MTV Canada adds four to weekend lineup
Jackass fans should be happy as new extreme-stunt and indie-humour entries hit the screen.
MTV and MTV2 are introducing four new half-hour shows to their Friday night and Saturday evening lineup, targeting the 12- to 34-year-old demo. On Friday March 13, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, starring the top American pro skateboarder (of Rob and Big fame), debuts on MTV at 10 pm. The 12-episode show follows Dyrdek as he invites his extreme sport buddies to come play in a 25,000-square-foot industrial-complex/skate-park and rack up the stunts.
Another Jackass-style show, starring motocross rider Travis Pastrana and his adrenaline-hooked friends, premieres at 10:30 on MTV. In Nitro Circus, Pastrana and his crew try to out-dare each other by jumping out of planes without parachutes or doing double back flips on motorcycles. The 12-episode show, produced by Johnny Knoxville, also features professional Canadian motocross racer Jolene Van Vugt (pictured) and FMX rider Andy Bell.
On Saturday March 14 at 7:30, MTV2 launches a show based on CollegeHumor.com, a website that was created in 1999 by two high school friends who wanted to share photos and stories. The site, which now develops shows like the popular sketch comedy Jake and Amir, is a thriving video-viral, slapstick humour destination. Titled The College Humour Show, the six episodes are shot in the website’s New York-based offices, and features the 20-something, frat house attitude-driven employees in scripted antics.
Also on MTV2, How’s your news? at 8:30 pm is a six-episode series about reporters with disabilities who do not censor themselves when interviewing celebrities and regular folk on their tour across America. The reporting team hits the streets talking to ordinary people like car show models and costume battle warriors, but also reports on events like the Grammys and South by Southwest music festival.
All shows premiered last month in the US, but this is the first time they’re coming to Canada. Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Nitro Circus re-air Friday’s episodes during Sic’em Saturdays slot on MTV2 at 7 pm and 8 pm, respectively.