The Hard Times of RJ Berger: MTV Series Renewed for Season Two

The Hard Times of RJ BergerMTV’s single-camera comedy, The Hard Times of RJ Berger, has been renewed for a second season and singing star Justin Bieber may have helped make that happen.

The TV show received a jump in the ratings towards the end of its first season. On July 19th, Bieber tweeted, “Just met the guys who created that new show on @MTV “The Hard Times of #RJBerger” — good dudes. Show’s on tonight at 10pm. Funny stuff.”

That night’s rating reportedly went up 9% and the following week’s installment rose 14%.

Co-creator and executive producer David Katzenberg tells TV Guide that he’s grateful for any help Bieber gave. He said, “The show gets a big teen male audience… Hard Times is a word-of-mouth show and kids are not in school right now where they would be talking about it. That’s a problem for us, but Bieber’s fans are insanely loyal and I think it’s rubbing off on our show.”

The season finale is set to air on August 23rd. Here’s the official press release about the season two renewal…

Season 1 Episode 109 Premieres Tonight at 10pm ET/PT: “It’s All About the Hamiltons”

Santa Monica, CA (August 2, 2010) – MTV has greenlit season two of its original comedy series “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” building on the network’s growing slate of scripted programming, which includes recently announced greenlights for “Skins” and “Teen Wolf.” The second season of “Hard Times” underscores MTV’s broader programming strategy to leverage the success of its reality franchises to develop and nurture a range of new scripted series for the network’s millennial audience.

“The Hard Times of RJ Berger” is a half-hour, single camera, scripted, coming-of-age comedy that follows the awkward life of RJ Berger, a late-blooming loser struggling to navigate the minefield of being fifteen, and provides a new and twisted take on classic teenage milestones. MTV has ordered 12 episodes for Season 2. The season finale for the first season airs on August 23. Episode 109, “It’s All About the Hamiltons,” airs tonight at 10pm ET/PT.

“We are 100% committed to scripted programming, and our current reality hits like ‘Teen Mom’, ‘If You Really Knew Me’, and, of course, ‘Jersey Shore’, provide an incredibly solid foundation for us to launch scripted series and let them gain traction,” said Tony DiSanto, president of programming for MTV. “That’s key, because whereas reality tends to burn bright and fast, scripted series take time to grow. Plus we have been so heavily branded as a reality network it will take a beat for our viewers to embrace — this new diverse slate on the channel. That’s why we are so thrilled by the response to ‘The Hard Times of RJ Berger.’ After a sneak peek post the Movie Awards, the show has had solid week to week growth in its regular Monday night slot, as well as strong repeat numbers. We are thrilled to announce Season 2 coming soon to MTV!”

“The Hard Times of RJ Berger” continues to build in viewership with a 31% increase among P12-34 in the past four weeks. *

Episode 109: “It’s All About the Hamiltons”:
When a hungover RJ gets caught taking aspirin in the Principal’s office, he gets sent to detention, where he befriends a tough thug named Hamilton. As RJ enjoys the protection and power of Hamilton’s intimidating crew, his friend Lily tries out for the cheerleading squad in hopes of winning RJ’s attention.

Series Description:
The Hard Times of RJ Berger portrays the hilariously-hellish lives of a deeply unpopular 15 year-old named RJ Berger (Paul Iacono) and his scheming, sex-obsessed best friend, Miles Jenner (Jareb Dauplaise). For RJ, other than pining after the girl of his dreams, Jenny Swanson (Amber Lancaster), receiving daily beatings from the meanest jock in school, Max Owens (Jayson Blair), and evading the stalker-ish advances of Lily Miran (Kara Taitz), there really isn’t much excitement in his life. That is, until his anatomical gift is accidentally exposed to the entire school. In a single moment, RJ goes from anonymous to infamous, and for the first time in his life, he feels a tiny sliver of confidence. A coming-of-age comedy about a high school sophomore, the series is a part “The Wonder Years” and part “Superbad.”

Each episode incorporates a stylized animation sequence, identifying the show with pop culture and video games. The series was created by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.

*Source: NMR. L+SD 000s. 7/25/10 or as dated. % increase = 7/25/10 vs 7/5/10.

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, 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.

What do you think? Are you glad that the show’s been renewed? Is it worth watching?

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  1. ADL says

    i liked da show yall need to bring it back fast. ecspecially with jenny fine self me and her gonna have to meet lls.

  2. jacob young says

    I loved this show so much i enjoyed waiting week to week for it to come on i even recorded it on my dvr to watch it even after the season was over and im delighted to hear that there will be a new season.

  3. Elvin says

    The hard times of RJ Burger is one of the most hulerious tv shows ever. I watched all the episodes in season one and i just had blast watching this series. I hpope they make a second series as fun as the first one

  4. RJ_BERGER_FAN says

    i love this show but i want it during school tho. this show is the best its kinda hard to wait a year for season two. iv been wondering wat happen then i read the description above (not likin it) please bring this show back sooner PLEASE!!!! so for the other rj berger fans out there, i sugest you wach skins tell next summer

  5. Garry S says

    This show is so ******* jokes , it has the funniest **** i seen on tv. Too bad i can only watch through internet shows , or else i would watch it every time it aired .

  6. miki says

    at firt i thought the show was just another stupid teen sex drama like degrassi or twilight but i sat through and i really like it and kinda miss it .cant wait for next season…is lily dead? or just happy lol

  7. ben says

    this is my favorite show ever! i wish i hadnt seen it so i could relive the first season all over again. im so disappointed it only airs in the summer. i cant wait for the second season!!!!!!!

  8. Fausto says

    RJ Berger is the best show ever. MTV needs to bring it back quick im trying to watch it, its hilarious so lease bring it back QUICK!!

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