washington Heights neighborhood. It is not, as we were hoping, a revival of that early '90s Fox series ‘The Heights,” which featured brooding crooner/wannabe hearthrob Jamie Walters before his abusive tendencies as Ray Pruit on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.”
"Epic Fail," expanding on the “Ridiculousness” funny front, the network presents a half-hour panel show that welcomes awkward and cringe-worthy moments from viewers — with reenactments, text messages, status updates and all the other portals its young audience experiences embarrassing moments through.
“Dev,” a special that follows the emerging singer (she’s the female voice in the 2010 single “Like a G6”) as she struggles to get her career off the ground while juggling motherhood.
Meanwhile, moving in on the weekday arena is “Totally Clueless” (working title). It’s a hidden-camera show disguised as a game show in which people can win money depending on how sharp they are to the fact that it’s a game show. Doesn’t it make you miss the days of “Boiling Points”?
And for the young viewers who want to know more about their favorite celebrities — beyond what they were like when they were 17 — “MTV’s This is How I Made It” aims to fulfill that need. Two stars offer lessons on how to success in each half-hour episode. It will air Saturdays.
These shows join the already announced new music talk show “MTV’s Hip-Hop POV,” which will premiere April 11.
— Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Music artist Dev. Credit: Universal Republic.