Oxygen preps “Last Squad Standing,” “Ex Besties”

Oxygen Media has greenlit the friend competition series Last Squad Standing and The Battle of the Ex Besties, as well as a doc comedy from Propagate and a true crime series.
June 9, 2016

Oxygen Media is adding two friend competition series, a doc comedy from Propagate, and a true crime series to its millennial women-targeted slate.

Produced by Lighthearted Entertainment, Last Squad Standing sees three groups of friends living in the same space as they compete in competitive tasks that will show how close the friendships really are. When a team loses, they must choose someone within their group to be eliminated. Rob LaPlante, Jeff Spangler and Trish Gold are executive producers of the series.

Oxygen’s other friend-related offering, The Battle of the Ex Besties, tackles the other side of the coin – the ex-best friend. In the series, former friends are paired together to take on challenges to win a grand prize, and possibly rekindle the relationship. Fly on the Wall and Fishbowl World Media’s Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan, Rick de Oliveira, Haylee Vance and Beth Greenwald serve as executive producers.

A family who has left the witness protection program is at the center of Unprotecteda half-hour docu-comedy that will follow a former crime family as they raise two teenagers in the suburbs of Arizona. Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Kevin Healey and Eric Kutner are executive producers.

Finally, using stylized re-enactments, Three Days to Live illustrates what it’s like in the 72 hours after someone is abducted. The Joke Productions and Lusid Media series will be part of Oxygen’s true crime programming block. Joke Fincioen, Biagio Messina and Zak Weisfeld are exec producing.

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