TV Guide Network (TVGN), co-owned by Lionsgate and CBS, has landed two new series with popular daytime talker Wendy Williams, and "Celebrity Apprentice" champ, country singer John Rich in addition to two more unscripted series slated to debut in the fall: "Mother of All Talent" and "Tequila Sisters."
Under the working title, "Wendy Williams Project," the opinionated radio personality-turned-daytime talker gives TVGN's cameras a backstage look at her life. The series will go behind-the-scenes on "The Wendy Williams Show," as well as follow her as she prepares for her Broadway debut in "Chicago" as prison matron Mama Morton.
Williams will also executive produce under her company, Wendy Williams Productions, alongside additional EPs Kevin Hunter, Lisa Knapp and Jill Ramsey.
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As for the "John Rich Project" (working title), the Big & Rich singer gets the chance to do a little of everything. The ambitious primetime show will include celebrity interviews, musical performances as well as go behind the scenes of Rich's life at his home, "Mount Richmore" in Nashville.
25/7 Productions will produce with David Broome ("The Biggest Loser"), Yong Yam and Marc Oswald set to executive produce.
TVGN announced two more unscripted series for the fall programming slate. Read the official descriptions below:
MOTHER OF ALL TALENT: This eight-episode docu-series follows the dynamic mother-daughter duo Nikki and Lorri, who have built one of the nation's leading talent agencies for kids straight from their quirky hometown in Staten Island, N.Y. This comedic yet aspirational series will capture what it takes to find and manage children in showbiz, while also contending with overly ambitious stage parents. Mother Nikki can be blunt and overbearing, while daughter Lorri always makes things right for the clients. Managing kids is a strange and demanding business. The jobs are real, the competition is stiff and the stakes are high. MOTHER OF ALL TALENT is produced by Jarrett Creative ("Boston's Finest") with Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna-Jarrett as Executive Producers.
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TEQUILA SISTERS: Old-world family values and new-generation ideals collide in this eight-episode docu-soap series that follows the real lives of the Marins, an affluent, multi-generational Hispanic family living in Southern California. The show follows Mexican-born family patriarch and tequila entrepreneur Bill and his wife Lori, as they raise four beautiful daughters—Jen, Lauren, Jackie and Catherine—while fighting to pass along traditional values of family and marriage when faced with the seductions of Hollywood lifestyle. The girls, all in their 20s, try to find their independence while facing questions of assimilation, boyfriends and dating, sibling rivalries and changing economic times for the family. The show spotlights the dynamics and drama of being a Marin, which can be explosive and combative at times, but always rooted in love. TEQUILA SISTERS is produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate with Eli Frankel ("Amazing Race," "Braxton Family Values" and "American Chopper") as Executive Producer.
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