The Kardashians can stop playing double duty, filling up all the holes in the E! network scheduling , due to lack of content. At the E! network upfronts, the Pop culture power house unveiled 6 brand new shows, at least nine specials and a multitude of original programming including; comedy, reality and scripted. Unlike last year, E! Network seems determined to launch a scripted original program before this time next year. With nearly all reality shows declining in the rating it would be safe to say that scripted television is making a comeback and E intends to hop on board. Earlier this year E! closed a multimillion dollar deal to keep the KARDASHIAN/ JENNER Clan, which has the become the heart of the E! network, on the airwaves until at least 2015. Looking at what is being promoted in its development slate, I feel comfortable predicting that the race to best original programming will be between E! and Bravo, both of which pushed heavy development slates and a range of new series during their respective upfronts.
THE WANTED LIFE (PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND @ 10:30 PM)
This new half-hour series will chronicle the personal and professional lives of the edgy pop music powerhouse, The Wanted, who has already taken the world by storm. Viewers will see an unfiltered look inside the world of the chart-topping UK pop band as they head to sunny California to record their third album, gear up for their new US & Europe tour later in 2013 and solidify their top ranking on American pop music charts, along with their surprising dynamics and interpersonal relationships.
TOTAL DIVAS (PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 28TH @ 10:00PM)
Revealing the real women behind the WWE Divas for the first time, this new one-hour series proves that the drama is even bigger when the sexy superstars step outside the ring. “Total Divas” goes inside the personal lives of these glitzy, glamorous celebrities who entertain sold-out crowds in arenas around the world and are adored by millions of fans.
POP INNOVATORS (PREMIERES JULY 2013)
This new series showcases the most influential names in pop culture in their own words. We love them for what they bring to our world, and how they have helped define pop culture and captured the collective zeitgeist. These are the people who, as leaders in their respective fields, have taken their fame and gone in new directions to become influencers across a wide range of topics, and who inspire others to do the same. The first episode of "Pop Innovators" will offer an in-depth look at the life and career of Will.i.am from his point of view and will also feature interviews with other celebrities that he's influenced most.
LOVE AND OTHER CONTACT SPORTS: ERIC AND JESSIE (PREMIERS LATE SUMMER 2013)
From Khloé & Lamar to Kendra & Hank, E! has followed the romantic celebrity relationships of popular athletes and their gorgeous companions for years. The new "Love and Other Contact Sports" franchise will take viewers inside the confines of even more celebrity/athlete romances starting with country/pop singer Jessie James and her fiancé, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker whose wedding is quickly approaching. The series will chronicle the sexy young couple’s road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more. Currently residing in their Denver dream home, they share an ambition to succeed, a charmingly fun and unfiltered outlook on life, and most of all, a red hot attraction for each other. Produced by Shed Media U.S.
HELLO ROSS (PREMIERS FALL 2013)
As the ultimate pop culture fan forum, this new interactive talk show is hosted by the super fan himself, Ross Mathews. Fans will have the unique opportunity to share their opinion on all the latest in pop culture, debate the most buzzworthy topics and come face to face with their favorite celebrities. From Borderline Amazing Productions.
THE TREND (PREMIERES FALL 2013)
This news series will feature a team of experts and celebrity contributors discussing all things fashion, beauty and design.
BLINGING UP BABY (PREMIERED THURSDAY, MAY 2ND @ 10:00 PM)
There is nothing more buzzworthy in Hollywood these days than celeb parents and their star tots who fill the pages of weekly magazines. In this one-hour special hosted by Melissa Rycroft, E! explores how the stars are heralding stork visits, from preparing luxurious nurseries, to exotic and ultra-pricey "babymoons,” to dazzling "push presents," outrageous celebrity baby and toddler gifts, and more. If it is hot in the world of celebrity mommyhood, you'll find out about it here. From Comcast Entertainment Studios.
NICK CANNON’S BIG SURPRISE (PREMIERED THURSDAY, MAY 9TH @ 10:00 PM)
Sexy actor, singer and TV personality Nick Cannon has a big surprise. Grateful to his grandparents who helped raise him, Cannon shows his appreciation with a surprise home makeover. Through the process, the star will share childhood memories, photos and videos as the audience gets an intimate look back at his life. But will his highly opinionated grandmother, actually like what he does with her place? There's only one way to find out.
