When Susanne Daniels was head of programming for the WB Network, she had a knack for championing both wholesome shows such as "Seventh Heaven" that families could watch together and edgier fare like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek" that would appeal to teens while making parents nervous.
In her new gig as president of programming for MTV, she will again try to strike that kind of balance.
"I have to take my job as a programmer for teens seriously," Daniels said in a Monday afternoon interview.
While MTV has less restrictive guidelines regarding content than many other broadcast and cable channels, she said she is not looking to be titillating just to see if it will drive ratings.
"I want to be edgy and I want to be provocative, but I also want to be responsible," she said, adding that it is important for her shows to have positive role models and be "pro-social."
Besides creating shows for teens, Daniels is now a mother of two teens and one preteen. She said the biggest change in teens since her time at the WB is the technology that surrounds them, including social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. But she was quick to add that teen angst is still the same.