Is MTV looking for its 'Mad Men'?
The M in MTV now stands for Miscellaneous. In addition to announcing new reality programs not unlike their biggest hits, the “new and diversified” cable station also greenlit a scripted series: Hard Times, a single-camera comedy from David Katzenberg, about a teenage social pariah. They’re also developing a series based on the Michael J. Fox movie Teen Wolf, and an animated show from SNL‘s Seth Meyers about a superhero who battles the paparazzi. Throw in concrete plans for another Ashton Kutcher-produced reality show (American Idiots) and Rob Hoffman’s oddball variety show best described by this clip, as well as a proposed Jamie Foxx sketch show, and there’s something for everyone (under the age of 29). Not bad.
Wouldn’t it be great if MTV found its Weeds or Mad Men, a successful, original show that redefines our perception of a network? MTV will always aim young, and shows like The Hills are its lifeblood. But I get the feeling the network craves some respect, too.
What MTV shows are you currently watching? What would you like to see more of? And which upcoming series seems most promising? Poll after the jump.
Photo credit: Foxx: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Meyers: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos