Critically acclaimed Docu-series "Catfish: The TV Show" and Comedy Series "Awkward" returns with new seasons in May on MTV

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SINGAPORE, 28 APRIL 2014 - MTV announced today “Catfish: The TV Show,” the critically acclaimed docu-series that catapulted “catfishing” into every day conversation, will return for a 10-episode third season on 25 May at 9.30pm (WIB), 10.30pm (SIN/HK) and 11.30pm (MAL). Hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph will take viewers on a wild emotional rollercoaster ride beyond the usual tales of “love,” featuring the most memorable stories in the show’s history. Comedy series "Awkward" is set to return on Tuesday, 13 May at 7pm (WIB), 8pm (SIN/HK) and 9pm (MAL) for the first half of the fourth season with a special one-hour premiere.

Catfish: The TV Show





“Making ‘Catfish: The TV Show’ the last two years has exposed me to all kinds of strange and unusual scenarios, but nothing could have prepared me for the twists and turns of season three,” said Nev Schulman. “This season we have family members catfishing each other, celebrities hunting down their super-fan stalkers, Instagram romance, people posing as famous music producers and scams resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars. The lies, love, betrayals and surprises will not only make you think twice about online love, but will completely change the way you think about society.”

In addition to the new types of stories, Nev and Max will also employ new techniques expanding their investigating repertoire. From new digital based research to more in-person meetings and even bringing the hopeful along for the investigation, season three will expand the scope in which they seek to uncover the truth of these possible digital deceptions.

“This season is much more mobile than the previous seasons; we actually feel like detectives exploring the cold, dark corners of America both online and in real life,” said Max Joseph. “A lot of these catfish only have cell phones which changes the mode of investigation. Reverse telephone lookups and tracing the geo-tags of photos has become more vital to our process and image search is no longer our weapon of choice. We've also resorted to some good-old fashioned techniques like knocking on doors, jumping on planes to visit ‘witnesses’ and asking questions in person.”

MTV will air the first of two “Catfish: Untold Stories.” The hour-long specials will give viewers a dynamic way to relive weird but true catfishing tales. Featuring Nev and Max as hosts, the specials will include interviews with the real-life participants sharing their wild, crazy, and bizarre experiences.

“Catfish: The TV Show” is produced by Relativity Television and Catfish Picture Company LLC for MTV with Relativity Television’s Tom Forman, Brad Bishop, Julie Link Steffens serving as executive producers alongside David Metzler, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling. Marshall Eisen, Nomi Ernst Leidner, and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers for MTV. Relativity Television’s Jonathan Karsh is Co-Executive producer. Kelly Ostreicher is Supervising Producer, MTV. Jonathan Mussman is Executive in Charge, MTV.

Awkward




After a tumultuous junior year that saw Jenna Hamilton making bad choices, ruining friendships and cheating on her love, Matty McKibben, we find Jenna and her friends embarking on their senior year-- an intense time fraught with anxiety about making the transition from dependent adolescent to independent adult. When senior rankings are leaked on the first day of school, it's a kick in the pants for Jenna to get her act together, when she sees her place on the list.

It's senior year and the stakes are high for everyone. With a school year filled with events like senior sleepover, ski trip, a male beauty pageant, class picture, spirit week and many other adventures, it's a season of last chances, old and new romances and big risks.






"Awkward" stars Ashley Rickards as Jenna, Beau Mirchoff as Matty, Molly Tarlov as Sadie, Jillian Rose Reed as Tamara, Brett Davern as Jake, Nikki DeLoach as Lacey, Desi Lydic as Valerie, Greer Grammer as Lissa and Mike Faiola as Kevin.

For more ways to connect with "Awkward" follow the show on Twitter @MTVAwkward.

Mike Chessler and Chris Albergheni are the Executive Producers of Awkward. The series was created by Lauren Iungerich.


"AWKWARD" CAST BIOS


ASHLEY RICKARDS “JENNA”

Ashley Rickards, a writer and former competitive equestrian, graduated high school at the age of 15 with honors. She is currently continuing her college education in between work. Ashley is in post-production for the dark coming-of-age movie “Sassy Pants,” in which she plays the lead and she also recently appeared in “Fly Away,” a story centered on a mother and her autistic teen daughter. Her past films include "Gamer" and “Spoonfed” and she has also starred in various TV shows, including “One Tree Hill,” “Entourage,” “Ugly Betty,” and “CSI:NY.”

BEAU MIRCHOFF “MATTY”

Beau Mirchoff, a native Victorian on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, was discovered at 16 in Vancouver for his first major role, “Scary Movie 4.” Since then, he scored a series regular role on “Desperate Housewives,” a recurring role on CBC’s “Heartland” series, and a lead in “Grudge 3.”


MOLLY TARLOV “SADIE"

Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, Molly Tarlov attended the Little Red School House. She started studying acting at the age of ten. As Molly got older she spent her summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts--and in Paris studying with NYU's Tisch program. Tarlov trained in a range of acting styles and eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College. Additional training included The Atlantic Theater Company and the LAByrinth Theater Master Class. She went on to do several TV appearances including "iCarly" and the ABC Family series "Huge."


