RealityFan.com http://www.realityfan.com Reality TV News and Rumors Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:08:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.15 TLC Greenlights Reality Series Starring Leah Remini and Her Family http://www.realityfan.com/2014/03/tlc-greenlights-reality-series-starring-leah-remini-and-her-family/ http://www.realityfan.com/2014/03/tlc-greenlights-reality-series-starring-leah-remini-and-her-family/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 04:58:59 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=290

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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.”

Despite Leah’s success in the entertainment industry, she sees herself as the girl from the neighborhood, tackling life’s challenges and embracing every celebration, happy to have her family along for the ride. Grounded by a strong work ethic, she’s an overachiever who keeps the people she loves on their toes – and laughing along the way.

Joining Leah in the series will be her husband of 10 years, Angelo, a devoted father who helps run their family diner, and their feisty 9 year-old daughter Sofia, who isn’t afraid to keep her parents in check. Filling out her household are her opinionated mother and eccentric stepfather, and her sister and brother-in-law, who have a secret coded language that drives Leah insane. Making Leah’s life even more complicated – but also a lot more fun – is her team, including her wisecracking housekeeper, Sofia’s brash British nanny, and Leah’s personal assistant who really wants to act.

The network has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of the untitled Leah Remini project, which is being produced by Gurney Productions. Production begins today, and the series is anticipated to premiere this summer on TLC.

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Big Brother Renewed for 2014 http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/big-brother-renewed-for-2014/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/big-brother-renewed-for-2014/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2013 05:34:48 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=284 Ju-DD

  • “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 http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/bravo-turns-the-cameras-on-the-audience-in-new-limited-series/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/bravo-turns-the-cameras-on-the-audience-in-new-limited-series/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2013 05:29:12 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=281 couch

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 http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/gsn-orders-8-episodes-of-skin-painting-reality-show/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/gsn-orders-8-episodes-of-skin-painting-reality-show/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2013 05:26:32 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=278 gsnGSN PAINTS THE TOWN WITH “SKIN WARS,” AS NETWORK ORDERS 8 EPISODES OF NEW ORIGINAL SERIES

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 http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/ae-will-give-four-couples-the-marriage-test-on-september-21/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/ae-will-give-four-couples-the-marriage-test-on-september-21/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:44:12 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=274 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.

The couples include: Cory and Joann, married for four years and struggling with Cory’s inability to put his marriage first in his life and Joann’s stress management; Jacque and Danny, married 10 years, fight constantly in front of their children and are aware of the negative impact it will have on them if it continues; Thomas and Jeanine, married nine months, face her inability to compromise and ongoing trust issues as well as his emotional cheating; and Shannon and Joey, married for 12 years during which time Joey has cheated more times than he can count and Shannon inexplicably continues to put up with it.

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Esquire Looking for a ‘Knife Fight’ with New Reality Cooking Show http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/esquire-looking-for-a-knife-fight-with-new-reality-cooking-show/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/esquire-looking-for-a-knife-fight-with-new-reality-cooking-show/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 04:51:03 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=265 knife-fight

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.

In each episode of KNIFE FIGHT, two chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in one hour from a combination of two to three secret ingredients. The chefs feel the heat as they’re cheered and heckled by a rowdy crowd, including friends, neighbors and an eclectic group of celebrities, food professionals and die-hard foodies who serve as judges and timekeepers for each bout. Among them: Drew Barrymore, Elijah Wood, Jason Lee, Bijou Phillips, Erika Christensen, food writers Jeanne Kelly and Evan Kleiman, and Hall’s Top Chef colleagues including Elia Aboumrad and Michael Voltaggio. Renowned skateboarding photographer Giovanni Reda acts as master of ceremonies.

This season of KNIFE FIGHT features acclaimed chefs including James Beard nominees, Food & Wine “Best New Chefs,” Top Chef competitors, those who’ve worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

“It’s real chefs cooking in a real kitchen in front of real people,” says Hall. “What started as one chef talking smack to another has grown organically into a full-on competition. At the end, it’s not about winning and there’s no big prize. These chefs are just pouring their hearts into what goes onto their plates out of a genuine love of food.”

EsquireTV.com will feature original online companion series to KNIFE FIGHT, including The Mix, an exploration of the perfect cocktail, and Eat Like A Man, which extends the long-running Esquire franchise to television and features Hall’s tips guaranteed to elevate your game in the kitchen.

KNIFE FIGHT is produced for Esquire Network by Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment. For Flower Films, Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are executive producers; co-executive producers are Ember Truesdell and Chris Miller. For Authentic Entertainment, Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and J.C. Begley are executive producers. Ilan Hall, Rich Kim and Kevin Johnston are executive producers.

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Travel Loving Celebs Take Charge in ‘The Getaway’ on Esquire http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/travel-loving-celebs-take-charge-in-the-getaway-on-esquire/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/travel-loving-celebs-take-charge-in-the-getaway-on-esquire/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 04:48:50 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=262 mchale

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.

Each hour-long episode of THE GETAWAY reveals the inside track to a different city — from what to eat and drink, to where to shop and hang — through the eyes of:

· Joel McHale (The Soup, Community) in Belfast, Ireland.

· Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) in Hong Kong.

· Aisha Tyler (Archer) in Paris.

· Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) in New York City.

· Acclaimed chef José Andrés in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

· True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten in Los Angeles.

· Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) in London.

· Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks, director of Bridesmaids) in Boston.

