E!'s better known for their news and unscripted content, but it appears the cable network is looking to branch out a bit in the way of scripted content. Among the projects in development are a number of dramas, one of which comes from The O.C.'s Josh Schwartz, and another, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest. And a few of the projects are inspired by classic stories.
Unscripted television is E!’s bread and butter, and the network has some new ones up their sleeve. The latest announcements on the unscripted development slate include an inside look at the top families of Sonoma wine country, the lives of high-stakes female poker pros, and a photography competition series. The development announcements follow on new series and a bunch of new specials planned for the network.
It's E!'s turn among this year's Upfront season to present their 2013-2014 slate to advertisers, which includes revealing the new programming and projects in development at the network. Among the new series set to debut in the coming months at the entertainment news and celebrity gossip-focused cable channel are unscripted shows chronicling the behind-the-scenes happenings for musical group The Wanted and the women of WWE Divas.
E! is bringing Burning Love, Ken Marino’s parody of a dating show, off the web and onto television next month. The web series is getting ready to premiere its second season online only a week before it will make the jump to television – with Season 1 set to begin airing on E! on February 25th.
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has officially landed his very own television series on E! The network has ordered 6 episodes of What Would Ryan Lochte Do? in the hopes that audiences are in fact interested in the answer to that question.
After observers got over the initial shock of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West altering their no headlines friendship into a publicity obsessed romance juggernaut, the question became whether the musician would agree to appear on his new girlfriend’s popular reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Since he doesn’t exactly need the appearance fees, the bigger question was whether he’d want to be portrayed in that light.
Just in case you were going through Kardashian withdrawal since Kourtney and Kim Take New York wrapped up its second season, Khloe and Lamar returns for Season 2 this weekend. E!’s set to serve up a double-dose of the reality series, with the second season premiere airing this Sunday night, and another new episode to air on Monday.
E! aired the season finale of Kourtney & Kim Take New York last night, which revealed what appeared to be the beginning of the end for Kim Kardashian’s marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries and closed out what was a relatively unhappy season by comparison to the rest of the Kardashian series, but did earn some seriously impressive numbers regardless.
We all know how the “fairytale” ended, but the previews for tonight’s season finale of Kourtney & Kim Take New York hint that viewers will see the unhappily ever after for themselves. Check out E!’s promo for the episode ahead.
Ryan Seacrest is an in-demand guy, but he may not be demanded on the set of Americal Idol much longer. With his three year contract coming up for negotiation, it looks like Fox might be willing to let him leave the show rather than pay the $15 million each year he currently brings in for hosting Idol. Seacrest has his fingers in plenty of pies and a lot of potential new work being dangled, so there’s no reason to believe he’ll take a pay cut to keep his hosting gig
We finally reached this week’s Kardashian zenith: the arrival of the new season of Kourtney and Kim Take New York. If there were any expectations on anyone’s end the new season of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians spinoff would be a dud, those expectations were very wrong. Kourtney and Kim Take New York premiered Sunday night to its highest ratings for a premiere, ever.
E! is stating there were scheduling conflicts between the various family members. It is true there are a boatload of Kardashians who need to be on the same page and in the same place to film these things –there’s Kris and Bruce, Khloe and Kourtney, Kim, Rob and the two half siblings, the baby, and sometimes Scott or Lamar. Kim’s divorce was really what made The Kardashian Christmas an implausibility.
At the end of the month, E! will be shaking things up by moving the excellent pop-culture clip show The Soup from Fridays to Wednesdays. Whether you consider this good news or bad news probably depends on how packed your TV-viewing schedule is.
The new contract with E! is a double whammy of a good deal for Handler. Not only will she continue to hose Chelsea Lately until at least 2014, Handler’s production company, Borderline Amazing Productions, will also produce some programs for E! and NBC Universal. Handler will retain the rights, along with Tom Brunelle, to continue executive producing Chelsea Lately and After Lately.
The zombie virus appears to be spreading. With the premiere of The Walking Dead’s second season less than a week away, E! appears to have contracted the virus and this Friday night, The Soup is fighting it. Check out the trailer for this Friday night’s special three-minute television event, which appears to feature at least two veteran Walking Dead zombie-fighters.