E! has picked up two new series — an unscripted pop culture comedy show from Joel McHale, and a docuseries from “The Biggest Loser” alum Jillian Michaels. The cabler announced the series orders Tuesday.
“The Comment Section,” which was ordered to pilot earlier this year, comes from exec producer McHale and will be hosted by comedian Michael Kosta. The half-hour unscripted internet-inspired comedy explores the biggest stories of the week and the outrageous and hilarious comments made about them on social media. “The Comment Section” will premiere later this summer. Produced by Wilshire Studios Free Period and Pygmy Wolf Productions, McHale will exec produce with KP Anderson, Jason Burns and Greg Heller. The project marks the first to be ordered from McHale, under his production deal with E!, where he has signed on to host “The Soup” through 2016.
From Jillian Michaels, “Just Jillian” lets cameras follow the fitness guru, as she juggles her business, family, friendships, victories, failures, laughter, tears and everything in between. The “docu-follow” series from All3Media America and Empowered Media is set to debut in early 2016. Michaels, Giancarlo Chersich, Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Brian Veskosky and Greg Goldman will serve as exec producers.
E! also announced five new unscripted series in development, including a new studio talk show and a dating therapy series.
“Famously Single,” from the producer behind “Couples Therapy” and “Celebrity Rehab,” puts eight single celebrities who have been infamously unlucky in love under one roof to learn how to finally pick the right match with the help of a therapist and a matchmaker. The project is produced by Irwin Entertainment with exec producers John Irwin (“Couples Therapy,” “Celebrity Rehab”) and Damian Sullivan.
“Hollywood Prenup,” another love-centric series, revolves around wealthy young couples who need to protect their assets. Hosted by Hollywood relationship guru Gigi Levangie, the reality series is produced by Evolution Media. Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart, Alex Baskin and Levangie serve as exec producers.
“Girls Guide to Sports,” a studio-based talk show, will cover all topics at the intersection of sports and pop culture when it comes to gossip, fashion, dating, entertainment and today’s hottest athletes. Hosted by a panel of experts and rotating guests, fans will be able to call into the show, which is a Den of Thieves production with exec producers Melissa Rivers, Evan Prager and Jesse Ignjatovic.
“Instafamous” explores the lives of social media celebrities. The unscripted series is produced by Leftfield Pictures with exec producers Brent Montgomery, David George and Will Nothacker.
The fifth new project in development at E! is the “Kierra & Harry Douglas Project,” a docuseries that follows the lives of cheerleader and NFL player newlyweds Kierra and Harry Douglas, along with their families. The series is produced by Shed Media. Exec producers are Pam Healey and Dan Snook.
“We are excited to unleash our latest line-up of new original programming as we continue to build momentum with fan favorite series,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development at E! “While these projects are extremely diverse, they are quintessentially E!, giving our fans a sneak peek into the celebrity lifestyle and having fun with entertainment and pop culture in a way that only E! can.”
E! also recently announced the pickups of four more unscripted series including Bruce Jenner’s docu-series, which will follow his transgender transition, premiering this summer on July 26. “WAGS,” “Stewarts & Hamiltons” and “Dash Dolls,” another show from the Kardashian/Jenner powerhouse, were also greenlit.
On the scripted side, the network just picked up a pilot for “The Arrangement,” described as a modern-day Cinderella story with a Hollywood twist. The pilot order follows steady ratings and social media success for E!’s first scripted series “The Royals,” which is averaging 2 million overall viewers each week in live-plus-three ratings, and about 1 million in the 18-49 demo.