UPDATES: Spike TV is teaming with Jillian Michaels on new unscripted series Sweat Inc for premiere this fall. The network said today at its upfront in NYC that it ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the series that seeks to find the next big fitness phenomenon. Michaels will host and serve as judge on the series produced by 3Ball Entertainment.
Spike also announced it has greenlighted eight more episodes of new, original series Lip Sync Battle which premieres April 2. In addition, the network announced it is partnering with Legendary Pictures to develop the original scripted series Emergency Broadcast, which features a group of government first responders who confront the planet’s most fantastic crises and disasters. The network also announced a development deal with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions. Under the pact, Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans.
In Sweat Inc, 12 aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the newest groundbreaking exercise program. Using her knowledge of the fitness industry and her business sense, The Biggest Loser alumna Michaels will decide which undiscovered workout is best suited to be the next new phenomenon. Two other yet-to-be named fitness industry experts will join Michaels at the judges table.
Emergency Broadcast is based on an original idea by Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary, and reteams the studio with longtime collaborator Max Brooks (World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War), who serves as a consultant on the project.