HOLLY HAS A BABY (PREMIERED MAY 12TH @ 9:00PM)
Holly Madison just took on the biggest role of her life when she became a mommy to a baby girl she named Rainbow Aurora Rotella. In this one-hour Mother's Day special, viewers will follow Holly to the hospital for the big event, and share in all she did to prepare for her new arrival with boyfriend Pasquale Rotella. Then, we're invited home with the trio as they share with us exactly what the future holds for Holly and her new family, including the possibility of wedding bells.
THE UNTOLD STORY” JASON DERULO (PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 14TH @ 10:00PM)
Simon Cowell said he would be huge, Lady Gaga said he's "a freakin' superstar," and Jordin Sparks calls him, boyfriend. He was well on his way to the top when an injury sidelined his career, and could have nearly ended his life. This half-hour special is a turbulent ride with Derulo as he battles his way back from injury. With never-before-seen footage and exclusive behind-the-scenes access, we'll uncover the real man behind the persona of music royalty's newest member.
RYAN SEACREST WITH THE WANTED: AN E! SPECIAL (PREMIERES MONDAY 27TH @ 10:30PM)
Days before the premiere of their highly anticipated new E! series, Seacrest is sitting down with the bad boys of pop, and no topic is off limits. Discussing their music, rock star lifestyles and their much-buzzed-about personal lives, The Wanted open up to Seacrest in this new one-hour special.
BIGGER, BADDER, CELEBRITY FEUDS (PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 28TH @ 10:00PM)
The Hatfields and McCoys had nothing on some of Hollywood's biggest and most explosive feuds, and this one-hour special pulls out all the stops to reveal the gritty details of what went down between Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, Halle Berry's ex and her current squeeze, Kelsey and Camille, and many, many more. From Comcast Entertainment Studios.
E!: SPECIAL: BROOKE BURKE (PREMIERES JUNE 2013)
Giuliana Rancic is sitting down with the sexy actress and TV personality who has helped make Dancing with the Stars one of today’s biggest television sensations. Opening up about her career, family and personal life, Burke shares her ups, downs and everything in between with Giuliana from her home in Los Angeles.
SECRET SOCIEITIES OF HOLLYWOOD (PREMIERES LATE SUMMER 2013)
Beyond the red carpet and behind the security gates lies a forbidden Hollywood that only the rich and famous know about …until now. "Secret Societies of Hollywood" is a two-hour documentary that will expose the cults, cabals and underground clubs that exist in today’s entertainment industry.
50 HOURS WITH 50 CENTS (PREMIERES FALL 2013)
What is it like to be 50 Cent? One lucky super fan gets to find out. This special captures 50 hours with 50 Cent as one of his biggest fans gets to spend exactly that amount of time with him. Viewers will experience over two full days with this iconic rapper, entrepreneur and businessman as he enters global promotional mode leading up to the release of his newest album.
INNER CIRLCE (PREMIERES FALL 2013)
A new experiment in storytelling from Executive Producer Ashley Tisdale, these specials will feature celebrities picking a member of their inner circle (a trusted friend, family member or close confidant) to tell their real story and to ask the questions. More conversation than interview, it’s an emotionally charged journey where the celebrities let their guards down, open up and have fun with someone from their “inner circle.”
NEW UNSCRIPTED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT:
This series chronicles the personal and professional lives of premier families at the top of their game in world renowned wine country, Sonoma Valley. Featuring Envolve Winery’s Ben Flajnik (“The Bachelor”), Mike and Kate Benziger, Danny and Collette Fay, and B.R. Cohn Winery’s Vallerie and Tasha Cohn, the series goes inside the day-to-day drama that comes from living in a small town, working with friends and family, as well as being local and national celebrities.
QUEENS ARE WILD
Docu-soap that goes inside the high-stakes world of gambling and follows four of the top female poker players as they live together, travel the world and compete to win millions.
