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MTV is launching a show based around Heidi Montag’s drastic change of appearance due to plastic surgery and the way media can influence the way we perceive beauty.

The series, entitled Heidi’s Face, will aim to educate viewers into the ways in which the media manipulates images and therefore give people unrealistic ideas of beauty.

Executive producer Lisa Stokoe said: “The results of the initiative surprised us all and truly highlight the need to educate young people about what really goes on behind the scenes to achieve the images of perfection presented in today’s media.”

The series will transform its male presenter into a woman using digital technology in order to highlight the fact that the audience can be tricked into believing something is real when it is not.

Stokoe said: “We wanted to demonstrate the influence of digital retouching technology and the final result certainly proves that even the most extreme changes can be achieved in just a matter of clicks! The stunt will support our in-house show Heidi’s Face and will indicate – in a fun, comical way – how unrealistic and unattainable these ideals of perfection are.”

Source: Digital Spy

 

MTV is embracing the power of Twitter in its latest reality series.

The network is launching a new reality show which will see eighteen contestants pit themselves against each other in an all-out war for online supremacy.

MTV is looking for a TJ or Twitter Jockey in the series who will have the gift of the gab in the online community. They will test their contestants by putting them through a series of online challenges in order to find the one who will contribute the most to MTV and its Twitter followers.

In a final episode, fans will pick the one who is the best and therefore lands a job at MTV covering important network events such as the Video Music Awards in September.

The winning TJ will be based in New York and gain a six-figure salary.

Source: TV Squad

 

Two young actors have been cast in MTV’s latest teen series, That Girl.

The first is one of Wisteria Lane’s familiar faces in Beau Mirchoff, who plays teen renegade Danny Bolen on Desperate Housewives.

The 21-year-old actor will take on the role of Matty, a high school heartthrob, in the new MTV pilot.

Playing one of his friends, Jackson, is Brett Davern who has previously had a stint on Cold Case.

The show is said to be based around a high school student who becomes uber-popular after she has an accident.

Source: Digital Spy

This December, fans will be glued to their TVs all month long as MTV prepares to send off 2009 with a monster lineup of new programming. It all kicks off with a special World AIDS Day presentation of STAYING ALIVE: TRAVIS MCCOY’S UNBEATEN TRACK. Next, check in on the world of hard, spray-tanned bodies and cement-like, spiked hair on the series premiere of JERSEY SHORE. Then take some time to catch up with 16 & PREGNANT’s favourite teen mamas on the new series TEEN MOM. Close out 2009 in style and get ready to meet eight new strangers on the season premiere of the REAL WORLD XXII: D.C.  All these exciting new shows and specials are sure to make this a December to remember on MTV.

– MTV Special World AIDS Day Presentation: STAYING ALIVE: TRAVIS MCCOY’S UNBEATEN TRACK – Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. ET–

– MTV Exclusive Series Premiere: JERSEY SHORE – Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT –

– MTV Exclusive Series Premiere: TEEN MOM – Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT –

– MTV Exclusive Season Premiere: THE REAL WORLD XXII: D.C.  – Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT –

MTV

WORLD AIDS DAY: STAYING ALIVE: TRAVIS MCCOY’S UNBEATEN TRACK
MTV Special Presentation – Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. ET/PT (60 min.)
Staying Alive Foundation Ambassador, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, recently trekked the globe visiting grassroots youth HIV/AIDS prevention projects in South Africa, India and the Philippines. He might be home now, but the adventure is far from over – Travis has been tasked with writing a brand new track based on his experience. The new solo track titled “One at a Time” was recorded in Miami and produced and co-written by The Smeezingtons. It reflects Travis’ first hand understanding of how young people are fighting back against the spread of HIV within their communities. The special World AIDS Day presentation STAYING ALIVE: TRAVIS MCCOY’S UNBEATEN TRACK is also available online at mtv.ca/stayingalive.

