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The Viacom-owned cable network has greenlighted a fourth season of the Nev Schulman and Max Joseph-hosted series exploring the world of online dating, two days after the third season wrapped.
Catfish premiered its most recent season to 2 million viewers back in May, in line with the sophomore season’s most watched episodes. Actress Tracie Thoms (Rent) also appeared during the season seeking Schulman and Joseph’s help in uncovering the truth about a fan.
Catfish: The TV Show is a spinoff of the 2010 feature and follows a small documentary crew, led by Schulman and Joseph, as they help individuals determine if the people they’ve met online are really who they claim to be.
For MTV, the renewal comes hours after the network gave a straight-to-series order for its Shannara adaptation from executive producers Jon Favreau and Jonathan Liebesman. Catfish has become a strong player for MTV on the unscripted portfolio, which has mainstays such as The Real World, The Challenge, 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom 2 and Snooki & JWoww.
Additionally, MTV announced the return date for the second half of Awkward, set for Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the season-two premiere of Faking It at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Are You the One? will return Monday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the debut of rookie comedy Happyland at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
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