What do you get when you combine MTV’s kids-gone-wild reality genre with cable’s ongoing fascination with Alaska? Slednecks!
MTV announced this new show Thursday as part of its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City. Slednecks is a half-hour docu-series following a group of “outdoor tough” friends living in “the modern-day Wild West” of Alaska. The group is engage in various hijinks, stunts and partying. From the release: “It’s an inside look at their unique lifestyle where the world can be tougher and more dangerous than anywhere else in the lower 48. Yet these ‘Sled-necks’ make the most of what they have, always making sure they have a good time doing it and maintaining the close bonds they have forged as friends.”
If this sounds a whole lot like Buckwild, well, it’s reportedly from the same producers and one online report suggested it is essentially the same show relocated and rebranded. MTV axed Buckwild last year after one season following the death of a participant, Shain Gandee. But the cable network insists Slednecks isn’t a stealth reboot. “MTV is not bringing Buckwild back,” an MTV spokesperson told EW. “That show was about a very unique group of young people who grew up and lived in West Virginia. MTV has a long history in documenting different slices of life – from Laguna Beach to True Life to Jersey Shore and Buckwild. Today, we are announcing a new half hour docu-series called Slednecks that follows a fun-loving group of friends living in the pristine and at times wild back drop of Alaska.”
Other new shows include a weekly dance competition show titled Beyond Dance (“dancers will battle it out in extreme challenges that take performances to the next level”) as well as a docu-series exploring the impact of terrible decisions titled One Bad Choice (“explores the consequences of young people who made a single, terrible decision that irrevocably changed their lives forever”). In addition, MTV announced renewals for Real World, Snooki & JWoww and Girl Code.
The network also released several summer premiere dates: Teen Wolf will return for its fourth season on June 23. New drama series Finding Carter will get underway on July 8. The fifth season of Ridiculousness starts July 10. New reality show Snack-Off, from Ridiculousness mastermind Rob Dyrdek, is a cooking competition show where amateur chefs compete in snack-inspired challenges.