MTV has ordered two hourlong pilots: family drama Finding Carter, from Emily Silver and Terri Minsky, and cyber thriller Eye Candy, from top horror producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) and Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke. The orders follow recent pilot pickups for comedies Faking It and Happyland, while a Scream series adaptation continues to be on fast-track development.
Finding Carter is described as an unconventional family drama about a girl realizing that sometimes the people closest to you are the ones who have the most to hide. It centers on teenage Carter, who has the perfect life with her fun-loving single mom Lori until a police bust at a high school party reveals that Lori abducted her as a toddler. Now Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her. As she navigates brand-new parents, a twin sister, high school and boys, Carter vows to find Lori before the police capture the only mom she’s ever known and put her behind bars. Silver, a story editor on Bones, originally penned Finding Carter as a writing sample, which was sent to ABC Family and MTV last year. When Mina Lefevre moved from ABC Family to MTV to head scripted development in January, she put the project on a fast track. Veteran Minsky (Sex And The City, The Carrie Diaries) was brought in as an executive producer and, following a quick rewrite, the script landed a pilot order.
Eye Candy, based on R.L. Stine’s novel, has been heating up at MTV for some time. The high-profile package lists Blum as an executive producer through his Blumhouse Prods and Hardwicke as exec producer and director. Written/co-executive produced by Emmy Grinwis, Eye Candy centers on tech genius Lindy, who is persuaded by her roommate to begin online dating and begins to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors might be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the elusive cyber-police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, all signs point to one of Lindy’s dates. Teaming up with this band of hackers, Lindy works to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice on the streets of New York City.