EXCLUSIVE: MTV is adding two projects to its scripted slate. The cable network is close to a 12-episode order to Good Vibes, an animated comedy from The Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green. Additionally, it has ordered a comedy pilot tentatively titled THAT Girl. Launching a scripted lineup of live-action and animated series has been a priority for MTV’s president of programming Tony DiSanto who recently hired veteran David Janollari to head the network’s scripted development.
Good Vibes was originally developed at Warner Bros. TV through Tom Werner’s studio-based Good Humor TV production company. It was given a pilot presentation order by Fox in the fall of 2008, with 20th Century TV attached to produce. Good Humor’s Werner and Mike Clements, along with Green, executive produced the presentation, whose voice cast included Adam Brody, Alan Tudyk, Danny McBride, Debi Mazar, Jake Busey, Josh Gad and Olivia Thirlby. Green, Werner and Clements are now on board to executive the Good Vibes series for MTV as is the animator of the original presentation Brad Ableson. Talks are underway with the cast of the presentation to possibly return.
The single-camera THAT Girl centers on Jenna Hamilton, a high school sophomore and wallflower striving for attention who gets her wish and more when a clumsy bathroom accident has the whole school convinced she’d tried to commit suicide. Lauren Iungerich wrote the script and is executive producing. Millicent Shelton is set to direct the pilot, which is now casting.
As part of MTV’s push on the scripted side, DiSanto said in January the network plans to greenlight six to eight scripted pilots this year and launch two to four scripted series. The network’ new comedy series The Hard Times Of RJ Berger premieres June 6. MTV brass are still evaluating for series pickups its scripted pilots Teen Wolf, an updated take on the 1985 movie, and Skins, based on the British teen series. MTV, which found its way out a ratings slump with unscripted hits like Jersey Shore, 16 and Pregnant and its spinoff Teen Mom, was a highlight on Viacom’s earnings call yesterday, with Viacom president/CEO Phillippe Dauman touting MTV’s highest-rated quarter in nearly two years.