MTV greenlights 'Inbetweeners,' plus four other new shows -- EXCLUSIVE


Hot off second season return of The Hard Times of RJ Berger, MTV has chosen its next youthful scripted series: It’s stateside version of UK comedy hit The Inbetweeners has received a full season order along with several other new shows — including a sex advice series hosted by columnist Dan Savage and a next-generation dating show from the producers of Jersey Shore.

First, MTV is bringing the hit Brit comedy Inbetweeners to the U.S., ordering 12 episodes for a likely debut in 2012. Brad Copeland (Arrested Development) will exec produce the new version along with Aaron Kaplan and original series creators Damon Beesly and Iain Morris.

“It’s got an incredibly strong and authentic young voice,” said MTV’s head of programming David Janollari of the show. “We were really successful in adapting it for our audience and making it sound like a quintessentially American suburban experience.”

Inbetweeners, which follows four suburban teens, will join the upcoming Teen Wolf (trailer here) on MTV’s burgeoning scripted lineup, along with This is Awkward (formerly That Girl), I Just Want My Pants Back, the animated series Good Vibes and the return of Beavis and Butthead (more on that below).

As part of a first wave of pickups for the year, MTV also just ordered four new unscripted series that fit under Janollari’s goal of “smart, funny and fun” programming, and EW has the exclusive scoop on those as well: 

FriendZone: From the producers of Jersey Shore comes this series where teenagers ask their best friend to help them prepare for an upcoming blind date. After asking for advice on style and how to make all the right moves, they reveal that the date is actually intended for the two of them. “We think that this show reinvents the dating show for this generation,” Janollari said. “It takes us into a journey where you’re on the edge of your seat into awkward territory: Is this couple going to get out of the friend zone or is it going to be a complete and utter disaster?” (495 Productions with SallyAnn Salsano exec producing.)

Savage U: Columnist Dan Savage brings his brand of blunt advice to MTV late night with this show where he takes questions while touring college campuses. “He’s able to do is bring incredible frankness to the topic of sexuality and spin it with a great sense of humor,” Janollari said. Added head of production Chris Linn: “I don’t think there are any networks talking to teenagers about how to navigate sex and modern relationships. There’s been a real leap forward in information online and the way teens communicate and Dan is somebody who brings real credibility.” (Producers: Picture This Television; exec producers: Bryan Scott, Lisa Tucker, Brian Pines and Savage).

– Game shows The Substitute and Money From Strangers: The first sort of like a school-based version of Cash Cab, where a substitute teacher (Jon Gabrus) surprises unsuspecting students by transforming their classroom into a game show (Michael Davies exec produces). The second show has host Jeff Dye and a collection of guest comedians convincing unwitting contestants to pull pranks on strangers (Tony Tackaberry, Allison Corn and Rob Anderson exec produce).

As for the eagerly anticipated return of Beavis and Butthead, we got a little bit of intel: The show will likely return by the end of the year. Each half-hour episode will feature two stand-alone stories that will carry on in the B&B tradition of skewering pop culture, only now they will also watch and critique movies and TV shows in addition to music videos.

“The biggest change is obviously the references are updated, it’s set in modern day, and there’s going to be a movie review segment,” Linn said.  “Otherwise they’re still true to their prior passions.”

Absent from the list is a renewal for Skins, as MTV has not yet decided the show’s fate. MTV has been on a ratings roll lately with its most recent quarter generating the network’s biggest average ratings in five years.

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  • Jacob

    If MTV had a face, I’d punch it.

    • Edward

      if your mom had a face, I’d punch it.

      • Bella

        Oh boys…won’t you ever quit fighting? If it’s not about me it’s something else…

      • Cassie

        @Bella, LOL!!!! That was golden.

    • Tom

      MTV was something a long time ago. Today? Meh.

    • Liz Lemon

      Agreed. Why don’t they just show the original versions and stop f**king up good, quality material!?

    • Katy

      Right on, facepunch agreement

  • Menchy

    Am I the only one who likes the direction MTV has been going in recently? American Skins was way better than people gave it credit for…

    • TJ

      No, it wasn’t.

      • Holly

        Yea it was and the music was FANTASTIC. The music alone included band like Phantogram and Sleigh Bells. I watch the UK version and the US version is a nice addition. It’s written by the same person!!! So all you haters can stfu.

