April 24, 2014 2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
MTV Renews 'Real World,' Orders New Series From 'Buckwild' Producers
MTV renewed three series including veteran Real World and picked up a trio of new unscripted shows -- including one from the producers of Buckwild -- as well as set its summer schedule during its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers Thursday.
Renewed for additional seasons are veteran Real World, which is back for a landmark 30th run; Jersey Shore spinoff Snooki & JWOWW for a fourth cycle; and Girl Code for a fourth run. Additionally, Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out will be back for a second edition on MTV2.
Joining the ranks of MTV's unscripted offerings are three new shows: Alaska-based Slednecks from the producers of Buckwild; dance competition Beyond Dance and true story entry One Bad Choice. On the music side, MTV has picked up 9 Days and Nights, a new docuseries that explores artists at a turning point in their life and career. The first hour of the series will focus on Ed Sheeran, while subsequent episodes will feature Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Drake, Demi Lovato and Nicki Minaj, among others. (More on the new series, below.)
Slednecks hails from Zoo Productions, All3Media America and Parallel Entertainment and, like Buckwild, focuses on a group of "outdoor tough" friends. John Stevens and Eli Holzman came up with the concept and will executive produce the series alongside Jenny Novak and Mike Lang. The series pickup comes a year after MTV canceled Buckwild following star Shain Gandee's death in a "mudding" accident in West Virginia. Parallel's J.P. Williams blasted MTV for axing the show, which was an early ratings hit for the network. "This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy. They'll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child, but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living [mudding], and they cancel the show?" he told THR last year. "There's something that smells of s--- here on every level." MTV subsequently refused to allow the producers to shop the canceled show.
The presentation -- hosted by Girl Code's Nicole Byer and Guy Code's Andrew Schulz and Charlamagne and featuring performances by Bastille, Paramore, EDM and Zedd -- also offered a first look at the network's upcoming scripted dramas Eye Candy and Finding Carter, which bows Tuesday, July 8 at 10 p.m.
The rest of MTV's summer shapes up as follows: 9 Days and Nights (June 10 at 11 p.m.); Teen Wolf season four (June 23 at 10 p.m.); Finding Carter (July 8 at 10 p.m.); Ridiculousness (July 10 at 10 p.m.); and Snack-Off (July 10 at 10:30 p.m.).
The Real World renewal comes as little surprise following season 29's twist to add exes into the equation. Its February return scored the franchise's best ratings in three years. The exact format of season 30 will be revealed at a later date.
Meanwhile, at Viacom-owned Logo -- which in the past year has become more fully integrated with MTV's leadership following the departure of GM Lisa Sherman -- the LGBT-themed network has ordered new series The Secret Guide to Fabulous Living from exec producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Productions. The half-hour comedic how-to series will feature experts offering tips on how to live a stylish life including home décor, wardrobe, dinner parties and more.
Here's a closer look at MTV's three new series:
The half-hour docuseries follows a group of "outdoor tough" friends living in the modern-day Wild, Wild West of Alaska. It's an inside look at their unique lifestyle where the world can be tougher and more dangerous than anywhere else in the lower 48. Yet these "Sled-necks" make the most of what they have, always making sure they have a good time doing it and maintaining the close bonds they have forged as friends.
One Bad Choice
Explores the consequences of young people who made a single, terrible decision that irrevocably changed their lives forever. Shocking, surprising and deeply emotional, it takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride filled with twists and turns, suspense, drama and redemption through scripted storytelling based on true stories. From Jax Media and exec producers Tony Hernandez and Optomen Productions/All3Media's Stephen McLaughlin, Stephanie Angelides and Nicola Moody.
The weekly hourlong competition challenges professional dancers to perform and compete in ways that push well beyond traditional dance. Led by premiere choreographers Rich & Tone who have worked artists ranging from Miley Cyrus to Michael Jackson, the dancers will battle it out in extreme challenges that take performances to the next level. Whether it's dancing on the side of a building, underwater, or in zero gravity, these dancers will have to push themselves farther than ever for a chance at a cash prize and the title of Beyond Dance champion. Hosted by Jason Dundas (VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live). The series hails from Zodiak (Celebrity Wife Swap) and is exec produced by Tony Yates, Dave Shikiar and Joel Gallen.