It's been a busy morning in the unscripted TV world. Reality staples Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Tori Spelling and Nicole Richie have each landed a new cable series.
First, Sorrentino is headed to TVGN to star in The Sorrentinos, a reality series that follows the Jersey Shore alum as he leans on his family in a bid to turn his fame into a career based on substance -- while staying sober. Production on the eight half-hour episodes begins this week in New Jersey. Julie and Seth Jarrett of Jarrett Creative (Boston's Finest) executive produce.
"We’re excited to take viewers, who met Mike in a very different time and place of his life, and bring them along for this ride with The Sorrentinos,” TVGN entertainment president Brad Schwartz said. “Family is everything, and it’s something people universally come back to no matter who you are and what you do. Fame just makes the stakes higher and more public.” A premiere date has not yet been announced.
Second, Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, will pull back the curtains on their marriage for the cameras again. The Lifetime docuseries True Tori will follow the duo as they navigate the uncertain waters of their marriage starting when McDermott leaves rehab following an alleged sex addiction. The couple's status as a tabloid staple has only grown since the news of McDermott's infidelity, and the cameras will follow the 90210 alum as she works to save her marriage. The series hails from Studio Lambert and All3Media. Six hourlong episodes will be produced by Spelling, McDermott, Robert Sizemore of Big Country Entertainment and Greg Goldman, Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert of Studio Lambert/All3Media America. Lifetime's Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Paul Hardy will exec produce. The series will premiere April 22, just three weeks after cameras begin rolling.
Third, Richie will bring her AOL online series #CandidlyNicole to VH1. Set to premiere Thursday, July 17, the eight-episode half-hour series will follow the fashion icon, House of Harlow 1960 creative director, actress, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, expanding her humorous tweets at the center of the web series. VH1 has inked Richie's Honey Child Productions banner to a first-look overall deal to develop new series for the music-themed network.
#CandidlyNicole will see Richie (The Simple Life, Fashion Star) detailing her daily adventures and offering insight into her decisions on style, relationships and work life. "Nicole’s sharp, acerbic sense of humor and broad audience appeal make #CandidlyNicole a perfect fit for the VH1 brand," said Susan Levison, VH1 exec vp original programming and development. “Viewers will enjoy her unique point of view and earnest look at pop culture as well as her fearless exploration of anything and everything taboo.
Telepictures and World of Wonder will produce; Richie (WME, Impression Entertainment, Grubman, Shire) will exec produce alongside Michael Baum and Carrie Franklin. VH1's Levison, Jill Holmes and Kristen Kelly will oversee for the network.