E! CONTINUES TO EXPAND POP CULTURE PROWESS WITH TWO NEW SERIES AND DYNAMIC ORIGINAL DEVELOPMENT SLATE
New Series Include Docu-Follow "Just Jillian" with Fitness Superstar Jillian Michaels and Comedy Series "The Comment Section" Executive Produced by Joel McHale; Five Projects In Development Span the Worlds of Celebrity Offspring, Hollywood Lifestyles, Relationships, Social Media and More
Los Angeles, CA, May 5, 2015 - E! announced today the greenlight of two new series, "Just Jillian" and "The Comment Section," in addition to five original series in development rooted in celebrity and pop culture. The announcement comes on the heels of E! delivering significant ratings growth and success last month, which included finishing +29% ahead of April 2014 in primetime among A18-49. E! was also one of only six top 30 networks to deliver growth in primetime in April, and one of only three networks to see double digit lifts.
"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, Executive Vice President, Programming & Development, 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."
New E! series announced today include:
Known globally as a fitness mogul, TV megastar and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Jillian Michaels strips down and bares it all in this new docu-follow. While fans may think they know Jillian inside and out, her tough-as-nails personality that captured legions of fans on "The Biggest Loser" is only one aspect of this dynamic celebrity, and for the first time viewers will follow Jillian as she juggles business, family, friendships, victories, failures, laughter, tears and everything in between. "Just Jillian" is an authentic, unfiltered look inside this surprisingly sensitive superstar's private world and family. Produced by ALL3MEDIA AMERICA LLC and Empowered Media, LLC, "Just Jillian" is set to premiere in early 2016. Executive producers are Jillian Michaels, Giancarlo Chersich, Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Brian Veskosky, and Greg Goldman.
"The Comment Section"
This new half-hour comedy series explores the biggest stories of the week and all of the outrageous and hilarious comments made about them on social media. Hosted by comedian Michael Kosta and executive produced by "The Soup"'s Joel McHale and K.P. Anderson, "The Comment Section" will boldly dive into the most dangerous corners of the internet, take out the haters, anoint the heroes and generate an all new brand of laughs from the biggest pop culture stories of the week. Produced by Wilshire Studios Free Period and Pygmy Wolf Productions, the series premieres late summer 2015. Executive producers are Joel McHale, KP Anderson, Jason Burns and Greg Heller.
Original E! projects in development include:
With so many apps and websites to join, the dating pool has never been deeper, yet, the struggle to find the one seems harder than ever. And being a celebrity doesn't make it any easier. Eight single celebrities who have been infamously unlucky in love gather under one roof to learn how to (finally) pick the right match. Part dating show, part transformative therapy, these celebs will learn the cold hard truth behind their disastrous romantic history. Under the guidance of a therapist and with the help of a matchmaker, these celebs will take part in a series of exercises, therapy sessions and real dates; all to find the real love that they've lacked up until now. Famously Single is produced by Irwin Entertainment. Executive producers are John Irwin and Damian Sullivan.
Every love story has a beginning, and in this case, it comes with a contract. The wealthiest young people have to protect what is theirs, whether by their own desire or pressure from their family. Hosted by Hollywood relationship guru Gigi Levangie, who famously penned "The Starter Wife," each episode follows couples as they debate everything from kids, to wealth and possessions, to sex and physical appearance, leaving everything on the table for negotiation. All is fair in love and prenups. "Hollywood Prenup" is produced by Evolution Media. Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart, Alex Baskin and Gigi Levangie serve as Executive Producers.
"Girls Guide to Sports"
A studio-based talk show, "Girls Guide to Sports" will cover all of the juicy topics at the intersection of sports and pop culture in terms of gossip, fashion, dating, entertainment and of course today's hottest athletes. Hosted by a panel of experts and rotating guests, fans will be able to call in with their most burning questions and commentary. "Girls Guide to Sports" is produced by Den of Thieves, LLC. Executive producers are Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic and Melissa Rivers.
Tapping into the social media craze, Instafamous explores the lives of social media celebrities and what makes us all so obsessed with their lives. "Instafamous" is produced by Leftfield Pictures. Executive producers are Brent Montgomery, David George and Will Nothacker.
"Kierra & Harry Douglas Project"
This docu-series follows the lives of newlyweds Kierra and Harry Douglas along with their families. Kierra is an ex Falcon's cheerleader and Mrs. Georgia International, who currently runs a dance studio while Harry currently plays WR for the Tennessee Titans. The series is produced by Shed Media. Executive producers are Pam Healey and Dan Snook.
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