A Super Sweet Resurgence of Reality on MTV

In 2005, a show called My Super Sweet 16 premiered on MTV. I was 14, fixated yet mildly disturbed as I watched teenagers just a couple of years my senior scream at their parents for buying  the wrong type of Mercedes as a birthday present.

Hillary Duff sang the infections theme song (which is stuck in my head as I type this). The episodes typically involved 16-year-olds barking orders at their parents and outlining outlandish demands, such as a casual half million dollar budget. The birthday princess would change costumes more times than Rihanna at the VMAs.

We watched in lurid fascination as catfights unfolded between friends, celebrity guests, and parents. We witnessed harsh consequences for parents who bought their children an underwhelming amount of diamonds:

Yashika, aka the Veruca Salt of diamonds, makes herself clear. (Photo courtesy of MTV)

This was the golden age of early 2000s reality TV. As always, MTV defined what was in vogue—and at the time, it was delightfully depraved, unscripted programming.

Along with My Super Sweet 16, MTV produced some of the most addictively decadent shows of that era—Laguna Beach, Cribs, 8th & Ocean, The Osbournes, et al. Americans were collectively hooked.

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Nick Gets Kuu Kuu With Gwen Stefani’s Exclusive Animated New Show

Fans of superstar Gwen Stefani won’t want to miss Nickelodeon’s latest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Inspired by executive producer Stefani’s love of Harajuku cultureKuu Kuu Harajuku follows the kuu kuu adventures of the band HJ5 – Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G – through their super cute world of music, fashion and style.

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Gwen Stefani is executive producer for Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.

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Amber “Muva” Rose Lights Up The Late Night With Sex-Positive Talk Show on VH1

You might know Amber Rose as Kanye West’s provocative ex-girlfriend, Wiz Khalifa’s ex-wife, and the subject of a bizarre Twitter feud between her two most famous ex-partners.

But in her new VH1 talk show, the model, entrepreneur, and activist showcases a different side of her public persona.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Amber Rose attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for VH1)

Amber Rose attended the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, days after her show premiered on VH1. Photo courtesy of Getty.

Don’t be mistaken—the Amber Rose Show is not holding back. The former stripper and author of self-help book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, is edgier than ever. VH1 promises Rose’s show has the power to reinvent late night talk shows, and after watching her pilot, I agree.

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