Fox Picks Up Antiques Reality Series

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 2:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A show about antiques on Fox?! The network has greenlighted Buried Treasure, a new unscripted series starring antiques experts and appraisers Leigh and Leslie Keno (identical twin brothers of Antiques Roadshow fame), who travel across the country to help people sell collectibles … Read More »

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Reality Producer Eddie Barbini Signs Deal With Discovery Studios

By | Tuesday November 23, 2010 @ 8:04am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Discovery Studios, the production arm of Discovery Communications, has signed a long-term overall deal with veteran reality producer Eddie Barbini of Blue Frog Pictures who will produce series and specials for the studio. Barbini is a three-time Emmy award nominee in the Outstanding Reality Program category for his work on Discovery … Read More »

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Oxygen Greenlights ‘Bachelorette Party’ Reality Series From Gavin Polone

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 8:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Oxygen Media has picked up a new reality series, Bachelorette Party, with an eight-episode order. The series, which  gives brides-to-be an all-access, V.I.P. fantasy weekend with their ”besties” in Las Vegas, was developed by Gavin Polone of Pariah Entertainment and PB&J TV.  Bachelorette Party, which starts production immediately, marks the latest unscripted effort … Read More »

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Fox Launches High-Stakes Game Show

By | Monday November 8, 2010 @ 6:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox will premiere new game show Million Dollar Money Drop as a strip during the holidays, airing on Dec. 20, 21, 22 and 23. On the show, based on an UK format, two contestants are given $1 million and have to work together to keep the money by answering multiple-choice … Read More »

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ABC Greenlights Mark Burnett Reality Show

By | Thursday November 4, 2010 @ 10:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a string of smaller cable series and gigs as awards show producer, Mark Burnett is back on network TV with a big adventure competition reality series at ABC. At first blush, the series, titled Expedition Impossible, looks very similar to CBS veteran The Amazing Race with teams of 3 instead of 2. From Expedition Impossible’s official description: “Teams of three will solve problems while racing across deserts, over mountains and through rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed. After ten stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.” Burnett, who is executive producing the series with Lisa Hennessy, describes it as “an epic Indiana Jones-style experience.” Read More »

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Spike TV Picks Up ‘Most Lethal’ Series

By | Wednesday November 3, 2010 @ 7:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Spike TV has greenlighted Most Lethal, a new unscripted series that should be a suitable companion to the channel’s popular Deadliest Warrior reality series. In Most Lethal, 12 real-life warriors from the top tiers of special operation forces faceoff in a grueling competition to determine who is the fiercest and … Read More »

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ABC Assembles ‘Motley Crue’ Cast For ‘Skating With the Stars’ Reality Series

By | Tuesday November 2, 2010 @ 6:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The ice rink proves to be less appealing for celebrities than the parquet floor as ABC announced a far less buzzworthy cast for its Dancing with the Stars spinoff, Skating with the Stars, than the ones it has been able to assemble for the mothership series. Real Housewives of New Read More »

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OWN Greenlights Carson Kressley Series

By | Thursday October 28, 2010 @ 10:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Carson Kressley is getting his own series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Kressley, who is already set to co-host Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search For the Next TV Star, which will premiere on OWN at its January launch, will … Read More »

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Audrina Patridge To Star In VH1 Reality Series Produced By Mark Burnett

By | Tuesday October 26, 2010 @ 8:01pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: I hear VH1 is close to greenlighting a new reality series starring The Hills‘ Audrina Patridge and executive produced by Mark Burnett. Patridge will segue into the new series after wrapping her turn on ABC’s reality hit Dancing with the Read More »

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CBS Orders Celebrity-Themed Reality Pilot

By | Sunday October 24, 2010 @ 7:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 Read More »

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NBC Slots ‘Sing-Off’ For December Run

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NBC’s a cappella singing competition series The Sing-Off will return for a five-night second cycle in December with Nick Lachey back as host. The Sing-Off will premiere Monday, December 6  from 8-10 PM. Four 2-hour episodes will follow from 8-10 … Read More »

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USA To Expand Into Reality Programming And Bring Back ‘WWE Tough Enough’

