Looking for 'Jersey Shore' and 'Skins' Buzz? Add Sex and Scandal to These Five Shows
By Kristina Lucarelli Posted Feb 4th 2011 10:22AM
MTV is already having a busy 2011 with two hit shows dominating the press. 'Jersey Shore' keeps smashing the ratings because people can't resist the cast's alcoholic antics and fist fights. And although 'Skins' is receiving mixed reviews, the show is making a name for itself by being accused of violating child pornography laws and being dubbed "the most dangerous show for teens" by the Parents Television Council.
People are tuning in to these two controversial shows in record numbers, and we think we've got the formula figured out: young people + drugs + sex + fighting = epic TV. So why don't more producers take a page from the 'Jersey Shore' and 'Skins' playbook by adding scandalous twists to their shows? Sure, they might start to lose advertisers left and right, but let's not think so negatively. We've taken the liberty of giving five shows the 'Skins' and 'Jersey Shore' treatment to make them must-watch TV. Dear networks: You can thank us later.
'Real World/Road Rules Challenge: New Jersey'
The umpteenth season of 'The Challenge' takes place in Seaside Heights, N.J., instead of the usual exotic paradise. Contestants are supplied with an unlimited amount of booze, but rather than endurance and strength competitions, the RW/RR alums participate in Jersey-centric challenges. Men compete to see how many grenades they can tolerate ... er, courting ... before tapping out. The guy smooshed by the most grenades wins the Juicehead Idol and is safe from elimination, while the remaining contestants enter a fist pumping dance-off. The first one to spill a drink on the dance floor gets sent home.
'Reality Celebrity Death Match'
Revamped for 2011, this MTV classic ditches the claymation and uses real -- really real, like, reality TV real -- people. The series pins ex-reality TV rivals in cage matches to the death, mainly because they're the only celebrities desperate enough to risk death for another 15 minutes of fame. The winner not only gets to live, but also gets to stay famous for, like, five more seconds. Hey, if ancient Rome could get away with it, so can we!
'Extreme Makeover: Skins Edition'
'Skins' creator Bryan Elsley surprises one super-nerdy teen each week and makes them over to be as cool as the cast of 'Skins.' The actors teach that lucky teen how to do drugs, be promiscuous, dress like a blind hobo and successfully evade parents, teachers and all kinds of authority while going to crazy raves in abandoned warehouses. By the end of the week, the teen will become an apathetic, drug-addicted sex machine, and will automatically be the most popular kid at his or her school because of it. Elsley and the cast chant "Move that ounce!" while the newly "Skinned" teen tries to sell drugs to the hundreds of neighborhood folk who came out to see Ty Pennington, not realizing it wasn't that 'Extreme Makeover.'
'So You Think You Can Smoosh'
Imagine 'So You Think You Can Dance' but, y'know, with smooshing. Snooki and the kid from 'Skins' with the limecat haircut will host, and the audition episodes alone will break industry records.
'MADE: Teen Mom'
This all-MTV crossover show chronicles the 30-day transformation of girls who are mere 'Teen Mom' hopefuls to full-on pregnant teens! They receive a crash course in underage baby-making from coaches and 'Teen Mom' alums Farrah and Amber. We get to watch as these girls get put to the test, slutting it up for boys at their high school under the watchful eyes of their expert mentors. If the girls' progress doesn't seem to be going fast enough, the 'MADE' coaches go to extremes, like poking holes in condoms or getting the girls really, really drunk at house parties. At the end of the 30 days, the ladies who end up pregnant are automatically guaranteed a spot on the newest season of '16 and Pregnant' or 'Teen Mom,' depending on how far along they are when the shows start taping.
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