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Crashing rockers and other MTV reality shows

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CRASHING WITH…
(PREMIERED JULY 18)

REALITY ROOTS ”The Osbournes” meets ”The Odd Couple”

PREMISE Cameras tag along with a touring music celeb as he or she stays with a ”normal” family for two days. In other words, obscenely wealthy A-listers hang out with families that probably couldn’t afford a trip to one of the celeb’s concerts. In the premiere episode, bling-blingers Master P and son Lil’ Romeo are sent to stay with Shreveport, La.’s Quackenbush family, the closest thing to the Clampetts this side of 1972.

WHY WATCH The absurdity of the contrasts. At one point, Master P throws away a pair of day-old sneakers (albeit shiny orange ones). A Quackenbush daughter quickly snatches ’em up, sniffs the insides, and declares them keepers.

WHAT WE THINK This show will last just as long as its list of interesting and identifiable celebs doesn’t dry up. MTV’s ”Cribs” (whose upcoming guest list includes such C-listers as Dave Buckner and Natalie Raitano) should serve as the perfect example of where NOT to go.


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ARTISTLAUNCH
(PREMIERES FALL 2002)

REALITY ROOTS ”The War Room” (the docu that followed Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign) for the ‘N Sync generation

PREMISE In this series of 60- and 90-minute documentaries, a camera crew follows a series of popular artists in their ”campaign” to launch a new album, from concept to cash cow. The first subject: ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake, whose untitled solo project for Jive Records is slated for a fall release.

WHY WATCH A successful solo album could spell the end of ‘N Sync, while a disappointment could put Justin in his place. Either way, we’ll be glad we were watching when it happens.

WHAT WE THINK Tune in, but with some healthy skepticism. This could easily turn into shameless cross-promotion for the album of the week.

MTV TREATMENT
(PREMIERES FALL 2002)

REALITY ROOTS ”Project Greenlight” hijacked by ”Making the Video”

PREMISE MTV follows the exploits of a gang of first-time directors chosen to direct a video for the hard-rocking band Korn, whose videos have previously been helmed by the likes of Todd McFarlane (”Spawn”) and the Hughes Brothers (”From Hell”).

WHY WATCH ”Project Greenlight” was at its best when crewmembers and actors engaged in nasty in-fighting — just think of the potential for conflict when the subjects are funk-metal angsty dudes.

WHAT WE THINK We can only hope that ”Treatment” shows us — warts and all — the juicy behind-the-scenes goings-on that ”Project Greenlight” excelled at capturing. But don’t count on it.


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FM NATION
(PREMIERES OCT. 1)

REALITY ROOTS Old-school bored-adolescent classic ”American Graffiti” plus new-school bored-adolescent classic ”SubUrbia,” starring real-life teens

PREMISE Not only do teenagers like to spend their nights aimlessly cruising the strip, but MTV seems to think they’re willing to spend their free time at home watching others do the same on TV. Each entry in this eight-episode series tracks three groups of teens as they cruise the streets of heartland cities like Wichita, Salt Lake City, and Little Rock — all blasting the same FM radio station from their speakers.

WHY WATCH Parents might want to tune in to see what the youth of the nation are REALLY up to, and lazy kids are saved the cost of gas by watching from home.

WHAT WE THINK What’s next? ”MTV Presents: Cow-Tipping and Hanging Out at Denny’s”?

MAKING THE BAND II
(PREMIERES OCT. 12)

REALITY ROOTS The first ”Making the Band” meets Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs

PREMISE Finding an afterlife on MTV, ”Making the Band” — which originally aired on ABC — gets repackaged this fall under the guidance of rap impresario P. Diddy. Combs, who claims to have been creating stars since he was 19, will oversee the celebrity-making process from start (he’ll choose a band based on auditions that are currently taking place) to finish (he’ll market the group under his Bad Boy label).

WHY WATCH Combs provides the edge that Lou Pearlman’s ”Making the Band” lacked back in its network days.

WHAT WE THINK With Combs helming, expect a little music, a little TV, and a whole lot of Puffy. An ”Osbournes”-like behind-the-scenes show might have been more fitting for this attention-craving mogul, but anything that might catch Diddy off guard works just fine.


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SUSPECT: TRUE CRIME STORIES
(PREMIERES OCT. 14)

REALITY ROOTS ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for a Jerry Springer audience

PREMISE Everyday ”crimes” (Who stole my lunch from the work refrigerator? Where does my wife sneak off to every night?) get handled with rubber gloves in the latest show to jump on the forensic science bandwagon.

WHY WATCH Producer Mike Nichols, whose checkered resume includes hits (”The Birdcage”) and misses (”What Planet Are You From?”) alike, is reason enough to at least tune in.

WHAT WE THINK In syndication, lowered expectations might allow this one to slide by, but coming from MTV, we’re a little ”suspect.”

MADE
(PREMIERES IN EARLY 2003)

REALITY ROOTS ”She’s All That” meets ”House of Style”

PREMISE MTV transforms the freaks, geeks, and spazzes of the MTV-watching world into star athletes, frat boys, and prom queens. Likewise, it turns star athletes, frat boys, and prom queens into actors, nerds, and football stars — depending on what the subjects want.

WHY WATCH You, too, can learn how to morph from a Dungeons and Dragons-playing dweeb into a loved and adored socialite and captain of the football team. No, not really.

WHAT WE THINK Been there, done that.

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