In light of their upcoming network upfront presentation, the E! network has announced its renewals for its next twelve months with thirteen original shows including three upcoming series, Escape Club, Botched, and debuting in early 2015 the network’s first original scripted series The Royals.
Amongst the networks renewals is a second season of #RichKids of Beverly Hills, a new installment of the Kardashians. Notable new shows on E! include an unscripted docu series following the lives of spin instructors, Kardashians series Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons and the family oriented series exploring the sisters’ pop-up stores and those who work there in Dash Dolls.
A New York-based spinoff from E!’s latest unscripted hit Rich Kids of Beverly Hills is also currently in development at the network.
President of E! Entertainment, Suzanne Kolb commented on the renewals saying “E! continues to deliver for the pop culture fan through buzzy original programming, unparalleled entertainment news, and innovative digital initiatives, Across every platform, E! is more topical, trendsetting and up-to-the-minute than any other destination. With our slate of beloved franchises, the arrival of our first scripted series and a strong development slate, we’re excited about the year ahead.”
“Escape Club” – Sunday, June 8 at 10pmET/PT
In the new one-hour series “Escape Club,” E! sends 12 twenty-somethings looking to escape and reboot their lives to an exclusive, exotic resort where they will do whatever it takes to keep their place in paradise. Those daydreaming about changing the course of their lives are now given the opportunity to drop everything, fully disconnect and experience the ultimate tropical bliss… but as they rejuvenate and passions are reignited, paradise has its price and twists and surprises along the way force everyone to stay on their toes. Produced by Shed Media, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Dan Snook and Matt Odgers are executive producers.
“Botched” – September 2014
This new eight episode, one-hour series showcases the risky quest to correct extreme plastic surgery gone wrong. For the first time on television, the ugly side of beauty will be put under a microscope, revealing the obsession surrounding beauty and plastic surgery, and some of the most shocking results of those who have taken it too far. Highly accomplished plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif will work with these victims of ill-fated cosmetic work to attempt to undo and fix their results. Viewers will follow each patient every step of the way from the complex medical procedures to the intensive recovery process that will result in the ultimate reveal at the end of each episode. Executive produced by Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart and Mark Herwick for Evolution Media.
“The Royals” – Early 2015
E!’s first-ever original scripted series, “The Royals,” is a one-hour drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London. Produced by Lionsgate, the Royals inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny. Set and shot in Great Britain, “The Royals” pits public perception of the royal family against the reality of life inside the castle walls, from the lavish parties and high stakes political summits, to the private family gatherings and secret romances. However being born into this elite circle comes at a cost and the Royals’ lives are played out on a world stage where press is 24/7 and social media drives an insatiable appetite to follow their every move. The sweeping series is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn (“One Tree Hill”), and executive produced by Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville”). The ensemble cast includes Elizabeth Hurley, Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn.
SCRIPTED SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT
“Songbyrd” – Pilot
One of today’s most prolific writers of hit love songs, Lauren Byrd, can’t seem to figure out her own love life. She employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. But when her ex-fiancé reveals himself to be less than the man she remembers, she realizes that she can no longer live in the past and must find a new, true inspiration for her sake and those around her. The ensemble cast includes Bethany Joy Lenz, Rumer Willis, Robert Hoffman, Wes Brown and Tracie Thoms. From Universal Cable Productions,“Songbyrd” is from writer Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Shameless) and executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The 2013 Academy Awards, Chicago, Smash). “Songbyrd” features the experiences of Grammy winner Diane Warren, who serves as a consulting producer. Director is Andrew McCarthy.
“Gucci” – Mini-series in active development
The unique love story between Aldo Gucci, the son of the founder of Gucci, and his longtime mistress Bruna Palombo set against family politics, corporate intrigue and the worldwide expansion of the Gucci brand from the unique point of view of Patricia Gucci, Aldo and Bruna’s daughter. Based on Patricia’s upcoming book “The Name of Gucci.” From Universal Cable Productions. Sal Stabile is writer and executive producer. Warren Littlefield, Patricia Gucci and Alan Nevins are executive producers.
