The CW slates reality trio for summer

The U.S. broadcast network greenlights musical competitionThe Star Next Door, ballet series Breaking Pointe and the South Beach hotel-set The Catalina.
March 6, 2012

American broadcast network The CW has ordered three unscripted series to debut during its summer schedule.

The Star Next Door is a music competition series executive produced by actress and rapper Queen Latifah; Breaking Pointe follows the behind-the-scenes drama at a ballet company in Salt Lake City, Utah; and The Catalina is about a group of young people working in a South Beach, Miami hotel. The three new shows join previously announced musical obstacle course game show Oh Sit!

“One of my first goals here at The CW was to increase the number of hours of original programming, both throughout the season and during the summer,” said network president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “With these four new reality series, we’re launching our biggest summer schedule yet which will boost our circulation during the summer months and provide us with a promotional platform for our fall launch.”

Produced by The Biggest Loser creator David Broome’s 25/7 Productions, CBS’ Raquel Productions and Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, The Star Next Door is a musical competition starring pop singer Gloria Estefan and country star John Rich. The show will travel across the United States in search of untapped musical talent, and will ¬†immerse viewers in local towns and the lives of the contestants as they prepare to represent their city during a live broadcast.

Breaking Pointe, from BBC Worldwide Productions, is billed as an “intense, unfiltered look” at the high-pressure world of ballet. The show is set in Ballet West, a Salt Lake City-based company, and is executive produced by Kate Shepherd (Big Brother: According to Russell Brand), Bill Langworthy (The City) and the BBC’s Izzie Pick Ashcroft and Jane Tranter.

Finally, Bischoff Hervey Entertainment’s The Catalina follows a group of young staffers at The Catalina hotel in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood who party harder than the guests. It is executive produced by Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey.

The premiere dates have yet to be announced.

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