Both series, which will bow sometime next year, come on the heels of previously ordered scripted entries “Skins” and “Teen Wolf.” MTV also has a second season on tap of “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.”
“The idea is to offer each segment of our audience as many different programming choices as possible,” said MTV scripted development exec VP David Janollari. The exec, who joined the cabler at the start of the year, has said he plans to develop between six and eight scripted pilots annually, with an eye toward half of those projects going to series.
“All these shows, as unique as they are, are helping us achieve that end goal,” he said.
“That Girl” (still a working title) centers on a 15-year-old misfit who suddenly becomes the center of attention after the kids in school mistakingly believe she tried to commit suicide. Show — which could be described as the female counterpoint to MTV’s “Hard Times” — takes on issues of jealousy, body image, friendship, sex and parental guidance, MTV said.
Lauren Iungerich (“10 Things I Hate About You”) created “That Girl” and exec produces; Millicent Shelton directed the pilot.
“Death Valley” focuses on an elite branch of the Los Angeles Police Department — known as the Undead Task Force — that fights the zombies, vampires and werewolves that have taken over the San Fernando Valley.
Storytelling is told through the eyes of a documentary crew that is embedded with the UTF. Ensemble cast includes Caity Lotz (“Mad Men”) and Tania Raymonde (“Lost”).
Austin Reading and Jilie Kellman Reading exec produce through Liquid Theory, while Eric Weinberg (“Scrubs”) also exec produces.
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