A&E expands unscripted slate with eight series, pilots

Mafia characters, football moms and reality show producers are some of the characters starring in A&E Network's expanded unscripted slate of four new series and four pilots. (Pictured: David McKillop, GM and EVP of A&E)
May 8, 2014

Mafia characters, football moms and reality show producers are some of the characters starring in A&E Network’s expanded unscripted slate of four new series and four pilots. (Pictured: David McKillop, GM and EVP of A&E)

The net’s original series premiering this fall include the Custom Productions and Redtail Media-produced series Dogs of War (5 x 60 minutes), on a not-for-profit organization that pairs PTSD-afflicted veterans with therapy dogs; and the Renegade 83, Grainey Pictures and Brookline Ice Films-made Godfather of Pittsburgh (8 x 60 minutes), which follows a first-generation Italian American struggling to remain lawful in running an empire of nightclubs and restaurants.

The original series with summer premieres include the Leftfield Pictures-produced social experiment series Love Prison (working title; 10 x 30 minutes), in which online couples meet for the first time on a remote island; and the 12 Forward Entertainment-produced Lone Star Lady (9 x 30 minutes), on a wealthy football mom in Johnson City, Texas, raising four boys.

Meanwhile, the pilots in development for A&E include the previously announced Big Brew Theory (w/t) – produced by 44 Blue Productions, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, Dunlop Entertainment and Bill Thompson Productions - on four MIT grad students creating a micro-brewery; the Wolf Reality and 44 Blue Productions-made Nightwatch, which covers New Orleans’ emergency response units; the My Tupelo Entertainment-made The Unproduceables (w/t), on producer Mark Efmanas’ efforts in creating a reality series on senior citizens at a Florida retirement center; and Relativity Television’s 8 Minutes, on a pair of former police officers going on eight-minute undercover missions to get young sex workers out of the business.

“As our successful long-running franchises continue to be the driving force of the network, we are making a significant investment in growing our unique slate of quality original non-fiction programming,” said David McKillop, GM and EVP of A&E, in a statement. “These projects represent a small percentage of the new innovative formats that we hope will excite current A&E viewers and attract and engage new audiences.”

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