MTV Greenlights Two Unscripted Series

MTV has commissioned two unscripted series that will debut in 2015, said network officials.

The new series include Broke A$$ Game Show, a comedy/game show series starring Derek Gains an David Magidoff in which contestants push their personal limits for cash, and Todrick, starring You Tube star Todrick Hall who helps viewers pursue their dreams of performing and entertaining.

Broke A$$ Game Show and Todrick have only one thing in common – they each have incredibly fresh and fun creative forces behind them,” said Susanne Daniels, MTV President of Programming.  “We love the hilariously imaginative, unusual games in Broke A$$ and we’re excited to bring Todrick's tenacious energy and multi-dimensional talent to MTV for his first-ever series.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.