WE tv adding Cyndi Lauper, Kendra series to summer sked

Two docusoaps, Cyndi starring Cyndi Lauper and Kendra On Top starring Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett (pictured), join the female-skewing cable net's summer slate.
March 21, 2012

WE tv has added two reality series starring singer Cyndi Lauper and Playboy bunny-turned-fitness guru Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett to its summer schedule.

The female-skewing U.S. cable net has ordered 12 episodes of the docusoap Cyndi (working title) from Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc. that will chronicle the life of the Grammy-winning singer and Broadway composer.

The show will co-star Lauper’s husband, actor David Thornton and their 13-year-old son Declyn and is being executive produced by Burnett and Lauper with Annabelle McDonald serving as EP for WE tv. Production is slated to begin in April in New York.

“I am thrilled to continue our relationship with the amazing Cyndi Lauper,” Burnett said in a statement. “And very excited to be producing our first show for WE tv.”

Meanwhile, Wilkinson-Baskett, who previously starred in the E! reality series The Girls Next Door and Kendra, will move to WE tv this summer with Kendra On Top. The network has ordered 14 episodes from Prometheus Entertainment, including a one-hour premiere and finale and 12 half-hour episodes. The show will follow the ex-model as she focuses on being a wife and mother, post-Playboy.

Kendra On Top is being executive produced by Kevin Burns with Scott Hartford, Kim Sheerin, Wilkinson-Baskett and Hank Baskett serving as co-executive producers. Suzanne Gladstone will executive produce for WE tv. Production begins in Los Angeles this month.

Both shows will join WE tv’s summer line-up, which also includes Hair Divas: Hollywood and returning series Braxton Family Values.

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