UNSCRIPTED / TOPICAL SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT
This docu-series, set in the world of the prestigious global fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg, explores the relationships between an ultra-successful boss who controls the fashion world and her eight eager-to-please associates in training. Culminating at NY Fashion Week, ultimately one will get the highly sought-after yet demanding opportunity to work directly with DVF as her Global Brand Ambassador. An integral part of all major DVF divisions, this chosen ambassador will travel the world representing Diane and her business… if she makes all the right moves. Produced by Electus and Hud:sun Media. Executive producers are Chris Grant, Michael Rourke, Mioshi Hill, Corie Henson and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Since she was a teenager, Christina Milian has lived life in the public eye. Hit songs, movie roles and paparazzi focus have come, gone and come back again, but the one constant in her life has always been her family. Whether from her passionate mother and business partner, her strong-willed sisters, her hip-hop producer fiancé or even her adorable 4-year old daughter; everyone has an opinion about the next move in Christina’s career and in her life…and they all are more than happy to voice it! Drama, comedy and touching reality will all be on display in this fiery family docusoap. Produced by Banca Studio and G3 Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Roy Bank, Kelsey Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov Sher, Brian Sher, Carmen Milian, and Christina Milian serve as Executive Producers.
“#RichKids of New York”
Building off the success of “#RichKids of Beverly Hills,” “#RichKids of New York” features a whole different kind of “rich kid.” These 20-somethings are just as wealthy, beautiful and fabulous – but with their own unique entrepreneurial drive. These #RichKids are using their bank roll to build their own empires in The Big Apple. They’re educated, elitist and connected; reigning over a city where it’s not just what you own, but who you know. Despite their east coast pedigrees and privilege, these rich kids are brash, unfiltered scenesters, who love to cocktail, party, and make fun of themselves and each other. Produced by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment. David Leepson and Doron Ofir are executive producers.
For today’s generation, it’s all about status… in life… and online. For those who are filthy rich, it isn’t enough to spend money, you have to flaunt it! Each episode of “The Receipt” starts with the reveal of an outrageously high receipt, and viewers will follow as we backtrack to live the 24 hours with the insanely rich person responsible for the over-the-top spending. These are the stories of the super wealthy who don’t just live a lavish lifestyle… they post it, tag it, tweet it… and love every moment of it. This is “receipt porn” at its finest, and it’s one epic journey! Produced by Den of Thieves. Executive producers are Evan Prager and Jesse Ignjatovic.
“Lance Bass Wedding”
This wedding special follows former NSYNC member and now radio host-producer-singer Lance Bass as he and his fiancé actor-artist Michael Turchin plan the wedding of their dreams. Following Lance and Michael’s love story, viewers will experience the entire wedding process along with them… for better or worse. From wedding planning disasters to bachelor parties and trips home to meet each other’s families, viewers will get an inside look at what it takes to plan their modern day wedding… or at least two guys trying their best. Produced by Brian Graden Media, executive producers are Brian Graden, Gaurav Misra, Lois Curren and Lance Bass.
A heart-pumping docu-series, drenched in equal parts sweat and champagne, taking audiences inside the thrilling secret lives of LA’s hottest spin instructors. Beautiful people, celebrities in their own world, rewarded for looking great and behaving badly. In this subculture, nothing is as it seems. There’s a cutthroat hierarchy and strict rules. Huge egos and outgoing personalities mask all too human insecurities. Toned, sexy, hard bodies betray hard partying lifestyles. And sex, friendship, and popularity are used for both pleasure and currency. Produced by Tricon Media, Inc. Executive producers are Andrea Gorfolova, Jeff Hevert, Abby Ex and Nick Kreiss.
What happens when rich kids hit their 30s? Between finally receiving their trust funds, making a killing in their careers, marrying the right guys, and having rich kids of their own, they set the standard for glamor, fun and success. Welcome to the no-curfew, no-limits and no-saying-no world of the “Luxe Life.” Produced by Evolution Media. From Colet Abedi and Executive Producers Giuliana Rancic, Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross and Greg Stewart.
“Pretty Young Things”
Trying to make it in New York City isn’t always pretty. And being beautiful doesn’t always help…but it doesn’t hurt, either. In fact, it is the good looks and sex appeal of these young models that give them a shot at the good life most people only dream of – fame, fortune and VIP treatment at the finest restaurants, clubs and parties that the world has to offer. But until they make the big leap from rags to riches and enter the world of famous supermodels…they will need to suck it up and pay their dues like the rest of us. Welcome to the real life and real drama of real working models in New York City, this is a “model apartment” like no other. Executive producers are Bill Robinson and Loic Maes for Shady Media, and Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman for Left/Right.
Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian made a mark on the fashion industry with the opening of their upscale DASH boutiques. We’ll see how the Dash Dolls – the girls entrusted to manage the DASH storefront and overall franchise – juggle the glamorous lifestyle that comes with representing one of today’s most successful boutique chains. Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions.
“Love Live” is a weekly live event where the audience at home gets to play matchmaker in real-time with real people’s dates. Live each week from our studio, one hopeful single will have three potential suitors to choose from…but the catch is that only the audience can see them! All of America can weigh in with their opinions on who our single should choose. Did Bachelor #3 stand you up for a date? Is Bachelor #1 a notorious cheater? You better let our single know! All bets are off when it comes to this modern take on the classic game of love that taps into the social media fueled dating scene where everyone shares everything and judging the choices of other is all part of the game. Produced by Wilshire Studios.
Money can’t buy you taste, and that’s really fun to watch and judge! In this self-contained format, each episode will give us a sneak peek inside two millionaires’ outrageous homes, cars, & closets. We’ll see how people with more money than God (but probably less taste than you!) have chosen to spend their newfound fortunes. Produced by Leftfield Picture. Executive producers are Brent Montgomery and Will Nothacker.
After Party is a live 30 minute daily show that celebrates and recaps the best of the past 24 hours in television and pop culture news, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Stunted with guests, games, debate, insider info and more! Hosted by a panel of television and pop culture experts, everyone’s got an opinion on the craziest, most outrageous and juiciest TV of the day! Produced by Wilshire Studios.
RETURNING AND CURRENT SERIES
“Total Divas” – Sundays at 9pmET/PT
E!, WWE ® and Bunim-Murray Productions continue their unprecedented look inside the lives of the women of the sports entertainment giant in season two of hit series “Total Divas.” Cameras once again showcase the professional and personal lives of the WWE Divas: Nikki and Brie Bella (WWE Divas “The Bella Twins™”), Nattie (WWE Diva “Natalya™”), Trinity (WWE Diva “Naomi™”), Ariane (WWE Diva “Cameron™”) and WWE’s newest Diva, Eva Marie™. In addition, blonde beauty WWE Diva Summer Rae™ has joined the cast and gives viewers insight into her struggles as she makes her way to a coveted top spot in the Divas hierarchy. Between balancing personal lives, maintaining romantic relationships and constantly fighting for the spotlight in a cutthroat athletic world, the Divas are up against the odds. However, their unique lifestyles bring them together in a bond of sisterhood like no other. “Total Divas” is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray, Gil Goldshein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions.
“Eric & Jessie: Game On” – Sunday, March 30 at 10pmET/PT (new season premiere)
Some couples are just destined for a red-hot attraction, beautiful wedding, gorgeous dream home, and a little family of their own, and Eric and Jessie happen to be one of them. Superstar pro football wide receiver Eric Decker and country/pop singer/songwriter Jessie James Decker touch the hearts of football, country music and romance fans alike by giving them a look inside their playful and extremely sexy relationship. Season two follows the newlyweds as they are in the middle of an exciting time, with Eric having one of his best professional seasons and playing for a championship in the big game for the first time, and Jessie recording new music and carrying their first child. Viewers will see Eric and Jessie leading up to the birth of their baby girl and follow as Eric’s star continues to rise given the news of his latest gig as New York Jets’ wide receiver. “Eric & Jessie: Game On” produced by Shed Media US.Executive producers for Shed Media US are Pamela Healey, Lisa Shannon and Kathryn Takis.
