MTV is launching MTV Studios to create new(ish) shows to pitch to streaming platforms. Why not air them on MTV itself? Because they are aiming younger, and they’ve seen that the young’uns tend to watch stuff online.
They’re starting with reboots and revivals of classics:
- “Daria & Jodie” is a reimiagining of the series “Daria.”
- An update of the unscripted series “Made”;
- A return for “The Real World”
- A live-action remake of the animated series “Aeon Flux”
According to, “Daria & Jodie,” “The Real World,” and “Aeon Flux” are “all being pitched to streaming platforms like Hulu, Netflix and Apple.”
MTV president Chris McCarthy toldthat cable “is a little bit more limiting than it used to be, so the story that we tell on traditional cable are gonna be very different than the stories that we would tell in SVOD.”
“(Anything for) the younger set of the demo is going to be be more on the SVOD partners,” he continued. “Anything in the 20 plus is going to be more for our traditional cable platform,. Things that are in the animation space, things that are in pure music longform, things that are in the teen and high school space — those are the things that we’re going to be looking more in the SVOD space. The traditional amplified and louder versions of unscripted reality, we’re going to continue to focus on that in cable.”
Here are breakdowns on the first shows being produced by MTV Studios for SVOD platforms:
“DARIA & JODIE”
The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends . These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.
Writer: Grace Edwards (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Loosely Exactly Nicole, Inside Amy Schumer)
This cult anime classic is back for a live-action remake, as the badass heroine assassin Aeon Flux teams up with a group of biohacking rebels in the not too distant dystopian future to battle a brutally repressive regime and save humanity.
Executive Producers: Jeff Davis (“Teen Wolf,” “Criminal Minds”) and Gale Ann Hurd (“The Walking Dead,” “Fear of the Walking Dead”)
“THE REAL WORLD”
The show that invented modern reality television returns to its roots. This reconnection to innocence for the trailblazing series strips away the polarization and cold anonymity of social media, the din of the 24-hour news cycle, and the facades of the instafamous culture to find out what happens “when seven strangers are picked to live in a house…stop being polite and start getting real.”
The groundbreaking, Emmy-winning life makeover series returns. In a world of 2D Instagram transformations, MADE pairs talented young underdogs with experts for face to face coaching for total life, real life reinventions.
In the spirit of “The Hills” and “The City,” this new show follows a group of attractive 20 somethings in a classic coming of age docu-series featuring first loves, relationships and life decisions – with a twist. This group of young people is living in “The Valley” of Nogales, Arizona, a town along the border of the United States and Mexico. This is the real life story of friends who are growing up on the edge of two countries, two cities as they share one Valley, their youth and common bond.
“MTV’S STRAIGHT UP GHOSTED”
While social media has connected the world more than ever, it has also undercut our ability to deeply connect and communicate. Today, critical relationship-ending conversations and confrontations have faded into digital dialogue or worse “ghosting.” This series explores real stories of real people who vanished by blocking them, and unlocks the reality and uncomfortable truth to satisfy the ultimate question–why did you leave me?
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