MTV Greenlights Six New Shows


On the heels of its phenomenally successful The Osbournes, MTV: Music Television will debut six new original series during the 2002-03 season.

The series will feature a mix of reality shows and artist profiles, as well as a tongue-in-cheek forensic detective show.

"With this new slate of programming, we're working with artists to create an even deeper connection with our audience, and in certain cases, even including fans in the creative process," MTV president of entertainment Brian Graden said in a statement. "At its core, this new roster of shows is essentially about music and reflecting what life is like for many young adults today."

The roster of new shows includes mtvTreatment, which allows viewers to write up video treatments for rock group Korn's new song; artistLaunch, an hour-long show that documents today's biggest artists as they make an album; FM Nation, which follows the Saturday-night adventures of three teen groups; and Crashing With, in which recording artists hang out at the house of an unsuspecting family.

Also slated for a late fourth-quarter 2002 or early first-quarter 2003 debut are Made, which documents the internal and external transformation of one person who desperately wants a life change; and Suspect: True Crime Stories, in which a team of forensic experts uncover such low-brow crimes as the missing food from the refrigerator, said the network.