MTV Developing Four New Unscripted Series, Renews ‘Awkward’

Jenna (Ashley Rickards, right) has an awkward moment in "Awkward" as she watches Jake (Brett Davern) and Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) demonstrate their affection for each other in the show's third season (Photo: MTV)

MTV announced four new unscripted series — including one series about virgins — plus a renewal of its scripted high school series “Awkward”.

The cable channel made the announcements on Monday. The four new unscripted shows include two cooking-competition shows, a docu-series about virgins, and a series showcasing couples who have broken up and now want to right perceived wrongs.

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Two of the shows are slated for prime-time, while the other two are being designed for weekday afternoons, MTV said.

One of the prospective prime-time shows is the virgin show, which has no title yet. Instead, it is referred to only as “Untitled Virgin Project.” MTV’s press release spins the series this way: “This series follows the lives of young adults trying to maneuver the often tricky world of virginity which includes messy love lives, awkward parental sex talks, sexually active friends, and the pressure to give in to their temptations — all of which can make for a very tumultuous journey.

“Throughout each episode of this hour-long weekly show, MTV will explore the stories of different v-card-carrying cast members across the country, all dealing with the overwhelming question of keeping their virginity or losing it. The series will be supported with informational resources from MTV’s Emmy and Peabody-winning “It’s Your (Sex) Life” campaign, which empowers young people to make better decisions about their sexual health.”

The other prime-time entry is one of the cooking shows. It’s called “MTV’s House of Food,” and it will have a group of young aspiring chefs living in a house together and attending a culinary school. In the end, one of them will win a prize described by MTV as an “apprenticeship of a lifetime.”

The other food show is one of the new afternoon shows, “Snackdown,” which comes from MTV reality star and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek. A cash prize awaits the winner of this competition in which the contestants will be challenged to create new, unique snacks (otherwise known as “munchies”). Judging from the MTV press release, this one figures to be more free-wheeling than the evening cooking show.

Finally, the fourth new show is called “The Ex and the Why” (a clever title, we think) and it will be a daily half-hour in afternoons in which couples whose relationships ended badly get to make up for the bad breakups and possibly rekindle their affection.

As for “Awkward,” that show is getting a fourth season.

The four new unscripted shows will debut next year, MTV said (without offering anything more specific than that concerning their premiere dates). “Awkward” still has to finish up the second half of its third season, which is due to commence in October, MTV said. Season Four will start next year.

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