“Giuliana & Bill” – Tuesday, April 1 at 8pmET/PT (new season premiere)
Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s fairy tale love story is far more than girl meeting boy, boy falling in love with girl, and boy and girl living happily ever after. They have endured many hurdles over the past several years. They desperately wanted a family and openly struggled to have a baby before becoming the proud parents of a beautiful son, Duke. Giuliana also became an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness after being diagnosed and successfully treated in Fall 2011. Now the loving couple is enjoying a busy life raising Duke and contemplating another child. Giuliana maintains an insanely demanding schedule as co-anchor of E! News, co-host of Fashion Police, host of E!’s Live From the Red Carpet, a New York Times best-selling author, creator/designer of the successful HSN clothing line G by Giuliana and founder of Fab-U-Wish, while Bill is an extremely successful entrepreneur, real estate developer, New York Times best-selling author, co-host of the syndicated show America Now, executive producer of additional television projects, supporter of multiple charities and speaks worldwide to various companies and organizations. The power couple also runs the wildly popular restaurant, RPM Italian in Chicago with two more locations opening this year. “Giuliana & Bill” is produced by Wilshire Studios, a division of NBCUniversal. Executive producers are Robert Sizemore and Betsy Rott for Wilshire Studios and Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic for You & I Productions.
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” – Sunday, June 8 at 9pmET/PT (summer/mid-season premiere)
This summer, season nine of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” continues chronicling the family as they take on new beginnings and move on from what has been perhaps the most tumultuous and challenging period they’ve faced since the show began. They’ve continued to evolve while always putting family first and remaining committed to their core values and spending as much time together as possible. Now it’s all about what’s ahead and the bright future filled with lots of fun, loads of laughs and the always entertaining, outrageous family dynamics. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim/Murray Productions. Ryan Seacrest serves as the Executive Producer at Ryan Seacrest Productions. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Farnaz Farjam serve as Executive Producers at Bunim/Murray. Kris Jenner also serves as an Executive Producer.
“#RichKids of Beverly Hills” – August 2014
Welcome to the lives of the most elite young socialites and stars of E!’s “#RichKids of Beverly Hills.” The “Clueless”-like reality series follows the extravagant lifestyles of an exclusive clique of friends who have gained internet celebrity (#InstaFamous) by documenting their glamorous daily happenings on social media. Morgan Stewart (#Unfiltered), Dorothy Wang (#FunEmployed), Roxy Sowlaty (#CutOff), Brendan Fitzpatrick (#RealEstateMogul) and Jonny Drubel (#BoyCrazy) round out the dramatic but fun-loving offspring of some of the wealthiest billionaire and millionaire moguls who welcome E! cameras into their VIP world. Season two features the jet-setting cast taking on new endeavors, new relationships and traveling around the globe in true #RichKids style to exotic international locales. Produced by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment. David Leepson, Gennifer Gardiner and Doron Ofir are executive producers.
“Kourtney & Khloé Take The Hamptons” – Fall 2014
From the producers of E!’s mega-hit series, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kourtney, a newly single Khloé, and Lord Disick himself are back in the Big Apple, and are taking the city by storm. The girls have their work cut out for them as they set out to relocate the Dash New York store to a hot new property while managing the initial struggles of opening their first pop-up store in the Hamptons. Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions.
“E! News” – Airs weeknights at 7pm and 11:30pmET/PT
E!’s popular series, “E! News,” gives entertainment fans extensive coverage of breaking news, behind-the-scenes access to the hottest shows, exclusive celebrity interviews and all the biggest red carpet events. The “E! News” team includes anchor Giuliana Rancic and co-anchor Terrence Jenkins, co-hosts Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler, and viewers’ favorite celebrity correspondents Ken Baker, Kristina Guerrero, Alicia Quarles, Jesse Giddings, Ali Fedotowsky and Melanie Bromley who deliver breaking news, celebrity scoop and coverage of entertainment’s biggest happenings, infused with spontaneity, loads of personality and unique points of view on pop culture. From Fashion Week to Sochi to SXSW, “E! News” has brought viewers inside access to the wide spectrum of events this year that matter most to pop culture fans, and the show’s momentum continues with February 2014 marking a 13-month ratings high for the popular entertainment news series.
