If MTV can revive 'My Super Sweet Sixteen,' then they MUST bring back these shows, too
There was a time when My Super Sweet Sixteen — a reality show all about throwing the best (and most extreme) birthday bash ever — ruled MTV’s network. Those days are over, or so we thought.
Last night, My Super Sweet Sixteen made a little comeback—actually a big comeback. The special, which followed Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, pulling off an epic sweet sixteen, was pretty much the talk of the Internet today. (You can now view the episode in all its glory here..) That got us thinking: if MTV honchos are open to bringing back one of their early 2000’s staples, maybe they’re cool with reviving some other CLASSIC shows we still miss so much. Network execs, (clears throat, unravels scroll) here are some suggestions:
Pimp My Ride
Even if you don’t like cars, it was useless trying to look away from an episode of Pimp My Ride. It was a makeover show, for cars! And the cars just weren’t given a quick tune up and a fresh coat of paint — no they were usually given racing stripes, maybe flames, and probably some insane sound system nestled away in the trunk. I always wondered about the participants after the show ended, like, were they still driving around in a hot pink car with faux leather hot pink seats?
Think about how often you get sucked into a marathon on HGTV, and the people featured there aren’t even your favorite celebrities. MTV Cribs was all about the houses of the rich and famous, and I think it was required that every Crib needed to have a water slide from a second story bedroom. There was also the ‘big reveal’ in which we saw what the celeb stocked in their fridge, which was usually just a thousand bottles of water and maybe some vegetables. Celebrities, they’re just like us!
Making the Video
Making the Video seemed to die with the Total Request Live days, which died when suddenly you could watch any video at anytime on YouTube. Seriously, do you remember what a big deal it was when music videos were “retired” from TRL, and suddenly you wouldn’t see them everyday? That was a huge issue many 13-17 year olds don’t have to face today.
Anyhoo, Making the Video gave us an inside look at what it was like to make any one of our favorite’s videos — namely, those featuring Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC. It was a behind-the-scenes look at how much repetitive dancing, and how many hours in the make-up chair, went into three minutes of music. The best payoff came at the end of the episode, when the “world release” of the brand new video debuted. Bring this back, please. I want to see how Taylor Swift makes her videos.
Forget Room Raiders (remember that show?), the most insane dating show was actually Parental Control. Basically, the gist of the show was simple: parents were unhappy with their kids’ current main squeeze, so they chose two new options. Then the son/daughter would have to go out with the newly chosen bae, and mom and dad would watch the whole date from home. Also, the current girlfriend/boyfriend would watch along with the parents, too. Awkward on so many levels? Yes. Addicting television that you simply can’t get enough of? Of course. In the end, it was up to the son/daughter to decide if they wanted to stay with their current flame, or go with one of mom or dad’s new options.
Know how Chris Harwdick now hosts Talking Dead? Well, back in 1995, he hosted Singled Out on MTV. Singled Out was like, a giant “Guess Who?” board game, but with 50 guys/girls all competing for a blind date. There was also a giant pool on the set, to signify the “dating pool.” If Hardwick ever gets some free time, he should totally think about bringing this one back. The show could definitely use a modern update, with less emphasis on looks and more pop culture references. Maybe the “elimination traits” contestants used to single out dates could include things like, “Anyone who doesn’t like Walking Dead is eliminated!” Just a thought.
It’s time for another Daria, MTV. We’re waiting.