Singer-songwriter Toni Braxton and her Atlanta-based family will be the centerpiece of WE skein “Braxton Family Values,” set to debut April 12. Braxton has four sisters, each of whom will play a major role in the show.
Cabler has ordered 10 episodes of the docuseries, with each installment running an hour. John Miller and Annabelle McDonald exec produce, with Magical Elves set as producer.
Braxton’s most recent album, “Pulse,” was released last May and debuted at No. 1 on the R&B album chart. She has won six Grammys and sold 40 million records, and also gained a following as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”
WE also gave the go-ahead for eight episodes of the hourlong “Staten Island Cakes,” launching June 21. Skein will spotlight Vinny Buzzetta, owner of a bakery located in the New York borough. Nancy Glass Prods. will produce while Miller and McDonald retain exec producer titles.
Cakes have become a hot topic in the cable realm. Among several bakery-themed shows, “Ace of Cakes” airs on Food Network and “Cake Boss,” which has made a owner Buddy Valastro a celebrity, recently finished its third season on TLC.
WE has also renewed “Downsized” for a second season, with 10 episodes set to premiere in the summer. Tapping into the country’s tough economic times, the series produced by Pie Town Prods. examines the Bruces, an Arizona family with seven children as they continue on a path to recovery after being hit hard by the recession.
“‘Downsized’ was one of our best performing series of the year, and resonated because so many of our viewers are either facing similar circumstances themselves or know someone who is dealing with the same challenges the Bruces are facing,” said WE president-g.m. Kim Martin.
Miller and Suzanne Murch exec produce.