News on MTV/Osbournes, Hootie, Ruff Ryders
Looking to capitalize on the heat of "The Osbournes," which scored the highest rated series premiere in the network's history, MTV has given the greenlight to six new reality series set to bow in the next two months. The first of the batch, "Taildaters," a dating game in which couples are trailed by two friends who offer advice and keep a dating performance scorecard, premieres Saturday (April 6) at 8:30 p.m.
Also in the pipeline is a John Stamos-produced series that features music stars recalling their firsts: first kiss, first car, and first gig; a movie review show offering critiques from MTV-age reviewers; a "Real World"-esque look at life inside a Northern California sorority house; and "Becoming Presents Wannabes," a summer spin-off of MTV's popular reality series "Becoming," where rock star wannabes are invited to MTV's summer beach house to compete for the prize of "top wannabe."
Audience figures for "The Osbournes," which offers an unvarnished look at the lives of Ozzy Osbourne, his wife and two teenage children, have grown each week since its March 4 premiere. MTV Entertainment president Brian Graden says there's "absolutely a possibility" that MTV will order additional episodes of "The Osbournes" beyond the initial batch of 10. "We just want to give the Osbournes a little space so they're comfortable with being on TV," Graden says. "All indications are that they are."
-- Jim McConville, The Hollywood Reporter