Extra: MTV uses “SafeWord”; A&E to premiere “Akil the Fugitive Hunter”

MTV uses SafeWord in new series MTV will be debuting a new comedy game show from the producers of Lip Sync Battle. In each episode of SafeWord, celebrity guests will partner with comedians such as Carly Aquilino, ...
June 27, 2017

MTV uses SafeWord in new series

MTV will be debuting a new comedy game show from the producers of Lip Sync Battle.

In each episode of SafeWord, celebrity guests will partner with comedians such as Carly Aquilino, Sam Jay, Ricky Velez, Leonard Ouzts, Taylor Tomlinson, Akaash Singh, Matt Pavich and Sherry Cola to play a series of games in front a live audience. Throughout multiple rounds, the teams will go head-to-head, daring each other on a variety of challenges. In the spirit of a friendly comedy roast, the celebs try to take the heat, but can use their “safe word” if it becomes a pain.

SafeWord is based off a UK format that aired on itv2 and was originally developed and produced by STV Productions and Motion Content Group

SafeWord will be hosted and executive produced by Terrence J. It will also be executive produced by Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jerry Carita for Matador. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Paul Ricci are executive producers for MTV. The series premieres on July 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. 

 A&E Network to premiere Akil the Fugitive Hunter

A&E Network is set to premiere a new live-action and animation docuseries.

Akil the Fugitive Hunter chronicles the journey of Akil Muhammad as he tries to keep his community safe by tracking and capturing some of the most elusive criminals in Los Angeles.

The 10×30′ series features original animation from animator Carl Jones and original music from multiplatinum singer and producer Ty Dolla $ign, who also serves as executive music producer for the series.

The series is produced for A&E Network by This is Just a Test.

Executive producers for TIJAT are Aengus James, Colin King Miller and Myles Reiff. Akil Muhammad, Wood Harris and Carl Jones serve as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Evan Lerner serve as executive producers for A&E.

Akil the Fugitive Hunter (pictured) premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes on A&E Network.

E4 and the7stars team up on All Star Driving School

UK digital channel E4 and Suzuki Ignis media agency the7stars have teamed up on the new series All Star Driving School.

Produced by Rumpus Media, the series will see celebrities join a driving school run by three fully qualified instructors. The celebrities will learn and take part in a series of core driving skills and challenges.

The celebrities will also be helped weekly by their friends and family who will be there to support them on the day of their practice driving test.

The celebs getting behind the wheel of Suzuki’s Ignis will be Geordie Shore’s Vicky Pattison, dancer, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle, Tattoo Fixers stars Sketch and Paisley, Geordie Shore regular Nathan Henry, The Vamps‘ Connor Ball, First Dates waitress CiCi Coleman and Olympic gymnast, Claudia Fragapane.

All Star Driving School (15×30) was commissioned by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor for formats at Channel 4 and head of formats, Dom Bird. The executive producer for Rumpus Media is Iain Wimbush.

The new series is slated to air later this year on E4.

Olympic Channel launches new series about transgender athletes

A new series from the Olympic Channel will follow the journeys of five transgender athletes making their mark in the sports world.

Identify premieres June 28 and is available worldwide exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform mobile app and at

The five-episode docuseries features athletes such as volleyball player Chloe Anderson, swimmer Schuyler Bailar, hockey player Harrison Browne, boxer Pat Manuel and triathlete Chris Mosier, who each share personal stories of the challenges and triumphs they’ve encountered while facing gender and identity issues.





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