MTV Cribs
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Developed byNina L. Díaz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons19
No. of episodes113
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production companyMTV Productions
DistributorLitton Entertainment
Release
Original networkMTV (2000–present) (via Snapchat Discover from 2016-2018)
CMT (2009)
Original releaseSeptember 12, 2000 (2000-09-12) –
present (present)[1]

MTV Cribs (also known as Cribs) is an American documentary television show that originated on MTV and features tours of the private homes of celebrities. MTV rebooted the show for new full length episodes as of 2021. The network previously produced short-form episodes of the program and distributed it through Snapchat Discover.

The first show aired in September 2000. By 2005, Cribs had featured tours of the homes of over 185 celebrities including musicians, actors, and athletes over the course of 13 seasons. The show was originally narrated by Ananda Lewis, then narrated by Su-chin Pak of MTV News. It was developed by Nina L. Díaz. A short iteration on CMT was titled CMT Cribs. The most watched and replayed episode of Cribs was a special one-hour edition touring Mariah Carey's New York penthouse. In 2005/2006, MTV Canada produced a series of Canadian-made Cribs episodes. A new season of Cribs, filmed in high definition, started in August 2007 with a new format, title sequences, new narrator and on-screen graphics. A "Priciest Pads" special was created to kick off the new season, hosted by Kimora Lee Simmons.

The show was put into syndication in September 2008, to be offered by local television stations on a weekday basis in the United States by Litton Entertainment. However, the Litton versions of the program were severely edited and changed. Any references to MTV were scrubbed out, and the program received a new logo referring to it as just Cribs, while all music that was played in the original episodes was replaced by production music to avoid royalty fees. Although Lewis and Pak were still listed in the episode credits as narrators, all narration was stripped in the re-edited episodes, and 'coming up' segments were either silent or voiced by an uncredited announcer. The syndicated version was unsuccessful and offered in barter form, mainly on the lower-rated stations in many markets in abysmal timeslots, and in September 2009 was removed from the market.

On January 24, 2009, Cribs created a separate version specific to CMT (a sister network of MTV), dedicating itself to country music artists, stock car drivers and professional bullriders, and other southeastern United States culture figures. New episodes were taped to air on CMT with the CMT Cribs title. Also in 2009, the MTV format switched to Teen Cribs, which featured the homes of regular teenagers living in large and otherwise notable homes, straying away from the celebrity element.

The main MTV Cribs series restarted in September 2010 with repackaging and updates of its previous visits including such celebrities as Hanson, Twiggy Ramirez and others. The main MTV Cribs series created and broadcast a few new episodes in late 2010 and early 2011, featuring the homes of Penn Jillette, Julie Benz and Manny Pacquiao, and others.

The show was revived again for MTV as a short-form series with new episodes on Snapchat Discover beginning on June 3, 2017 with new episodes every Saturday for a number of weeks. The revival was announced in April 2016 under former MTV president Sean Atkins.[2] The first season was the highest rated premiere for a Snapchat Show ever and a second-season premieres mid-2018.[3]

On July 14, 2021, it was announced the show will be revived and include the homes of Martha Stewart, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Snooki, and other stars. It premiered on August 11 of that year.[4]

Controversies

Several celebrities either have been accused or admitted to using other people's property and claimed them as their own.

References

  1. ^ "Shows A-Z - cribs on cmt - TheFutonCritic.com". www.thefutoncritic.com.
  2. ^ Steinberg, Brian (April 21, 2016). "MTV Revives 'Cribs' For Snapchat". Variety.
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (April 24, 2018). "Viacom Renews and Expands Snapchat Deal, Plans New Shows From MTV, BET, Comedy Central". Variety.
  4. ^ White, Peter (July 14, 2021). "'Cribs': MTV Brings Back Classic Series More Than 20 Years After Launch; Summer Premiere Set". Deadline. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "Rap News Network – Hip-Hop News: Ja Rule and MTV Hit With Lawsuit". Rapnewsdirect.com. August 30, 2004. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  6. ^ [1] Archived October 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Nigel D. "50 Cent Flossing Whips That Aren't His on MTV? | RealTalkNY". Realtalkny.uproxx.com. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Jojo's "MTV Cribs" House Wasn't Actually Her House". Seventeen. October 7, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2017.