Gsn Orders New Series ‘Steampunk’d,’ ‘Lie Detector,’ Develops ‘Hellevator’ with Jason Blum

In its quest to get younger and hipper, Gsn has ordered two new primetime series, one revolving around the Steampunk aesthetic, and three pilots.

Gsn programming chief Amy Introcaso-Davis talked up the cabler’s growth spurt in original programming during an upfront presentation to advertisers and media buyers on Tuesday morning in Manhattan. She said the focus of development has been to “game-ify cutting edge genres” such as horror — which lead to a deal with producer Jason Blum for a pilot for gameshow “Hellevator,” which aims to blend horror tropes with a competition element.

New series “Steampunk’d” challenges contestants to create artworks that fuse Victorian design with modern technology. Series is exec produced by Kimberly Belcher Ehrhard, John Ehrhard and Lauren Stevens for Pink Sneaker Prods.

The other new series is “Lie Detectors,” hosted by Aussie comic Rove McManus. It features a panel of comedians delivering facts on various topics,
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Gsn Developing Horror-Themed Show with ‘Paranormal Activity’ Producer

Gsn Developing Horror-Themed Show with ‘Paranormal Activity’ Producer
The Game Show Network is expanding its lineup for 2015. Gsn has ordered a second season of original series “Idiotest”, and has ordered numerous new projects, including horror-themed game show “Hellevator” from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods.

“Hellevator” features contestants entering a warehouse via an ominous-looking elevator, where they compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally taxing challenges. Only survivors make it out as winners. Series is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Prods., known for the “Paranormal Activity” feature franchise, in association with Lionsgate Television. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin will executive produce.

“Gsn has taken some big swings in development over the past year, pushing our brand into exciting new areas while still maintaining our leadership position in the traditional game show genre,” said David Schiff, senior VP of programming and development at Gsn. “That push is paying off, both in the diversity of projects that we’re working on,
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Eva Longoria & Mario Lopez To Co-Host The '2014 Nclr Alma Awards®'

Acclaimed Latina actress, advocate and producer Eva Longoriawill be gracing the stage once again with television personality and actor Mario Lopez to co-host the “2014 Nclr Alma Awards.” The ground-breaking awards show will simulcast live on MSNBC and mun2 as a one-hour prime-time special onFriday, October 10, 2014, at 10 p.m. Est/7 p.m. Pst, followed by “After the ALMAs with Alex Wagner,” live on MSNBC at 11 p.m. Est/8 p.m. Pst.

The “2014 Nclr Alma Awards” telecast—a National Hispanic Heritage Month event—celebrates America’s favorite Latinos in the entertainment industry, television, film and music. With programming on multiple platforms, the mun2 All Access: Road to the ALMAs 2014 Special” hosted by Melissa “Crash” Barrera, featuring exclusive celebrity interviews, kicks off the ALMAs at 7 p.m. Est/4 p.m. Pst. will livestream the Nclr Alma Awards Pre-Show hosted by Yarel Ramos (mun2) and Jorge Bernal (Telemundo, La Voz Kids) with additional Telemundo.
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El Rey Network Launches First Unscripted Series ‘Cutting Crew’

El Rey Network has begun production on eight hourlong episodes of Cutting Crew, the network’s first unscripted original series. It has been been set to premiere in the fall. The series centers on award-winning barber Amit Corso and his raucous team at their shop on the outskirts of Philadelphia, where they execute cutting-edge cuts while finding plenty of time to bicker, debate and joke around. Production kickoff comes on the heels of El Rey’s success launching its first original scripted series, From Dusk Till Dawn, which was picked up for a second season last month two weeks after it bowed. (The network’s second scripted series, the Roberto Orci- and Alex Kurtzman-scripted Matador, is in production for a July bow after the World Cup.) Cutting Crew is produced by Big Vida Entertainment for El Rey Network. Sergio Alfaro, Flavio Morales, John Ehrhard and FactoryMade Ventures executive
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NBCU Hopes New Focus On Young Multicultural Women Lends Breath To Oxygen

About seven months after placing Oxygen in the hands of Bravo chief Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal has a new direction for the female-focused cable outlet.

Once focused mostly on young women, with programs featuring reality-show doyenne Tori Spelling and an audition-competition series called “The Glee Project,” Oxygen will now center on young multicultural women, said Berwick in a media presentation Tuesday, and court them with aspirational unscripted series that are less focused on conflict and more on inner satisfaction.

“Big changes are coming” to Oxygen, Berwick said. Young women between the ages of 18 and 34 represent “an arguably underserved audience” which is “hard to find.” Oxygen’s new target viewer “values happiness and experience over material things.”

