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Short Circuitz hits MTV in April

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 29th 2007 12:03PM

short circuitzLast October Anna mentioned that MTV had picked up another new comedy series from Nick Cannon called Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz. You know the show is going to be all urban and edgy because they used a "Z" instead of an "S." That's how all the cool kidz do it, you know. Since I'm actually cooler than anyone, I've stopped using the letter S completely in my daily life:

Me: Excuze me, I want to order a zandwich, and I want plenty of muztard and mayonnaize, pleaze. And a zausage patty, but not too zpicy, becauze my tongue is zenzitive.

You can watch a trailer for the new series here, which premieres on MTV April 5 at 9:30 p.m. Apparently, they decided to make a trailer using only the unfunny bits from the show, or maybe those were the funny parts. I don't pretend to know everything about comedy, especially the painfully unfunny kind.

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Andy returns, and he's funnier

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 29th 2007 9:02AM

andy milonakisI've said before I'm kind of an intermittent fan of the Andy Milonakis Show, but after seeing the season three premiere in which Andy first arrives in Los Angeles, I have to say that the show has improved greatly. If you hated Andy before, you'll probably still hate him, since his brand of humor isn't for everyone, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much more fully realized the show now seems. The first season had some very funny moments, but it seemed to lack focus, as if it wasn't sure what it was trying to be. I think both Andy and his show have finally found themselves, and Milonakis may have figured out a way to turn his penchant for oddball non sequiturs and general nonsense into real, honest to goodness comedy. Our little weirdo has finally become a butterfly, with peanut butter on his hands ("peanut butter slap")!

The six season three episodes are available on iTunes and will also be made available on MTV2.com and MTV.com.

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Punk'd to end with a one-day marathon

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 28th 2007 12:43PM
ashton kutcherAshton Kutcher's prank show on MTV is coming to an end after eight seasons, according to Variety. MTV plans to air the entire final season during one day -- April 7th -- with back-to-back new episodes. The network is calling it a sneak preview, where it will air all eight episodes before the official premiere date of the last season of Punk'd. The episodes will also air weekly starting April 10 at 9 pm.

This season, Punk'd reportedly pranks Lost's Evangeline Lilly, Hilary Swank, Nelly Furtado, Magic Johnson, and... Ashton Kutcher. Hopefully that'll be the series finale, where Ashton gets his due for "punking" other celebs for so many years (the Justin Timberlake episode was legendary).

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Evangeline Lilly gets Punk'd

by Erin Martell, posted Mar 27th 2007 2:19PM

Evangeline LillyEvangeline Lilly has fallen victim to Ashton Kutcher and his Punk'd gang. The Lost actress will appear on the newest (and supposedly last) season of the MTV prank show, along with fellow celebrities Hilary Swank, Magic Johnson, and Nelly Furtado. Lilly's episode will be aired in an eight-episode marathon of the show on April 7. Each episode will be aired individually beginning on April 10.

No word yet on how Lilly was punk'd. Perhaps they switched Dominic Monaghan with Billy Boyd and waited for her to notice. MTV is promoting this season as the show's last, but fake announcements about the show's cancellation have been released before. A similar claim was made after the 2003 season of Punk'd, but the show returned in 2004. A Punk'd Awards highlight special covering all past seasons is scheduled for June 5.

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Casting begins for what may be The Real World's last season

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 15th 2007 2:09PM
The Real World Last SeasonCasting for the 20th season of The Real World is underway, and get this, they're looking for people with ambitions and career goals. Apparently, the drinking, whoring version of The Real World is on the way out. They're looking for "aspiring actors, models, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, athletes, artists, journalists, stylists and fashion designers" or any youngin' with "interesting career goals." The Real World's producers don't have a contract with MTV beyond the 20th season. That's not to say that they won't eventually strike a deal, but it looks like Bunim-Murray is trying a return to form by assembling a cast of literate people whose desires include more than a pitcher of Mega-ritas and a hot tub threesome.

So, if you're between the ages of 18 and 24, this may be your last chance to live in a house with a bunch of strangers, have your life taped and humiliate your parents. (Just kidding, you're young. You'll have plenty of more chances to disappoint your parents.) Casting news is available online at Bunim-Murray's casting website.

[Via Reality Blurred]

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Who wants to be an MTV guest host?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 14th 2007 9:31AM

MTV logoMTV is really getting into this whole idea of TV viewers also becoming TV content providers. First they add a new viewer video category for the MTV Movie Awards, and now they're looking for guest hosts for Total Request Live.

Fans of the show have to answer six questions to enter, including which celebrity that they'd pick to star as in a movie about their life, who they would pick for the ultimate TRL guest list, and how they would describe TRL to someone who has never seen the show before (that last one is easy: they play music videos, a celeb comes on, and the kids in the audience go nutso). MTV and Acuvue will pick four winners who will each host a day in May.

You also have to upload a picture of yourself. So please, make sure you're attractive.

[via TV Guide]

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MTV Movie Awards will have user video category

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2007 11:01AM

mtv movie awardMTV is adding a new category to the MTV Movie Awards: Best Movie Spoof. More exactly: the best movie spoof created by a viewer and uploaded to Yahoo! Movies.

Starting April 23, folks can upload their spoofs to a special site on Yahoo! Movies, which will feature the usual interactivity associated with user content and Web 2.0. The winner will be announced during the MTV Movie Awards on June 3, and other videos will become part of the ceremony thanks to a "World Wide Web Wall."

