Exclusive: MTV is getting in the fighting spirit with “Caged,” a new docuseries that chronicles a group of high school graduates who find self-esteem by engaging in mixed martial arts.
Also, the cabler is greenlighting a second season of “World of Jenks,” now expanding to hourlong episodes.
“Caged,” which takes places in rural Louisiana, examines twentysomethings who gather to fight in cages — all the while trying to figure out what to do with their lives. Series is set to go into production shortly and will likely launch in 2012.
“We’re always looking for subcultures to explore and do a deep dive into their lives,” MTV programming topper David Janollari told Variety. “What I love about the show is that it’s not just about fighting, but examining life in everytown America.”
Janollari said the fights will likely be shown in each episode, all leading up to a bigger fight later in the season. The bouts are intense but aren’t so graphic that they would offend viewers.
Series is exec produced by Joke Fincioen, Biagio Messina, Dave Sirulnick and Amy Bailey.
“Jenks” stars Andrew Jenks, who in the first season documented one person in each episode to get a sense of how he or she lived their lives. In the second season, Jenks will focus on three people over a six-month period.
The show debuted in September, immediately following the “MTV Music Awards.” With the strong lead-in, the premiere drew 5 million viewers. However, the audience began eroding in subsequent episodes.
Despite the viewer attrition, Janollari feels the show remains a good fit for the cabler.
“Andrew is this incredible voice of the millennial generation,” he said. “He’s documenting in an honest and authentic way. He lives and infiltrates these lives.”
Jenks is exec producer, with Brent Haynes and Brooke Posch.In addition to “Caged” and “Jenks,” MTV has a full slate ahead. Net has previously announced it is going forward with new series “FriendZone,” a Yank version of the Brit sitcom “The Inbetweeners” and a pair of “Jersey Shore” spinoffs.