How do you one-up the NBC media circus that was Sarah Palin, Real Housewife Nene Leakes, snarky Matthew Perry and a very well trained celebrity monkey? Let’s face it – you can’t. But that was nonetheless the daunting task faced by the stars of female-skewing networks Oxygen, Style and E! in the second day of NBC’s 2012 Summer Press Tour.
Among one of the bigger announcements in an undoubtedly lower profile day, Oxygen revealed the next phase in Extra host Maria Menounos’ TV domination – a docuseries about her “not so Hollywood life.” According to Oxygen’s press release, the 10-episode series follows the Dancing with the Stars diva at home with her longtime live-in boyfriend and “strict Greek immigrant parents who demand marriage and grandchildren.” The series is currently untitled.
The Jonas Brothers also opened their homes to camera crews with E!’s Married to Jonas, an all access pass inside the life and marriage of Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle Deleasa. Set to follow Keeping up with the Kardashians with its season premiere on August 19, Married has all the ripe elements of another Seacrest-produced reality hit. Expect similarly meddling in-laws and tension between famous siblings. Married will also offer audiences a glimpse into the JoBro’s professional lives – namely, in studio recording sessions. The pop music trifecta will even share some air-time with the rarely seen “bonus Jonas” – little brother Frankie.
Rounding off the unscripted lineup is comedienne Whitney Cummings, who can now add talk show host to her multi-hyphenate title. Deemed Cummings’ open forum on celebrity gossip and pop culture, E!’s Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings has the network’s reigning open-forum queen, Chelsea Handler, executive producing.
In more news from the “Pop of Culture” network, E! president Suzanne Kolb reassured reporters of E!’s impending foray into scripted content in 2013. Kolb says the network is still sifting through stacks of scripts; but Kevin Spacey, Michael De Luca and John Wells are among the names potentially producing. As far as the vision for the network’s scripted future, Kolb described it as the hypothetical marriage of FX and the CW.
And as the CW’s Gossip Girl heads into its sixth and final season, Style has acquired syndication of the high fashion, high drama series which will begin airing on August 15th. Fans can relive the scandalous dealings of the Upper East Side Gossip posse with weekly re-runs and regular marathons.
by Simone Boyce