MTV will launch a new reality show, I Used to Be Fat, which follows teens during the summer between their senior year in high school and their freshman year in college as they lose weight in preparation for a new chapter in their lives.
The first of ten one-hour episodes of I Used to Be Fat premieres Dec. 29 on MTV's Ten Spot.
The series is part of an overall push at the network to present a more genuine slice of millenials' lives as opposed to the manufactured nature of shows like Paris Hilton's New BFF.
I Used to Be Fat will feature one teen for each hour-long episode as they work with trainers, nutritionists and doctors to achieve their weight-loss goals.
The show is part of a trend at the network of observational unscripted programming--much like Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant--that achieves a "much more authentic bent."
MTV is in the throes of a scripted push that also aims to mine coming-of-age rites of passage.
Skins, which is based on the R-rated British show about the lives of teenagers, was given a high-profile sneak peak after the Oct. 21second-season finale of Jersey Shore. All in all, there are eight new scripted series in various stages of development at MTV. The network has ordered a pilot of The Inbetweeners, another UK import.
Twelve episodes of Teen Wolf--inspired by the Michael J. Fox movie--will bow in 2011. A second season of Hard Times of RJ Berger, which premiered last summer, is also on the docket.