UnReal was front and center at A+E Networks’ upfront presentation today, with the two stars of the scripted drama set behind the scenes of a reality dating show, Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, using a trailer for the upcoming series to introduce A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc.
Dubuc centered her remarks around content. “My focus, event before becoming CEO – has always been memorable and unique content,” she said. “And one of the most important things we did, to reinforce that, was create A+E Studios.” A+E Networks has been aggressive in building an in-house production arm and pursuing ownership of the programming they carry, with Lifetime’s UnReal the first scripted series to come out of A+E Studios. “It’s giving us more flexibility and opportunity to be creative,” Dubuc said, announcing that the studio has over 40 projects in various states of production.
A+E Networks made a flurry of programming announcements over the past two days. There was some more news at the upfront presentation, which unveiled several new reality and digital series.
New reality series on food and fitness, an a cappella group singing competition, and two new digital series are among the offerings announced today. A&E reality series Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit challenges personal trainers to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. For 4 months, 10 personal trainers will eat what the average overweight American eats and stop working out altogether. Then each trainer will team up with an overweight partner for a weight loss journey unlike any other. Also announced today was FYI’s What The Fung?!, which follows foodie comedians and brothers, Andrew and David Fung, as they travel across America in search of the best local spots to eat.
A+E signaled its continued push into the digital space, unveiling FYI’s new digital companion series Tiny House The First 24 that will highlight some of the craziest and funniest moments of a family’s first 24 hours in their new tiny home. Also announced was Sing It! (working title) a vocal competition series that follows two cross-town rival a cappella groups from New Jersey.
These are in addition to previously announced The Omen sequel series Damien on A&E; the Roots remake to air on A&E, History and Lifetime; survival reality series Alone, Boys Of ’67 (in development) and digital series Shotgun on History; Lifetime scripted drama UnREAL, limited series War And Peace and digital series Fall Into Me; and Married At First Sight spinoff Married At First Sight The First Year and reality series Food Porn on FYI.