· Grammy Award-winning performer-songwriter Eve in Kingston, Jamaica.

· Brothers Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) and Josh Meyers (MADtv) in Amsterdam.

Additionally, a 60-second “Quick Stop” segment will accompany each episode of THE GETAWAY on air and online, spotlighting a single, can’t miss experience from that week’s featured city. On EsquireTV.com, THE GETAWAY will feature highlights and episode recaps, while on Twitter and Facebook, hosts will conduct select live events, share personal photo journals and behind-the-scenes video.

THE GETAWAY is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins, Alexandra Lowry and Craig Shepherd serving as executive producers.

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Esquire Network Off to the Races with ‘Boundless’ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/esquire-network-off-to-the-races-with-boundless/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/esquire-network-off-to-the-races-with-boundless/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 04:46:43 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=258 boundless

(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.

In BOUNDLESS, Simon and Turbo ditch their day jobs and decide to test their physical and emotional limits against eight of the world’s toughest endurance races. The series chronicles both pain and triumph as this adrenaline addicted duo climb, run and bike up anything they can find — in only five months.

Each hour-long episode focuses on a different race, including:

· A seven-day race through volcanic terrain in Iceland.

· A paddle race between the islands of Molokai and Oahu in Hawaii.

· A 46-mile foot race with fierce obstacles including elephants and lions in Kenya.

· A 50-mile treacherous river canoe marathon in South Africa.

· A near catastrophic 12.8-mile mountain bike race in Utah.

· A 155-mile, five-day foot race through the scorching deserts of Egypt.

· A 142-mile run through flooded jungles in remote villages of Cambodia.

· An Ironman, the renowned global triathlon, in Thailand.

A self-proclaimed nomad, Simon put all of his belongings in storage and lives out of a truck. When not testing the limits of his body, he’s a geologist who also runs an oatmeal company. Turbo is a self-confessed minimalist raised in the back of a VW mini-van. He credits his younger partying years for his addiction to adrenaline.

Will these friends and athletes make it through this ultimate challenge of mind, body and spirit? For Simon and Turbo, it’s not only about crossing the finish line — it’s about discovering who you are along the way.

BOUNDLESS is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment with Henry Less, Lee Herberman, Joshua Eday and Jordan Eday serving as executive producers.

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Grab a Pint with ‘Brew Dogs’ on Esquire http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/grab-a-pint-with-brew-dogs-on-esquire/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/grab-a-pint-with-brew-dogs-on-esquire/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 04:21:19 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=268 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.

Episodes include:

· San Diego — James and Martin set out to make a quintessential Southern California brew by using ingredients they harvest themselves, including kelp and the world’s hottest chili — brewed while traveling 70mph on a train up the Pacific coast.

· San Francisco — The BREW DOGS get “foggy” in San Fran by making the world’s first vaporized beer. You don’t drink this beer, you inhale it!

· Seattle — James and Martin brew the world’s most-caffeinated beer — a big, bold, chocolate-coffee imperial stout — on the top deck of the Bainbridge Island Ferry.

· Denver — The guys brew the ultimate Western beer — a solar-powered, cactus-infused, meat pale ale — at 14,000 feet, using only the sun’s rays to boil the brew.

· Philadelphia — James and Martin make The Most American Beer Ever Brewed. It’s brewed on a float during a Fourth of July parade — and the final ingredient is added as fireworks light up the Philadelphia sky. The beer is also DNA digitally encoded with 328 million copies of the Declaration of Independence. (No, we’re not kidding.)

· Portland — The BREW DOGS create a uniquely Oregonian beer — a fresh-hopped, blackberry-infused Berlinerweisse — while floating on a beer-keg raft down the Willamette River.

· Boston – Along with Sam Adams’ proprietor and legendary craft beer entrepreneur Jim Koch, Martin and James brew a Boston Clambake beer, infused with lobsters and clams and brewed on a tall ship sailing through Boston Harbor.

BREW DOGS is produced for Esquire Network by Custom/Redtail Partners LLC. Executive producers are Steve Stockman, Chris Burke and Jared Cotton.

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Fuse Orders Up Another Helping of ‘Ex-Wives of Rock’ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/fuse-orders-up-another-helping-of-ex-wives-of-rock/ http://www.realityfan.com/2013/09/fuse-orders-up-another-helping-of-ex-wives-of-rock/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 05:38:41 +0000 http://www.realityfan.com/?p=255 exwivesofrock

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.

Ex-Wives of Rock will air each week, starting Saturday, September 7, at 11:30pm ET on Fuse, and beginning Saturday, September 21, will switch to 11:00 p.m. ET. Ex-Wives of Rock airs exclusively in the U.S. on Fuse and on Slice Network in Canada, and is a Tricon Films & Television production.

Set in Los Angeles, Ex-Wives of Rock tells the story of the women who have married, divorced and lived to tell the tales of what it means to love a rock star and the lifestyle that goes with it. Narrated by Shannon Tweed, wife of KISS bassist Gene Simmons, the show chronicles the lives of Athena Lee (ex-wife of Scorpions drummer James Kottak and sister to Tommy Lee), Sharise Neil (ex-wife of Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil), Bobbie Brown (ex-wife of Warrant frontman Jani Lane and once engaged to Tommy Lee) and Susan Dixon, also known as “Blue” (ex-wife of Warrant bassist Jerry Dixon) as they struggle to succeed as mothers, business women, friends and spouses after the party has ended and the glory days are over.

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