'Hitched,' 'Mafia' set for summer
Having gone fishing the past two summers, The CW is finally getting into the off-season game.The Dub net announced Monday that it has slated two original reality skeins this summer: The previously announced “Hitched or Ditched,” which was formerly called “For Better or Worse,” and the docusoap “Blonde Charity Mafia,” which had originally been set up at Lifetime. “Hitched” will run Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting May 26, directly following the season finale of “Reaper.” The CW has picked up six episodes of “Hitched,” which centers on couples who have been dating for years – and are given an ultimatum by a friend to either get married within the week, or break up. Second runs of “Hitched” will also air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting May 27. “Hitched” will run until the end of June. “Blonde Charity Mafia” will then fill the slot starting Tuesday, July 7. “Mafia” centers on a group of women in Washington, D.C., as they float about the city’s social circuit. Six half-hour episodes of “Mafia” have been produced; after week one, when two originals debut, the CW will pair a repeat from the previous week at 9 p.m. and an original at 9:30. “Mafia” completes its run on Aug. 4. That Tuesday at 9 p.m. slot promises to be one of the busiest in the summer. NBC airs “America’s Got Talent” in that slot, while Fox will air its new reality show “The Fatchelor” in that spot come July. Scheduling means “Hitched” exec producer Mike Fleiss won’t have to compete against himself. Fleiss is behind both “Hitched” and “Fatchelor” (known officially as “More to Love”); but by the time “Fatchelor” debuts, “Hitched” will have already completed its run. “Hitched” comes from RDF USA and Next Entertainment. Besides Fleiss, the show is also exec produced by Chris Coelen, Greg Goldman, Mike Duffy and Jason Ehrlich. Capital Hills Prods. is behind “Mafia,” which is exec produced by Patty Ivins and Julie Pizzi.