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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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Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 7 years
Also, MTV is not the only show that has older characters playing younger ones. It is extremely common. Heck Lucy on 7th Heaven was 23 in real life when playing 17 on the show! Some people just look really young on TV. Lucky them! :)
Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 7 years
I think that this sounds like it will be pretty funny. I just assume it will kind of be similar to movies like Superbad.
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 8 years
He's cute! I agree that probably the last MTV show was Daria (scripted or not). I think the 90s was a great time for TV shows on MTV because there weren't too many and they knew that it was a channel for MUSIC, not predominantly TV shows (like it is now).
RachLA RachLA 8 years
Dear TV execs, There are other plotlines besides wangs. Sincerely, women everywhere.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
This kid is 15? I wish the boys were that cute when I was in high school...
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