TVGNtoday announced two new unscripted series and two new celebrity-driven projects as part of the original programming that will premiere on its fall 2013 schedule.
“Wendy Williams Project” (working title) is just one of the new shows as viewers will follow the new daytime talk show queen as she embarks on her Broadway debut in the musical production of “Chicago” and prepares for her role as the prison matron Mama Morton. The cameras will also capture Wendy at the taping of her daily talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” which has been picked up through the 2016-2017 season and taping at the same time as her Broadway rehearsals. According to the network, “Wendy Williams” will be a candid, up-close presentation of one of the most captivating personalities in show business today. The series will be produced by Wendy Williams Productions with Wendy Williams, Kevin Hunter, Lisa Knapp and Jill Ramsey as Executive Producers.
TVGN also announced plans to launch “Tequila Sisters,” a new eight episode docu-soap series that follows the real lives of the Marins, an affluent, multi-generational Hispanic family living in Southern California. The show follows Mexican-born family patriarch and tequila entrepreneur Bill and his wife Lori, as they raise four beautiful daughters—Jen, Lauren, Jackie and Catherine—while fighting to pass along traditional values of family and marriage when faced with the seductions of Hollywood lifestyle. The girls, all in their 20s, try to find their independence while facing questions of assimilation, boyfriends and dating, sibling rivalries and changing economic times for the family. The show spotlights the dynamics and drama of being a Marin, which can be explosive and combative at times, but always rooted in love. The series will be produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate with Eli Frankel (“Amazing Race,” “Braxton Family Values” and “American Chopper”) as Executive Producer.
Other programming highlights:
- MOTHER OF ALL TALENT: This eight-episode docu-series follows the dynamic mother-daughter duo Nikki and Lorri, who have built one of the nation’s leading talent agencies for kids straight from their quirky hometown in Staten Island, N.Y. This comedic yet aspirational series will capture what it takes to find and manage children in showbiz, while also contending with overly ambitious stage parents. Mother Nikki can be blunt and overbearing, while daughter Lorri always makes things right for the clients. Managing kids is a strange and demanding business. The jobs are real, the competition is stiff and the stakes are high. “Mother of All Talent” is produced by Jarrett Creative (“Boston’s Finest”) with Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna-Jarrett as Executive Producers.
- JOHN RICH PROJECT (WORKING TITLE): GRAMMY-nominated country music sensation, John Rich (2011 winner of “Celebrity Apprentice,” judge on “Nashville Star” and one half of country’s rockin’ duo, Big & Rich)—whose on-screen personality and charisma is as magnetic as his music—is the star and host of a primetime television project that is one part talk, one part reality and all parts Nashville. Filmed on location at “Mount Richmore,” John’s home which overlooks Nashville, TN, this primetime show will feature live performances, celebrity interviews, surprise guests and lots of audience interaction in a loose, party atmosphere. Viewers will be invited to jam sessions, as well as an intimate look at John’s life in the country music capital of the world. Scheduled to air this fall on TVGN, the “John Rich Project” is produced by 25/7 Productions with David Broome (creator of “The Biggest Loser”), Yong Yam and Marc Oswald as Executive Producers.
In addition to the new series, TVGN currently airs same-day episodes of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” (previously airing on SOAPnet) and “Big Brother After Dark” (previously airing on Showtime).