*MTV2 has renewed “Charlamagne and Friends” for a second season.
Hosted by “Guy Code” and “Guy Court’s” Charlamagne the God, the series welcomes a rotating door of artists, athletes and comedians as they give their opinions on music and pop culture stories.
The new season will debut Sunday, Jan. 15 at 11:30 p.m. PST/EST.
The first season of “Charlamagne and Friends” aired on the cable network as a week-long preview for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Lil Duval on the set of “Ain’t That America with Lil Duval”
Additionally, MTV2′s half-hour series “Ain’t That America With Lil Duval,” previously renewed for a sophomore run in October, will return on Jan. 15 at 11 p.m. PST/EST. The series is the network’s highest-rated original series to date and averaging 800,000 total viewers for the first season.
“Is this real life? Duval and I went from doing online webisodes to having our own shows back to back on MTV2,” said Charlamagne in a statement. “God and the Whiteman really have a plan for us. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and as always, I hope I don’t make MTV2 regret it!”
Other programs on the male-skewing MTV2 include “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out,” “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family” and “Nitro Circus Live.”
*Major League Baseball and MTV are teaming up on a new weekly TV series.
Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, recently named the 2013 World Series MVP, and Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will executive produce a 30-episode series to air on MTV2, MTV’s sister network targeting men, to premiere in April 2014.
The series, intended to move beyond game analysis, stats and highlights, will be filmed at New York City’s MLB Fan Cave, a space that mixes baseball with music, pop culture, media, technology and art. The announcement touts that the show will focus on MLB players off the field, offering a glimpse into their personalities and passions through interviews and features, as well as celebrity appearances.
“The MLB Fan Cave has been an enormous success in showcasing the personalities of our star players to young fans and intersecting baseball with pop culture,” said Tim Brosnan, executive vp business at Major League Baseball. “Being able to partner with MTV on a weekly TV series will give us an opportunity to bring that concept to an even broader audience. We are excited to work with the creative team at MTV to develop content that our fans will enjoy.”
The partnership will cross all of MTV networks and platforms, including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams, and will integrate MLB players into current shows and events. They will also develop specials, weekend programming and other projects.
*The return of “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild’N Out” on Tuesday was the highest rated show in the 17-year history of MTV2, the network announced.
The 11 p.m. debut of the rebooted improv comedy competition show pulled in a 1.3 rating and 1.1 million viewers, topping MTV2’s previous top-rated telecast, a February episode of “Guy Code” that garnered a 0.6 rating.
MTV2 announced in November that it was launching a new incarnation of Wild’N Out. The Cannon-created, -produced and -hosted series ran on MTV from 2005-07. With “Wild’N Out” as its lead-in, new series “Ain’t That America With Lil Duval” debuted as MTV2’s second-highest-rated show ever with a 0.9. The viral-video show pulled in 800,000 viewers.
Overall, MTV2 had its best total-day rating ever with a 0.3.
*MTV2, MTV’s sibling network, today announced a deal with Nick Cannon and his NCredible Entertainment to bring back his successful sketch comedy and improv series “Nick Cannon Present’s Wild ‘N Out” specifically for the MTV2 audience.
The revamped version is set to debut in 2013 and the search is on for the next generation of comedic stars. Aspiring comedians can head to http://NCredible.com for casting and open audition information. Some vets from the original series are also set to return.
“Nick Cannon Presents Wild N Out” originally aired on MTV from 2005-2007, featuring two teams of hot, up-and-coming comics and celebrity guests who go head-to-head in a series of “improv battles.” The Cannon created, produced and hosted series became one of MTV’s highest rated shows in the network’s history, airing new episodes for four consecutive seasons with a-list guests that included Tyra Banks, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne, Serena Williams and more.
“I get asked every day when ‘Wild ‘N Out’ will be back,” says Cannon. “I’m thrilled to announce that the show will be making its long awaited return very soon – bigger and better. With our show’s original cast, everyone from Kevin Hart to Katt Williams, Affion Crocckett and Taran Killam becoming household names, I am looking forward to working with MTV2 as we work to introduce the biggest comedic stars of tomorrow with the return of Wild ‘N Out.”
*MTV2’s debut of the original comedic-game show series “Hip Hop Squares” premiered strong this week as the network’s highest rated original series launch in the age 12-34 demo, and the most watched original series premiere among the same group in the network’s history.
The series is MTV2’s take on the original “Hollywood Squares,” but with rappers replacing celebrities in the squares.
The second episode will premiere on Tuesday, May 29th at 11pm ET/PT on MTV2, featuring appearances by comedian/actor J.B. Smoove, rappers Biz Markie, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah and Maino, record producer and artist DJ Khaled, pro-skateboarder and “Jackass” crew member Bam Margera, comedian Donnell Rawlings, comedian Ralphie May, radio personality and writer Miss Info and host Peter Rosenberg.
*MTV’s sister network MTV2 has greenlighted a rap version of the classic TV game show “Hollywood Squares.”
Titled “Hip Hop Squares,” the new show will premiere May 22 and star Nick Cannon; “Jackass” alum Bam Margera; Kat Graham; DJ Khaled; rappers Fat Joe, Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Mac Miller and MGK; and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ LaMarr Woodley, among others.
Radio DJ Peter Rosenberg will host, while Nicole Lyn will serve as DJ.
“The show will refresh an iconic format and create a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show’,” said Paul Ricci, Head of Programming for MTV2.