MTV axes idea for virgin show
STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff | 5/31/2012, 1:16 p.m.
Even by MTV standards, some people considered a new idea for a show to be beyond the pale. However, the show won't see the light of day.
Several weeks ago, it was reported that MTV had put out a casting call looking for virgins who would be willing to lose their status for the sake of a television show.
"Now MTV is looking to frankly capture that journey in a new series called 'My First,'" read the casting call advertisement on RealityWanted.com. "We're looking for adults who are ready to go all the way. Let MTV come along on your journey...as you try to lose your virginity! (Note: We will be filming whether or not you accomplish this goal...but NOT the act itself. Duh.) If you are 18 years or older and are willing to candidly allow MTV to accompany you on the journey toward 'losing it,' please send us an email."
In the ad, MTV requested that potential applicants explain to the network why they hadn't had sex before and why they were ready to lose their virginity now. The casting call made the rounds and even drew the ire of one well-known actress on Twitter.
"This is so incredibly depressing," said actress and well-known conservative Patricia Heaton of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame.
After other similar bits of criticism, the network responsible for shows like "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" had a change of heart, took down the ad from RealityWanted.com and put the kibosh on the idea.
In an email to the AmNews last Friday, an MTV spokesperson said, "This was a preliminary casting notice, and we're not moving forward with a pilot." The casting notice was supposed to run until May 28.