A&E today unveiled its programming slate, which includes four new unscripted series, including a Dallas-based spinoff of its hit Storage Wars, as part of its plan to launch 10 new non-fiction series this year. Its development slate includes more than 40 concepts, including a project about models produced by Ryan Murphy and a docu-series about FBI profilers from Mark Burnett. Meanwhile, the Ridley and Tony Scott-produced four-hour miniseries Coma, announced at A&E’s upferont last year as in development, has now been greenlighted for production to premiere on Memorial Day next year. The modern-day retelling of the bestselling novel by Robin Cook and film by Michael Crichton, Coma is a medical thriller about a doctor who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table. John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) wrote the script. Scott Free is producing, with Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David W. Zucker exec producing. Here is a list of A&E’s newly ordered reality series and non-fiction series in development:
NEW NONFICTION SERIES:
InLaws (working title) - Premieres 3Q 2011
A&E shines a light on married couples that are at the boiling point with their overbearing in-laws. Each episode will feature a spouse in between their parents and the person they married, desperate to save their relationships. Seasoned relationship experts will come in and use unconventional tactics to make them face their issues. “InLaws” is produced by Leftfield Pictures for A&E Network. Executive producers for Leftfield Pictures are Brent Montgomery and Courtney Montgomery. Executive producers for A&E are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Stephen Harris.
Ship Happens (working title) – Premieres 4Q 2011
There’s a rare breed of independent truckers that have discovered the fortunes of transporting things that traditional carriers won’t touch, such as airplanes, herds of goats, homes, and so on. This new series explores the cutthroat world of these competitive shippers: people who ship odd sized packages for big bucks. “Ship Happens” is produced by Megalomedia, Inc. for A&E Network. Jonathan Nowzaradan serves as executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
Boar Hunters (working title) – Premieres 3Q 2011
The Campbell clan has a unique family business: hog hunting. Down in Texas, patriarch Jerry Campbell is joined by level-headed son Robert and firecracker daughter Krystal as they respond to troubled farmers whose crops and cattle are being threatened by an invasion of feral hogs. “Boar Hunters” is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company for A&E Network. Executive producers are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal. Jeff Conroy is co-executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Lily Neumeyer.
Storage Wars: Dallas - Premieres 3Q 2011
A&E’s top-rated nonfiction franchise is heading to Dallas, Texas where the units, bankrolls, and buyers are bigger. Following four Dallas storage unit hunters, this series has all the intrigue of the original “Storage Wars” in a landscape chock-full of cowboys and oil tycoons. “Storage Wars: Dallas” is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company for A&E Network. Executive producers are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal. Jeff Conroy is co-executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
Hands On (working title) pilot
In each episode, a small group of contestants vie for a grand prize — a car, a boat, groceries for a year, a business franchise, etc. The contest is a simple premise: keep your hand on the prize for as long as possible without losing contact. The last one with their hand on the object wins. “Hands On” is produced by Embassy Row, a division of Sony Pictures TV. Michael Davies and Andrew Fried serve as executive producers. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Scott Lonker and Fred Grinstein.
Family Bonding (working title) pilot
The average American family spends less than an hour of quality time together each day. Parents are over-worked, kids are over-scheduled, and everyone is distracted. “Family Bonding” will change that. Two family members in crisis will be handcuffed together for 48 hours to gain a whole new perspective on each other’s life. “Family Bonding” is produced by Krasnow Productions for A&E Network. Stuart Krasnow serves as executive producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Andy Berg.
Profilers (working title) pilot
In the history of the FBI, only 55 agents have risen to the level of Profiler. “Profilers” will follow a select group of these elite former profilers to help local law enforcement solve the nation’s most baffling current cases in real time. “Profilers” is produced by James Bruce Productions for A&E Network. Executive producers are Mark Burnett and James Bruce. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Laura Fleury.
Cajun Blue (working title) pilot
“Cajun Blue” is a real-life series with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Department, which covers 2,000 square miles of Louisiana swampland as they investigate thousands of violent crimes every year in the creepy, eerie, bayou. And with the personalities of the local Cajuns, no police call is routine. “Cajun Blue” is produced by MAK Pictures for A&E Network. Executive producers are Mark Kadin, Ken Arlidge, and Ken Reichling. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Laura Fleury.
Duckmen (working title) pilot
Meet the Robertsons who run their family business while living the American Dream down in Louisiana. From deep in the swamps, they operate a multi-million dollar sporting empire, employing half of their hometown and fabricating, of all things, duck calls and decoys, while remaining true to their roots by living off the land.“Duckmen” is produced by Gurney Productions for A&E Network. Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney serve as executive producers. A&E producers are David McKillop and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
Model Apartment (working title) development
“Glee” and ”Nip-Tuck” producer Ryan Murphy, takes us inside the world of six models living together for a fly-on-the-wall look at how they live, work, and play. It’s a glamorous world but the model lifespan is short and the clock is always ticking to hit it big while they can. “Model Apartment” is produced by Ryan Murphy Productions and Fox 21 for A&E Network. Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers for Ryan Murphy Productions and Bert Salke, Jane Francis and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for Fox 21. A&E executive producers are David McKillop and Scott Lonker.
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