MTV's new comedy Faking It centers on two best friends (Katie Stevens and Rita Volk) who are mistaken for lesbians at their school. But when that misunderstanding elevates the pals to popularity status, they decide to keep up the ruse. Executive producer Carter Covington (Greek, Hart of Dixie) took time to fill out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey and explain why Faking It is the real deal.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Why should it be yours?
Carter Covington: It's fresh! There's nothing else quite like it on television. And at just 30 minutes an episode, it's over before you know it and leaves you wanting more.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
Covington: Anyone who's ever faked something just to fit in. So, basically, everyone.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Covington: You'll just have to binge watch it later. And wouldn't you rather spend that future Saturday afternoon doing something else?
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Covington: My dad wrote me a very complimentary email after reading the pilot. He thinks it's the best thing I've ever written.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing?
Covington: Our faux-lesbian premise has definitely sparked some debate on social media but when viewers watch the show they will see that all isn't what it seems.
TV Guide Magazine: Who was right?
Covington: My father is always right. It's so annoying.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Covington: Pretty Little Lesbian Liars.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for your show.
Covington: My So-Called Life times Laverne & Shirley divided by John Hughes to the power of Bosom Buddies.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you like to forget?
Covington: My brief appearance as Nazi soldier/Party Guest in The Sound of Music at the Little Theater of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, circa 1987.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell me one thing about your cast.
Covington: They're not only ridiculously talented, they're delightful people who genuinely care for each other and it comes across on screen. I have to pinch myself sometimes to believe it.
TV Guide Magazine: If you weren't producing this show, what series would you most like to be an executive producer on?
Covington: Game of Thrones! Can you make this happen?
TV Guide Magazine: Let's scare the network. Tell us an idea that didn't make it on to the screen.
Covington: I'm not sure MTV is scared of anything. Yet another reason to watch our show.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like _______, you'll love our show."
Covington: Sarcasm and longing.
TV Guide Magazine: Pick another show, any show, to start a fake feud with.
Covington: What other shows are airing Tuesdays at 10:30pm? Because I hate them. They should all be canceled.
TV Guide Magazine: What other show would you like to do a cross-over episode with — and how would that go?
Covington: Mad Men. An elderly Don Draper stops by Hester High for career night and is shocked by the progressive attitudes of the students.
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
Covington: Let's just say the classic TV love triangle will never be the same.
Faking It airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30c on MTV.