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Coming Soon: “Lip Sync Battle Shorties,” “Kiss Bang Love”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series are slated to debut across FYI, Oxygen Media and Nickelodeon. NBCUniversal-owned net Oxygen Media is attempting to repair tattered friendships in the Sibley Scoles-hosted ...
November 24, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series are slated to debut across FYI, Oxygen Media and Nickelodeon.

NBCUniversal-owned net Oxygen Media is attempting to repair tattered friendships in the Sibley Scoles-hosted The Battle of the Ex-Besties.

The Fly On The Wall Entertainment-made competition series will feature 14 former best friends as they confront past differences in a variety of challenges for the chance to win a US$100,000 grand prize. Losing teams will have the opportunity to play for $50,000 or leave the competition for good. Two contestant losses will eliminate teams for good. The series premieres Dec. 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, Viacom-owned youth broadcaster Nickelodeon will unveil its juvenile Lip Sync Battle spin-off special on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Presented by Modern Family actor Sarah Hyland, Lip Sync Battle Shorties will see everyday children taking a turn at lip-syncing along to their favorite songs. Each “Shorty” is involved in every aspect of their performance, from song selection to choreography and staging. In addition, the hour-long stunt will feature four talented kid performers – otherwise known as the Lip Sync Battle Shorties Dance Crew – and a supporting cast featuring a young DJ, M.C. and backstage correspondent. The one-off is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content.

Finally, A+E Networks-owned cable net FYI is readying a new dating format from Married at First Sight creators Kinetic Content.

Hosted by relationship and communication expert Rachel DeAlto, Kiss Bang Love (10 x 60 minutes; pictured) will feature singles choosing 10 potential mates based on a blindfolded kiss. After choosing the five best kisses, they meet again for a second kiss without blindfolds. Contestants will then select two partners to spend two nights with at a luxury hotel before choosing to whisk one away on a romantic holiday. The series bows Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FYI.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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