Veteran reality producer and comedic celebriality guru Cris Abrego has signed with CAA. He was at UTA. Along with frequent collaborator Mark Cronin, Abrego has been VH1′s go-to guy for the channel’s core celebreality fare with such series as The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business. He most recently ventured into broadcast as an executive producer of CBS’ reality series Same Name.
CBS has handed a series order to Same Name, a new fish-out-of-water comedic reality series about celebrities trading places with total strangers who happen to share the same name, which will air this summer. The network originally greenlighted a pilot for the project (then The Same Name) in October. Each hourlong, self-contained episode of the series, executive produced by Cris Abrego and Eugene Young, will feature a well-known personality who switches places with a person bearing the same name. For one week, the star and their counterpart live in each other’s houses, meet and interact with family, friends and co-workers and experience how the other lives. “They may have the same names, but their lives couldn’t be more different,” CBS head of alternative Jennifer Bresnan said. “Walking in each other’s shoes and experiencing their home life, work and other activities reveals moments of humor, laughter and unexpected emotion.” In the pilot episode, which was also exec produced by Fax Bahr and Adam Small, David Hasselhoff journeys to Lake Jackson, Texas (population: 27,614), to meet and trade lives with a 27-year-old high-voltage power technician/landscaper who shares his name.
CBS has greenlighted The Same Name, an hourlong pilot from one of the masters of comedic celebreality, Cris Abrego. The project, which Abrego executive produces with Eugene Young, is a fish-out-of water comedic series involving regular people and celebrities with whom they happen to share the same name. Each self-contained episode of the show, produced by Endemol-owned 51 Minds, will feature a celebrity as he/she trades life and careers with his/hers name doppelganger