MTV Revives ‘Parental Control’ Reality Series For New Season
As part of its ramp-up of unscripted programming, MTV is bringing back comedy reality series Parental Control. The network has ordered a new season of the dating show, in which parents get to pick who their son or daughter would be dating, replacing the offspring’s current love interests of whom they disapprove.
Casting is underway for the new installment of the series, which previously aired on MTV from 2006-2010.
"The real opportunity for MTV is bringing back big, over… Read
Syfy Launches ‘Cosplay Melee’ Competition Series Hosted By Yvette Nicole Brown
Syfy is getting into the cosplay business with the launch of Cosplay Melee, a new competition series, hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown. The hourlong weekly series will premiere Tuesday, March 21 at 10/9c on Syfy.
Each episode will feature four world class cosplayers competing to create not only intricate full-body costumes, but fully-formed characters that they must bring to life through their own realistic performance. They will be guided and critiqued by a panel of judges… Read
Tim Hincks, Peter Fincham Launch Expectation; UK Indie Backed By BBC WW
Former Edemol Shine Group President Tim Hincks and ex-ITV Director of Television Peter Fincham have officially launched UK-based indie Expectation. The multi-genre start-up, which was mooted at the end of last year, will work across scripted and non-scripted programming. It has now laid out six departments with a roster of creative executives in key positions. Expectation also has the backing of BBC Worldwide which has taken a 24.9% stake.
This is a big addition to the UK… Read
‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ Trailer: Will Smith & James Corden Rap ‘Fresh Prince’ Theme Song
Earlier this week, the first teaser for Carpool Karaoke: The Series was unveiled, showing audiences the handful of guests that will be participating on Apple Music's first series. Now in the official trailer, Will Smith and James Corden are seen rapping the iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.
The trailer also features Alicia Keys and John Legend singing "Fallin'" and Ariana Grande and Seth McFarlane belting out “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors, as… Read
‘Love & Money’: The Jackal Group Preps Unscripted Series Based On Book
The Jackal Group has acquired TV rights to Ann Margaret Carrozza's upcoming book Love & Money: Protecting Yourself from Angry Exes, Wacky Relatives, Con Artists and Inner Demons, and will adapt it into an unscripted series. TV personality Carrozza, a former New York State assemblywoman, will serve as producer and host.
The series will pull from her book's goal of demystifying legal and financial decisions that most people find intimidating — and often costly. The book… Read
‘Planet Of The Apps’ Trailer: First Look At Apple’s App-Developer Reality Show
Apple has dropped the first trailer for Planet of the Apps, its reality competition series aimed at finding up and coming app developers.
Co-produced with Propagate Content, Planet of the Apps features Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am., digital entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and actress-entrepreneur Jessica Alba as mentors and advisers and is hosted by Zane Lowe; Lightspeed Venture Partners is attached as venture capital partner.
In the series, contestants have 60 seconds on the… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Unveils ‘Bachelorette’s Very First Black Lead
ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel announced Rachel Lindsay, the 31-year-old lawyer currently competing in The Bachelor, has been cast as the lead of the next Bachelorette. Lindsay becomes the first African American cast in the lead of either reality competition series.
“Should I say congratulations?” Kimmel asked Lindsay, who still is being seen competing on The Bachelor, making it a bit awkward. "I think it's safe to say your hometown date with Nick did not go as planned… Read
A+E Networks & Snap Inc. Team To Develop Snapchat Originals
There’s more original content coming to social media. A+E Networks said today that 45th & Dean, its digital storytelling hub, has a deal with Snap Inc. to produce shows for Snapchat’s Discover platform. The first project will be Second Chance, an unscripted series that brings emotional exes face to face.
The deal also will involve talent and brands from across A+E’s networks and franchises, along with new concepts. 45th & Dean is set to open a new studio in Brooklyn in… Read
‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival On NBC
Too soon? Less than a year after American Idol ended its 15-season run on Fox, the singing reality series is eyeing a comeback on a different network, NBC.
Idol producer FreemantleMedia North America and creator Simon Fuller started pitching a new installment even before the series had wrapped its final season in April. There were feelers sent out last summer, and Fox, which had a first negotiation right, was pitched. I hear the producers offered the same format for the… Read
Soccer Star Hope Solo Inks TV Deal, Will Host Sports Medical Series ‘The Cutting Edge’
World Cup-winning soccer star Hope Solo has signed a deal with INvelop Entertainment to develop and produce unscripted TV content. The first project under the pact is a new season of the sports medical series The Cutting Edge, with Solo attached to host. The series follows athletes and the risks of sports injuries, and treatment and rehabilitation methods using the most current research. Solo was featured in Season 1 which aired on Fox Sports 1.
It one of more than a… Read
“Ridiculed” Plastic Surgeon Sues E! & NBCUniversal To Have His ‘Second Wives’ Appearances Shelved
This likely isn’t the first case of a reality TV show not going as a cast member had envisioned. E!, NBCUniversal and Bright Roads Productions are being sued by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who thought that appearing on Second Wives with his current spouse would be a good way to showcase his “happy marriage” and “promote his business.” But that’s not the way it turned out, he claims.
Described in the filing as “one of the most respected and prestigious plastic surgeons… Read
A&E Renews Jail Docuseries ’60 Days In’ For Two More Seasons
A&E Network has locked down its hit docuseries 60 Days In for another two seasons. Season 3, titled 60 Days In: Atlanta, will premiere Thursday, March 2 at 9 PM on A&E.
The series, which places innocent participants undercover behind bars to expose what really happens during incarceration, was cable's No.1 unscripted crime series in 2016 among adults 25-54, 18-49 and total viewers in Live+7, according to Nielsen and A&E.
The new installments take place at what’s described… Read