News Corp. cable network Fox Reality is ramping up production on originals, greenlighting its first docudrama series — “The Rob and Amber Project.”
Channel has ordered up 10 half-hours, which will follow married reality TV stars Rob and Amber Mariano, former participants on both “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”
Linda Ellman and Rob George are exec producers.
After having been wed on CBS in 2005, the Marianos are looking to grow their reality show winnings. Specifically Rob wants to take up professional poker. Fox Reality series would follow the couple’s move to Las Vegas and Rob’s attempts to break into professional gambling, while Amber does her best to be supportive in the risky venture.
Fox Reality general manager David Lyle said “Rob and Amber” has several things working for it that would appeal to the channel’s reality-crazed audience.
“We’ve grown up with Rob and Amber. We’ve seen their first kiss on ‘Survivor’ and watched their wedding. They’re likeable and competitive,” Lyle said. “What Rob’s trying to do now, it’s probably every guy’s dream and every girl’s nightmare.”
Production is under way for a January premiere.
Elsewhere on the original front, Fox Reality has set for December “My Bare Lady,” a competish in which U.S. porn stars travel to London and attempt to start acting careers on the West End stage. Lyle said a decision on a second season of gameshow “Solitary” will come next week. Series’ season finale airs Monday.