Category: MTV

Fall TV: 'Beavis and Butt-head' is still a no-brainer

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The dynamic duo of Beavis and Butt-head is more than 20 years older than when it first premiered on MTV with heavy-metal T-shirts, an endless stream of insults and infectiously moronic laughs. But not much has changed, as they prove with their upcoming return to MTV.

New episodes of the animated comedy will debut Oct. 27 on MTV. Slipping back into the silly vibe is their creator, Mike Judge, who scored with "Beavis and Butt-head" before moving on to further success with the long-runnng animated Fox show "King of the Hill" and the live-action hit "Office Space."

Judge is excited about overseeing the new adventures. Instead of their previous routine of taking pot shots at music videos, the pair will now target MTV series such as "Jersey Shore" and "16 and Pregnant."

Beavis and Butt-head "are pretty pure — it's like a state of mind," Judge said.

For more on "Beavis and Butt-head," read here.


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Sarah Michelle Geller: Mother of one, actress of two

— Greg Braxton

Photo: Beavis and Butt-head. Credit: MTV.


Record ratings for MTV's VMA show

Bigger than "Jersey Shore" -- that's how big Sunday's record-breaking Video Music Awards on MTV was.

The 2011 VMAs -- featuring performances by Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Lil Wayne, not to mention a strange cross-dressing act kept up all night from Lady Gaga -- delivered 12.4 million total viewers, making it MTV's most-watched telecast ever, according to the Nielsen Co. The audience was up 9% compared with last year's VMAs.

In MTV's core demographic of viewers ages 12 to 34, the show averaged 8.5 million, also a record for the network.

The VMAs attracted extra attention this year for going without a host. Last year Chelsea Handler earned mixed reviews for her hosting work.

Trackers, what did you think of the VMAs?


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Get ready for more Kardashian mom Kris Jenner

Praise and brickbats for Rev. Al Sharpton's MSNBC gig

-- Scott Collins (

Photo: Lady Gaga, dressed as her male alter ego Jo Calderone, speaks with reporters in the press room at the VMAs Sunday night. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.


TV This Week for August 28th - September 3rd

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In the special “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview,” the 43rd president shares his moment-by-moment recollections – illustrated with previously unreleased archival footage – of that darkest of days in 2001. (National Geographic, 7 and 10 p.m.)

Adore Adele? Gaga over Lady Gaga? Like a little Lil Wayne? The soulful British songstress, the fashion-forward dance-pop diva and the tatted-up rapper are just some of the many performers slated for the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards.” (MTV, VH1, 9 p.m.)


Serious foodies will journey far and wide for the tastes they “Crave,” and host Troy Johnson does likewise, visiting New York, Chicago and San Francisco in search of that perfect slice of pizza in the debut installment of this culinary travelogue. (Food, 8:30 p.m.)


Ahead of the curves: The new reality series “Big Sexy” follows Nikki, Heather, Audrey, Leslie and Tiffany (above, from left), five shapely young women looking to reshape society's notions of beauty while pursuing their own fashion-biz dreams. (TLC, 10 p.m.)


Hit movies like “The Hangover” often provide fresh plotlines that sitcom writers can then steal … um, borrow, rather… for their own shows, like when Elka (Betty White) goes MIA after her bachelorette party on a new “Hot in Cleveland.” (TV Land, 10 p.m.)


With the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 bringing a flood of disturbing images back to televisions in the coming weeks, “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee” seeks to explain that national tragedy to its audience of young children, many of whom were not yet born on that fateful day. (Nickelodeon, 9 p.m.)


Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea brought the Holy Grail to ancient Britain and hid it in a mystical place, near the spot where some of today's legendary pop-music acts – including U2, Coldplay and Beyoncé – can be seen performing in the new concert special “Glastonbury 2011.” (11 p.m. VH1)


Look at that big brain on “Megamind.” Will Ferrell provides the voice of the blue-hued super-villain (below), with Brad Pitt as his superhero archrival, Metro Man, and Tina Fey as a plucky girl reporter in this computer-animated 2010 send-up. (HBO, 8 p.m.)