    • Jeff C.

      U.S. Skins blew.

    • katie

      you know what was good-uk skins.
      season 5.
      check it out.
      and forget that american sh!+.

      • Lo

        @katie, I too saw Series 5 of UK Skins, it was insanely good.
        U.S. Skins was just plain awful

      • CiCi

        enjoyed season 5 as well, but out of the five seasons so far, it was my least favorite season. It just didn’t click with me like the others…about the only thing I could really get into was the Frankie/Matty storyline and if they mess that up with Liv or Mini next season, I’ll be very unhappy. I just don’t buy the Mini/Frankie thing and we just had a beautiful lesbian relationship with Naomi and Emily from Gen 2–not saying there can’t be another one, but just saying Mini and Frankie isn’t it, imho.

      • Holly

        why do people assume others haven’t seen it? Seen it, got the dvds, whats the issue? Season 5 has sucked, the finale was a bore. I’m sick of Brits and hipster douche’s assuming people don’t watch the original. You can like them both, it’s ok! Have any of you been to Skins mess boards? You know Brits hate Americans right? Don’t think so? Go watch Skins on youtube and check out the comments, or better yet go to the e4 website. All this hate. I bet most of you haven’t even seen US Skins.

    • Katy

      If by better you mean, it looks like Cassie Ainsworth threw it up then yes US Skins was better

    • Sophia

      I watched both and the UK skins was so much better.

  • kris

    MTV would be incredibly dumb if they do not renew SKINS! Not only is it entertaining its killing in the ratings

    • ST

      I think you meant, “…it’s dying in the ratings.”

      • Holly

        Skins has the same rating as Gossip Girl and helped improve MTV ratings 50% over last year. Get your facts straight.

    • Liz Lemon

      You clearly haven’t seen the UK versions.

  • Cassie

    Some of this shows sound cool my problem is there no longer MUSIC TV. They need to change there name. That’s all I’m saying.

    • Piper

      They did dummy. They dropped ‘music television’ last year and edited from their logo.

      • Ray

        Thank you Piper. I’m tired of kids of generation X whining about the “good ole days” of MTV when they used to play music. The network obviously stopped playing music because they were losing money with advertisers because audiences don’t actually want to sit and watch an entire hour of music videos. You know what they will sit down and watch for an hour. Jersey Shore. And probably more people watched Skins than you think. Even though UK was better– hell you can’t get mad at MTV it was written by the SAME UK guys. I think TV viewers need to get their noses out of the air. It’s just TV. We aren’t critiquing a Van Gogh.

  • Jacob

    I highly encourage everyone to watch the British version of The Inbetweeners, and not watch how MTV will inevitably ruin it.

    • side3

      Agreed. I do not know how they can come close to the brilliance of the British version. The entire cast is great, especially the guy who plays Will.

    • Steven

      I’m American and I love the UK Inbetweeners. I hope the US version is good too.

    • Liz Lemon

      I’m dreading MTV will try to create an American version of The Misfits now.

      • Katy

        MTV should be assassinated if that ever enters their mind.

    • Piper

      Stop assuming we haven’t. It’s ok to like them both!!!

    • rohn

      The british show was brilliant and my only hope is that this will be like the office where they take it in enough of a different direction that it’s a different but still good show

  • aclineo

    Nooooo!!! . . . The Inbetweeners is a brilliant show and MTV is just gonna mangle it like they did w/ Skins :0(

    • Tom

      oh the humanity

  • MWeyer

    Man, I feel soooooooo old remembering when MTV showed more than an hour of music videos every day….

  • :P

    why does MTV keep adapting British shows? It just shows that they’re running out of creativity.

  • BeBe

    Pretty excited the America’s Best Dance Crew and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory is back! I could care less about the rest

  • jane1982

    So MTV is giving us another remake of a British show and a rehash of a show from the 90’s. Way to keep it edgy MTV!

  • yoyomomma

    BOOOO…another fine British show MTV will butcher!

  • Mincha

    So what DOES the M stand for now?

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  • Vince from NYC

    So what happened to the Jersey Shore spinnoffs?

  • Ben Hafetz

    Beavis and butthead so FTW

  • Daniel Belgrave

    No Music anymore?

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