Through the eyes of the outrageous family who lives there and the staff that run it, this new docusoap takes viewers inside a unique, luxurious world filled with eccentric personalities and gives viewers a glimpse into a jaw dropping, elaborate 24,000-square-foot family estate in upstate New York that boasts an authentic English pub, Balinese wellness spa and perfectly heated lawn that is designed to keep the paws of the family’s 35 dogs warm year-round.
This self-contained competition elimination series pits up-and-coming photographers against one another. In each episode, the photographers are given a real world challenge with real clients from the world of pop culture, who expect an amazing photo to sell their brand, talent or idea. Each week the winning photographer will get the exposure that could help launch their career.
SEX AND REAL ESTATE
Set in Miami, this new docusoap follows the personal and professional lives of a group of hot, successful real estate agents at the top of their game as they juggle a world where business always mixes with pleasure.
THE SOUP INVESTIGATES
"The Soup Investigates" is a new spin-off series of E!’s popular comedy franchise “The Soup” that will answer all the questions that pop culture fans never thought to ask, and then some. How DOES that rose get from the grower's field to The Bachelor's hand just in time for the all important rose ceremony? What is life like inside the fascinating world of the “Mother Duckers,” the families who make their living creating duck callers who WEREN’T cast in “Duck Dynasty”? Host Joel McHale and our investigative reporters will be working around the clock to get to the truth, or at least a very plausible facsimile thereof.
NEW SCRIPTED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT:
In this drama about a young woman returns to her dysfunctional, extended family in Laurel Canyon with her son after hearing her rock-star legend father has passed away. Based on Croner’s experience of growing up in the Hollywood Hills,
THE STAND IN
A darkly psychological re-telling of "The Prince & the Pauper" set behind the scenes of one of Hollywood's most famous actresses, who, tired of the spotlight, runs away in search of a normal life. Desperate, her family secretly hires a look-a-like to step into the star's glamorous world and high profile career --- only to have the doppelganger slowly lose herself in the process of becoming someone else.
A young, prolific songwriter of some of the best love songs struggles to find love in her personal life after her inspiration is revealed to be a lie.
From writer Ron Bass (Oscar winning writer of Rain Man, Sleeping with the Enemy), inspired by the classic Dickens work, a soap about a morally corrupt family in the diamond business set in New York City.
The golden child of a small coastal town in South Carolina returns home to see that a major Hollywood prime time soap, The Shore Line Yacht Club, is the biggest employer in town. An enormous class divide separates the cast and producers from the townspeople, yet their lives are now continuously and irrevocably intertwined – for better or for worse.
From Keith Eisner (The Good Wife, Law & Order), Jason Markarian and John Mirabella, a dark comedy centering on a blue collar guy from south Boston who gets scouted to be a model in Miami. Life gets turned upside down when his two best friends join him and see his new life as a way to expand their criminal activities.
Framed for a drug deal by a friend from his hard-partying days, society Golden Boy Michael Baron becomes a criminal informant and is at the mercy of the police. He bounces between his privileged west side of Los Angeles existence and the case he is forced to work in the slums. But his dark past gives Michael some leverage over his fate, and he makes a dangerous deal that could clear his name. Or get him killed.
Part fairy tale, part cautionary tale, this contemporary family ensemble is steeped in all of the regal opulence of the British Monarchy and framed by Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s a tale of men and women corrupted by power, wealth and desire while looking at the nature of celebrity from a Royals’ point of view.
The KARDASHIAN/ JENNER Clan return June 2nd to the E! network!
I know that I am one of the few that actually like the Kardashians (my favorite is Khloe ) and i am excited to see how adding more jenners to the show will affect the family as a whole. I am sure that all of this new family interaction will play out for multiple seasons, and hopefully before they family leaves reality TV for good, Khloe and Lamar will have a baby. I have to admit that none of the new upcoming reality shows have caught my interest. The scripted dramas on the other hand are a different story, I am really excited for most of the shows that are in development on the E! network. Hopefully this year unlike last year, this copious amount of scripted shows will lead to at least one of them getting a series order. I am crossing my fingers. How about you, what are you excited for on E!? Do you know what you will be watching? Let me know in the comments!