March 21, 2013 7:32pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
MTV Passes on 'Hot Mess' Pilot From 'Awkward' Creator (Exclusive)
MTV has passed on Hot Mess.
The pilot from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich will not move forward at the cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The news comes as little surprise, as Iungerich -- who is behind MTV's critical darling Awkward -- exited the project a week ago.
Hot Mess centered on Amanda Marshall (Australian actress Annabelle Stephenson), who is her own worst enemy when it comes to love. She emotionally spirals, impulsively texts and proactively calls. She knows the rules but can't follow them because she can't help herself. She's a lovable "hot mess." After a run-in with her ex, Amanda finds herself caught between two guys and, despite her best efforts, continues her streak of self-sabotage one awkward dance-off and romantically sticky situation at a time.
Iungerich penned the pilot and executive produced alongside manager Robyn Meisinger and Kim Fleary. MTV co-head of scripted series Justin Levy, who shepherded the Ashley Rickards-starring Awkward for the network, had signed on to oversee for the cabler.
Hot Mess was Iungerich's third project at MTV. Her previous pilot, Dumb Girls, was also passed over at the network.
Hot Mess was developed under former MTV head of programming David Janollari, who was replaced by Lifetime vet Susanne Daniels in November.
Iungerich, meanwhile, remains in production on the supersized third season of Awkward. MTV will use the show to launch a new women-themed block of programming when the series returns April 16.