In pursuit of that viewer, Oxygen will unveil seven new series as well as bring back “Preachers of L.A.” for a second cycle, executives said. The programming slate is Berwick’s first for the network,
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Oxygen Greenlights Seven New Series As Part Of Upcoming Rebranding

Oxygen Media unveiled seven new original series for its 2014 slate today under new president Francis Berwick and said it is planning a rebrand for later this year “targeting modern, young women.” Docu-series on the roster range in subjects from finding the next female hip-hop star (executive produced by rapper T.I.) to comediennes, and competition series involving street artists and nail designers. They will join returning series Preachers Of La, which recently was picked up for a second season after becoming the most-watched freshman series in network history among adults 25-54, averaging more than 1 million total viewers. It will premiere in summer. The network said today it will soon begin casting new Preachers editions in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit. Berwick, the president at sister NBCUniversal network Bravo, was tapped in September to oversee Oxygen. Here is more detail from the network on the new series: Related: Bravo Unveils 15 New Series,
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Cmt Ramps Up Reality Slate for 2014

Cmt has added seven new series to its unscripted slate for 2014, the network announced today. Flood of greenlights marks the most series the network has ever had in production at one time.

“These new shows represent the most aggressive original programming Cmt has ever offered,” said Jayson Dinsmore, exec veep of programming and development. “We’re purposefully broadening our originals to appeal to a wider audience through family-based comedies, outrageous humor, action-packed competition and unexpected dramas. We’re out to prove that Cmt has some serious attitude with a distinct point of view, and there’s no better way to demonstrate this than with our surprising new series from the producers of ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Party Down South’ in January.”

Cmt has also renewed “Dog and Beth” and “Guntucky” for new seasons, slating them for spring 2014.

Descriptions of Cmt’s latest unscripted additions are listed below.

My Big Redneck Family – premieres Saturday,
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MSNBC To Broadcast Latino Entertainment Awards

MSNBC will air a two hours of live programming related to an awards program celebrating Latino contributions to entertainment as part of a broader partnership between parent NBCUniversal and the National Council of La Raza, a civil-rights and advocacy organization.

The group’s “American Latino Media Arts Awards” will air live on TV for the first time since its inception in 1995, the two parties said in a statement Monday. At 10 p.m. September 27, MSNBC will air a one-hour live special broadcast of the awards program, followed by a one-hour discussion of issues affecting the Latino community hosted by MSNBC news anchor Alex Wagner. At present, MSNBC airs documentary programming Fridays at 10 and 11 p.m.

“We hope this is just the beginning of a long relationship between MSNBC and Nclr,” said Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, in a prepared statement.

The special will be produced by lavio Morales, Sergio Alfaro and John Ehrhard,
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Bravo Renews ‘It’s A Brad, Brad World’, Greenlights ‘Courtney Loves Dallas’

Bravo has picked up a second season of It’s a Brad, Brad World, which follows stylist Brad Goreski. Additionally, the network has greenlighted Courtney Loves Dallas, a spinoff docu-series from Bravo’s Most Eligible Dallas centered on breakout star Courtney Kerr. Produced by Pink Sneakers Prods. with Kimberly Cowin and John Ehrhard serving as executive producers, Courtney Loves Dallas features Kerr as she navigates the lively Dallas social scene with her group of sassy, dynamic friends.
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Cmt Greenlights Four New Series

Two new series, Chainsaw Gang and Redneck Intervention, will debut in the fall, while Full Metal Racket and Rock Raiders are due in 2013. They join Trinity 911 and Cmt‘s first animated series Bounty Hunters (featuring the voices of Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Lisa Lampanelli) already in production. Here are the network’s descriptions of the shows: Redneck Intervention – Premieres Sept. 15 – Each week a former redneck is confronted by friends and family members that believe he or she should return to their country roots, in this one-hour, eight-episode reality series. Redneck Intervention is produced by Pink Sneakers with Kimberly Belcher Cowin, John Ehrhard, Jayson Dinsmore (Cmt) and Lewis Bogach (Cmt) serving as executive producers. Chainsaw Gang – Premieres Fall Tbd – As featured in a new 10-episode reality series, Stacy Poitras leads a rag-tag bunch of the country’s premiere chainsaw artists who battle blades breaking, chainsaws bursting
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Bravo Announces Six Series In Development

After announcing its scripted development slate at its upfront presentation earlier this month, Bravo this morning unveiled its unscripted one, which features six projects in development. That is in addition to the 11 new reality series whose pickup was announced at the upfront. The slate includes Shop With Stella and Tone It Up, Bravo’s first two projects in a newly added area of unscripted programming, about the workings of the online world, which joins Bravo’s staples Food, Fashion, Beauty, Design and Pop Culture. Here are descriptions of Bravo’s unscripted series in development: “The Gold Coast” (working title) Produced by True Entertainment with Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh serving as Executive Producers. This lively, over-the-top group of twenty-something girlfriends exemplify the “Boomerang Generation” as they move back home after graduating from college to live with their parents on the Gold Coast of Long Island. “Heirs Of Palm Beach” (working
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Bravo goes bananas: Brad Goreski series among 11 newly announced shows and 5 renewals

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,
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'Redneck Wedding' set for new season

'Redneck Wedding' set for new season
CMT has greenlighted a third season of "My Big Redneck Wedding," one of its highest-rated series.

The cable network has given "Wedding" a big Season 3 commitment with a 16-episode order, which is double the show's eight-episode order for Season 2.

"Wedding" features host Tom Arnold spotlighting the "over-the-top" nuptials of "down-home country couples." The third season is scheduled for a Jan. 9 debut.

"Wedding" is exec produced by Kimberly Belcher Cowin and John Ehrhard of Pink Sneakers Prods.
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