TLC Greenlights Reality Series Starring Leah Remini and Her Family

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(via press release)

Leah Remini, the strong-willed and wise-cracking wife on the hit series KING OF QUEENS, is about to prove that fact is funnier than fiction with her new reality series on TLC. The network is pulling the curtain back on her life, revealing how this girl from the Brooklyn may be living in Los Angeles, but she’s never really left her roots behind.

“Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mom, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humor and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network,” said Nancy Daniels, GM, TLC. “This series continues our focus on creating compelling series about remarkable families, using heart and humor to anchor it to the TLC brand.”

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Big Brother Renewed for 2014

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  • “Big Brother: After Dark” To Also Return to TVGN for Second Season
  • Special 90-Minute Finale of this Summer’s Installment to be Broadcast Sept. 18 Following the Season Premiere of “Survivor”

CBS announced today that BIG BROTHER, the summer reality hit, has been renewed for its 16th edition, to be broadcast next summer.

BIG BROTHER: AFTER DARK, the live, late night companion show will also return next summer to the basic cable network TVGN after being renewed for an additional season.

BIG BROTHER, which recently celebrated its 500th episode, premiered on CBS in 2000 and has since established itself as a summer staple with one of television’s most socially engaged fan bases. This summer, BIG BROTHER is averaging 7.29 million viewers, 2.6 in adults 18-49 and 3.1 in adults 25-54. Compared to last year, BIG BROTHER is up +11% in viewers, +8% in adults 18-49 and +7% in adults 25-54.

The special 90-minute finale of the current installment of BIG BROTHER, when the final three Houseguests will compete for the $500,000 prize, will be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 18 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) immediately following the season premiere of SURVIVOR.

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Bravo Turns the Cameras on the Audience in New Limited Series

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Bravo Media enters the living rooms of households and turns the cameras around — watching them watch TV — on the new half-hour unscripted series, “The People’s Couch” airing at 11:30pm ET/PT on Sunday, October 6, October 13 and October 20. Based on the successful UK show, “Gogglebox,” “The People’s Couch” is a new three-episode, limited series that features real people watching and commenting on popular shows and news from the past week. Bravo will deliver the buzziest water-cooler moments of the Fall television season by showcasing avid TV watchers in their homes, as they laugh, cry, talk, gasp, and scream at their TVs.

Each episode will feature the same homes as they watch and react to this season’s most talked-about new and returning series. Whether it is a group of sorority sisters doing their nails or grandparents watching with their technology-obsessed grandchildren, each group will bring their hilarious, unique commentary about TV’s hottest moments to the small screen.

“‘The People’s Couch’ is a funny, unfiltered comment on America’s current TV viewing habits,” said Lara Spotts, Vice President, Development, Bravo. “Continuing Bravo’s tradition of serving up pop culture in fresh, new ways, this series taps into everyone’s desire to know what others think about the shows they are watching.”

“The People’s Couch” is produced by Studio Lambert and All3Media America with Executive Producers: Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Tania Alexander and Aliyah Silverstein.

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GSN Orders 8 Episodes of Skin Painting Reality Show

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The One-Hour Elimination Series Puts Competitors Through a Variety of Wild Artistic Challenges to Find the Most Talented Body Painter in the Country

September 12, 2013 (Santa Monica, CA) – GSN announced today that the network has ordered eight episodes of the new original series SKIN WARS, an hour-long competition show that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country. SKIN WARS will premiere on GSN in 2014.

“Body painting is in the zeitgeist, popping up everywhere from the streets to magazine covers to national ad campaigns,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP, Programming and Development, GSN. “It is a world filled with fascinating characters and astonishing art. As GSN doubles its programming efforts in the next year, we are thrilled to have Skin Wars as our first original entry into the arced competition arena.”

“Artists have always known that the human body is a work of art-now SKIN WARS takes that concept to a whole new level,” said Michael Levitt, Executive Producer. “I can guarantee that viewers will be utterly amazed by the creations and jaw dropping reveals they see unfold on the screen.”

