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MTV Cancels 'The Buried Life'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 26th 2011 9:30AM
'The Buried Life' logoUPDATE: The creators of 'The Buried Life' have announced that they've signed a new deal with MTV Networks. This announcement follows an erroneous statement regarding the cancellation of their self-titled show, which ran for two seasons on the network.

This new deal is being considered a developmental deal, where the group can create new content, reformat their show and it will also offer a platform for them to create a pilot for a new series.

The four members of 'The Buried Life' share this statement: "[We] grew up dreaming of making television and movies and we're excited for what's to come with MTV. We're doing everything we can to learn the ins and outs of the industry and have many people to thank for giving us the opportunity to do this day in day out, including our fans. We want to continue to grow with our audience and inject in the industry the same dose of genuine compassion that guys like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and others before us did."

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: It's time to bid farewell to Penelope the big purple bus: MTV has cancelled 'The Buried Life.' The make-a-difference reality documentary series scored modest ratings for the network over two seasons, and 'Entertainment Weekly' reports that MTV "hopes to continue working with the team in another format." It's possible 'The Buried Life' could live on as a digital or online series.

'The Buried Life' was developed by four friends at university in British Columbia, Canada. Originally a feature-length documentary, they developed it with MTV as an inspirational TV series that could serve as an antidote to 'Jersey Shore' and official superficial reality programming on the network.

Basically a cross between the concepts explored in 'Pay it Forward' and 'The Bucket List,' the show's website describes the concept behind 'The Buried Life' as "Do cool sh*t and Help People. Four regular guys on a mission to complete a list of 100 things to do before you die and to help and encourage others to go after their lists."

Fans have already set up an online petition to save 'The Buried Life,' and took to Facebook and Twitter to vent their frustration at the news. A typical tribute to the show reads "Thanks guys for always being positive and inspiring people through your actions and words."

The four guys behind 'TBL' have vowed to continue their work and say they're already working on new projects. Posting on their Facebook page they told fans "Dreams take patience. Dreams take respect. Dreams take the cooperation of a huge number of people, some of whom you'll have to win over to succeed. Achieving your dreams is something you fight for everyday of your life. If you think we're going to give up fighting now you're nuts. We're just getting started. Shooting something new with MTV + another studio as we speak. Can't stop cause we won't stop -jonnie, dunc, dave and ben."

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