Singers on sked at E!

Net adding 'Carters,' 'Simple' to fall sked

E! Entertainment Television is bringing Backstreet Boy Nick Carter into the fold, greenlighting reality show “The Carters,” about the domestic life of the pop star and his four siblings.

Skein will center on Carter, younger brother and fellow singer Aaron and their three sisters, who have all decided to live under one roof as they enter adulthood. Both brothers will attempt to revive their singing careers as solo artists.

Kenneth Crear, Johnny Wright, J.T. Taylor and Rob Lee will exec produce.

Eight-episode skein will join the network this fall. It will follow the fourth-season premiere of “The Simple Life,” subtitled “Till Death Do Us Part” and relocating from Fox to E! on June 4, and a new season of Playboy Mansion-set “Girls Next Door.”

E! bought up new episodes of “Simple Life” last fall (Daily Variety, Nov. 29) that will track Paris Hilton and former friend Nicole Richie as they get a crash course on married life with kids.

President-CEO Ted Harbert has renewed network’s core nighttime franchises “Girls Next Door,” “Child Star Confidential” and plastic surgeon reality show “Dr. 90210.” Channel will add summer series “7 Deadly Hollywood Sins,” zeroing in on each sin with real-life showbiz examples, and “Sexiest,” a 13-episode countdown of Hollywood’s hottest stars.

Harbert said he’s ordered fewer series as part of a new strategy for the network, which is slowly peeling away its image as a clip-based cabler.

“We’re going to pour more resources into fewer shows and instead launch bigger campaigns behind the key properties,” Harbert said.

Under the net’s $21 million pact with Ryan Seacrest (Daily Variety, Dec. 21), E! provides a home base for Ryan Seacrest Prods. Harbert said he’ll be hearing series pitches from the host in two weeks. Seacrest is already producing a series of interview specs for the network.

Still awaiting a renewal are “No. 1 Single,” a dating show starring singer Lisa Loeb, and mother-daughter reality show “Gastineau Girls.” Harbert said he just received a presentation take for “Single” and will decide shortly. Harbert is less enthusiastic about bringing back “Gastineau,” which is pulling in only so-so numbers in its current cycle.

E! also has ordered up a slew of new specials, including “Rise of the Geeks” (May 3); “Last Bride Standing: To Have and to Hold,” about brides-to-be competing for a designer wedding dress (May 27); “Stranded With a Star: Who Would You Choose?” decided by E! viewers online (June 4); “Forbes’ 100 Richest Celebrities (and 1 Who Didn’t Make It),” a collaboration with Forbes magazine (July 16); and “Uncovered: Hidden Lives of Miss USA,” from Al Roker Prods. (an airdate has not yet been set).

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