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MTV Picks Up 'Inbetweeners,' Sex Advice Show 'Savage U' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 31st 2011 4:45PM
MTV logoMTV is bringing an Americanized version of another hit British teen show to the airwaves.

This time, the boys of 'Inbetweeners' will bring their awkward adventures to American TV screens. According to Entertainment Weekly, MTV ordered a 12-episode season to air early next year. Like it did with 'Skins,' the network has brought original creators Damon Beesly and Iain Morris on board to executive produce the U.S. version.

"It's got an incredibly strong and authentic young voice," said David Janollari, MTV programming head, of 'Inbetweeners.' "We were really successful in adapting it for our audience and making it sound like a quintessentially American suburban experience."

As for MTV's other British teen show adaptation, 'Skins,' the jury's still out. MTV hasn't yet decided if it will bring the show back for a second season.

MTV also officially picked up 'Savage U,' a sex advice show hosted by columnist Dan Savage, who will take questions from students as he tours college campuses. "He could be our Dr. Drew," Janollari said. "He's able to do is bring incredible frankness to the topic of sexuality and spin it with a great sense of humor."

A new dating show from 'Jersey Shore' creator Sally Ann Salsano, 'FriendZone,' also made the cut. Teens ask their best friend for advice on preparing for a blind date, then reveal the date is actually for them.

MTV also green-lit two game shows, 'The Substitute,' what EW describes as "school-based version of 'Cash Cab,' where a substitute teacher (Jon Gabrus) surprises unsuspecting students by transforming their classroom into a game show," and 'Money From Strangers,' where contestants will have to prank strangers ... for money.

The network debuted the trailer for its latest scripted series, 'Teen Wolf,' yesterday, and recently renewed 'The Real World' for two more seasons.

Tell us: What do you think of MTV's new shows? Do you think they should bring back 'Skins'? How do you feel about another British adaptation?

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tony shalhoub

Uh MTV Dr. Drew used to be your Dr. Drew. Back in the 90's. Remember?

June 12 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

MTV needs to stop regurgitating all the great show ideas that Britain has created and aired for their own youth population. There are plenty of great writers in the U.S. with clever and original ideas for MTV to draw from. The fact is that they are so blatantly forking money over with the goal of lifting concepts and creators from already successful television shows, many of which have significant international followings as it is. This has become recognized by a large number of fans / potential viewers and it doesn't seem to be making anyone the least bit happy. The real problem with MTV's "UK-to-America" endeavor is that as soon as a viewer learns of their new favorite MTV show being a British remake, they venture to take a look at the original. From my personal observation, this has resulted in nearly 100% of curious fans flocking to the British versions of these shows instead based on their genuine originality factor. If I could help MTV out in any way (aside from suggesting they actually play music again) it would be to suggest that they develop their own fresh show concepts in order to retain and grow a more loyal fan/viewer base, rather than spotlighting non-U.S. entertainment which viewers will eventually abandon their station for in order to watch the original versions. 'The Hard Times of R.J. Berger' is a great example of them doing this. There is really no need to employ another high school outsider comedy/drama from a foreign country. I ultimately see MTV's remake of Inbetweeners resulting in the same thing that their rehash of Skins did: a whole lot of new fans and viewers of the UK originals.

March 31 2011 at 10:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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