[04/14/10 - 09:27 AM]
Four Lovable Lunatics and Live Action Sports to Dominate Thursday Nights on MTV
"The Dudesons In America" and "Ultimate Parkour Challenge" to both launch on Thursday, May 6 starting at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from MTV]


Premiering on Thursday, May 6 "The Dudesons In America" at 10pm ET/PT "Ultimate Parkour Challenge" at 10:30pm ET/PT

For the new "The Dudesons In America" trailer, check out http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/500744/the-dudesons-in-america-trailer.jhtml#id=1635487

New York, NY (April 14, 2010) - Thursday nights on MTV will be filled with pranks, stunts, leaping and sprinting as two new extreme stunt reality series create humor and excitement. "The Dudesons in America" introduces the U.S. to four internationally well-known Finnish childhood best friends who take rough-housing to the next level with off the wall stunts and pranks. MTV's "Ultimate Parkour Challenge" brings live action to MTV with the world's fastest growing extreme sport that showcases the thrilling level of action experienced in Hollywood movies. "The Dudesons in America" and "Ultimate Parkour Challenge" will premiere on Thursday, May 6 starting at 10PM ET/PT.

The Dudesons in America (10PM ET/PT)

The Dudesons, four Finnish extreme stuntmen and pranksters, are totally lovable, yet totally lunatic friends from the Arctic Circle who want to live out their American dream - to do even stupider stunts and pranks than they did back home. In "The Dudesons in America," Jukka (the ringleader), Jarppi (the fat funny guy), HP (Mr. Sensitive), and Jarno (the filmmaker) want to take over America as they try to win over local townsfolk and whatever authorities they'll likely encounter while doing the dumbest things imaginable. In the spirit of the American West, the Nordic knuckleheads try to become cowboys by walking on stilts into a bullring with a very angry bull. And when they've conquered enough of what's on the ground of the U.S.A., they follow the American dream of space exploration; the Dudesons try to reach Uranus in their self-built space rocket.

On April 19, viewers can go to mtv.com to experience the show trailer, and learn more about the Dudesons through cast bios and photos. Beginning on May 6, fans will have unprecedented access to full episodes, sneak peaks, exclusive bonus stunts, point-of-view footage from stunts, and episodic photos at dudesons.mtv.com.

The Dudesons in America is executive produced by Jukka Hilden, Jarno Laasala, Jarppi Leppala and HP Parviainen for Rabbit Films; Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine for Dickhouse Entertainment; and Ross Breitenbach. Liz Gateley and Lauren Dolgen are the MTV executives in charge of production.

MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge (10:30PM ET/PT)

With cast members from around the world, MTV's "Ultimate Parkour Challenge" showcases the world's fastest growing extreme sport, parkour. In each episode, the series takes us live every week from locations around southern California including The Queen Mary, Venice Beach, Hollyridge Castle, and many others. Some of the best athletes in the world including Danny Ilabaca, Ryan Doyle, Oleg Vorslav, and Tim Schieff will challenge themselves and each other as they put their parkour skills to the test in different urban environments. Each episode ends in a thrilling live speed round; the winner of that round will then be awarded a prize. The essence of parkour is as simple as a game of chase. Athletes move as efficiently as possible from point A to point B. However, unlike a regular track and field race, parkour is performed in any and every environment. Athletes must jump, roll, climb, leap, sprint, flip and fly, flowing over walls, cars, stairs, railings, and 10-foot rooftop gaps between 5 story buildings.

Viewers can find exclusive cast photos, cast bios, and Parkour 101 video packages which will be an insider's guide into the world of Parkour on parkour.mtv.com. Parkour 101 will introduce the sport, explain the techniques used, and help viewers appreciate the art behind the sport.

Executive produced and created by Francis Lyons and Bob Kusbit of One Louder Productions. Executive produced by Kemp Curley of Transition Productions. Co-executive produced by Victor Bevine and David Thompson of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation. Liz Gateley, Matthew Parillo and Amy Emmerich are the MTV executives in charge of production.

About MTV:

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 28 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries -- giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one rated full-day ad-supported cable network for P12-24 and P12-34. Online, MTV.com averaged 24.5 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2010 -- up +8% from Q4/2009 and up +13% year-over-year. Average video streams for the first quarter of 2010 increased +8% from the Q4/2009 and is up +6% over the same time period last year. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving young males, music fans, and college students like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

  [april 2010]  


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