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‘The Real World: Skeletons’ Is MTV’s Latest Attempt to Reinvigorate a Tired Franchise

How do you even review The Real World? The reality show has been on for 30 seasons now, and no two are alike. Most are objectively awful. Yet this can rarely be blamed on the show’s premise — The Real World has, for the most part, stuck with its original “seven strangers picked to live in a house” format. Whether or not the format works is actually the result of the particular characteristics of each group of seven strangers. Are they “real” people who are legitimately open to new experiences, or are they empty caricatures of the reality show roles they are molding themselves to fit into? Are they genuinely interested in meeting new people, or are they just down to fight and fuck in order to become “famous” on MTV’s blog or in a GIF recap? The cast is usually the main draw of The Real World, but lately the show has resorted to more desperate measures, like last season’s “EX-Plosion” or this season’s “Skeletons.” Whether these conceits “work” is tricker to figure out. … Read More

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Attempt Christopher Walken, Matthew McConaughey, and Taylor Swift Imitations

Benedict Cumberbatch — who is now engaged, lest you forget — is just so endlessly charming, right? That’s why… Read More

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MTV Debuts ‘Braless,’ a Teen Web Series About Sex, Feminism, and Celebrities

If we needed any further proof that feminism has gone from being a maligned activist movement to a dominant strain in pop culture in the past few years, it can be found in Braless, the adorable new teen web series from MTV which will air on YouTube each Tuesday. … Read More

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MTV’s ‘Slednecks’ Isn’t Particularly Offensive — So Will Anyone Care to Watch It?

The film Reality (by Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone), about a provincial Italian fisherman who dreams of being on Big Brother, and keeps dreaming himself into a series of delusions that bring his life crashing down, beautifully sums up the ambiguity of the whole reality TV genre in its very title. In the 21st century, nobody in their right mind mistakes reality TV for reality. The fact of it its factlessness is no epiphany — but reality TV also shouldn’t be mistaken for fiction, either. Stripped of the woes that befall fictitious characters — as fiction is typically written to emulate reality — bracketing people, who, as real people, are prone to tragedy and tragic missteps, into lighthearted, producer-planned dramas that are confined to producer-planned sleepovers or producer-planned outings, reality TV is a claustrophobic realm unto itself of enclosed, resolvable dramas. The “reality” in it is neither “reality” nor fiction as we know it. It’s something far more stifling. … Read More

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Revisiting MTV’s ‘Fear,’ the Scariest Reality TV Show Ever Made

Generally, reality shows don’t lend themselves to the horror genre. The horror in reality programming often lies within the notion that people are actually willing to participate in them or the realization that we are actually willing to watch 30 (30!) seasons of The Real World. But true, chilling horror isn’t often explored, except in silly series like Celebrity Paranormal Project. That’s what made MTV’s Fear such a great watch: It was new and innovate in 2000 and, at times, it was legitimately scary. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Marc Cherry’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Series, Fox’s Archie Comics Adaptation

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Nick Frost stars in an ABC comedy, Ryan Murphy gets another horror anthology series, and networks continue to pick up book and film adaptations, from the great (Archie comics!) to the terrible (Marley & Me?!). … Read More

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‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word’ Is an Honest, Inspiring Documentary About Transgender Youth That Everyone Needs to See

Last night, at the premiere for Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, narrator and executive producer Laverne Cox explained some of her intentions in creating the documentary: “We wanted to tell trans stories on television, and we wanted to do them in a different way than what we have seen before.” Trans narratives aren’t the most commonly explored narratives on television, but between Jill Soloway’s brilliant dark comedy Transparent, Laura Jane Grace’s True Trans web series that premiered last week on AOL Originals, and The T Word, which will air simultaneously on MTV and Logo tonight, it’s fair to say there has been a rise in these narratives. But The T Word goes a different route from what we’ve seen by centering on a more diverse and younger group — the subjects range in age from 12-24; they were in attendance last night, and Cox praised their bravery — and the result is fascinating and informative, heartbreaking and optimistic, and far better than your average MTV documentary. … Read More

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MTV’s ‘Happyland’ Hangs a Forgettable Melodrama on a Ridiculous Incest Hook

MTV’s scripted pilots are always hard to figure out. Most of them have potential, but few know what to do with it. Awkward. is their biggest success, quality-wise, even though it’s struggling to fix itself after a rough patch. Faking It took a confusing premise and made an even more confusing first season; its aim is to be groundbreaking, but this intention gets marred by the writing. Finding Carter had such an original and interesting idea at its center, but the show escalated the drama with every episode, becoming nothing more than a nonsensical (if addictive) hate-watch. MTV’s latest attempt is Happyland, a comedy that desperately wants to tell a good story. Unfortunately, its writers just don’t know how to write one. … Read More

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