Unscripted

Pivot readies “Secret Lives of Americans” debut

Participant Media-owned channel Pivot has set the premiere date for its self-shot reality series Secret Lives of Americans.
June 5, 2015

Participant Media-owned channel Pivot has set the premiere date for its original series Secret Lives of Americans.

Produced by MME/Filmpool USA and All3Media America, each 30-minute episode of the previously announced self-shot series will follow individuals as they reveal their biggest secrets to the people in their lives.

“In a time where people filter their lives for social media, this show peels back the glossy ‘selfies’ to reveal the gritty truths individuals are grappling with every day,” said Belisa Balaban, executive VP of original programming for Pivot, in a statement. “Secret Lives of Americans takes a genre familiar to reality TV fans, but uses the format to bring broad social problems out of the shadows.”

The series is exec produced by Eli HolzmanStephen Lambert, and Danny Villa for MME/Filmpool USA and All3Media America. John Henshaw also serves as executive producer. Jeff Skoll and Christy Spitzer are exec producing for Pivot.

Secret Lives of Americans will bow on June 12 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST.

In other news, the show will also feature a digital companion docuseries titled One Secret, Many Lives, which – according to a release issued by Pivot – aims to “contextualize the breadth and impact of the issues beyond the cast’s personal narratives.” Each episode of the digital series will pair someone who has personally faced either student debt, food insecurity, immigration problems or PTSD with experts in each of these fields.

(With files from Manori Ravindran.)

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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