Reality factory LMNO Prods. is looking beyond Hollywood with its latest unscripted concepts, developing projects with novelist James Patterson and hockey star Claude Lemieux.
Shingle, currently producing the CBS skein “Wickedly Perfect,” has teamed up with Patterson to develop an idea the author brought to LMNO. While still in the early stages of development, skein would focus on the generation gap that exists within families.
“It could be about how a father and son look at things differently,” said LMNO prexy-chief exec Eric Schotz, explaining that one episode might take a parent and child and have them both teach a sex-ed class.
Patterson said he decided to jump into the waters of reality TV because he “had what I consider to be an irresistible idea. I couldn’t resist it, as much as I tried.”
Scribe is no stranger to visual media, having served as chairman of J. Walter Thompson before turning his attention full-time to penning novels. His books have also been turned into numerous telepics, as well as features including “Kiss the Girls.” He believes writing novels isn’t that far removed from producing unscripted TV shows.
“When reality TV is done well, as it is in the case of ‘The Apprentice,’ you can’t stop turning the pages,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lemieux — a 21-year NHL vet and brother of Mario Lemieux — is teaming up with LMNO for a sports-focused reality competition skein pitting retired athletes against each other.
“After retiring from hockey (in 2003), I began thinking about the loss of competition and the void it left in my life,” Lemieux said. That led to a brainstorming session with LMNO and the idea for what Schotz calls a “competition show set in paradise.”
“Even in their worst shape, athletes are in better shape than most of us,” Schotz said.
Proposed skein will pit athletes of various sports against each other in assorted disciplines, with the competition unfolding over the course of a month. An elimination component will shrink the size of the player pool as the show goes on.
Schotz expects to begin pitching the Patterson and Lemieux projects in the next few weeks.