The Style Network today held its first upfront presentation since the channel was put under the purview of NBCU’s Lauren Zalaznick following the NBCU-Comcast merger. Style announced it has picked up Big Rich Texas with a 10-episode order. The docu-series, set to premiere in July, explores the ultra-exclusive world at the top of the Dallas social scene. It is produced by Fly on the Wall, with Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan exec producing. Two years ago, the network shot a similar series, Divas and Daughters, about Dallas socialite mothers and daughters. Also announced today are How Do I Look?, a search for the country’s worst fashion offenders hosted by Jeannie Mai, which will premiere in September; and makeover series Glam Fairy, a spinoff of Style’s flagship series Jerseylicious. The Endemol USA show, which follows New Jersey makeup artist Alexa Prisco, will premiere in October. Style also announced a development slate of 10 unscripted series. Here are the descriptions:
This is an intimate and emotional docu-series set inside Orem, Utah’s Adoption Center of Choice, a residential home where expectant mothers complete their pregnancies before giving up their babies for adoption. Having completed their 1,000th adoption in 2009, The Adoption Center provides expectant mothers with a safe and loving haven, a vast network of support, and the opportunity to change their lives for the better as they transition through this complicated and often scary time.
Birmingham, Alabama’s Amanda LeBlanc is obsessed – with organizing, sanitizing and modernizing. In this formatted home makeover show, the self-proclaimed control freak is a detail-focused organizing specialist whose Southern charm masks a killer desire to get the job done right … and right now. Accompanied by a team of like-minded “Amandas,” Ms. LeBlanc takes no prisoners once she has honed in on her target, and you best just get out of the way when she enters your home on her mission.
Single With 7
This powerful and inspiring reality family drama centers around 29 year-old Yesi Ortiz, an afternoon DJ at L.A.’s Power 106 FM radio. Yesi is much more than a DJ however; she is also “mom” to the seven nieces and nephews who were put into foster care when her sister was sent to prison. One by one, Yesi has gained legal custody of her family and is determined to keep them together at any cost, while also pursuing her own career goals and personal aspirations.
Lifestyle Weekly Series
This new topical weekly half-hour series, co-hosted by Adrianne Curry, Vivica A. Fox, Nick Verreos and Ali Fedotowsky, will tackle anything and everything that’s of interest to Style viewers. From exciting in-studio guests, to product demos, makeover segments, field segments and a studio audience, this new daily show will be just as Style-ish as it is informative and fun.
Are You Dressed?
This innovative concept is part game show, part fashion show, and 100% fun. Shoppers are ambushed after entering their dressing rooms, and greeted by our host who begins an on-the-spot trivia game that includes fashion, celebrities, and pop culture. If answered correctly, they earn cash and all kinds of great prizes.
Boston’s Miss Fit Club is a women-only fitness club run by Katie Boyd, a former beauty queen. Beneath the beauty queen exterior, however, beats the heart of a drill sergeant as Katie pushes her clients – both pageant hopefuls and suburban moms – through their paces. With equal parts tough love and laughter, Katie is a force to be reckoned with as she helps her clients reach their fitness goals while learning a lot about life and themselves along the way.
Set in colorful Queens, NY, this docu-series follows the playfully unfiltered lives of The Riveras, a Puerto Rican family who own two neighborhood dance studios. While building their dream for future generations of the family to carry on, the Rivera sisters – Jorday, Daziann and Tiffany – must focus their efforts on mutual goals while also pursuing their individual passions and lives.
The Look For Less
Until you see the all-new Look For Less, you haven’t seen The Look For Less at all! This classic Style Network franchise is getting its own makeover, fueled by the internet power of social media and YouTube, providing an invaluable platform for women across America to join in the fun. Couple that with all-new makeover stories and friendly competition and you’ve got the best The Look For Less ever.
Style is breaking records! It’s all hands on deck for one-of-a-kind events, as a team of experts in hair, beauty and fashion attempt to break world records with the most makeovers in one sitting. Hosted by Cat Deeley, anything and everything is fair game in this new series – from the most bangs cut, to the most eyes smoked, to the most wedding dresses fitted. It’s “Makeover Madness” like never before seen on TV!
Maureen Hancock’s Ghost Town
Maureen Hancock is not your ordinary working mom… she talks to the dead. Maureen has a spontaneous, honest and funny approach to everything she does. It is not uncommon for Maureen to stop strangers on the street and give them impromptu readings, whether they want one or not. With the mission of transforming people’s lives, Maureen helps her clients overcome a wide variety of issues from helping a desperate couple get pregnant, to healing the sick when doctors cannot, to aiding the police when cases go cold. Armed with her two niece apprentices and with help from her quirky sisters, Maureen runs this spirited New England family business with her signature charm.
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