Among television networks, MTV continues to lead the charge into the digital space, a smart choice for the teen and youth-oriented channel. Over the last year, MTV has been scouting the digital space for talent, picking up digital shows from the likes of Laci Green, Todrick Hall, Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey, and Shira Lazar, as well as a female driven comedy series from Hot Mess Moves creators Ashley Skidmore and Lyle Friedman. Even amidst all that smart, digital-friendly programming, MTV’s latest offering from comedian Morgan Evans stands out.
Despite being saddled with a slightly ungainly title The Untitled Web Series That Morgan Evans Is Doing For MTV has a lot to recommend going for it. A product of MTV’s digital studio, MTV(Other) the show draws on elements of Morgan’s own life, including his budding career as a digital filmmaker and entertainer and his gig as the host of MTV’s Teen Wolf After After Show a digital wrap up for the popular series that featured Morgan catching up with cast members, and discussing the latest episode, briefly, alongside YouTube phenomenon Lohanthony.
Evans and MTV describe the series as a look at “what it means to be an asshole,” as it tells the story of a comedy writer struggling with life in New York, the decision to move to LA, and the hilarious career pitfalls that accompany a life in the entertainment industry. Evans’ character may be a self-described asshole, but he’s the neurotic kind of asshole that it’s hard for audiences not to identify with. The series also includes familiar faces like Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) Nicole Byer (College Humor, The Pursuit of Sexiness) and Melissa Ponzio (Teen Wolf).
The series is an adaptation of Evans’ earlier work The Untitled Web Series That Morgan Evans Is Doing, which touched on many of the same themes. The MTV version hits many of the same comic notes, but its mainstream cast and sharp writing make it stand out among MTV’s expanding menu of digital options. Watch the trailer above or stream the entire season here.