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MTV reality star headed to jail

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 7th 2007 7:34PM
jason wahlerJason Wahler will spend the next two months in jail. No, you can't lock him up for simply being an idiot. He actually had to do something, like punch a city employee and a tow truck driver. Last year, the 20-year old co-star of The Hills and Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County blew his top when a tow truck was blocking the road as the driver tried to move an illegally parked car. Wahler reportedly got out of his vehicle and yelled racial slurs at the city worker and tow truck driver (both of them black) and then actually punched them both before being subdued. Blood-alcohol tests show Wahler's level was .22.

On top of his two months in jail, pretty boy will also have to attend a one-day program at the Museum of Intolerance. The judge was probably pretty strict with the guy because he was recently arrested in North Carolina for underage drinking and resisting arrest.

Sounds like a great role model for the impressionable MTV crowd.

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MTV getting the hang of this whole Web video thing

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2007 6:05PM

MTVWhatever you may have thought of Napster and file sharing, one thing is clear: it changed the way people think about how music is both marketed and distributed. In much the same way, sites like YouTube have changed how people watch television. These days people have more options than simply plopping down on the couch when their favorite show airs, as the Web offers them different ways (both legally and not-so-legally) to see their favorite programs.

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MTV orders first drama in five years

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 27th 2007 7:49PM
danielle savreMTV may finally be backing away from its plethora of reality programs, which are all beginning to see a decline in ratings. The network has given the greenlight to - gasp! - a drama. It's the first scripted series for the network in five long years.

The half-hour drama is called Kaya and it's about a teen-age girl who, along with her band members, becomes a rock star. This is a little more along the lines of the whole music television theme, unlike the mid-1990s teen angst drama, My So-Called Life. In case you were wondering, the last scripted series to air on MTV were 2002's Undressed and 2001's 2Gether.

Danielle Savre has signed on to star in Kaya. You may remember her as 'Jackie Wilcox' from her brief run as the cheerleader-who-got-killed-instead-of-Claire on Heroes.

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Say goodbye to Oliver, but did you love or hate him?

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 21st 2007 7:27PM

Oliver Trask is a despised TV character. The day is closer upon us. The end of The O.C. will come to our screens tomorrow night.. The originator and main reason why the development floodgates of Hollywood were opened to introduce us to programming such as Laguna Beach and other bad teen shows based on excess and other items of unimportance.

Although there are many broken hearted O.C. fans amongst us, we aren't that upset to see a character like Oliver Trask off into oblivion. He was able to exude as much hate that a writer could place on a single character, and I am personally glad to see him go.

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Kelly Osbourne reveals family member's HIV status

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 19th 2007 2:03PM
Kelly Osbourne HIV educationReality TV veteran Kelly Osbourne announced at a HIV/AIDS charity event in north London that a member of her family has been diagnosed as HIV positive. Photographers on the scene reported that Osbourne fought back tears as she left the stage. There has been no comment from any the Osbournes following the announcement.

For more information about Body and Soul, the HIV charity organization Kelly was supporting, you can check out Body and Soul's website. For general information on HIV/AIDS, visit the National Institute of Health's HIV and AIDS information site.

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TRL isn't going anywhere

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 16th 2007 8:01AM

MTVLike many of you, I love music, and I think we can all agree that the best way to listen to our favorite music is to have total strangers interrupt a song, and for the song to never play in its entirety. MTV understood this need, and that's why they gave us Total Request Live (or TRL as the cool kids call it).

In the wake of an announcement by Viacom that it would be cutting nearly 250 jobs from its music networks, rumors began to circulate that TRL would be taken off the air, but according to a rep from MTV, those rumors are not true. Regardless, TRL has seen a decline as of late, and Variety reports that interactive sites like YouTube and MySpace are partly to blame, as they provide a more personal mode of interactivity.

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MTV to offer embeddable videos

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 14th 2007 1:33PM

MTVIn the wake of Viacom's demand that all of its content be removed from YouTube and Google Video, another one of the company's properties will be offering embeddable online videos: MTV. Comedy Central began offering the same not too long ago, and it would be nice if the rest of the dominoes would fall and everyone would automatically equip all online videos with this function. Of course, that probably gets into some kind of legal mumbo jumbo that might cause my brain to explode, and if I can remember one thing my mother told me, it's this: "son, I am not going to clean your brains off the wall because you thought too hard about something."

CNET reports that Viacom is trying to catch up to this whole "Web 2.0" thing, and that it has not ruled out the possibility of partnering with YouTube sometime in the future.

Look for these new videos to appear on all of MTV's sites over the next few months.

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Bam Margera weds; Vincent Margera stands trial

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 6th 2007 11:14AM
Bam Margera and Don VitoIt was a busy week at the Margera estate. Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, Bam's uncle and co-star on Viva La Bam, was ordered to stand trial on felony charges that he groped three girls at a public appearance. If convicted, Uncle Don could face up to six years in prison. That's unfortunate news so let's move on to the good stuff.

Professional jackass Bam got married to childhood pal Missy Rothstein this weekend. The couple wed in front of 350 friends, family and MTV crew members. The wedding will be televised in April as the culminating episode of forthcoming reality show Bam's Unholy Union. Putting in appearances at the wedding were Tony Hawk and James Iha, formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins. Best of all, Iggy Pop performed as part of the festivities. Hot damn. That so beats hiring a fallen American Idol to play at your bar mitzvah. Do you think the bride came down the aisle to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" or "Search and Destroy?"

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