Upfronts: MTV Greenlights Pilot for Series Based on ‘Scream’ Franchise

Viacom cabler to launch three original series, renew 'Shore' spinoff

MTV: 'Scream' pilot, more 'Snooki and JWOWW' coming

Viacom’s MTV said it greenlit a pilot for a series based on the popular horror-movie franchise “Scream,” while adding three new skeins to its schedule for the year ahead.

“Scream,” whose premise comes from the 1996 movie written by Kevin Williamson that spawned three sequels, would be slated for a summer 2014 debut on the cabler, if the pilot proves satisfactory, MTV said in an announcement. Dimension Films, which distributed the original movie and its cinematic spawn, is currently in discussions with the movies’ original director – filmmaker Wes Craven – to direct the one-hour pilot. DiGa Vision will serve as a producer. MTV and Dimension are in talks with various writers for the potential series.

Other series announced include “Generation Cyro,” a one-hour docudrama exploring issues faced by children conceived by anonymous sperm donors ; “Nurse Nation,” a new docu-series following nine nurses all assigned to work at a new hospital in a new city for 13 weeks; and “The Hook Up,” hosted by Andrew Schulz of MTV2’s “Guy Code.” The last is a dating show that will air as an afternoon strip on MTV, and depict contestants choosing from four potential suitors based on social-media history.

MTV said it would renew “Snooki and JWOWW,” a spin-off of its popular hit “The Jersey Shore,” for a third season. In all, fifteen programs already on the air will return, MTV said.

At MTV2, executives will launch a “re-imagined” version of improv comedy show “Nick Cannon Presents Wild N Out” on Tuesday, July 9 at 11 p.m. “Guy Court,” a half-hour comedic courtroom series, will premire in the fall of 2013. In addition, MTV2 will renew “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family” for a second season. Production will begin production later this year and the second season is expected to air in early 2014.