Perhaps you watched the trailer for The Real World‘s 29th season, which debuted online today. And perhaps your response was, “Oh no. Oh no. It wasn’t enough to drop the average IQ of the housemates by five points with each new cast? They had to throw these intoxicated clowns’ deranged exes into the mix, too?” That’s entirely understandable! But something quite different occurred to me as I previewed The Real World: Ex-Plosion. I think there’s a radical producer at MTV — one who may be taking her cues from a certain obscure showrunner named Plutarch Heavensbee. … Read More
Last week, MTV announced that the 29th season of The Real World, the seminal reality TV show that launched not just the music network’s foray into original programming (and eventual transition from playing actual music videos) but also the reality TV boom that carried over onto network television in the late ’90s, would be returning to San Francisco, the setting of the series’ third season. The Real World set up a pretty easy, oft-repeated template that worked with a variety of gimmicks, ranging from romantic competitions to ropes courses set in exotic locales: put a group of diverse young people together in a too-small space, all of whom seek the same goal (fame, or as it was later evident, temporary infamy), and watch all hell break loose. Sources close to the show have told Variety that it could be the series’ last season. To that, I say: Good riddance. … Read More
Though the channel debuted in the early ’80s, MTV really found its groove in the ’90s when it still balanced music coverage with its burgeoning original reality, comedy, and animated programming. Because we can’t resist looking back fondly on the wild and wacky on-air incidents that shaped our adolescence, here are ten mind-blowing moments from MTV’s second decade that make us pine for those
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We can’t remember the last time that we flipped to MTV expecting to see a music video, but it’s safe to say that it was probably in the early ’90s. This hilarious video by Brian Firenzi and Maria Del Carmen of 5 Second Films, which we spotted on Uproxx, explains why the network abandoned its roots, and while it might be a comedy sketch, it is rather on point. We killed music videos with our Napsters and our LimeWires, and what’s more, we’re old now — MTV doesn’t really care if we don’t like Teen Mom 2. Also: there’s the Internet. Click through to check out the clever clip, but be warned: It kind of stings when Firenzi points out that the complaint that MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore is literally old enough to drive a car by now. … Read More
If you haven’t watched any scripted MTV programming since Daria wrapped, you probably aren’t planning to tune in tonight for the series premiere of Underemployed. But we suggest you switch your schedule around (or at least set your DVR), because this show isn’t just good by MTV standards — it’s a thoroughly enjoyable, largely realistic take on contemporary post-collegiate life seen through the eyes of five recent graduates living in Chicago.
The pilot opens with a shot reminiscent of both Girls’ Hannah Horvath and Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Sophia (Michelle Ang) sits at a computer, typing self-consciously referential purple prose: “It was the best of times, it was the best of times.” But while the show’s mere existence probably has something to do with Lena Dunham, and there’s at least one SATC reference in its first few episodes, Underemployed is no zeitgeist-y knockoff. … Read More
1. Gird your loins: A new comedy created by former Daily Show showrunner Josh Lieb and comedian Nick Thune that is currently known as “Untitled Hipster Project” is headed to NBC. The basic premise? “A decidedly un-hip anthropology student finds himself living with – and studying – the wild, untamed hipsters of Brooklyn, New York.”… Read More
Usually when a television show gets cancelled, we’re either extremely upset because it was a series that we loved, or apathetic, because it wasn’t even on our radar. On hearing the news that MTV will pull the plug on Jersey Shore after the upcoming sixth season, what we feel is a sense of relief. Did… Read More
The Newsroom has received it’s fair share of flack for a number of reasons (misogyny, plagiarism, self-positioning, manipulative use of Coldplay), and when you boil all this unrest down you get one thing: pride. In today’s post-Sopranos world, the TV elite have high expectations for their shows, especially from networks — nay, institutions — like HBO. AMC has joined the ranks with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and recent hits like Homeland and Louie have put Showtime and FX on a similar playing field. Broadcast networks continue to be game players, but finding their best shows requires some sifting, and then of course there’s an array of web platforms, like Hulu, that are serving up new series or exclusives that are actually good, if not great.
The point being, watching TV is now a great balancing act, one in which “the little guys” sometimes get overlooked. And understandably so, because y’all have actual lives in the living breathing world and important things to do. We, on the other hand, don’t, and therefore found the return of STARZ’s Boss to be the perfect pretext to highlight the networks that often get ignored in elite circles, or simply forgotten because they don’t stream their content for free. Not every show on this list is for everyone, and some are certainly more of an acquired taste, but perhaps you’ll find something to fill that tiny sliver of space you have in your nearly booked TV calendar. … Read More