Photo: "Big Sexy"; credit: James Hercule / TLC

MTV renews 'Awkward' for second season

MTV has picked up a 12-episode second season of 'Awkward'

Proving that being "Awkward" has its benefits, MTV picked up the half-hour scripted series for a second season.

The 12-episode sophomore season will air next year.

" 'Awkward' has really resonated with our young audience marking yet another successful push into scripted programming and the further diversification of our schedule," said David Janollari, head of MTV programming, in a statement. "Lauren Iungerich has created a truly unique, contemporary young female voice, brought to life by the show's incredibly talented cast."

The series, created by Iungerich, centers on a 15-year-old awkwardly trying to navigate her high school years. It premiered July 19 to 1.7 million viewers; its most recent episode drew 1.9 million.

The renewal comes on the heels of MTV's announcement that it had canceled "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" after two seasons.

"Awkward" currently airs Tuesdays at 11 p.m. on the network. There are seven episodes left until its finale. 


MTV cancels 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger'

MTV renews werewolf drama 'Teen Wolf' for a second season

Television review: 'Awkward'  has familiar teen show trappings, but well done stories

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Ashley Rickards as Jenna in MTV's "Awkward" Credit: MTV.

MTV cancels 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger'

MTV has canceled its scripted series "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" after two seasons, the network confirmed Friday.

Series co-creator Seth Grahame-Smith first tweeted the news Friday. The show, about a well-endowed high schooler, launched to 2.6 million viewers last year when it premiered after the MTV Movie Awards. The series reached its climax with its second season premiere earlier this year, nabbing 3.1 million viewers. But viewership dropped below 1 million as the season continued and the network opted not to continue with a third season.

Although the channel pioneered the reality format with shows such as "The Real World" and spawned hits including "The Hills" and "Jersey Shore," it aimed to reinvent itself. "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" spearheaded the reality-heavy network's new wave of scripted series.

In an interview before the series' launch, Tony DiSanto, MTV's then-programming chief, told the Times: "Getting into scripted shows is an important piece of the puzzle," he said. "The key to MTV's success is not getting too homogenized and moving too much in one direction."

It's the second of the new scripted generation to get scrapped; MTV canceled "Skins," a remake of a British show, after one season.

Still going strong is "Teen Wolf," which was recently renewed for a second season. And the network's latest venture, "Awkward," shows promise of making it to a second season. MTV is also gearing up for the premieres of scripted comedies "Death Valley" and "I Just Want My Pants Back." Animated comedies "Good Vibes" and the second coming of "Beavis and Butt-head" make their way on the network in October.


MTV hopes 'Hard Times' will end hard times for its ratings

Will the well-endowed MTV comedy 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger' be the new 'Hills'?

MTV renews werewolf drama 'Teen Wolf' for a second season

 -- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Amber Lancaster,left, and Paul Iacono star as high schoolers in "The Hard Times of RJ Berger." Credit: MTV

'Jersey Shore' in Italy: A look inside their Florence dwelling [Video]

From left, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Vinny Guadagnino, Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro of 'Jersey Shore' during a taping in Florence, Italy. Credit: Jeff Daly / MTV/PictureGroup

Get out your maps, it's almost time to travel to Italy by way of the fourth season premiere of "Jersey Shore."

When The Times visited the cast's Florence abode in May, creator and executive producer SallyAnn Salsano gave us a tour of the renovated bank that would be the site of their Italian antics. Get a glimpse of their kitchen (yep, Vinny's mom made sure to pack his suitcase with iced tea), the girls room where Jenni can be seen cleaning and the unfortunate look at the bathroom shared by Mike "The Situation" and Ronnie (it surely has to be a health hazard to do anything in there), and a tour of Pauly D's side of the room, which he shared with Vinny and Deena, by the spikey-haired DJ himself -- advance apologies for being unable shake hands and keep a camera still.

Had the smush room not been occupied, we would have given you a glimpse in there too -- though, that would have required lots of disinfectant.

"Jersey Shore" returns to MTV with new episodes on Thursday.

