MTV frequently finds itself at the center of societal debate for its edgy and sometimes racy content. The network has now given the go-ahead for a new series that will certainly raise some eyebrows. The show, which Entertainment Weekly calls "the anti-Jersey Shore," will be 12 episodes in length and focus upon young people who are abstaining from sex.
The subjects of the currently unnamed program, all individuals between the ages of 18 and 25, will grapple with an important decision: Whether they should maintain their virgin status or have sex. The show is said to have a more positive spin than past proposals and will reportedly include messaging and themes from MTV's "It's Your (Sex) Life" campaign.
MTV's new show about young adult virgins is being called "the anti-Jersey Shore." Here, "Jersey Show" cast members Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Jenni "JWOW" Farley, and Deena Cortese pose for a portrait in New York. (Carlo Allegri/AP)
The "It's Your (Sex) Life" campaign is described as an effort to "support young people in making responsible decisions about their sexual health" (critics will -- and have -- pointed out that MTV often offers up programs with themes that seem to contradict this mantra).
The as yet unnamed show will be one hour in length and will be produced by Endemol USA. Its announcement follows major controversy that unfolded last year when MTV posted a casting call looking for individuals interested in having sex for the first time.
That project, called "My First," was meant to follow young people as they prepared to lose their virginity. The casting call made the network’s original intention to capture “sexual firsts” clear.
The casting call for MTV's "My First" reality project, scrapped last year. (Screenshot, MTV casting website)
“Do you want to take things to the next level? Like, are you ready to hand over your V card? Or do you have a friend who is ready to lose it? Young adulthood is a time for exploration,” a posted casting call for the show read. “New relationships, fresh experiences and sexual firsts. Now MTV is looking to frankly capture that journey in a new series called My First. We’re looking for adults who are ready to go all the way. Let MTV come along on your journey… as you try to lose your virginity!”
Following controversy, the project was scrapped before it even filmed a pilot. The new project takes a different look and seems to be a more reality-based plot centered around merely following the sexual decisions of its virgin cast members.
(H/T: Entertainment Weekly)
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