TEEN MOM LAUNCH SPECIAL
MTV Special Presentation – Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (30 min.)
On 16 & PREGNANT, we met moms-to-be Farrah, Maci, Amber, and Catelynn. On the TEEN MOM LAUNCH SPECIAL, we’ll catch up with these new moms to find out how their lives have changed since having their babies. The TEEN MOM LAUNCH SPECIAL is also available online at mtv.ca/teenmom.

JERSEY SHORE

MTV Exclusive Series Premiere – Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (60 min)
Premiering with back-to-back episodes, JERSEY SHORE takes viewers to America’s east coast town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey to meet the local bar stars. Prowling the beach by day, dancing and partying all night, these kids live, work, and rage together until the summer ends. There’s no spray tan too orange, no hair too spiked, and no body too tight for this crew. Grab your hair gel, wax that Cadillac and get those tattooed biceps ready to fist pump, because this is an all new kind of crazy. The series premiere of JERSEY SHORE  is also available online at mtv.ca/jerseyshore.

TEEN MOM
MTV Exclusive Series Premiere – Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (30 min.)
On 16 & PREGNANT, they were moms-to-be. Now, follow Farrah, Maci, Amber, and Catelynn as they face the challenges of their first year of motherhood in TEEN MOM. Each episode interweaves these stories revealing the wide variety of challenges young mothers can face. Watch the girls negotiate the pressures of relationships, family support, adoption, finances, graduating high school, and moving out to create their own families. The series premiere of TEEN MOM is also available online at mtv.ca/teenmom.

THE REAL WORLD XXII: D.C.

MTV Exclusive Season Premiere – Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (60 min.)
With high hopes and expectations, eight new roommates come to U.S. President Barack Obama’s backyard, Washington D.C., for the 23rd season of THE REAL WORLD. This season, the roommates will pursue their own passions and goals. It may be music or photography, political cartooning, or campaigning for Human Rights. They will also have the chance to enjoy DC’s exuberant and diverse nightlife. A small town Texas girl realizes her dream, and the house jokester gets serious about love. A dysfunctional romance threatens to divide the house, and a young man learns that coming out is not only a personal choice but a political one as well. The season premiere of THE REAL WORLD XXII: D.C. is also available on online at mtv.ca/realworld.

A massive event in The Big Apple translated into a massive audience on MTV in Canada last night. The season finale of THE HILLS highlighted the night capturing 319,000 total viewers, making it the most-watched program across all English specialty channels for the entire day**, and the third largest audience ever on MTV*. The season finale of THE CITY was close behind retaining 95% of the audience recording 304,000 total viewers. This impressive one-two punch makes these the two most-watched finale episodes ever of any program in MTV’s history*.

The Canadian homegrown smash hit THE AFTER SHOW, featuring Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank, also got in on the accolades. Broadcasting live across North America from New York City from 11 – 11:30 p.m. ET, THE AFTER SHOW was the most watched program across all English specialty TV in Canada, including sports, pulling in 232,000 total viewers.

The full two-and-a-half hour extravaganza won the timeslot taking top honours across all English specialty TV from 9 – 11:30 p.m. ET with an average audience of 247,000 total viewers tuned in throughout the broadcast**.

For those who missed out on any of the action, an encore presentation of all the finale festivities airs tonight beginning at 7 p.m. ET and again on Friday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. Fans can also watch the finales and other full episodes of THE HILLS, THE CITY and THE AFTER SHOW right now on demand at mtv.ca.

The night started off with CAST CONFESSIONS: FROM THE HILLS TO THE CITY, which saw Holly Montag tear up at the thought of a Speidi offspring. The no-holds-barred finale of THE HILLS saw the Justin Bobby, Kristin Cavallari and Audrina Patridge love triangle resolve itself in dramatic fashion. And in an attempt to venture out on her own, Whitney Port’s meeting with Bergdorf Goodman may not have turned out the way she anticipated during the season finale of THE CITY. Dan and Jessi, Canada’s two gossip gurus, closed out the night with the AFTER SHOW special THE HILLS AND THE CITY FINALE: LIVE IN NEW YORK where they got the inside scoop about the entire season from the cast members.