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MTV celebrates its 30th birthday but stays forever young

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MTV, which used to stand for Music Television but now stands for whatever combination of youth-oriented programming the network is airing at the time, turned 30 on Monday. There are grown people who will not remember a world without it, who will not recall Madonna and Bowie and Boy George exhorting them to demand “I want my MTV,” a line that Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler later put into a song about hating rock stars.

Thirty, according to an aphorism from a youth-oriented decade even older than MTV, was the age beyond which someone was not to be trusted. But the network decided never to grow up; it remakes itself to reflect the changing times, running like Alice to stay in the same place, which means that it is continually liable to alienate one audience as it courts the next. As early generations of viewers rumble into middle age, it has become possible to use the phrase, “This is not your father's MTV” without irony, and indeed, your MTV already may not be your children's.

When MTV was all music, all the time -- even when it was mostly music, most of the time -- change was built into the system: as music went, so went the network. If it was a little tone-deaf to start, with its Up With People “veejays” and rejection of black and harder-edged music, this improved with specialty shows like “120 Minutes,” “Headbangers' Ball” and “Yo! MTV Raps,” and more so as the specialties became the mainstream. The network could look revolutionary or like a corporate co-opting of revolution, depending on where you stood, musically, and what videos they were playing that day. But at its best it offered a catholic mix of styles and stances, from the purest factory pop to the almost avant-garde -- the spandex and the flannel, the puffy pants and the big gold chains, the mullets, fades, shaved heads and hippie hair, high fashion and anti-fashion.

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TCA 2011: Beavis and Butt-head score! Not.

TCA 2011: Beavis and Butt-head score! Not.

It's been 14 years since they went off the air, but in some crucial respects, Beavis and Butt-head haven't changed a lick.

Heh-heh ... he said, 'Lick.'

Speaking to reporters at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday, creator Mike Judge said that when "Beavis and Butt-head" return to MTV in the fall, the two giggling, moronic teenage boys will still wear AC/DC and Metallica T-shirts. And they'll still be a flop with the opposite sex.

TCA 2011: Beavis and Butt-head score! Not. "They have not scored," Judge said in response to a question about how he updated his 1990s icons.

"I didn’t want to do a big, conscious, forcing of all this modern stuff on them," Judge said. "They really weren’t that much of their time to begin with. I even remember people saying, AC/DC and Metallica? Shouldn’t it be Pearl Jam?"

But viewers can expect a few modern targets. The new episodes will take swipes at pop-culture targets such as "Twilight" and MTV's own "Jersey Shore."

Mostly, though, Beavis and Butt-head will remain as clueless as ever. Asked what thoughts his pair might have on changes wrought by social media, Judge had a ready reply.

"I think they probably have as few thoughts on those kind of things as they ever had," he said.


Snooki runs barefoot through the streets of Florence

Rosie O'Donnell on why she's done with big networks

Jerry Lewis: 'We're not going to have human beings in 20 years'

-- Scott Collins

Upper photo: Mike Judge is bringing back MTV's "Beavis and Butt-head." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press. Right photo: Animated characters Beavis and Butt-head. Credit: MTV Films

Exclusive: Vinny's family preps the 'Jersey Shore' guys for Italy [Video]

Exclusive: Vinny's family preps the 'Jersey Shore' guys for Italy [Video]

"Jersey Shore" fans who tuned in to "Teen Wolf" a couple of weeks ago already got a glimpse of what can be expected from the super-tanned cast's voyage to Italy. But if that wasn't enough, Show Tracker has an exclusive look at more of their antics, specifically Pauly D. and the Situation visiting Vinny's Italian family for a primer on what to expect overseas.

"There's nothing more authentic than my family," Vinny promises. Watch a taste below of their expletive-filled dinner.

— Yvonne Villarreal


'Jersey Shore' in Italy: Actions louder than (unknown) words

MTV goes spin-off crazy with three 'Jersey Shore' castmembers

With Persian show, Bravo, Ryan Seacrest seek their own Situation

3 reality shows 'Jersey Shore' producer SallyAnn Salsano wishes she'd created

Photo: Cast of "Jersey Shore." Credit: MTV.

