The Lovable Alex Saxon Weighs in from ‘Finding Carter’ Set

by Neena Koyen, Viacom

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With its unconventional storyline, multiple love triangles and extreme mother-daughter drama, it’s no wonder that MTV’s Finding Carter was the network’s best scripted launch in more than two years. Six episodes in, there are still plenty of unanswered questions that keep fans tuning in. To get some perspective from the set, we talked to Alex Saxon who wears multiple hats playing “Max”: as Carter’s former boyfriend and current best friend, as well as love interest for Carter’s twin sister, Taylor. Alex weighs in on his experience starring on the show that’s quickly become cable’s #1 new cable series among teens. Read More

Straight from the Mouths of the Stars and Developers: Overheard @ Viacom TCA 2014

by Neena Koyen, Viacom


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Viacom took the stage at the Television Critics Association press tour last week with five brand new shows from MTV and VH1.  The critics were served up a healthy mix of scripted fare including MTV’s “Finding Carter” and “Happyland”; reality shows, with MTV’s “Virgin Territory” and VH1’s “Leann & Eddie”; and the very special hybrid reality-sketch show from VH1, “Candidly Nicole,” which started out as an AOL web series.  Here’s the short version of what the stars and development teams behind each of the shows had to say. Read More

‘Buckwild’ Crew Ready to Get Muddy for a Second Season

by Neena Koyen, Viacom

After generating loud early buzz, MTV’s Buckwild roared onto screens last month, introducing viewers to a “wild and wonderful” group of childhood friends in Sissonville, West Virginia.  With their carefree attitudes, wild antics and freedom to do whatever they damn well please, it’s been a breath of fresh rural air watching these country boys and southern belles. And the fun promises to continue — fans got exciting news today with the announcement of a Season 2 pick-up. Read More

Moms of ‘Teen Mom 2’ Talk Season 3 Ups, Downs

by Neena Koyen, Viacom

Chelsea, Leah, Kailyn and Jenelle are back for another season of the critically acclaimed docu-series Teen Mom 2. After first sharing their stories on MTV’s 16 & Pregnant, the young mothers went on to document their emotional first years of parenthood, facing everything from cheating to divorce to run-ins with the law.  Along the way, they’ve also celebrated their children’s first steps, first birthdays and first words. Their compelling stories propelled the last season of Teen Mom 2 to the #3 cable series of the year. Despite their hectic schedules, Chelsea and Kailyn took a time out to give us the scoop on what to expect in the Season 3, now airing on Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET on MTV. Read More

Wrapping with ‘Awkward.’ Stars Jillian Rose Reed, Brett Davern

by Neena Koyen, Viacom

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MTV recently celebrated the show that made it cool to be “awkward” with a Season 2 wrap party at The Colony in Hollywood. The critically acclaimed comedy series Awkward. was a breakout hit last year and the network’s highest-rated new series since 2009. In its sophomore season, Awkward. was MTV’s second most watched series and the show’s Facebook page reached more than 3 million fans on a weekly basis. Ahead of tonight’s season finale, we grabbed a few minutes with Jillian Rose Reed, who plays catchphrase-spouting BFF Tamara Kaplan, and Brett Davern, who plays lovestruck all-around nice guy Jake Rosati. Read More

A Tour (and More) at Skywalker Ranch

by Neena Koyen, Viacom

The press day featured a Q&A with Ben Burtt, who created many of the iconic sound effects heard in the Star Wars franchise, and Dennis Muren, eight-time Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects.

Fans of the one and only whip-cracking, treasure-hunting, globe-trotting archaeology professor are in for a big-screen treat in the coming weeks. Raiders of the Lost Ark, the cinematic classic that introduced the world to Indiana Jones, will debut in IMAX for the first time ever beginning Sept. 7. The film has been completely restored for the one-week release and subsequent Blu-ray debut. “When I saw the stunning quality of the picture and heard the enhanced sound in an IMAX theatre, I was quite literally blown away and hope that audiences will enjoy the experience as much as I did,” said director Steven Spielberg. The full franchise, INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures, comes out on Blu-ray Sept. 18. Read More

Viacom Panels Top Talent, Tubular Turtles at TCA

by Neena Koyen, Viacom
MTV head of programming David Janollari, executive producer Brad Copeland, actors Joey Pollari, Zack Pearlman, Bubba Lewis, Mark L. Young and Alex Frnka and executive producer and Aaron Kaplan participate in MTV’s “The Inbetweeners” panel.

Top talent and a certain team of teenage turtles were out in full force at Viacom Media Networks’ panel presentation at the 2012 Summer Television Critics Association press tour in L.A.  The critics were given a glimpse into the fall lineup, which includes a British import (MTV’s The Inbetweeners), a new original late-night series (BET’s Don’t Sleep!) and Nickelodeon’s highly anticipated animated reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Read More