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Following the success of Rogue Pictures and Relativity Media's critically acclaimed 2010 documentary-thriller "Catfish," the new MTV series CATFISH: THE TV SHOW tackles the mystery and complexities of dating in a digital world. According to an MTV survey* of Millenials 18-24 years old, 1 in 4 has online dated, 1 in 2 has "a friend" who does it and, in the past three years, traffic to top 10 online dating sites has tripled. In a world where everyone is constantly connected digitally, social media has made communicating easier but this digital world might also complicate relationships.
The 12 episode, hour-long series follows Nev Schulman, whose own online love drama was the subject of the "Catfish" film, and Max Joseph as they take viewers on a deeply personal journey that goes inside the stories of young people as their online-only romantic relationships collide with first-time, real-life encounters. "Catfish: The TV Show" premieres on MTV on Monday, November 12 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Click here to watch a trailer for the new series!
In each episode, Nev and Max use their personal experiences, documentarian skills, plus a healthy dose of detective work to delve into the intricacies of each relationship. From a young woman who wonders why the guy she's communicated with for over 10 years won't meet her in person, to a single dad who hopes that his online girlfriend is really who she says she is, to a farmer who believes he's dating a former Miss Teen USA/Playboy model, Nev and Max will uncover the truth. Are these relationships based on reality or are they steeped in lies? And is there hope for a positive outcome when these digital romantic partners finally meet face-to-face?
Viewers can go to MTV.com for sneak peeks of the show including bonus and extended scenes, plus exclusive interviews. For even more information and exclusive content, fans can "like" the "Catfish: The TV Show" Facebook page at https://facebook.com/MTVcatfish.
"Catfish: The TV Show" is produced by RelativityREAL and Catfish Picture Company LLC for MTV with RelativityREAL's Tom Forman, Brad Bishop, Julie Link Steffens serving as executive producers alongside David Metzler, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Nev Schulman, Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling. Marshall Eisen, Nomi Ernst Leidner, and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers for MTV. RelativityREAL's Jonathan Karshis is Co-Executive produceR. Kelly Ostreicher is Supervising Producer, MTV. Jonathan Mussman is Executive in Charge, MTV.
*MTV Insights, 120 18-24 year olds, fielded 11/11/11.
Under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kid Nation), Relativity's television arm launched in June 2008. The division has quickly become one of the country's largest suppliers of unscripted television. RelativityREAL currently has 70 projects in active production, including 17 original series airing on television or in the upcoming season. In addition, the division is developing a slate of scripted sitcoms, dramas, and sketch comedy series to be released in the next year. Most recently, RelativityREAL partnered with YouTube and will be launching a channel in the fall. RelativityREAL's executive ranks are bolstered by overall production deals with TV veterans Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh, Ashley Tisdale's Blondie Girl Productions, executive producer Ellen Rakieten ("The Oprah Winfrey Show") and Ray Ricord.
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