U.S. cable channel IFC has commissioned Young, Broke & Beautiful (6 x 30 minutes), a non-fiction travel show in which blogger Stuart Schuffman travels the U.S. looking for the “hidden, cheap and carefully guarded secrets that aren’t in any guidebook.”
The 44 Pictures-produced series forms part of the network’s 2011/2012 slate, which also includes Whisker Wars (7 x 30 minutes), a comedy doc series about competitive facial hair growers from Thom Beers’ Original Productions.
The latter series, originally unveiled as part of IFC’s development roster in November of last year, will premiere August 5, and profiles a group of men competing in a host of facial hair competitions, from the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Oregon to the World Competition in Norway.
Elsewhere on the slate, the network – which predominantly airs independent film, original documentaries, comedy, shorts and animated series – has unveiled further details of its previously untitled Reveille project Commercial Kings (10×30′).
Premiering June 24, the docu-comedy follows a duo travelling across America producing amusing commercials to showcase local businesses.
IFC’s general manager and exec VP Jennifer Caserta said the channel’s latest line-up “speaks to people looking for smart, clever and authentic programming.”
Whisker Wars is being exec produced by Beers and Philip D. Segal, co-exec produced by Jeff Conroy and series produced by Jay Bennett and Diane Kay Zilliox. The exec producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack and Caserta.
Young, Broke & Beautiful is produced and exec produced by Sam Erickson, with DeMontreux, Caserta and Christine Lubrano exec’ing for IFC; while Commercial Kings is exec produced for Reveille by Howard T. Owens, Todd Cohen, Heather Schuster, Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal, Joke Fincoen and Biagio Messina.
Paul Cockerill is producer for the latter series, while the exec producers for IFC are DeMontreux, Lubrano, Caserta and Evan Shapiro.