NEW YORK – April 25, 2012 – Oxygen today announced a 50 percent increase in original programming with five new series joining the 2012 schedule, including: “Girlfriend Confidential,” a new programming franchise which will have New York and Los Angeles editions, “All the Right Moves,” “My Shopping Addiction” and “I’m Having Their Baby.” Additionally, three new projects have been added to the development pipeline: “#VideoStar (wt),” “Propos’d” and “Longest.Date.Ever.” Oxygen’s new slate of original programming will provide relatable and authentic programming that speaks to the network’s core demographic of young, female viewers. These series join the previously announced shows “The Glee Project” season two, which will premiere Tuesday, June 5 at 10pm ET/PT and “The Next Big Thing: NY,” following performance coach and musical director Trapper Felides as he trains a group of young performers, which will premiere Tuesday, June 12 at 11pm. “These series all dive into themes that Gen O women are obsessed with – friendship, dating, fashion and entertainment,” said Rod Aissa, SVP, Original Programming and Development.
The five greenlit titles and the three series in development represent Oxygen’s commitment to programming and developing content that resonates with the young, modern woman and the themes and topics that they are obsessed with. The network’s new programming franchise, “Girlfriend Confidential: NY” (formerly “Taking NY”) and “Girlfriend Confidential: LA” (formerly “Taking Hollywood”) follow a group of best friends in New York City and Los Angeles, each up and coming but well-connected across several different industries – beauty, fashion and entertainment. These women all at different stages in their lives – married, single and new moms – are making decisions that will affect their friendships and their futures. “All the Right Moves” joins the schedule with an upbeat and entertaining look into the lives of four professional dancers. Fresh off a “Dancing with the Stars” performance, Emmy-nominated choreographer Travis Wall (“So You Think You Can Dance”) is at the epicenter of a group of friends and roommates that are putting their immense talent together in a risky business venture – starting their own dance company, Shaping Sound. “My Shopping Addiction” is a serious look into the lives of young people facing a crisis brought on by a dangerous addiction to spending, and finding the underlying cause for and a way to alter this compulsive behavior. “I’m Having Their Baby” is a deep and emotional look at young, pregnant twentysomething women forced to make one of the most important decisions of their lives – to keep or place their unborn children for adoption.
NEW SERIES GREENLIGHTS:
“Girlfriend Confidential: NY”
Part of a new franchise on Oxygen, this series focuses on a group of gorgeous, well-dressed, high-powered and well-connected female friends in New York City that include: Leigh Cherrier (Public Relations Director for Louis Licari), Marianne Garvey (News Editor, InTouch Magazine), Leila Shams (Fashion Designer), Kelly Brady (Celebrity Publicist) and Raina Seitel (correspondent for NBC’s “New York Live”).
“Girlfriend Confidential: NY” is produced by Discovery Studios with Daniel Soiseth and Jason Sands serving as executive producers.
“Girlfriend Confidential: LA”
The LA version of Oxygen’s new franchise follows four beautiful and successful best friends who help each other navigate the tumultuous waters of love, celebrity life and the entertainment industry – they are nobody’s wife. At the epicenter of this beautiful, intelligent and savvy group is Eva Marcille (“America’s Next Top Model”), fashion model, actor and producer. Her group of friends include: actress Denyce Lawton Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”), Nikki Chu, a dynamic interior and product designer and Kelly Marie Dunn, a talent and brand manager who has worked with A-list musicians and pop stars.
“Girlfriend Confidential: LA” is produced by Ish Entertainment with Michael Hirschorn, Wendy Roth, Madison Merritt and Gil Lopez serving as executive producers.
“All the Right Moves”
Showcasing Emmy® nominated choreographer Travis Wall (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and his lifelong friends and roommates: Teddy Forance (dancer/choreographer with “Cirque du Soleil”), dancer Nick Lazzarini (winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” season one) and Julliard trained Kyle Robinson (recently featured on “Dancing with the Stars”) in their quest to launch their own dance company, Shaping Sound.
“All the Right Moves” is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell serving as executive producers.
“My Shopping Addiction”
“My Shopping Addiction” features shoppers who love the thrill of finding that perfect dress, beautiful décor item or fabulous piece of jewelry to purchase and call their own. But what happens when the high of the buy becomes an addiction and obsession, and causes their finances – and their lives – to start spinning out of control?
“My Shopping Addiction” is produced by executive producers Matt Chan, Jodi Flynn and Jeff Kuntz for Screaming Flea Productions.
“I’m Having Their Baby”
“I’m Having Their Baby” follows would-be moms as they make the most difficult decision of their lives – whether or not to place their babies for adoption. They want better lives for their unborn children and brighter futures for themselves. The cameras follow these women in these docu-series as they search for potential adoptive parents, make their birth and transfer plans and ultimately struggle to go through with their decision.
“I’m Having Their Baby” is produced by executive producers Michael Rourke and Michelle Kongkasuwan for Hud:sun Media.
“The Glee Project” (Season Two) – Premieres Tuesday, June 5 at 10pm ET/PT
During the 11 week run of season two of “The Glee Project,” 14 talented contenders will be narrowed down as the creative forces of “Glee” carefully assess who has what it takes to win the prize of a lifetime – a seven episode guest starring role on the hit FOX series. Ryan Murphy joins casting director Robert Ulrich, choreographer, “Glee” co-producer Zach Woodlee and vocal producer Nikki Anders in the final deliberations of each installment of the series.
“The Glee Project” is produced by Ryan Murphy Television and Embassy Row with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio serving as executive producers.
“The Next Big Thing: NY” – Premieres Tuesday, June 12 at 11pm ET/PT
“The Next Big Thing: NY” features Trapper Felides, a top New York City performance coach and musical director who gives his clients the blunt truth and tough love they need to succeed. The series will follow Felides as he mentors a group of performers, and takes on stage moms, as they prepare for their next career changing audition or their big music industry break.
“The Next Big Thing: NY” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and Omelette Bar Productions with Izzie Pick Ashcroft, Jo Honig, David St. John, Jane Tranter, Stacey Angeles and Eric Cyphers serving as executive producers.
TITLES IN DEVELOPMENT:
Everyday across America, millions of talented performers post videos of themselves online in hopes of finally scoring their big break in the music industry. #VideoStar gives the best of these undiscovered talents a chance at their dream – starring in their very own music video directed by acclaimed music video director Erik White (“The Glee Project”).
“#VideoStar” is produced by Embassy Row with Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio serving as executive producers.
In this hilarious hidden-camera reality show, a team of pranking experts help mischievous but well-intentioned grooms come up with the most over-the-top and hilarious proposal stunts to give their girlfriends who have been driving them crazy for a proposal a taste of their own medicine. Each prank culminates with a genuine moment where the groom-to-be will get down on his knee and finally pop the question to his shocked and ecstatic girlfriend.
“Propos’d” is produced by 11 Television with Kathy Healey serving as executive producer.
“Longest.Date.Ever.” follows two women per episode, who are exhausted by their quest to find “Mr. Right,” and sets them up on a date that lasts not just a few hours, but an entire week! The show will take singles that are scientifically proven to be each other’s ideal mates and move them in together for the longest blind date of their lives. At the end of the Longest. Date. Ever., they will certainly know the answer.
“Longest.Date.Ever.” is produced by Electus and Five by Five Media with Ben Silverman, Jimmy Fox, Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk serving as executive producers.