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What kind of TV blog would this be if it didn't warn you...err, tell you about Ke$ha's new much-hyped documentary series that begins Tuesday on MTV titles "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life?" MTV at 11?
Not much of a TV blog, that's what.
But really, watching this trailer makes me worried about the longterm mental health and stability of Ke$ha. Too much booze, too much partying, too much everything - as this trailer indicates - equals "not good in the long run." (Ask Lindsay ...) Meanwhile, consider this a slight departure, ironically enough, for MTV -- a series based on a pop music figure, for a change.
Well, surely there is someone out there who believes that last night's stunt involving Aubrey Plaza and Will Ferrell at the MTV Movie Awards was completely unstaged, and completely nuts . . . And of course, I'm here to tell you: It wasn't. It was planned. Completely.
She's got a movie coming out, for heaven's sakes. It's called "The To Do List." You know this because she had it scrawled on her chest. When people have movies coming out, it is incumbent on them to do wacky things at the "MTV Movie Awards." What was clever about her stunt was the wonderfully blank look on her face, as though she were being robotically controlled.
Take it away, AP! Again!
Meet Michael Fallon, a Hofstra senior, journalism major and -- this week -- star of MTVu's "Spring Fix" (opposite of "spring break"), in which he participated in the repair of a damaged Long Beach home.
(MTVu? The MTV network that goes out to campuses, available to nine million kids nationwide.)
Check out his piece, which is airing on the network all week:
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MTV, which late Tuesday formally canceled "Buckwild," has announced a tribute to Shain Gandee, the series' star who died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Meanwhile, this statement formally ends the brief run of a successful series -- around 3 million or so viewers -- that was supposed to replace "Jersey Shore:"
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As expected, MTV is about to officially announce that "Buckwild" has been canceled. [Update: And now has. Here's the statement: "After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of "BUCKWILD" in West Virginia. We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately."]
This is less than a surprise, given that a key -- arguably the key -- castmember, Shain Gandee, died in an accident that while not directly related to the filming of the series, was part of its spirit: "Mudding," or driving through deep mud holes. His truck got stuck in one and with the tailpipe (or pipes) of his '84 Bronco submerged, he died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Apparently there are reports that the producer of the series is unhappy with the decision, but it's also very difficult to imagine under what circumstances MTV could proceed. Clearly "mudding" wouldn't be part of the new season. Moreover, the series was very controversial in West Virginia -- I know, I did radio interviews there about this -- because there was a concern, and not an ill-founded one, that this would put the state in a bad light, or portray it as a "Jersey Shore in the Mountains."
In a pretty major first, the Barclays Center has snagged the MTV Video Music Awards -- MTV's signature awards show and along with the Movie Awards, the network's single biggest draw of any year.
Per MTV: Airing LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, Aug. 25, this year’s “Video Music Awards” will mark the 30th anniversary of the show and become the first major annual awards show to take place in the borough of Brooklyn.
The first VMAs held back in 1984 -- when, yes, there were videos on MTV -- were held at Radio City Music Hall, though the Nokia or Staples in L.A. have been master of ceremonies in recent years. Radio City last had 'em in '09.
Suffice it to say, this is a huge get for the Barclays and for Brooklyn -- a lot hipper these days than MTV, including the immediate area around Barclays, on Atlantic Avenue, with its huge shopping scene, BAM around the corner, and a high-rise (or two) going up.
Now, some quotes and kvelling from some bigshots:
"Brooklyn is home to icons like the Cyclone in Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, and now it can lay claim to the MTV ‘Video Music Awards,’” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Bringing the VMAs to Brooklyn will mean hundreds of jobs as crews work on the production and provide a boost to our local economy as attendees stay in hotels, visit local eateries and experience all Brooklyn and our city have to offer.”
“MTV’s ‘Video Music Awards’ are the perfect culmination to an incredible inaugural year for Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, chief executive of Barclays Center. “The VMAs are a symbol of pop culture and have created iconic moments worldwide in music and entertainment. Brooklyn has become an international brand and is the perfect setting for these moments. We can’t wait to share our stage with the world.”
World of WHO?! "World of Jenks..." That's who/what. It returns tonight on MTV (11) for a second season, and it's worth watching. Jenks - Andrew Jenks - is a 26-year-old New York filmmaker who essentially cohabitates with his subjects (which is to say, he lives with them.) And in so doing, he learns to understand who they are and what makes them tick. Good show. (We in the press - or at least I - tend to complain about MTV now and then; this show proves that the network knows how to do good too...) I sampled last season's memorable visit with Chad, the lad from upstate...He returns tonight. A preview...