Hilton mom holds class at Peacock

Show to instruct women on social skills, then cut 'em

Like daughter, like mother: Kathy Hilton — mother of “The Simple Life” star Paris Hilton — has landed her own reality series at NBC.

Peacock has ordered eight episodes of “The Good Life,” which will follow Hilton as she teaches 10 young women how to fit into high society.

Based out of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel, contestants will learn different skills each week — and Hilton will eliminate one woman each week who failed to perfect the task. Sources close to the project call it “My Fair Lady” meets “The Apprentice.”

But even as they’re voted off, contestants will still score a hefty prize. And the ultimate “Good Life” winner will receive a year’s stay at the Waldorf-Astoria as well as a car, clothing and jewelry. Hilton will also use her connections to find the champ a job in one of several industries, such as fashion or publishing.

Paul Buccieri has joined forces with Endemol USA to produce “The Good Life”; the team is already paired up on Fox’s upcoming Oscar de la Hoya project, “The Next Great Champ” (Daily Variety, April 19).

Hilton and her husband, Rick, until now best known as the parents of wild children Paris and Nicky, will both produce. .

In other reality news, the race is on to find the next domestic diva. ABC will air two-night special “The Great Domestic Showdown” this May.

Scheduled to run at 10 p.m. on the final two nights of sweeps (Tuesday, May 25, and Wednesday, May 26), “Showdown” will test six contestants on their skills in decorating, cooking, gardening, entertainment, home improvement and a final challenge: hosting a gala event.

Adam Carolla (“The Man Show”) will host, while competition judges include Food Network host Sandra Lee; Discovery Channel’s “Surprise by Design” host Robert Verdi; and L.A.-based chef Govind Armstrong. Diplomatic TV will exec produce, along with Mindy Moore, John Saade and film producer Barry Josephson.

Word of the Alphabet net special comes as CBS continues to develop its own search for the new Martha Stewart. Eye has ordered 10 episodes of a show from LMNO Prods. to find the next domestic god or goddess (Daily Variety, March 26).

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