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Upfronts: E! To Launch Six New Unscripted Series; Developing Scripted Fare

New scripted series from "Gossip Girl" prods is in the works

NBC Universal’s E! cabler said it would air six new series, including one focused on the lives of female stars of the WWE, while introducing an array of topical specials and live events over the next year. The network, long known for its reliance on unscripted programming, also said it had begun development of several potential scripted series.

Returning programming includes: “E! News,” “The Soup,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Married to Jonas,” “Fashion Police” and talk show “Chelsea Lately.”

New series set to debut include the following:

Total Divas,” a new one-hour series that looks at the personal lives of the female stars of the male-dominated WWE, debuts Sunday, July 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Skein is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray, Gil Goldshein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are executive producers for Bunim-Murray Productions.

The Wanted Life” debuts Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, before moving to regular time slot on Sunday, June 9, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The half-hour series takes a look at the personal and professional lives of pop music group The Wanted. Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, Scooter Braun Projects and Global Talent TV.

“Pop Innovators” debuts July 2013, and showcases influencers in pop culture. The first episode features will.i.am.

“Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie” debuts late summer 2013, and focuses on country/pop singer Jessie James and fiancé Denver Broncos player Eric Decker. Produced by Shed Media U.S.

“Hello Ross” is an interactive talk show hosted by “super fan” Ross Matthews that lets fans share their opinions on the latest pop culture happenings. Slated to debut in the fall, the series is produced by Borderline Amazing Productions.

“The Trend” debuts in the fall. The new series will feature a team of experts and celebrity contributors discussing all things fashion, beauty and design.

Specials include: “ Blinging Up Baby,” a one-hour special exploring how celebrities are preparing for visits from the stork. Produced by Comcast Entertainment Studios and set to debut – Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT; a June 13 interview with Brooke Burke; and “Bigger, Badder Celebrity Feuds,” a one-hour special that promises to reveal gritty details about fights between Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, and more. The show debuts Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 p.m. and is produced by Comcast Entertainment Studios.

The network said it had eight scripted projects in development, including “Laurel Canyon,” about a young woman returning to her dysfunctional, extended family in Laurel Canyon with her son after hearing her rock-star legend father has passed away. The series is from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire in association with Warner Horizon Television.

E! said it had six unscripted series in development, including a potential spin off of “The Soup” called “The Soup Investigates. Three comedic or topical series are in development as well, including a sketch comedy series from Funny or Die Media starring actor/comic/writer James Davis.

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