Scott Free Non Fiction, the unscripted division of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, has partnered with TV personality Bill Rancic for a reality series project. Titled Training Day, the project, which is being taken out, will feature Rancic testing his mettle in adrenaline-charged training sessions for the country’s most dangerous jobs. In the vein of Dirty Jobs, Rancic will embed with tough men and women — from ice road truckers to SWAT teams — to get a firsthand look at the grueling work and prove he has what it takes to perform at an elite level … and survive. Scott and Rancic will executive produce with Giannina Facio, Mary Lisio and Colet Abedi. On the unscripted side, Scott Free most recently produced the series Crimes of the Century for CNN.
The newsmagazine show America Now is coming back for a fourth season, Raycom Media and ITV Studios America announced today. Hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, the weekday syndicated series is distributed by Trifecta Entertainment & Media across the nation. “Season 4 of America Now promises even more great stories and smart solutions from our hosts and experts. We are excited about this pickup for a show whose audience continues to steadily grow as viewers all over the country tune in and make it a part of their lives,” said Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President and CEO of ITV Studios America today in a statement.
At its upfront presentation today, Style Media announced a 25% increase in original programming with the addition of five new original series to its schedule and six other series projects to its development slate, joining returning shows Tia & Tamera and Glam Fairy. The newly picked up series include Betsey + LuLu, starring fashion designer Betsey Johnson and produced by Magical Elves; an aspirational home makeover series starring Bill Rancic; a show toplined by Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez; and previously announced Jerseylicious spinoff Chicagolicious. Style’s series in development include a celebrity-driven show starring So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley and another headlined by Kimora Lee Simmons. The first of Style’s new original series, Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne, premieres June 3. “Our upcoming slate builds on Style’s commitment to develop compelling programming that showcases fascinating personalities with an insatiable appetite for stylish living,” said Style’s SVP original programming Sarah Weidman. Here is Style’s programming slate:
BURBANK, Calif., March 9, 2012 — America Now, the first-run syndicated daily newsmagazine show co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic from ITV Studios America and Raycom Media, has been renewed for a third season, it was jointly announced today by Paul McTear, President and CEO of Raycom Media and Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President and CEO of ITV Studios America. Airing weekdays in 45 markets, America Now ranks among the top first-run syndicated shows premiering this past fall, second only to Anderson and often beating some of the other top-run syndicated programs that are well-known and seen throughout the country. Bellum Entertainment is syndicating the series.