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3 reality shows 'Jersey Shore' producer SallyAnn Salsano wishes she'd created

Salsano Sure, SallyAnn Salsano is the creator-producer of MTV’s hit show “Jersey Shore,” which returns to MTV for a new season August 4th, but she can’t help but be a little envious that she didn’t dream up other shows.

Here are three she wishes she had created:

“Sister Wives” (TLC)

“I love it more than anything. I just want to get in there and interview those [women] and see what’s going on in their heads. Cause, for me, I’m like, ‘Seriously, how is this OK?’ I’ve never missed an episode. I’m insane about it.”

“Vanished With Beth Holloway” (Lifetime)

   “It’s the one with Natalee Holloway’s mother. I always grew up watching all the [‘America’s Most Wanted’ host] John Walsh stuff. I was so into it. And it was interesting because, yes, he was the host of the show, but also he was the whole reason behind it. I love to see [Beth Holloway] out there literally going through it and helping others in her situation.... I’m nerdy like that.”

Bad girls “Bad Girls Club” (Oxygen)

“I love me some ‘Bad Girls Club.’ Those girls have bad behavior and they don’t apologize for it. When doing a reality show, you’re always trying to find people with no rap sheet and no problem background and people who won’t cause problems — but that show is like the calling card for crazies.”


On the set with "Jersey Shore" season 2

Viacom likes the Situation with "Jersey Shore"

"Glee"'s Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith won't be back?

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Top: SallyAnn Salsano in January 2011. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images. Bottom: "Bad Girls Club." Credit: Oxygen.

MTV renews werewolf drama 'Teen Wolf' for a second season

'Teen Wolf' renewed for second season on MTV

Let the moonlight howling continue! "Teen Wolf" will return to MTV for a second season in 2012.

The network announced Wednesday that it will be picking up 12 more episodes of the steamy drama -- a remake of the classic '80s film -- starring Tyler Posey as newly bitten werewolf Scott McCall.  

"We're incredibly proud of this show," David Janollari, head of MTV's programming, said in a statement. "Executive producer Jeff Davis has brought an exciting, cinematic story to life with a breakout young cast who our audience has wildly embraced. Picking up 'Teen Wolf' for a second season marks another step towards the further diversification of our schedule, with this big, bold, entertaining scripted series."

Pictures: Stars of 'Teen Wolf' premiere their new series

The show premiered following the MTV Movie Awards last month to decent ratings culled from its lead-in viewers. With an average of 1.7 million weekly viewers, the breakout series has become MTV's highest-rated new series of 2010 and 2011, according to the network. Take that, guidos and teen moms...

On Monday, Scott will face his second full moon as a werewolf with best friend Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) while his romance with the new girl in town takes a hit.

The question is, how will the lupine drama fare with the glut of supernatural programming hitting the tube?

Are you happy to see "Teen Wolf" howl again? Tell us in comments.


MTV picks up new series based on 'Teen Wolf' and U.K.'s 'Skins'

Television review: 'Teen Wolf'  is seriously lacking a creative bite

Can MTV make 'Teen Wolf' stand out from the other cute werewolves in town?

— Nardine Saad

Photo: Tyler Posey stars in MTV's updated thriller, "Teen Wolf." Credit: MCT

'Real World' alum David 'Puck' Rainey arrested for domestic violence

Realworld David "Puck" Rainey, the roommate everyone loved to hate in the early years of MTV's "The Real World," was arrested and charged in a domestic violence case.

According to our sister blog L.A. Now, Rainey, 42, was arrested by Los Angeles police earlier this week in Mission Hills and booked on suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. Rainey, who appeared in the third season (set in San Franscisco) of MTV's long-running reality show, remains in custody at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail and is due in San Fernando court July 6.

It's not Rainey's first scrape with the law. In 2009, he was sentenced to a year in Los Angeles County Jail after pleading no contest to charges of battery on his girlfriend. And in 2010, he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Maybe that's why MTV has kept the Road Rules/Real World battles going for so long — so cast members stay out of trouble?

Read more about Rainey's arrest on L.A. Now.

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Rainey, left, was voted off 'The Real World: San Francsico' for being obnoxious. Credit: MTV.



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