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Two Reality TV Shows Look To DC As A Talent Source

Reality TV announcements are hitting the nation's capital twice this week. First comes word that the show America's Got Talent is holding an open casting call at the Convention Center on November 5th and 6th. You need to pre-register here. Then comes the press release that a show that has already been filmed at Gallaudet will start airing on October 24th on mtvU. Never heard of mtvU? It is a real channel in the MTV network. The show, called Quiet Campus, follows the lives of several hearing impaired students as they try to win football games and/or chicks who will sleep with them. Read the full press release after the break.

· America's Got Talent Pre-Registration [Official Site]



New Short-Form Series goes Inside the Lives of Four Students at the Leading University for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

New York, NY, – October 17, 2011 – mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, today announced the premiere of a new short-form reality series, Quiet Campus, on October 24 at 12pm ET. Quiet Campus goes inside the lives of four young, deaf college students from Washington D.C.’s Gallaudet University, the leading institution for liberal education for deaf and hard of hearing students. From football games and gossip to classrooms and parties, these students give mtvU viewers a compelling, unseen look inside campus life and “deaf culture” at Gallaudet.

“Entertainment has a powerful way of exposing viewers to new realities, breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions along the way,” said Paul Ricci, Senior Vice President of Programming and Head of Development for mtvU. “‘Quiet Campus’ shines a spotlight on the hopes and dreams of these truly amazing young people as they experience the ups and downs of college life, and we believe that it will forever change the way our audience understands what it means to be deaf.”

Students at Gallaudet University are as diverse as on any campus in America, but campus life at Gallaudet is unlike any other. The docu-series follows four young people: Michel, Clayton, Taylor, and Cesar. A star athlete on the football team, Michel is determined to rise above the competition to win this year’s homecoming game, his final one as a senior. Cesar, a popular and charismatic, young gay Latino, is an aspiring photographer who has a run-in with the “Real World,” and eagerly awaits homecoming to find out if he’ll be crowned this year’s “King.” A college sophomore, Clayton never felt like he had that “perfect” connection with anyone before Gallaudet. Lately he’s been spending more and more time with Taylor, a girl he met in class, and is trying to find his way out of the “friend zone.” Taylor, a sophomore who lost her hearing at a young age due to chemo therapy treatments, treasures her friendship with Clayton, but might not be ready to take their relationship to the next level. The series culminates at Homecoming, the ultimate celebration of deaf pride and culture at Gallaudet.

Gallaudet University is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Located in Washington D.C, Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in this rapidly changing world. Gallaudet students are passionate about school pride, student organizations, dance, theatre, and even Greek life. Gallaudet has a wide range of school activities that meets the many needs of these students and staff.

Eric Conte and Paul Ricci are Executive Producers for mtvU. Ryan Ling is Producer for mtvU.

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About mtvU
Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses and via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches nearly 9 million U.S. college students – making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S., as well as on cable systems from Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Suddenlink Communications, AT&T u-Verse and nearly 70 others. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on the campus. mtvU programs music videos from emerging artists that can’t be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change. mtvU is always on campus, with hundreds of events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit

· Quiet Campus Press Release [mtvU]