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News Briefs: MTV Orders a Reality Series About Virgins

THE FUN IS IN THE CHASTE NEWS

… MTV has ordered four new reality series. The most exciting one follows young adults who remain unsexed and live their lives as virgins, whether they want to or not. It’s currently untitled. Also coming to MTV are MTV’s House of Food, where aspiring chefs compete against each other in cooking challenges and live in the same house; Snackdown, an afternoon series in which amateur chefs cook up regular snacks with panache; and The Ex and the Why, a talk show allowing former lovers to air out their grievances over their past relationships in front of the world. [Deadline Hollywood]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Shark Week is still swimming strong, and last night’s kick-off drew the event’s largest audience ever. Except it was for a fake show about a shark that no longer exists. Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives drew 4.8 million viewers (or roughly three Sharknados) to put itself atop the list of the most-watched Shark Week programming in history. However, the whole thing—which was presented as a real documentary with only a confusing disclaimer—was a sham starring actors lying about a monster shark biting whales in half and eating fishing boats. Discovery Networks is loving fake science lately; another bogus “doc,” about mermaids, also earned huge ratings.  [Discovery via press release]

… Disney’s Teen Beach Movie isn’t doing too shabby either. The made-for-cable movie is now the second most-watched cable movie of all time (right behind High School Musical 2) after raking in 13.5 million viewers once delayed viewing numbers were factored in. Though to be fair, when High School Musical came out, there weren’t as many DVRs to bloat the numbers.  [The Wrap]

… The guys behind Last Resort are working on a new project at ABC. Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Ryan are teaming up for Freedom, a drama about a group of Ivy Leaguers who start the next activist movement against the government and corporate entities.  [Deadline Hollywood]

… E! is working on a new reality series following super rich 20-somethings from Beverly Hills found on the Tumblr blog Rich Kids of Instagram. [Deadline Hollywood]

… ABC has announced the premiere dates for a couple of midseason series. Resurrection, an emotional drama about the dead coming back to life (but not wanting to eat you), will debut March 9 at 10pm, taking over for fellow new drama Betrayal after it finishes its run. Also getting a premiere date: the reality competition The Quest, which will feature contestants running around in a fake Middle Earth-type land, fighting fake monsters and saving fake princesses. It starts January 2 at 8pm. [ABC via press release]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Ryan Seacrest needs to be working every minute of his life, so he has accepted the job as host of NBC’s game-show experiment The Million Second Quiz. The series features contestants competing on a trivia show for 11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds while they answer questions live from an hourglass-shaped structure in midtown Manhattan. A contestant who sits in the “money chair” will accrue 10 dollars for each second he occupies the seat, while another contestant sits opposite him. Viewers at home can also answer questions and face off against the person in the money chair by approaching the hourglass-shaped structure in person or answering questions online. [NBC via press release]

… Jaime Pressly of My Name is Earl fame and I Hate My Teenage Daughter infamy is headed to TV Land. Pressly will star in the multi-camera TV Land pilot Jennifer Falls, playing a mother who moves in with her own mother after getting laid off from a cushy job.  [TV Land via press release]

… All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter has landed a recurring role on NBC’s Parenthood. He’ll play a rocker with an attitude problem who records at The Luncheonette. [TV Line]

… Showtime’s upcoming adult drama pilot The Affair has booked Maura Tierney as a nice lady who gets cheated on. She’ll play the wife of Dominic West’s character in the pilot about an affair that ruins a pair of marriages. How could anyone even pretend to cheat on Maura Tierney? She’s adorable! [TV Line]

… FX’s Anger Management found a replacement for the fired Selma Blair (don’t you mess with, Charlie!) in Laura Bell Bundy. The blonde won a Tony for playing the lead in Legally Blonde: The Musical and has been featured in Hart of Dixie and How I Met Your Mother. [THR]

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