MTV Announces Slate of Series in Development

Jun 24, 2005  •  Post A Comment

MTV announced nine new series in development on Friday. Most of the ethnically diverse offerings are reality shows, though there are fewer celebrity-driven projects than the network has depended on in the recent past, such as “Newlyweds” and “Meet the Barkers.” The network claims its 2005 second quarter was the highest-rated second quarter in the network’s history among its target 12 to 34 demographic.

“This development slate reflects our commitment to eclectic talent both in front of and behind the camera,” said Brian Graden, president of entertainment for MTV Networks Music Group.

The new series are:

  • “Yo Momma” – A trash-talking competition hosted by Wilmer Valderama.

  • “Welcome to Crunkville” – Reality series where contestants compete to live rent-free in a mansion with hip-hop act the Ying Yang Twins.

  • “Omarion” – A reality series following recording artist Omarion as he transitions from hip-hop heartthrob to a corporate mogul launching his own label.

  • “Mr. Rooney’s Barbershop” – Reality show set in a barbershop in Queens, N.Y., where the local haircutters mix with rising hip-hop talent. Record industry mogul Tommy Mottola is executive producer.

  • “Homewrecker” – “Punk’d” meets “Trading Spaces,” where viewers can execute a room-wrecking renovation in the home of somebody who has done them wrong.

  • “There and Back” – Reality show following a down-and-out former boy band heartthrob Ashley Parker Angel as he tries to stage a comeback.

  • “Beyond Normal” – In this project, MTV News correspondent Gideon Yago helps young people whose lives have been turned upside down by crisis or conflict.

  • “8th & Ocean” – A docu-soap reality series set in the Miami Beach modeling scene.

  • “Ten Years Later” – Former child star Jake Fogelnest (“Squirt TV”) tries to re-launch his cable access show.