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MTV orders more Jersey Shore

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 31st 2010 11:02AM
Have you been itching with excitement and unable to sit still because of the nervous anticipation building in your body over what has happened to the cast of the MTV reality series Jersey Shore? If so, please seek professional help immediately.

And you can't stop worrying. MTV has picked up a full twelve episode order for the reality shore that will bring the entire cast back to the small screen sometime this summer.

That means the show will have to start shooting very soon to get the episodes ready to air in the summer. If you work or live in Seaside Heights, you might want to warn your fellow citizens and start stocking up on plastic sheeting and duct tape.

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Sarah Silverman threatens to quit her show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 2nd 2009 10:47AM
Sarah SilvermanLike AIG, The Sarah Silverman Program needs a bailout.

Comedy Central is cutting the budget for the comedy show by more than 20%, and the three executive producers - including Silverman herself - have threatened to quit the show. The series has not been picked up for a third season yet.

It's actually MTV Networks that is telling Comedy Central that they have to cut the budget. Right now each episode costs around $1.1 million to produce. MTV Network wants that cut down to $850,000 an episode. That's probably more than can be saved by simply replacing the fancy food on the craft services table with stuff from the supermarket.

I predict that they'll settle this, though I have to admit this is a show I don't really watch, even if I do think Silverman is funny. I wouldn't mind having a second new episode of Important Things with Demetri Martin every week if this show is a goner.

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A happy 10th birthday to Mr. Squarepants

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 19th 2009 9:03AM

SpongeBob and the gang are celebrating their 10th birthday all yearI didn't realize that the late 90s offered up so many cartoons that are still around today. A week or so ago, I mentioned that The Powerpuff Girls were celebrating a 10th birthday with a Cartoon Network special and complete DVD box set. Now comes news that a certain walking and talking sponge is celebrating a 10-year anniversary, as well.

Nickelodeon's pants-wearing sponge will be celebrating his decade of entertainment in a number of ways. If you go to the new SpongeBob.com you'll have a chance to play SpongeBob games, watch SpongeBob videos, and read the blog of Mr. SquarePants' creators. If you watch any of the networks of the MTV universe (which Nickelodeon is a part of) you'll be able to view a documentary on the character and its popularity. Finally, if you can wait a few months, you will be able to catch some new SpongeBob SquarePants episodes featuring Dennis Quaid (March) and Johnny Depp (April).

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Britney will be at the VMAs

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 4th 2008 10:38AM
Britney Spears Rolling Stone coverIt looks like after some divisiveness on the subject (including a report confirming her non-appearance), Britney Spears will in fact be making an appearance at the 25th MTV Video Music Awards this coming Sunday in Los Angeles. Britney has been nominated 16 times for VMAs but never won a Moon Man.

This year she has three nominations. With that, I don't know why anybody would think she wouldn't show up. I realize that many thought her last VMA appearance/performance was a trainwreck, but look at what she was going through at the time.

Britney does not have a performance scheduled and I would guess that her appearance will likely be more demure (if MTV is capable of such a thing). I presume she'll just be accepting the award (I think she'll win something. It would be a good career boost. Even Scorsese won an award eventually). Of course, I could be complete wrong. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of MTV executives?

My question is: will Britney's appearance at the VMA's make you more likely to tune in?

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Every South Park episode online, free and legal

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 30th 2007 8:10AM
South ParkAccording to Extremetech.com, MTV Networks, part of Viacom and the parent company of Comedy Central, plans to put every clip from the show South Park online and available to any viewer at no cost. Since Trey Parker and Matt Stone have already worked out a deal with the parent company to get a piece of South Park's online presence, they should be making a hefty chunk of money out of this (assuming the online episodes will work on an advertising model).

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MTV Networks, BBC America, Discovery and more - TCA Report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 15th 2007 2:02PM

tva logoFriday's TCA, which continued cable TV presentations, felt like three days rolled into one.

Just how jam-packed and eclectic are the programs and announcements that were made?

Here's a sample: Dynasty diva Joan Collins is checking into BBC America's Hotel Babylon, Richard Dreyfus (Jaws) is not afraid to get back into the water as host of The Discovery Channel's Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever and Jonny Fairplay (Survivor) of CMT's Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull-Riding Challenge sadly announced that his beloved grandmother passed away two weeks ago.

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Google to syndicate MTV Networks clips to AdSense customers

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 7th 2006 3:30PM
Google logoSay you're reading a blog being written by your friend's girlfriend's anonymous friend who waxes poetic about her lack of dating life in the big city, and you start getting a hankering to see some Laguna Beach. Before, you'd have to go to another web site or -- heaven forbid -- fire up your TV.

But no more. Now comes word that Google will begin testing a video distribution service whereby customers who use their AdSense service (which includes the entire Weblogs, Inc. family) can receive ad-supported clips of shows from MTV Networks. In addition to Laguna, clips of SpongeBob SquarePants and the MTV Video Music Awards will be shown. Google will also have an MTV Networks channel on their video site, which will offer customers full episodes of MTV Networks shows for $1.99 each.

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