Claymation cult favorite Celebrity Deathmatch is coming back with a pilot order at MTV2. The network also has greenlighted two new series: Uncommon Sense With Charlamagne Tha God, a topical weekly comedy talk show show hosted by MTV2 personality and radio host Charlamagne, and a docuseries starring rapper Tyga dubbed Kingin’ With Tyga. The pickups come on the heels of MTV2 marking its highest-rated quarter in its nearly 20-year history during Q1. Uncommon Sense and Kingin’ join the network’s lineup that includes Guy Code, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out and newest entry Joking Off.
The new Celebrity Deathmatch is described as a reinvention of the 1998 series created by Eric Fogel. It ran on MTV for four years and later was revived by MTV2 for a run between 2006-07. Here are descriptions of MTV2’s newly ordered pilot and series:
“Celebrity Deathmatch” (pilot order): the classic animated series returns, featuring no-holds barred fantasy fights between infamous figures from the worlds of entertainment and pop culture, reimagined for a world of social media and hourly Twitter wars. “Celebrity Deathmatch” is produced by Wasteland Entertainment, Inc. Eric Fogel is the original series creator and serves as executive producer. Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci are executive producers for MTV2.
“Kingin’ with Tyga” (series order) gives an inside look at the life of the hit recording artist. The six episode, half-hour series follows Tyga and his crew as they attempt over-the-top stunts and indulge in a lavish lifestyle made famous by his Instagram account, which currently has more than 5 million followers. Karen Frank, Elena Diaz, Darin Byrne and Paul Ricci are executive producers for MTV2. Tyga, Marcus Fox, Brant Pinvidic, J.D. Roth, Todd Nelson and Adam Kaloustian are executive producers for 3 Ball Entertainment, LLC.
“Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne tha God” (series order) is an eight-episode, half-hour comedy talk show hosted by Charlamagne, a nationally syndicated radio host and MTV2 favorite (“Guy Code,” “Charlamagne and Friends”). Each week, Charlamagne is joined by a panel of comedians, curating the loudest social media topics of the week with an uncommon spin. The show concept is by Dara Cook, Rich Korson and Ryan Ling, with Brian Saracusa serving as executive producer. Dara Cook, Darin Byrne, Paul Ricci and Chris McCarthy are executive producers for MTV2.