“Fashion Police” – Airs Fridays at 9pmET/PT
Comedy superstar Joan Rivers brings her notorious and no-holds-barred celebrity fashion and juicy pop culture commentary to viewers as host of E!’s popular weekly series, “Fashion Police.” Joining her are E!’s resident fashionista Giuliana Rancic, Red Carpet darling Kelly Osbourne and celebrity stylist George Kotsiopoulos. These Hollywood insiders battle to right all the fashion wrongs and bring viewers their honest critique of the latest celebrity fashion and pop culture commentary each and every week. From runway shows and the hottest red carpets to Hollywood style out and about, this fierce foursome gives viewers a complete recap of the week’s celebrity fashion, along with the latest Hollywood stories. Coming up on the hit comedy series, “Fashion Police” will once again present the month-long “Spring Fever” event this May and head to NY Fashion Week for “September Issue” special episodes this fall. Currently in 2014, “Fashion Police” is delivering ratings growth of +20% among total viewers versus all of 2013. “Fashion Police” is produced by Wilshire Studios. Lisa Bacon is Executive Producer.
“The Soup” – Airs Wednesdays at 10pmET/PT
Hosted by Joel McHale, “The Soup” reigns in the week’s wildest and most memorable moments in the world of television with hilarious commentary, outrageous clips and surprise celebrity guests. Coming up, “The Soup” will present a special political-themed episode from Washington, DC this spring. Plus, “The Soup” is going LIVE again this summer! With two shows a night for multiple weeks (one for east coast viewers and one for those on the west coast), McHale and a cavalcade of surprise celebrity guests will recap the week in television without the safety net of the words “Cut! Dammit Joel, do it right!” Don’t miss the return of “The Soup’s” most daring stunt to date! Produced by Wilshire Studios. Executive producers are Ed Boyd and KP Anderson.
“The Fabulist” – Mondays at 8:30pmET/PT
Hosted by pop culture queen Kristin Cavallari and hot young designer and “Fashion Star” alum Orly Shani, each week “The Fabulist” brings together an exciting panel of tastemakers whose fingers are planted firmly on the pulse of worldwide beauty, fashion and lifestyle trends. With the help of Eonline’s fashion forward style editors and a team of trend-setting lifestyle experts who research, identify, and anticipate what’s hot and what’s next, the hosts present all of the buzzworthy trends that you need to know about now. In conjunction with the on-air series, “The Fabulist” at Eonline offers a true multi-platform experience for fans of fashion, beauty, home, entertaining, travel, design, food and more. The television series was inspired by Eonline’s tremendous success in the lifestyle space, which continues its momentum now as “The Fabulist” at Eonline. “The Fabulist” is produced by Hud:sun Media. Executive Producers are Michael Rourke, Mioshi Hill and Kay O’Connell.
“Chelsea Lately” – Airs weeknights at 11:00pmET/PT
“Chelsea Lately” provides late night phenom Chelsea Handler with the perfect showcase for what she does best: hilarious commentary on pop culture and entertainment news. The daily program offers a tongue-in-cheek look at the hottest happenings celebrity truths and rumors that just won’t die, and other hot topics of the day. Bringing a refreshing energy and unique brand of comedy to the late night arena, “Chelsea Lately” is an authentic and hilarious commentary on the celebrity culture around us. Produced by Borderline Amazing Productions. Executive producers are Chelsea Handler, Tom Brunelle and Susan Murphy.
“Hello Ross” – Airs Fridays at 10:00pmET/PT
Ross Mathews brings his signature flare, exuberance and love for all things pop culture when he hosts “Hello Ross.” As his diehard fans know, when Ross gets behind the mic you never know what will come out of his mouth especially when he comes face to face with today’s hottest celebrities. Along with a sleek, modern new set, this season “Hello Ross” is making noise with celeb one-on-ones, fan favorite field pieces where Ross hits the streets and goes on a pop culture adventure with his fellow super fans and segments like Pop Talk, where two Hollywood experts give their unique take on the hottest stories of the week. Produced by Borderline Amazing Productions. Executive producers are Ross Mathews, Chelsea Handler, Tom Brunelle and Ray Giuliani.
“Live From E!” – Airs Mondays at 8:00pmET/PT
E!’s popular web series “Live from E!” has crossed over to TV in a big way! Hosted by “E! News” talent, this live show is a roundtable discussion filled with off-the-cuff commentary and inside scoop on the latest celebrity news and gossip. It features a breakdown of the news and latest celebrity video and photos, along with candid conversation and celebrity guests. This fast-paced and high-energy series lets the audience drop in on the fun and topical conversations as they are happening inside the walls of E!
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