“The contestants are highly competitive, passionate artists with fascinating personalities who all want to prove they have what it takes to win,” added Jill Goularte, Executive Producer.

Body painting: the hot new intersection of art and Madison Avenue. There is no more compelling canvas for artists than the human body and SKIN WARS is the first ever competition show designed to find the country’s most talented, most versatile body painting artist. This elimination series will put a bevy of talented competitors through a series of ingenious artistic challenges, which may include camouflage, graffiti, multiple model installations, corporate ad campaigns, animal art, and more. Each week one competitor will be eliminated until one winner is the last artist standing.

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A&E Will Give Four Couples ‘The Marriage Test’ on September 21

Dr-PhilOn September 21, A&E will presents “The Marriage Test,” a 90-minute special from executive producers Jay McGraw and Dr. Phil McGraw that explores the troubled relationships of four couples who agree to live together under one roof for seven days of in-depth counseling to try to save their marriages.

It’s being billed as a special, but the program is actually a backdoor pilot for a new series. If viewers respond, that is.

In the special, four couples who have found themselves at the end of their rope come to “The Marriage Test” house hoping to resolve their deeply rooted problems and begin to heal their relationships. Led by husband-and-wife marriage coaches Will Craig and Laurie Gerber, the couples take part in a series of exercises that include individual and group therapy sessions all aimed at salvaging their troubled unions. Will and Laurie watch the residents 24/7 in order to uncover each person’s issues and ultimately attempt to save these marriages by forcing the couples to save each other.

At the end of the week, each twosome will have to decide whether recommit and stay together and or break up and go their separate ways.

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Esquire Looking for a ‘Knife Fight’ with New Reality Cooking Show

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KNIFE FIGHT, a gritty new cooking competition show hosted by Top Chef Season 2 winner Ilan Hall, features underground, after-hours cooking bouts between Los Angeles’s most exciting chefs. Two half hour episodes of KNIFE FIGHT premiere back to back on Esquire Network Tuesdays at 9 and 9:30p e/p beginning Tuesday, September 24.

Executive produced by Drew Barrymore, Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment, KNIFE FIGHT is not a made-for-TV competition. Hall’s friends have gathered for years after hours at his downtown LA restaurant, The Gorbals — eating, drinking, hanging out and competing against each other to see who could cook the tastiest dishes out of whatever was left over in his pantry.

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Travel Loving Celebs Take Charge in ‘The Getaway’ on Esquire

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Anyone can be a tourist, but experiencing a city like a local takes a great guide. From executive producers Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero Production comes THE GETAWAY, a new original series that explores the world’s greatest cities through the eyes of a revolving cast of travel-loving celebs. The 10-part series makes its world premiere on Esquire Network Wednesday, September 25 at 9p e/p.

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Esquire Network Off to the Races with ‘Boundless’

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(via EN press release)

With the globe as their playground, athletes, friends and fierce competitors Simon Donato and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock aim to prove that boundaries are meant to be broken in BOUNDLESS, an eight-part documentary series premiering on Esquire Network Wednesdays at 10p e/p beginning September 25.

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Grab a Pint with ‘Brew Dogs’ on Esquire

brew-dogsJames Watt and Martin Dickie are founders of the fastest growing brewery in the UK, makers of the world’s strongest ale, and evangelists of the craft beer movement. These two Scottish rebels are traveling to America with a vital mission: to convert new craft brew fans one beer at a time. Their new original series BREW DOGS premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 10p e/p on Esquire Network.

In each of the seven one-hour BREW DOGS episodes, James and Martin visit a different American beer town, celebrate distinctive craft beers and create their own locally-inspired draft. Along the way, they break every rule in modern brewing, seek out (sometimes bizarre) local ingredients for their brew, and challenge American brewers to help them create the most outrageous beers on earth – all designed to get people thinking about beer in a whole new way.

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Fuse Orders Up Another Helping of ‘Ex-Wives of Rock’

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Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company, today announced that Ex-Wives of Rock will return to the network for a second season with 14 new half-hour episodes. The show follows four women who all have at least one thing in common – they married rock stars and lived to tell about it.

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