It seems like forever ago that Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) on MTV's Awkward finally made her choice between Jake (Brett Davern) and Matty (Beau Mirchoff). In all honesty, it was just a few months ago, but the season ended just as she declared her new relationship, and we have to admit, we felt a little cheated as to what would come next. Thankfully, though, it is almost time for Awkward to return with its third season-- and this time, it's super sized! MTV announced today that the first ten episodes of the season will begin airing on April 16 2013 at 10 p.m.
In the season three premiere, Jenna’s junior year brings a wave of surprises and changes that potentially will impact her future in an indelible way and in the second episode, the death of classmate will leave Jenna to reflect on loss, grieving, and taking responsibility for a secret she's keeping from Matty.
Season three, though, isn't all about Jenna and Matty or "Jatty," as the fans call it but also "Jakara"-- that's right, Jake and Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed), who made out at the end of season two and spent the off-screen summer together in Europe.
"I think it was just one of those high school things, and I don’t know if he thought it would ever go anywhere further, but they go away to Europe together, and the relationship blossomed, and they’re figuring it out as they go along," Davern previewed for LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him on the Los Angeles set.
"How does Jenna feel about this? You know, she witnessed [the kiss]; she stood there, and the camera pulled back and showed her. And she and Tamara had a brief moment where they talked about it, but is she really okay with it? Those are the questions season three will answer as it moves forward."
Additionally, series creator, showrunner, and director Lauren Iungerich mentioned that season three would be the "Who Do I Want To Be?" season for the now-high school juniors. This manifests itself in every character, from the kids, to the parents, to the teachers and guidance counselors.
"Sadie takes a little bit of a hit this season, in the beginning. She has to redefine herself because what she felt defined her has completely been flipped on its head…She does have to reevaluate herself, and Sadie’s always kind of operated from a place of where she’s most concerned with how people view her, and people are going to view her differently, so there are some difficulties there," Molly Tarlov said.
And Nikki DeLoach added: "In the first ten [episodes], it’s really focused on being that mother that Jenna has needed, and then in the back ten, what else is there for Lacey outside of just being a mom and being a wife? What does her life look like outside of that? Because Jenna’s going to be a senior [soon], and what’s going to happen when the one thing that’s been her entire life is now going off to college?"
Awkward will once again feature very special webisodes to air on MTV.com alongside new episodes on-air. This particular three-episode webisode arc will continue a thread from the main series, with a focus on a new mystery. In season one it was all about who wrote the carefrontation letter, and in season two, it was all about who truly had Jenna's heart (with a side order of who was the Anonymous commenter on her blog). This time around, though, things take a much different-- and in some ways, more serious-- tone.
"It’s mostly Val doing the detective work, and she has her suspects, which coincidentally is most people. Anything that happens, she goes to Sadie first, but everyone’s a suspect when it comes to Val," Tarlov said.
"It’s very Murder She Wrote and there’s a little bit of Law & Order and some Clue in there…It gets pretty intense because when someone comes at you with a floor-length skirt and a whistle with a fanny pack hanging below it, it’s hard to keep it together!"
Awkward will air on MTV on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. starting April 16 2013.
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