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'Teen Wolf' Reboot Has Teeth

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 7th 2011 12:30PM


There's not a lot I miss about being a teen -- the zits, the homework, the torturous first dates -- but the TV is one thing I wish I'd never outgrown. There's very little of that verisimilitude that grown-up dramas suffer from. From the highly unlikely guardianship of Charlie Salinger to the seriously misguided dating rules of Joyce Summers, teen shows always have some elements of wish fulfillment. Parents are young, attractive or entirely absent. TV teen drama can't be dismissed as silly, the way real life teen drama can be -- its usually an apocalypse, a tragic accident or a mysterious disease, or sometimes all of the above.

'Teen Wolf,' the MTV series that only vaguely resembles the '80s Michael J. Fox movie of the same name, has all the hallmarks of a high school classic.

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Family TV Round-Up: 'Jonas' No Longer, Disney Junior and More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 12th 2010 11:30AM
'Jonas' will not be retruning to the Disney Channel schedule next year.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We sum up all of the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

A plethora of Disney related news this week, starting with the end of the 'Jonas' franchise on Disney Channel. After two years of 'Jonas' and 'Jonas L.A.,' the show has been canceled. In a statement the network said they were looking forward to working with the brothers on future projects.

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MTV's 'Skins' Preview: Creator Talks Remaking the British Teen Drama

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Nov 2nd 2010 4:30PM
Skins MTVFans of the edgy British teen drama 'Skins,' which airs in the U.S. on BBC America and is also available on DVD, probably already know that the hit series is being adapted for American audiences by MTV and producer/creator Bryan Elsley.

But what even smug "original fans" may not know is that, like the U.S. version of 'The Office,' the U.S. edition of 'Skins' will not feature one-for-one copies of the U.K. show's cast or story lines.

We spoke to Elsley about what current devotees of 'Skins' should know before the MTV version premieres in 2011.

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What's the Next Big Hit for the Disney Channel?

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 10th 2010 3:20PM
'Pair of Kings,' which premieres this Friday on Disney Channel, will spend most of its time on male-oriented DisneyXD.Every few years Disney Channel encounters a conundrum with their original, scripted series that puts its executives in a tizzy. It doesn't involve ratings or writing nor the overall quality of the programs. Rather, cast members reach adulthood and leave their series, which throws the executives for a loop.

This year the network higher-ups are being hit with a double-punch. The first swing was from 'Hannah Montana Forever' star Miley Cyrus. Despite being one of the top 2 shows amongst kids and tweens, Cyrus decided to end her run on the program this season and move as far away as possible from the hand that fed her over the last few years.

The follow-up hook came from Selena Gomez, who told folks earlier this summer the next season of 'Wizards of Waverly Place' would be her last.

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Forget Parties in 'The Hills,' MTV Features Real Teens, Real Problems in New Series

by Anna Dimond, posted Aug 3rd 2010 4:40PM
Forget 'The Hills,' leave 'The Real World' and get ready for real teens with real problems.

Each episode of MTV's new docu-series, 'If You Really Knew Me' (Tuesdays, 11PM ET), visits a different high school across the country, and follows a few students for 24 hours while they participate in an event called Challenge Day. Part group therapy and part team building, Challenge Days bring together small groups of students with the mission of breaking down the typical social barriers that divide them and encouraging them to form bonds in ways that would otherwise be unlikely -- if not downright impossible.

This week, the show visits a high school in the working-class town of Belle, West Virginia, where students are divided up among the "Creekers" (rural residents), the punks, the outcasts and, of course, the popular kids, among other social designations. As the show prepares to make its southern arrival, TV Squad spoke with Katie, one of the students who participates in the Challenge Day there.

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