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Living checks ‘Reality’

Scripps-owned net orders 13 episodes of new skein

Fine Living has greenlit “Your Reality Checked,” an unscripted hour that lets aspiring entrepreneurs live out their dreams of running a business, albeit in a weeklong boot camp-style setting.

Scripps-owned net has ordered 13 episodes of the series expected to premiere in April. Show will air Wednesday nights alongside channel staples “Radical Sabbatical” and “Opening Soon.”

Like its sister nets Food Network and HGTV, Fine Living is a service-oriented digital cabler dedicated to helping ordinary folk live better. Channel’s lineup is comprised of around-the-clock unscripted programming.

Scripps’ digital powerhouse also includes other service-niche nets Shop at Home and DIY.

Fine Living execs feel certain that while more challenge-oriented than the cabler’s other programming, “Your Reality Checked” will stand apart from standard reality TV fare.

“As a viewer, it doesn’t matter anymore that someone on TV is going to win a million dollars or have a dream date,” Fine Living prexy Ken Solomon said. “We’re following people as they go through the process of doing what they’ve always wanted. The experts and professionals who guide them through the week aren’t given a script; they’re doing what they normally would. And just as in real life, the grass is not always greener.”

Skein begins with an eager couple jetting off to test drive their ultimate entrepreneurial fantasy. First episode follows, for example, a pair determined to own and operate a bed and breakfast. Over the next seven days, the participants are submersed in the ups and downs of the business, getting a real-life taste of the work behind the fantasy.

Other episodes trail would-be owners of a great adventure tour company, a winery and gourmet coffee shop.

“There are real stakes in these shows,” said Charles Segars, senior VP of programming, production and network strategy. “… It’s the ultimate shared experience of wanting to make your life better — which is what our network, and in fact, what all of Scripps’ networks are about.”

Fine Living has also greenlit the series “Around the World in 80 Homes,” a spinoff of last fall’s hourlong spec of the same name. Show provides low- and high-end alternatives for globetrotters who want to forgo a hotel stay. Net bows the skein in May.

Launched in March 2002, Fine Living is in nearly 20 million homes.

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