Los Angeles-headquartered health and entertainment net Z Living has boosted its original health-oriented programming slate with the addition of four new factual series from producers including 3 Ball Entertainment and Bodega Pictures.
Each episode of the 3 Ball Entertainment-produced Finding Fido will follow canine expert and Underwater Dogs photographer Seth Casteel (pictured) as he helps prospective dog owners find the perfect companion for their lifestyle by matching each participant’s specialized needs with the criteria of their new furry friend. Todd A. Nelson, Ross Weintraub and DJ Nurre serve as executive producers on the series.
The Bodega Pictures-made Altar’d, meanwhile, will shadow overweight couples as they team with trainers to shed excessive weight 12 weeks ahead of their wedding day. Altar’d is exec produced by Joshua Ackerman, Benjamin Nurick, and Zachary Werner.
Elsewhere, The Big Fat Truth from 3 Ball Entertainment is slated to feature host and mentor JD Roth as he challenges groups of overweight participants – from church goers, truckers, nurses and cattle farmers – to achieve their health-related goals. The series is exec produced by Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Ross Weintraub and DJ Nurre.
The Ebersol Lanigan Company’s docu-soap Yoga Girls will spotlight the competitive world of yoga on Los Angeles’ Westside. The series will follow two groups of yoga instructors – new world yogis vs. traditionalists – as they fight to attract clients and gain the most recognition to build their respective brands. Charlie Ebersol and Ross Breitenbach are to exec produce.
Tim Krubsack serves as executive producer on all series on behalf of Z Living.
Finding Fido and Altar’d are expected to go into production in the near future and are slated to premiere in fourth quarter 2016. The Big Fat Truth and Yoga Girls, meanwhile, will air in early 2017.
In addition to the four original series, Z Living has also acquired Birth Days (Cineflix; May 2 at 4 p.m. EST/PST), chronicling the first six weeks of parenthood; Flip My Food, featuring celebrity chef Jeff Henderson as he modifies decadent dishes (Flip My Food, LLC; May 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST); and House Hazards (Cineflix; May 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST), testing everyday household items through modern technology and experiments.
“From day one, our focus at Z Living has been to create new entertainment content that not only satisfies audiences’ growing engagement with healthy living, but also reflects the evolution of health and wellness into nearly every lifestyle genre – from food and fitness to home, family and even work,” said Z Living GM Rafe Oller in a statement.