Coming Soon: “For Peete’s Sake,” “Living with Funny”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted titles are slated to air on such networks as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, E!, CNBC and Oxygen. (Pictured: For Peete's Sake)
March 3, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted series are slated to premiere across such networks as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, E!, CNBC and Oxygen.

U.S. cable net E! Entertainment is to air a reality series following an elite Los Angeles-based dance team in professional sports.

The 8 x 60-minute L.A. Clippers Dance Squad will provide an in-depth look at the lives of seven  members of the “Clippers Spirit” dance team. The series will follow dancers through the audition process as they compete against hundreds of performers vying for one of 20 spots.

The Mandalay Sports Media-made series will also follow the squad through rigorous rehearsals all while balancing such personal challenges as finding love, family affairs and cementing their career paths. The series will premiere on March 15 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will immerse viewers in the lives of actor Holly Robinson Peete and her husband and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, beginning March 19 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Produced by Tremendous! Entertainment, For Peete’s Sake (pictured)  follows the couple as they attempt to balance their personal lives with demanding careers. The series will follow the pair as they juggle spending time with Holly’s 80-year-old mother Dolores, running the non-profit organization the HollyRod Foundation, and raising their four children, including 17-year-old RJ, an autism advocate who suffers from autism; twin sister and budding musician Ryan; and 13-year-old son Robinson, who wants to follow in his father’s athletic footsteps.

Meanwhile, American cable net CNBC is preparing the entrepreneur-focused series Billion Dollar Buyer from Endemol Shine North America.

The series will feature Tilman Fertitta, chairman and CEO of multi-brand hospitality company Landry’s, as he scours the country to unearth innovative new products. Each hour-long episode will showcase two small businesses as Fertitta samples their merchandise while sharing his expertise and providing insight into how their operations can be improved. Episodes will culminate with Fertitta ultimately deciding whether or not to conduct business with the companies. The series launches on March 22 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on CNBC.

Finally, NBCUniversal-owned net Oxygen Media is slated to debut the comedic reality series Living with Funny in mid April. The half-hour docuseries, which is produced by L. Plummer Media, will pull the curtain back on the personal lives of a raft of burgeoning Hollywood funnymen and their partners. Comedians featured in the program include Brandon T. Jackson, DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Adam Hunter and their wives and girlfriends. Living with Funny will bow April 12 at 9 p.m. EST/PST across Oxygen.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.