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MTV adds four series to lineup

March 21, 2012 |  4:34 pm

Dev gets MTV special
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.


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— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Music artist Dev. Credit: Universal Republic.