TV Land’s generational experiment

Kutcher-backed reality show 'Forever Young' examines age gap

TV Land is minding the generation gap, giving a greenlight to “Forever Young,” a reality skein from 3 Ball Prods. and Katalyst.

Cabler has ordered six episode of the series, a reality competition that will pair up young and old folks as they get to know each other and work together in a face-off against other young/old duos.

Show is a generational version of “Beauty and the Geek,” which 3 Ball and Katalyst also produced. Like that show, “Forever Young” describes itself as “part reality show, part social experiment.”

Katalyst’s Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher exec produce, along with 3 Ball’s J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson. TV Land’s Eliot Goldberg and Marco Bresaz are also exec producers.

“Ashton, Jason, J.D. and Todd’s take on the generation gap facing Americans today is brilliant,” said TV Land prexy Larry Jones. “The contestants in ‘Forever Young’ have challenging, touching but mostly hilarious interactions.”

“Forever Young” is based on an international format from Eyeworks, the parent company of 3 Ball.

Roth said TV Land made the most sense for the show, since the cabler’s schedule is populated with many first-run and off-network series revolving around multigenerational families. The cabler “knows a thing or two about how family and generational dynamics play out on television,” Roth said.

Added Jason Goldberg: “We’re all about pushing the boundaries of social belief systems, and this show will do just that by placing different generations in situations that will create great comedy along with some poignant moments.”

3 Ball’s other credits include “The Biggest Loser,” “MasterChef” and “Dad Camp.” Katalyst is behind “True Beauty” and the upcoming “Numbnuts.”

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