Network picks up three new reality shows
VH1 is tossing a dash of “Pepa” and a helping of “Chilli” into its series pot.Cabler announced Monday that it has picked up three new series, including projects starring Salt-N-Pepa’s Sandra “Pepa” Denton and TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. The third will feature “I Love Money”/”I Love NY” participant Frank “the Entertainer” Moresco, who will topline his own show. VH1 has also picked up a seventh edition of “Celebrity Fit Club” and a second edition of “Sober House With Dr. Drew.” The Pepa project, still untitled, will follow the hip-hop alum as she looks for love after four years of a “self-imposed romantic and sexual dormancy.” Cabler has ordered eight half-hour episodes of the series, which comes from Left/Right Inc. exec producers Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman, as well as VH1’s Shelly Tatro, Danielle Gelfand, Kari McFarland and Jeff Olde. The also-untitled Chilli project will follow the singer as she enlists the help of relationships expert Tionna Smalls to find love. Net has picked up eight half-hour segs of the series, which comes from FremantleMedia North America. Larry Barron, Kevin Williams, Bill Diggins and Chilli exec produce with VH1’s Jim Ackerman, Dave Hamilton and Olde. As for “The Entertainer,” show centers on Moresco as he also looks for love — and an incentive to move out of his parents’ basement. VH1 has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of “The Entertainer,” which comes from 51 Minds and exec producers Cris Abrego, Mark Cronin and Ben Samek. VH1’s Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Olde also exec produce. Pickups follow other recent series orders for Jessica Simpson’s “The Price of Beauty,” the Fantasia Barrino starrer “Fantasia,” “The OCD Project” and “The Aspen Project.” Cabler averaged 771,000 total viewers (up 12% vs. last year) and 490,000 adults 18-49 (up 11%) in primetime in the second quarter of 2009.
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