MuchMusic presents the 2009 MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS giving fans some groundbreaking performances and international superstars! On the heels of a super successful – and controversial – MTV VMAs in September, the 2009 MTV EMAs stream live on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. ET on mtvema.ca and at 7 p.m. ET on MuchMusic. Girl-lover Katy Perry is scheduled to host the show from Berlin, Germany. For everything MTV EMAs related, go to the official Canadian website at mtvema.ca.

Viewers can expect performances by hip hop rock impresario Jay-Z, the famed Foo Fighters, sexy superstar Shakira, Oakland-based Green Day, British sweetheart Leona Lewis, Germany’s own Tokio Hotel, and a historic performance at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate by Irish rock legends U2. Presenters include Backstreet Boys, Juliette Lewis, Miranda Cosgrove, and Monica Bellucci. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz hosts the 2009 EMA: ALL ACCESS digital show giving fans the ultimate backstage pass. Tune to mtvema.ca to see all the action go down.

Lady Gaga and Kings of Leon lead the nominations with five each, followed by Beyoncé with four and Green Day with three.

This is the fourth time that the awards will be held in Germany. This year, the MTV EMAs return to the original city where it was launched in 1994 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. U2’s performance in front of the Brandenburg Gate is a prelude to celebrations scheduled to mark the momentous occasion in Germany.

PERFORMERS TO DATE
U2
Jay-Z
Foo Fighters
Shakira
Green Day
Leona Lewis
Tokio Hotel

PRESENTERS TO DATE
Jonas Brothers
Backstreet Boys
Brody Jenner
Joss Stone
Juliette Lewis
Jean Reno
Miranda Cosgrove
Monica Bellucci
Bar Refaeli
Asia Argento
Batista
Boris Becker

MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank gets up close and personal with TV’s tabloid duo, Speidi, on THE AFTER SHOW: HEIDI AND SPENCER REVEALED.

Jessi met up with Heidi and Spencer in the Bahamas for Heidi’s performance at the Miss Universe Pageant, and got more than she bargained for when Speidi opened up like never before. Watch Jessi and Speidi talk prayers, plastic surgery and the King of Pop on THE AFTER SHOW: HEIDI AND SPENCER REVEALED this Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

New episodes of THE HILLS and THE HILLS AFTER SHOW air on Tuesday, Sept. 29 starting at 10 p.m. ET, and THE CITY and THE CITY AFTER SHOW air on Wednesday, Sept. 30 starting at 10 p.m. ET.

Click on the link below to watch the drama unfold:

http://www.youtube.com/user/keepthat1#play/all

MTV News host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani wrote, created and co-directed a new PSA for ReThink which has become a massive viral hit that has been featured on CNN, THE VIEW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA and in the LA Times. Sovani lent her name to the cause after finding out her cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer. The video has picked up a lot of buzz leading up to breast cancer awareness month (October).

To view the video click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQI1tzkwpkI

The video has grown to be a massive success internationally:
· Garnering over 150,000 hits on youtube in 2 weeks
· Has reached over 420,000 views on break.com
· Featured in the LA Times Business section: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-neil22-2009sep22,0,4863346.column
· Featured on CNN with Campbell Brown
· Featured on Good Morning America: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/save-boobs-breast-cancer-psas-raise-eyebrows/story?id=8646632
· Featured on The View
· Picked up by Maxim UK http://www.maxim.co.uk/video/comedy/18349/save_the_boobs.html?CMP=NLC-Newsletters&uid=af57c4183dfcc36239141ff460209ff1
· In Germany on www.zoomin.tv
· In Italy on: http://valoriprimilab.blogspot.com/2009/09/boobyball-save-boobs.html

Last night MJ received a tribute fit for a king, Kanye acted out, and Taylor Swift got a second chance to enjoy her moment courtesy of Beyoncé. MuchMusic’s combined broadcast of both the MTV VMAs ’09 RED CARPET and 2009 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS had a reach of nearly 2.2 million total viewers tuning into some part of the show. A total of 535,000 viewers were glued to the tube as they watched 2009 MTV VMAs in its entirety, making it the second most-watched program in MuchMusic’s history. Go to mtvvma.ca to watch the entire show on demand now. Watch an encore broadcast in HD this Saturday, Sept. 19 at 12:05 a.m. ET on CTV.

