The City’s renewal called “shocking” by Jason Wahler; Obama stars in satirical The District

After Whitney Port’s Hills spin-off The City aired half of its debut season, MTV announced that it had renewed the series for a second season. MTV said in a press release that the series had been renewed, along with Daddy’s Girls, “[b]ased on the early success of a number of these shows.”

That may be surprising considering it debuted with low ratings: just 1.6 million viewers, down significantly from the finale of The Hills‘s finale, which itself had low ratings.

One of the parent show’s former stars, Jason Wahler, expressed his surprise at the renewal “I can’t believe it got picked up for a second season. I thought it was a terrible show. I mean, I like Whitney, but they are trying to drag her show out too much. I didn’t know that many people who were watching it to begin with, so for it to be renewed is shocking,” he told E!’s Marc Malkin.

Meanwhile, Newsweek is mocking The City with a web series called “The District” that uses real footage but narration by a Barack Obama impersonator. “Ever wondered what it would be like if the makers of MTV’s hit The City made a reality show about OBama’s first 100 days? Wonder no more,” Newsweek says. Perhaps most surprisingly, since it sticks to actual reality, things happen and it’s even somewhat informative. Here’s the first episode of The District:

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.