MTV has always been the network that experiments. Established in the ‘90s, it has worked long and hard to build its reputation and there is a reason it is still standing tall, especially considering the exponential competition it has to face over all these years. What started as a place for music videos has now turned into one of the leading entertainment channels, especially focusing on the youth. Despite restricting itself to target a certain age group, MTV has flourished, and perhaps its limited focus is what makes it so effective. In its essence, MTV has become a phase in everyone’s life. There was a time when you were a teenager and you were addicted to the shows that aired on it. Once you grew up, the charm broke and you moved on! The channel, however, continues to serve the coming generation. Over the years, MTV has stretched its limbs and got its branches all over the world. Mainly focusing on reality shows, the network has also experimented, and quite wonderfully sometimes, in other genres, one of the most recent examples being ‘Teen Wolf’.
This year, instead of starting new projects from scratch, MTV has decided to revive its old favourites. Here is the list of the upcoming new shows coming out on MTV in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that these latest MTV shows are as good as some of the recent series it produced. The list includes new MTV reality shows and new MTV dating shows.
6. The Hills: New Beginning (TBA)
‘The Hills’ was one of the most popular shows for MTV. It had a six-season run that ended about ten years ago. The series focused on the lives of a group of women. Every season focused on a particular part of their lives and the finales generally featured the closure of that part. For five seasons the main focus of the series was on Lauren Conrad who was shown to work her way up in the fashion industry. Apart from her, the other women in her life served as the sub-plots for the show. The professional life was the major theme but the personal life was also brought under scrutiny. The show received a lot of praise in its early years, becoming an uncanny addiction for its audience, which was termed as “guilty pleasure” by most. Whatever the reasons for its popularity, ‘The Hills’ was doing well, its cast was expanding and by the fifth season, it had established itself. However, for the lead, Conrad, the term of five years was more than enough and she decided to leave it, taking a break from the show and the profession as well. Now, this revival will bring back its original cast members, along with their children! A whole new generation gives the opportunity to add a new layer to the show. Perhaps, this is what MTV saw in it and commissioned a reboot of the series.
5. The Real World Reboot(TBA)
For the fans of shows like ‘Big Brother’, ‘The Real World’ will not be a foreign name. Running on the same format as ‘Big Brother’, this show focused on a group of strangers who are brought together to stay in a new city. With every season, the city and the participants were changed. What happens now is that these participants are constantly monitored. There are cameras everywhere, no place is a hiding place, and hence, there is no use for you to act like someone else. You’ll have to be your genuine self. Also, won’t you get tired of acting 24/7? The idea of the series was to present the interactions of the youth in their truest form. It would have become a scripted drama (who knows, maybe it is!), but the cost of things like writers, costume designers and whatnot was just too much. Hence, the showrunners decided to take it down a notch and added the twist of reality to it, which made it so popular in the first place. Even though the show had been cancelled technically, there were clear signs of its deteriorating image. A reboot was green-lit to bring it back to its former glory. Let’s see what changes they make in the format this time.