via press release:
MTV’S “CATFISH: THE TV SHOW” RETURNS FOR A DRAMATIC THIRD SEASON FILLED WITH SHOCKING AND UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 AT 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
NEW YORK, NY (April 2, 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 Wednesday, May 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 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.
“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.”
The week prior to the season premiere, on April 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, 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.
Viewers can go to MTV.com for sneak peeks of the show including bonus and extended scenes, plus exclusive interviews. For even more information and exclusive content, fans can visit “Catfish: The TV Show” Facebook page at facebook.com/MTVcatfish.
“Catfish: The TV Show” will air across MTV’s international channels soon after the show’s U.S. premiere beginning in May 2014 (check local listings).
“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.
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy(R), Grammy(R) and Peabody(R) award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
About Relativity Television
Relativity Television, led by CEO Tom Forman, is one of the largest suppliers of television programming in the United States. Since its inception in 2008, Relativity Television has produced more than 750 hours of programming for more than 40 networks, including NBC, MTV, Showtime, A&E, Discovery Channel, Food Network and Disney Channel. In 2013, Relativity Television produced 36 series including “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV), “The Great Food Truck Race” (Food) and “The American Bible Challenge” (Game Show Network). Upcoming unscripted series include “Sex Box” (WE), “Guy’s Grocery Games” (Food), “SHOP” (FOX Sports 1) and “Kim of Queens” (Lifetime). Scripted projects include “Creep Show” (SyFy), “Godfall,” “Snakehead” and “Young & Hungry” (ABC Family), as well as series based on Relativity films Limitless, Haywire and Act of Valor.