Head to mtvvma.ca now for the Red Carpet craziness, photo galleries, tons of news and footage from backstage, the New Moon extended trailer, and the preview for the new Michael Jackson flick, This Is It. The official Canadian online destination mtvvma.ca had more than one million on demand streams throughout the weekend. Thousands more interacted with the show live through Twitter and Facebook and for the first time ever, viewer Tweets were posted on-air during the live show.

Official sponsors for the 2009 MTV VMAs on MuchMusic are Palm Canada, Honda Civic, YAZ, and Coors Light.

It’s a once in a lifetime television event. Janet Jackson opens the 2009 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS with a tribute to her brother Michael. Airing exclusively in Canada on MuchMusic, Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, the blockbuster awards show is preceded by MTV VMAs ’09 RED CARPET at 8 p.m. ET. Soulful songstress Alicia Keys gets added to the mix as she joins JAY-Z onstage to perform “Empire State of Mind” from his new album The Blueprint 3. Hot, new presenters include Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber, along with Megan Fox, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Jack Black, 50 Cent, Andy Samberg, Kristin Cavallari, Pete Wentz, Gerard Butler, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alexa Chung, and Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship. Rap star Eminem also makes a special appearance.

Just before all of the excitement erupts, a special VMA themed episode of RANDY JACKSON PRESENTS AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW airs at 7 p.m. ET. Comedian Russell Brand returns as host after his first gig last year, which helped make the 2008 MTV VMAs the second most-watched program on MuchMusic for the entire broadcast year.*

Performing with 20 backup dancers and orchestrated by top choreographers, Janet Jackson honours her brother, Michael with a tribute fit for a king. It is quite simply, guaranteed to not leave a dry eye in the house. Later in the show, 2009 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS will present an exclusive sneak preview of the movie trailer for the upcoming Michael Jackson movie, This Is It. And if that wasn’t enough, fans can also look forward to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner to premiere an extended trailer of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. For everything MTV VMAs related, go to the official Canadian website at mtvvma.ca.

Man of the moment, Canadian rapper Drake is up for his first VMA in the Best New Artist category for his hit “Best I Ever Had” while Toronto R&B singer Anjulie competes in the Breakthrough Video category with her video “Boom”. For a complete list of performers, presenters, and multiple nominees to date, see below.

In preparation for the big show, a very special VMA edition of RANDY JACKSON PRESENTS AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW airs directly before the VMAs Red Carpet. To pay tribute, the remaining four crews will collaborate and perform routines to the best all-time Video Music Awards musical performances.

MTV is once again using the skills of Canadian Jesse Ignjatovic to executive produce this year’s musical extravaganza. Ignjatovic also serves as one of the executive producers of PEAK SEASON, a CTV/MTV Canada co-production debuting this fall.

Another new arrival on the hip hop scene, Wale, jams with the legendary go-go band UCB, as the official house band. Wale collaborates with artists like The All-American Rejects, Pitbull, and 3OH!3 putting his own spin on some of this year’s biggest songs.

PERFORMERS TO DATE
Jay-Z
Alicia Keys
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift
Beyoncé
Green Day
P!nk
Muse

PRESENTERS TO DATE
Justin Bieber
Nelly Furtado
Andy Samberg
Megan Fox
Jennifer Lopez
Katy Perry
Ne-Yo
Chace Crawford
Leighton Meester
Jimmy Fallon
Kristin Cavallari
Shakira
Jack Black
50 Cent
Pete Wentz
Gerard Butler
Tracy Morgan
Adam Brody
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Alexa Chung
Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship
Miranda Cosgrove

MULTIPLE NOMINEES
Lady Gaga (9)
Beyoncé (9)
Britney Spears (7)
Eminem (4)
Kanye West (4)
Coldplay (4)
Green Day (3)
Jay-Z (2)

Official sponsors for the 2009 MTV VMAs on MuchMusic include Palm Canada, Honda Civic, YAZ, and Coors Light.