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MTV Picks Up Scripted Comedy Series Hard Times

A High Schooler Has Hard Times on MTV's New Show

If the title and concept of HBO's Hung make you giggle, just wait till you get a load of MTV's new show. The network has picked up a scripted comedy series called Hard Times that focuses on a teenager who turns out to have one exceptional . . . um, asset.

The show's main character is RJ Berger (played by Paul Iocono, pictured at right), a "desperately unpopular 15-year-old" who somehow ends up exposing his "anatomical gift" to his entire high school. When that happens, writes the Hollywood Reporter:

[H]e goes from anonymous to infamous and finds his first sliver of confidence. But he also has to deal with a best friend trying to capitalize on his newfound fame, a student body with no shortage of cruel jokes and an insane home life.

I'm excited to see MTV trying another scripted coming-of-age show, as I'm not sure they've really had a great one since Daria (which is finally coming to DVD, by the way). But this story just has awkward written all over it! Do you think this show could be a funny little comedy — or does the whole idea just make you squirm?

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