'Coreys,' 'Paranormal U' get greenlight
Corey Feldman and Corey Haim are reuniting in the name of reality TV.The former teen idols and RDF USA (“Wife Swap”) have teamed with cable net A&E for “The Coreys: Return of the Lost Boys,” a comedic half-hour about their lives as grownups. Network has greenlit production on eight episodes for early next year. At the same time, A&E has ordered up 13 episodes of “Paranormal U,” a new series from Go Go Luckey Prods. (“Laguna Beach”) and Four Seasons Prods., and is finalizing renewals for rookie shows “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and “Driving Force.” “Coreys” lands at A&E soon after producer RDF announced the series concept this summer (Daily Variety, June 21). Skein will revolve around the longtime friends and recovering substance abusers 20 years after the height of their popularity: Feldman is married and going back to acting, while Haim is broke and homeless. Episodes will follow the two after Feldman decides to welcome Haim into his home to help put his life back together. Nancy Dubuc, who was upped this summer to A&E TV Networks senior VP of nonfiction programming and new media, said that while the “Coreys” will be a humorous half-hour, nothing about the show’s outcome will be staged. “Its roots are in real life. We are not matching these two stars for a fabricated relationship or reaction,” Dubuc said. “They have been childhood friends for a long time … we’re dealing with real humor, conflict and emotion.” RDF USA topper Chris Coelen said A&E was a compatible home for “Coreys” because the net has built its reality brand on shows that are both authentic and entertaining. “We’re hoping ‘Coreys’ will be another fun, young and edgy show in its lineup,” he said. Greg Goldman, Scott Carlson, Haim and Feldman are exec producers alongside A&E’s Nancy Dubuc and Robert Sharenow. As for “Paranormal U,” series chronicles the work of Penn State U.’s paranormal research society as it seeks to find the truth and debunk real-life mysteries. Project was part of A&E’s spring development slate (Daily Variety, March 14). Betsy Schechter, Julie Auerbach and Gary Auerbach are exec producers with A&E’s Dubuc, Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant. An air date has not yet been set. Meanwhile, Dubuc said the network was “very happy” with the ratings performance of “Gene Simmons” and “Driving Force,” both of which led A&E to a record summer (up 21% in adults 18-49 and 12% in 25-54). “We’re making final order plans now,” Dubuc said. For next year, A&E also has slated “Sons of Hollywood,” a reality show centered on showbiz boys Randy Spelling and Sean Stewart and talent agent Dave Weintraub.