11 items from 2011
TV Guide Network has picked up to series Hollywood Moms Night, starring Alison Sweeney and Ali Landry, and Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, starring the vocal trio. Both reality series started off as specials/backdoor pilots, which aired on the network last month. Hollywood Moms Night, which has received a five-episode order, will air in March. Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, which has been picked up for eight episodes, will air in April in conjunction with the release of the group’s new album, Dedicated. Here are detailed descriptions of the 2 series: Hollywood Moms Night stars best friends Alison Sweeney (The Biggest Loser) and model Ali Landry. For the first time ever, the ladies allow cameras into their exclusive, private potluck dinners they have been hosting for years for their famous mom friends. Join “The Alis” as they get together with their celebrity mom friends for an evening filled with surprises, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Ashley Tisdale can’t be considered a ‘hellcat’ any longer since she’s moving back in with her parents in the new ABC comedy, Under Construction, although it’s probably safe to say the laughs will keep on coming.
Tisdale, who’s a familiar face to fans of Hellcats, High School Musical and The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, has sold a “semi-autobiographical” project to ABC which she will co-executive produce and star in, according to Deadline. The new comedy features Tisdale moving back home with her parents while her dad works at transforming her recently purchased wreck of a house into an actual home. The script was provided by David Holden, while Jessica Rhoades, Tom Forman and Warren Littlefield co-executive produce.
I like Tisdale, but I have a feeling that a lot is going to ride on the chemistry between her and her on-screen parents, »
- Marty Shaw
It may seem reasonable to be deathly afraid of snakes, but what if you were terrified of moths, grasshoppers, or even puppies? A phobia can become so intense it transforms everyday behavior in a way that could make you laugh — if it didn't actually reduce you to terror or tears! Watch Dr. Robin Zasio helps desperate adults face their fears on Animal Planet's "My Extreme Animal Phobia" starting October 21st.
From the Press Release:
What is a phobic person to do? Many desperate adults turn to the Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, run by psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio. In Animal Planet’s brand-new series "My Extreme Animal Phobia", premiering Friday, October 21st, at 10 Pm (Et/Pt), viewers meet the following: Jahara, a mother who is afraid to open windows or turn on her air conditioner for fear that spiders or bugs will get in her home; Marvin, a burly, »
- The Woman In Black
Exclusive: High School Musical alumna Ashley Tisdale has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy project to ABC that will be executive produced by Warren Littlefield. Tisdale is set to star in and co-executive produce the multi-camera project, titled Under Construction, which is inspired by her life and centers on a young woman whose independence is put on hold when she is forced to move back home while her father renovates her recently purchased “money pit” along with her life. David Holden (Accidentally On Purpose) will write the script and co-executive produce. Also co-executive producing are Tisdale and her partner Jessica Rhoades through their Blondie Girl Prods. and Tom Forman for RelativityREAL where Blondie Girl has a development deal. Through that deal, Blondie Girl has several other projects in the works, including unscripted series Miss Advised, in production at Bravo. This marks a return to the multi-camera comedy genre for Tisdale, who started »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A couple months ago we got an odd report: MTV has been developing a TV show  based on the buzzed-about indie documentary Catfish. (Or 'documentary,' depending on how you view the film's position vis a vis honesty.) At the time all we knew was that unspecified Catfish creators, presumably Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, were among those working on the show. Now we've got more info, and it sounds -- not surprisingly -- like a watered-down 'reality' dating show about internet-based relationships. In a piece about new shows being developed at MTV, Deadline  offers a synopsis of the show based on Catfish: From the producers of the hit Sundance feature documentary Catfish comes a new MTV series that brings together couples who’ve interacted solely through LCD screens. Over the course of months they’ve supposedly fallen in love — but what will happen when they meet in real life for the first time? »
- Russ Fischer
Every year, when watching the Emmys, is there a point where you find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of déjà vu? It’s understandable if you do. After all, since 2007, the Outstanding Reality Competition Program has nominated the same five series — The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, and Top Chef – each and every year.
After hearing the names of the five nominated shows, you may find yourself overcome with a different feeling: frustration. Where’s the love for So You Think You Can Dance? Shark Tank? The Next Food Network Star? How is it that one »
- Kate Ward
Spike TV has picked up six unscripted pilots from such producers as SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore), who is behind Pawn Games, a pawn shop-set version of her hit for the network Repo Games; Ben Silverman; Tom Forman; David Page; and companies Zodiak USA and Zoo Prods. “All feature real men in real high-stakes situations with great take-away information,” said Spike's Evp original series Sharon Levy. The orders are part of Spike's effort to broaden its target male audience from the core men 18-34 to men 18-49 demos. The network is ready to pick up to series all of the pilots that turn up well. Spike's upcoming reality series include Bar Rescue, InkMasters and Car Boss as well as the returning Deadliest Warrior and Auction Hunters. Here is a list of Spike's newly picked up pilots: The Sheriff With 15 years of experience in the intelligence community on three continents, Tony Schiena »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Love 'em and leave 'em. It seems to work for Brad Goreski, former assistant to celeb stylist Rachel Zoe and now the star of his own series on Bravo. It was just one of the 11 new programs and five returning series Bravo announced for its 2011-2012 season on Wednesday (March 30).
With the working title of "It's a Brad, Brad World," the series follows Goreski as he builds his own company after leaving Zoe. Cameras follow the stylisto through his first year on his own, including Paris fashion week, the Cannes film festival, the men's runway shows and the summer couture shows.
Other highlights include a new series for "Flipping Out" star Jeff Lewis, a spinoff show for "Salon Takeover's" Tabatha Coffey, a New York spinoff of "Million Dollar Listing," and a new show for "Project Runway" alum, designer Chris March. Also, previously announced "Rocco's Dinner Party" featuring celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito, »
As part of SyFy’s largest original programming in the network’s eighteen-year history, SyFy will premiere four scripted dramas this coming July beginning with brand new show, Alphas, leading the pack. July is packed with the return of summer scripted dramas Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Haven.
Check out the official description for Alphas and take a whiff at what SyFy is cooking in terms of scripted dramas and reality TV in development. With Stargate Universe and Caprica off the table, the network is sure keen on developing programming that expands the scope of what we’re used to at SyFy. Looking at ratings for the first quarter of 2011, the network has experienced a 17% increase in adults 18-34 and 13% in total viewers with the launch of new shows, Being Human and Face-Off.
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Updated: Lifetime is pairing its flagship drama Army Wives with a reality series featuring real-life army wives and kids as well as the solders forced to leave them behind when called to duty. The cable network has ordered 13 hourlong episodes from Coming Home, which chronicles five surprise and emotional reunions between U.S. soldiers and their families. Coming Home, hosted by former American Idol finalist Matt Rogers, will debut on March 6, following the fifth season premiere of Army Wives. Coming Home should not be confused with Tlc's reality series Homecoming, announced in November, which has the same exact premise and country star Billy Ray Cyrus as host. Tlc's three-episode series has no premiere date yet and is expected to debut after the Lifetime's Coming Home. Both shows are tapping into the online phenomenon that videos of military family reunions have grown into. (A compilation posed below.) Coming Home is produced by RelativityREAL, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Get the tissues: Lifetime has ordered a reality series inspired by the online phenomena of watching surprise military reunions, with a former American Idol finalist as host.
Former Idol Top 12 finalist Matt Rogers will host the program’s 13 hour-long episodes, which will each show five reunions between members of the armed forces and their families.
- James Hibberd
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