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VH1 cues up duo, conducts 'Strip Search'

Hulk Hogan and Danny Bonaduce have come aboard the VH1 B-list celebrity train, signing to star in separate reality shows for the music cabler this summer.

VH1 has also greenlit “Strip Search,” a competition skein designed to create an all-male dance revue for the Vegas Strip.

MTV Networks Music Group entertainment prexy Brian Graden said new series “Hogan Knows Best” and “Being Bonaduce” fit within VH1’s thriving Celebreality franchise, home to successful Sunday night shows “Surreal Life,” “Strange Love” and “Celebrity Fit Club.”

Projects are slated to bow this summer in some to-be-determined extension of the Celebreality destination, along with new seasons of “Surreal” and “Fit Club” (Daily Variety, March 10).

In “Hogan Knows Best,” cameras follow the former wrestling champ-turned-suburban dad as he and his wife raise their two teenage children in Florida. VH1 will produce in association with Pink Sneakers. Kimberly Belcher Cowin, Brad Abramson, Michael Hirschorn and Shelly Tatro are exec producers.

Bonaduce and wife Gretchen will be the focus of “Being Bonaduce,” a show described as a combination “couples therapy and reality TV.” VH1 and 3 Ball will produce with J.D. Roth, Troy Searer, Jeff Olde and Claire McCabe serving as exec producers.

As for “Strip Search,” elimination skein is based on 4-year-old Vegas spectacle “Thunder From Down Under,” a popular Australian all-male stage show.

Creator Billy Cross will embark on a nationwide talent search to cast an all-American edition of “Thunder.” In each episode one of 15 hopefuls will be cut until seven remain. The new troupe will be awarded lucrative contracts to perform in Vegas and the series will culminate in a lavish musical revue.

Pilgrim Films and TV, Screentime and Distraction Formats are producing with VH1. Craig Piligian, Matt Hanna, Hirschorn and Jim Ackerman are exec producers.

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