Unscripted

Upfronts 2012: USA Network lines up “Bride or Best Man”

USA Network is moving into reality programming, unveiling a slate of titles as part of its annual Upfront, including a pilot pick-up of Bride or Best Man (working title) from Shed Media.
May 17, 2012

USA Network is moving into reality programming, unveiling a slate of titles as part of its annual Upfront, including a pilot pick-up of Bride or Best Man (working title) from Shed Media.

The network bills the reality show as a “bromantic comedy” with a twist, with a groom and his best man¬†being left in charge of planning the ‘big day’ of a wedding.

In addition, Romancing the Globe is a new relationship series in development from exec producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media. The show promises to this series take participants “on a globe-trotting search for love that leads to the potential of ultimate betrayal.”

The slate also includes two previously announced projects Рthe pilot for The Choir, from Shed Media; and the recently greenlit series The Moment, from The Hochberg Ebersol Company.

In a statement, USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel said: “As we move into the world of reality programming, we’re staying true to our brand DNA by focusing on real life characters that are every bit as fascinating, inspirational and entertaining as our scripted ones.

“These unscripted series let us welcome characters of all types, which will continue to broaden our appeal to audiences.”

In related news, U.S. broadcaster The CW also unveiled its Upfront line-up today. The network has cancelled reality show H8R, and is moving America’s Next Top Model from Wednesdays to Fridays, where it will air at 8 p.m. EST.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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