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MTV Barred From Using Campus Building

Mississippi University for Women has withdrawn permission for MTV to use a campus building to interview women for a new reality series.

In an e-mail to alumnae, MUW President Claudia Limbert said producers didn’t mention the show’s working title when they asked for the use of a room at the student center.

The series is tentatively titled “Sex in the Itty Bitty City.” Although modeled after HBO’s fictional New York-based “Sex and the City,” the show will document real women’s strategies, successes and failures in the search for a mate.

Produced for MTV’s news and documentary division, the show will feature women ages 18 to 30.

“It’s going to be about what life, dating and socializing is like in a smaller community,” MTV spokeswoman Marnie Malter said this week. “We are going to ask several people to allow a film crew to follow them through the dating process.”

Malter said the series – scheduled to air in late April – doesn’t have a working title because it’s still too early in the research stage.

She said producers would conduct the interviews elsewhere in Columbus next week. Interviews are also scheduled in Hope, Ark., and Opelousas, La.

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