Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd is reporting that MTV has just picked up several new shows in wake of its most successful quarter ever. Included in said list of shows are an adaptation of award winning British comedy The Inbetweeners (produced by Brad Copeland from Arrested Development), two game shows, a sex advice show, and a dating show from the people that brought you Jersey Shore. Additionally, Skins has yet to receive a pick up, while the return of Beavis & Butthead will occur sometime in 2011 and will include TV/movie critiques along with music video critiques.
The Inbetweeners seems like it’s cut from the same cloth as RJ Berger, so it’s a wise pick up from MTV. It tells the story of four teenage boys in sixth form (basically the last couple of years of high school) and is narrated by the show’s central character. FriendZone is a dating show where a teenager will get their best friend to help prepare a blind date, but the blind date is actually for the two of them (awkward!). Savage U finds “It Gets Better” creator and noted columnist Dan Savage traveling around the country to various college campuses and taking questions about sex (I adore this pick up and it could be such an important show for the channel to have). The Substitute, described as a “school-based Cash Cab“, and Money from Strangers, a prank show, round out the orders.
MTV already has several scripted shows in the pipeline, including a much ballyhooed remake of Teen Wolf that premieres June 5th. They’re currently in the middle of the 26th season of The Real World and the recently launched second season of RJ Berger.
Will you be watching any of these shows? What do you think about MTV delving more into scripted programming?