JILLIAN ROSE REED “TAMARA”

By the time Jillian was thirteen, she had performed in over thirty musicals at the theater in her hometown of Northville, Michigan. Jillian’s passion for the industry continued to grow, as did her love for the camera when she signed on with a Michigan talent agent and booked several commercials and voice-overs in the greater Detroit and Chicago markets. Since moving to Los Angeles, Jillian has established herself as a working actor landing a recurring role on the Showtime series “Weeds,” along with guest star roles on “The Middle,” “Community” and “Hung.”


BRETT DAVERN “JAKE”

Brett Davern began performing in local theatre as a young boy and while in high school, earned a scholarship to “Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center,” and then studied theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. After graduating, he landed a role in Chad Lowe’s directorial debut, “Beautiful Ohio,” opposite Oscar-winner William Hurt, Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies and Rita Wilson. He has also appeared in the independent feature “Junk,” starred opposite Mathew Lillard and Rachelle Lefevre in “Pool Boys” and played the introverted ‘Whisper’ in the feature film “Triple Dog.” His television credits include “CSI: Miami,” “In Plain Sight,” “Medium,” and “Cold Case,” in which he played Kathryn Morris’ younger, troubled brother in a recurring role.


DESI LYDIC “VALERIE”

Desi Lydic’s TV credits include CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” FOX’s “Mixed Signals,” “The League” on FX and “The Bobby Lee Show” for Comedy Central. She also appeared in the improvised pilot “With a Bullet” opposite Jane Lynch and Ashton Kutcher's “The Real Wedding Crashers” on NBC. She will next be seen in Cameron Crowe’s feature “We Bought a Zoo” opposite Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson as well as Jay Chandrasekhar’s feature “The Babymakers” opposite Olivia Munn. Recent credits include the comedic feature film “Stan Helsing”and she can also be seen in the mockumentary feature film, “Darnell Dawkins Mouth Guitar Legend.”


NIKKI DELOACH “LACEY”

Nikki DeLoach began her career in the entertainment business at the early age of eight. By the time she was 12-years-old, she became one of the new additions to "The Mickey Mouse Club" along with Justin, Christina, Britney and Ryan Gosling. Nikki went on to work both in the music industry, as an artist signed to RCA records and BMG, and as a successful actor in film and television. She recently appeared in “Love & Other Drugs” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. She has also starred in various TV shows such as “Cold Case,” “Without A Trace,” “CSI: NY,” “North Shore” and “Windfall.”


GREER GRAMMER “LISSA”

Greer Grammer, born and raised in Southern California is no stranger to the entertainment industry. After performing her first play at the age of 5, she fell in love with the art of performance and continued to take acting classes, voice lessons, as well as study ballet and jazz dance. She also studied musical theatre at Idyllwild Arts Academy for her freshman and sophomore year of high school before returning to Los Angeles to pursue acting as a professional career. Greer landed roles on the hit TV show "iCarly" and an independent film "Almost Kings" before booking her part as Lissa on "Awkward.” She currently attends the University of Southern California as a Theatre major.


JESSICA LU “MING”

Jessica Lu currently stars as Ming Huang on the critically acclaimed MTV series Awkward. The Asian-American actress will also be playing the role of Tabitha on Ryan Murphy's (Glee) new show, “The New Normal,” airing NBC. Jessica has also appeared in the TV series “Law & Order: LA,” “CSI,” and “90210.” Jessica's talents range from musical theater to modeling to acting on film. As a successful model she has worked with established brands including: Got Milk?, Claire's Boutique, Marshall Fields, Montgomery Wards, Sears, and Carson Pirie Scott. Her modeling career also includes commercial work for Samsung, Kaiser Permanente, McDonalds, Ford Motors and Orville Redenbacher Popcorn. Jessica graduated with honors from Columbia College in Chicago with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance.


NOLAN FUNK "COLLIN"

Nolan played Jennifer Lawrence’s love interest in Relativity's "House at the End of the Street". Recurring on "Glee," as Hunter Clarington, captain of the warblers, earned him critical acclaim for his version of Flo Rida's "Whistle." Upcoming films include a racy starring role opposite Lindsay Lohan in "The Canyons", directed by Paul Schrader, and written by Bret Easton Ellis for IFC. He stars as a conflicted religious mercenary opposite Vin Diesel in the upcoming "Riddick" for Universal. Nolan will be featured in the Indie Film, “Wildlike”, executive produced by Christine Vachon from Killer Films, which will make its festival run later this year. His indie "Evidence" from the producers of "Drive" also releases this year. Nolan originated the role of Conrad Birdie in "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway where he was singled out by the New York Times and given a rave review by The New Yorker. He received his first break when cast in the starring role of Nickelodeon's musical film "Spectacular!"

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