Network picks up untitled reality show from Ish
The matchmakers at VH1 have been enlisted to help TV heartthrob Antonio Sabato Jr. find his true love.
VH1 has picked up an untitled series from Ish Entertainment (“Paris Hilton’s New BFF”) that will follow Sabato as he searches for the perfect woman.
Deal reps the first at VH1 for Ish principals Michael Hirschorn and Stella Stolper since the duo ankled the cabler at the start of the year. Hirschorn had been exec VP of original programming at the channel, while Stolper was senior VP of celebrity talent development.
The Sabato project comes out of Ish’s first-look deal with MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo.
Project will be shot like a soap opera — the genre Sabato’s best known for — and feature the thesp’s narration as he puts contestants through various challenges, such as re-creating a steamy love scene or skydiving in a gown.
VH1 programming/production exec VP Jeff Olde said Sabato is “the ‘fantasy man’ for many of our viewers, and now that fantasy can become a reality.”
Shooting will start late this year on the project, which will be exec produced by Hirschorn, Stolper and Michael Bloom at Ish. Sabato is also set as an exec producer.
“At the age of 36, I’m finally ready to settle down,” Sabato said.
Besides sudsers “General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Melrose Place,” Sabato’s credits include the Sci Fi telepic “Ghost Voyage.”