via press release:
MTV TO AIR TWO NEW RELATIONSHIP SERIES
“THE EX AND THE WHY” AND “TIME’S UP”
ON MONDAY, APRIL 21 BEGINNING AT 6:00 P.M. ET/PT
New York, NY (March 24, 2014) – Spring has arrived and love is in the air—or is it? MTV will air two new relationship series that test whether former couples should continue to stay apart, “The Ex and The Why,” to another where they are fighting to stay together, “Time’s Up,” premiering Monday, April 21st. Viewers will get an inside look at different, yet critical, stages of relationships in transition. “The Ex and the Why,” premiering at 6:00p.m. ET/PT will explore the often-asked question of “what happens when you can’t get over your ex?” Rounding out the programing block at 6:30p.m. ET/PT, “Time’s Up” will tackle one of the most heart-wrenching tests couples endure of what’s to become when life-altering events force them to be separated by distance.
Each episode of “The Ex and The Why” features two separate stories of young adults who are hung up on their exes. In some cases, the significant others have reinvented themselves and get the chance that most dream of, to see the look on their exes’ face when the blindfold is removed and their new selves are revealed. In other cases, some get the answer to the question they have been waiting years for: why their exes broke up with them. These surprise meetings result in a second chance at love, though some may wish this surprise never took place.
“Time’s Up” focuses on the phenomenon of “expiration dating,” where couples must re-evaluate their current relationships as they enter new phases of their lives that will eventually separate them. The scenarios vary from attending different colleges, semesters abroad, job relocations, military deployments and more. Each episode will follow a couple as they cope with the pressure of their expiration date and document their lives in the weeks leading up to the dreaded departure. When their time is finally up and the couples must say goodbye, they are faced with the decision of staying together to beat the odds as a long-distance couple, or go their separate ways.
“The Ex and The Why” and “Time’s Up” will air across MTV’s international channels beginning in May 2014 (check local listings).
“The Ex and The Why” is produced by 495 Productions with Founder and President SallyAnn Salsano serving as Executive Producer along with Joel Zimmer of 495 Productions. Lauren Dolgen, James DeSimas, Jennifer Russakoff and Kimberly Rach are Executives in Charge for MTV.
“Time’s Up” is executive produced by Jay Bienstock, Eugene Young and Ben Hurvitz. It is produced by ITV Studios America in association with Bienstock Young Media. Lauren Dolgen and Sara Cohen are Development Executives and Julie Schwachenwald is Production Executive for 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®, Grammy® and Peabody® 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, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.
About 495 Productions:
SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind the 495 Productions team. Since its launch in 2006, 495’s creative team has specialized in developing programs that entertain viewers while keeping them glued to their screens. 495 became known throughout the world thanks to its record breaking, “Jersey Shore” which premiered on MTV in December of 2009.
About ITV Studios America:
ITV Studios America, the U.S. based production entity of ITV Studios in the UK, is one of the largest producers in the U.S. and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for U.S. networks. ITV Studios America has a slate of series in production with major networks and syndicators, including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, The First 48, After the First 48, #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Cesar 911, The Chase, Four Weddings, Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, The Car Chasers, The Bill Cunningham Show and America Now.
ITV Studios is a world leader in television production and distribution. It has international production centers in the UK, Germany, France, the Nordics and Australia as well as America. The distribution business, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is a distributor of programs to all regions worldwide. For further information visit: http://www.itvstudios.com/us.