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‘RJ Berger’ falls on hard times at MTV

With other fare in pipeline, cabler cancels series

MTV has canceled “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” after two seasons.

An MTV spokesperson confirmed the news, which was tweeted by Seth Grahame-Smith, the series’ showrunner, and co-creator with David Katzenberg. Paul Iacono starred as the title character in the series, whose second season of 12 episodes ended in May.

“RJ” premiered in 2010 to 2.6 million viewers and was MTV’s best launch at the time in the 12-34 demo since 2008, and reached as high as 3.1 million viewers with its season-two premiere (which followed the third-season premiere of “Jersey Shore”). By the end of its run, however, the aud for “RJ” had dropped below one million.

“RJ” helped pave the way for MTV’s commitment to scripted TV, which has deepened with current series, including “Teen Wolf” and “Awkward.”

Additionally, MTV will sneak-peek “I Just Want My Pants Back” after the Video Music Awards on Aug. 28, then launch “Ridiculousness” with Rob Dyrdek and comedy-horror hybrid “Death Valley” the following night.

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