Lifetime ramps up reality fare

Femme network gears up production on shows

Lifetime is ramping up its reality output, greenlighting a U.S. version of BBC hit “The Week the Women Went,” with more nonscripted fare on the way.

“The Week the Women Went,” from BBC Worldwide America, will go into production immediately. It would join Lifetime’s Friday night reality block if picked up to series.

Skein revolves around three neighbors who essentially go on strike (and on vacation), leaving their husbands to run the household and keep routines in check. The wives give their husbands challenges that speak to their own frustrations that their spouses don’t do their fair share of housework.

The husband who improves the most gets to join his wife and family on vacation; the other wives must return to their spouses.

BBC Worldwide America’s John Hesling will exec produce.

Lifetime execs were high on the concept and acted quickly to pick it up; the net, under entertainment prexy Susanne Daniels, is expected to greenlight several more reality pilots in the next few weeks.

News comes as Lifetime prepares to launch a new batch of reality shows in January, including the potentially signature entry “How to Look Good Naked,” hosted by Carson Kressley. Lifetime’s current Friday night entries, “Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead” and “America’s Psychic Challenge,” are about to complete their season runs, leaving room for “Naked” and fellow new entries “Matched in Manhattan” and “Top This Party.”

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