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Upfronts ’14: TVGN lines up New Kids, The Situation

The U.S. cable network's 2014/2015 slate includes reality series starring boy band New Kids on the Block (pictured) and Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.
April 30, 2014

TV Guide Network (TVGN) has greenlit reality shows starring boy band New Kids on the Block (pictured) and Jersey Shore‘s The Situation.

The shows are part of the U.S. cable network’s 2014/2015 upfront slate, which amounts to 400 hours of original programming, including six original series and four primetime specials. TVGN also announced three projects in development with producers Core Media Group, Thinkfactory Media and Lionsgate Television.

Produced by Jarrett Creative Group, the eight-episode Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block follows a group of die-hard fans of the boy band on a week-long cruise headlined by the “Hangin’ Tough” hit-makers. The network will also air a half-hour special dedicated to the casting process behind the show. Band member Donnie Wahlberg is exec producing both programs.

TVGN announced the New Kids on the Block project last fall as part of its first original series development slate.

Previously announced The Sorrentinos follows Jersey Shore cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino as he attempts to mount a comeback following a battle with addiction. The series will also feature his real-life family. It is also produced by Jarrett Creative Group.

The special Watch! TV goes behind the scenes of CBS’ Watch! Magazine as stars participate in photo shoots in exotic locales. It is produced by TV Guide Productions and will air this summer.

Also figuring in TVGN’s slate, Unusually Thicke, a 14-episode docu-comedy starring actor Alan Thicke and his family, made its debut on the network on April 16. It is produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment.

TVGN’s development slate includes Sing It On (working title), a Core Media Group-produced docuseries about collegiate a cappella groups preparing to compete in an international competition; Soap Town, a Thinkfactory Media-produced series that follows ex-soap stars as they attempt to develop, pitch and produce a new soap opera and land a pilot deal; and Jet to the Set (working title), a Rogue Atlas Productions and Lionsgate Television-produced travel show featuring celebrity hot spots.

Returning series include Big Brother: After Dark, entertainment show Popsugarnow and The Story Behind...

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