E! is adding two new series to its lineup: docu-reality show Just Jillian, starring and executive produced by Jillian Michaels, and comedy/celebrity/pop culture program The Comment Section, executive produced by Joel McHale. Just Jillian, from Studio Lambert, an All3 Media America company, follows the former Biggest Loser star as she juggles business and family life. Comment Section, the first project under the The Soup host and executive producer McHale’s new producing deal with E!, was originally ordered to pilot in November. It stars comedian Michael Kosta and focuses on deconstructing the often snarky comments on popular websites.
Additionally, E! has put in development several other unscripted/alternative series, including a Hollywood prenup show hosted by Gigi Levangie, talk show Girls Guide To Sports, docuseries following newlyweds Kierra and Harry Douglas as well as a series featuring single celebrities looking for love and one focusing on social media stars.
“While these projects are extremely diverse, they are quintessentially E!, giving our fans a sneak peek into the celebrity lifestyle and having fun with entertainment and pop culture in a way that only E! can.”, said Jeff Olde, EVP Programming and Development at E!
The cable net is coming off a solid April ratings performance, finished up 29% year-vs-year on the strength of veteran Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Botched and scripted newcomer The Royals.
Here are details about E!’s newly picked-up series and projects in development:
Known globally as a fitness mogul, TV megastar and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Jillian Michaels strips down and bares it all in this new docu-follow. While fans may think they know Jillian inside and out, her tough-as-nails personality that captured legions of fans on “The Biggest Loser” is only one aspect of this dynamic celebrity, and for the first time viewers will follow Jillian as she juggles business, family, friendships, victories, failures, laughter, tears and everything in between. “Just Jillian” is an authentic, unfiltered look inside this surprisingly sensitive superstar’s private world and family. Produced by ALL3MEDIA AMERICA LLC and Empowered Media, LLC, “Just Jillian” is set to premiere in early 2016. Executive producers are Jillian Michaels, Giancarlo Chersich, Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Brian Veskosky, and Greg Goldman.
“The Comment Section”
This new half-hour comedy series explores the biggest stories of the week and all of the outrageous and hilarious comments made about them on social media. Hosted by comedian Michael Kosta and executive produced by “The Soup”‘s Joel McHale and K.P. Anderson, “The Comment Section” will boldly dive into the most dangerous corners of the internet, take out the haters, anoint the heroes and generate an all new brand of laughs from the biggest pop culture stories of the week. Produced by Wilshire Studios Free Period and Pygmy Wolf Productions, the series premieres late summer 2015. Executive producers are Joel McHale, KP Anderson, Jason Burns and Greg Heller.
Projects in development
With so many apps and websites to join, the dating pool has never been deeper, yet, the struggle to find the one seems harder than ever. And being a celebrity doesn’t make it any easier. Eight single celebrities who have been infamously unlucky in love gather under one roof to learn how to (finally) pick the right match. Part dating show, part transformative therapy, these celebs will learn the cold hard truth behind their disastrous romantic history. Under the guidance of a therapist and with the help of a matchmaker, these celebs will take part in a series of exercises, therapy sessions and real dates; all to find the real love that they’ve lacked up until now. Famously Single is produced by Irwin Entertainment. Executive producers are John Irwin and Damian Sullivan.
Every love story has a beginning, and in this case, it comes with a contract. The wealthiest young people have to protect what is theirs, whether by their own desire or pressure from their family. Hosted by Hollywood relationship guru Gigi Levangie, who famously penned “The Starter Wife,” each episode follows couples as they debate everything from kids, to wealth and possessions, to sex and physical appearance, leaving everything on the table for negotiation. All is fair in love and prenups. “Hollywood Prenup” is produced by Evolution Media. Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart, Alex Baskin and Gigi Levangie serve as Executive Producers.
“Girls Guide to Sports”
A studio-based talk show, “Girls Guide to Sports” will cover all of the juicy topics at the intersection of sports and pop culture in terms of gossip, fashion, dating, entertainment and of course today’s hottest athletes. Hosted by a panel of experts and rotating guests, fans will be able to call in with their most burning questions and commentary. “Girls Guide to Sports” is produced by Den of Thieves, LLC. Executive producers are Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic and Melissa Rivers.
Tapping into the social media craze, Instafamous explores the lives of social media celebrities and what makes us all so obsessed with their lives. “Instafamous” is produced by Leftfield Pictures. Executive producers are Brent Montgomery, David George and Will Nothacker.
“Kierra & Harry Douglas Project”
This docu-series follows the lives of newlyweds Kierra and Harry Douglas along with their families. Kierra is an ex Falcon’s cheerleader and Mrs. Georgia International, who currently runs a dance studio while Harry currently plays WR for the Tennessee Titans. The series is produced by Shed Media. Executive producers are Pam Healey and Dan Snook.