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USA Network continues its genre expansion with a big push in reality programming. The top basic cable network is close to ordering its first unscripted series in 5 years, WWE Tough Enough. It is also in the process of hiring a reality executive, and USA programming president Jeff Wachtel has been meeting with top reality production companies to talk about his plans in the arena. USA’s revival of Tough Enough actually came together separately from its current efforts in the unscripted area and stems from the network’ relationship with WWE through USA staple WWE Raw. Tough Enough, which features contestants competing for a contract with WWE, ran on MTV for 3 seasons, and in 2004 it moved to UPN where it aired for a season as part of SmackDown. On USA, it also is expected to run in tandem with USA’s WWE Raw series. Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Winter Edition Of ‘Wipeout’

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 7:12am PDT
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ABC has ordered a new cycle of its summer reality series Wipeout for midseason. ABC already renewed the show for next summer in August, so the winter run will be in addition to the summer one, bringing the total Season … Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Reality Series From Jerry Bruckheimer And Bertram Van Munster

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Nine years after Jerry Bruckheimer TV made a big entrance in reality TV with The Amazing Race, the company is re-teaming with the Race creators for a new reality competition series, this time on ABC. ABC has handed out a six-episode order to Take the Money and Run (form. Catch Me), which Bruckheimer executive produces with Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri as well as Jonathan Littman and Belfast-based producer Philip Morrow, on whose format the series is based. Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Van Munster’s Profiles TV are producing with Horizon Alternative TV, the alternative division of Warner Horizon. Read More »

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Lifetime Joins Candid Kids Reality Fray With New Heidi Klum Series

By | Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 10:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After obesity and addiction, candid kids seems to be the next area for dueling reality series, as Lifetime and TLC prepare to go toe-to-toe with shows hosted by Heidi Klum and Brad Garrett, respectively. Lifetime this morning announced Seriously Funny Kids (working title), a new unscripted series hosted and executive produced by the Project Runway host (and mother of 4), for a 2011 launch. In the vein of Kids Say the Darndest Things, Seriously Funny Kids will feature Klum “interacting with children and bringing out the hilarious and often insightful things they say,” according to Lifetime’s press release. Meanwhile, TLC recently announced a 6-episode order for another series dubbed as a modern take on Kids Say the Darndest Things, hosted by Garrett and executive produced by Ryan Seacrest. Read More »

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Kinetic Content Developing Style-Themed Reality Series With YouTube Stars

By | Monday October 11, 2010 @ 5:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With 160 million YouTube views under their belt, style-focused Tennessee sisters Elle Fowler, 22, and Blair Fowler, 17 are setting sights on reality TV. After fielding multiple offers, the Fowler sisters have signed with Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content to develop multi-platform programming around their brand with a focus on a reality series. The Fowler sisters took their hobby of sharing makeup and style tips with other young girls online, quickly building a fan base of millions of young women around the world and developing an Oprah Winfrey-type influence among their constituency, with brands and products Read More »

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Simon Cowell’s 5th ‘X Factor’ Scandal In UK

This sounds like a conveniently timed media uproar just as Simon Cowell’s UK-broadcast The X Factor airs its first 2½ hour live show beginning tonight. Or else it’s the 5th recent TV scandal plaguing Cowell. In any case, Simon is defending his show’s producers after a UK newspaper claimed they knew one short-listed contestant faced deportation and told X Factor judge Cheryl Cole not to pick her. Instead, pop singer Cole chose two other contestants over viewer favourite Gamu Nhengu, the Zimbabwe-born 18 year old. Cowell told Deadline that it’s not true that the show’s producers ordered Cole to drop Nhengu. “We were unaware there would be any problem with her visa until this week,” he told Deadline. Read More »

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E! Orders Lara Flynn Boyle Reality Pilot

By | Monday October 4, 2010 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: E! is looking to expand its slate of celebreality with a docu-reality series starring actress Lara Flynn Boyle. The cable network has greenlighted a pilot presentation for the project, which will follow the Practice alumna as she splits her time … Read More »

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Eli Holzman Now President Of ‘Undercover Boss’ Producer Studio Lambert USA

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Eli Holzman has been upped to president of Studio Lambert USA, running the U.S. operations of the London-based reality production company behind CBS’ reality hit Undercover Boss. Holzman, who has more than a decade of TV executive experience, joined Studio Lambert in 2008 when the company’s chief executive, top British reality format creator and executive Stephen Lambert, recruited him to launch and lead the U.S. subsidiary of Lambert’s eponymous All3Media-backed production shingle. Read More »

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