'Confessions' is channel's first online original
Fox Reality channel is Internet-bound, greenlighting a saucy tell-all skein as its first original series for the web.Channel will produce 30 webisodes of “Nightclub Confessions,” which will feature clubgoers spilling their beans in front of cameras at bars across Southern California. Clips will begin running on foxreality.com starting May 30. Fox Reality Channel will also package the best confessions into a one-hour special, which will run on the channel Saturday, June 30. “Like every other cable network, we’re very interested in the new-media aspect to our programming,” said Bob Boden, VP of programming and acquisitions at Fox Reality. “This seemed like the perfect project to launch this initiative. The subject matter and style of this reality show is perfectly suited for new media as well as TV.” Fox Reality will begin installing confessional booths in several clubs this weekend, including Hollywood’s Cabana Bar; the Glam at JC Fandango in Anaheim; and Laguna Beach’s Mosun. Participants — who are aware that their confessionals may end up on Fox Reality’s Web site or cable channel — are given free rein to enter the booth and say what they want. Boden said the Web version, which runs between eight and 10 minutes per piece, will be racier than what’s seen on the channel, but will still be cleaned up for mass viewership. “The material that goes on the Web will be slightly more raw, but we will censor appropriately,” he said. Boden said the channel has several more web skeins in the planning stages, but nothing else has been produced. Go Go Luckey Prods. (“Laguna Beach,” “Rollergirls”) is behind “Nightclub Confessions.” Gary Auerbach, Julie Auerbach and Jenny Daly serve as exec producers.