In this week’s round-up, new unscripted titles are to air on a range of networks, including A&E, Netflix, Bravo and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Produced by Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media, the series is to follow 10 personal fitness trainers from across the U.S. as they intentionally indulge in an unhealthy diet and refrain from exercise in order to gain excess weight under medical supervision. After four months of weight gain, each trainer will return to their client and implement an exercise regimen to transform from “fat to fit.”
Elsewhere, NBCUniversal-owned network Bravo is cooking up culinary competition series Recipe for Deception with actor-comedian Max Silvestri as host. Produced by Embassy Row and Realizer Productions, each episode will see four chefs tasked with creating a dish with a secret main ingredient, while engaged in three head-to-head elimination rounds.
To determine what their undisclosed ingredient is, each chef asks their competitors three yes or no questions, in which they receive two truthful answers and one fabrication. Judges Chris Oh and Jonathan Waxman will grade the final dishes based on how well the secret ingredient was incorporated. However, eliminated chefs can return to the competition by trading potentially valuable information about the mystery ingredient for a chance to win the US$10,000 prize. The series airs January 21 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Meanwhile, U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is gearing up for the January 23 debut of a relationship-focused primetime talk show aimed at educating men.
Hosted by R&B singer Tyrese Gibson and Run DMC rapper-turned-unscripted star Rev Run, the eight-part It’s Not You, It’s Men (pictured) will offer unique viewpoints in a raft of subjects from monogamy, modern-day romance, sex, marriage and dating.
Each episode will feature such celebrity guests as Vin Diesel, Jordin Sparks, Marlon Wayans and Loni Love, as well as relationship experts to offer guidance in the show’s weekly topics. Produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Voltron Pictures and Simmons/Lehman Productions, the series is slated to bow January 23 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
Finally, SVOD service Netflix will unveil American comedian Chelsea Handler’s four-part docuseries Chelsea Does on January 23. Exec produced by Handler and Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville, the series sees Handler diving into a variety of topics, including marriage, traveling to Alabama to confront racism, the tech industry of Silicon Valley, and journeying to Peru to consume the psychoactive beverage ayahuasca, made from a South American vine.