Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
The long-rumored E! reality series starring Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is now a reality. Network president Suzanne Kolb made the announcement today during the E! Entertainment portion of the TCA press tour. Titled What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, the six-episode series from Intuitive Entertainment will feature the “vivescent” Lochte, Kolb said, adding that E! brass wondered “How deep is the pool of Ryan Lochte? It turns out, very deep.” The episodes will feature the swimmer partying and training as he prepares for the 2016 Rio Olympics while building his fashion line, making media appearances, dealing with his close-knit and outspoken family and friends and looking for the right girl. Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill are executive producers for Intuitive along with and Erika Wright of Wright Entertainment and Sports.
E! also announced Playing With Fire, an hourlong series on the NY culinary scene. Both series are scheduled to premiere in April. Read More »
Tommy Dewey (Roommates) has landed a recurring role on the new Fox comedy The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling as a young OB/GYN. Dewey, repped by the Kohner Agency and New Wave Entertainment, will play Josh Daniels, a successful lawyer who isn’t afraid to go after things he likes when he sees them — in this case, Mindy.
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte will make his TV series debut with a cameo in an upcoming episode of the CW’s 90210 set to air Oct. 29. He will play a guest at a resort where Naomi and Max are staying to strengthen their relationship. The swimming champion said last week that he was moving to Los Angeles and eying ABC reality series Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor.
Newly-minted U.S. Olympic champions’ victory lap on TV continues. In an interview on NBC’s Today, swimmer Ryan Lochte said he is considering a gig on ABC’s biggest reality series. “I’m definitely looking towards Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor, so we’ll see what happens,” he said. Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey will devote an episode of her OWN program Next Chapter to gymnast Gabby Douglas, who will be featured on the Aug. 26 show. There is a lot of media interest in the U.S. Olympic medalists from London, with a number of them likely to line up reality TV gigs. Champion Sanya Richards-Ross stars in a reality pilot, which was just picked up by WEtv.