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Anthony Anderson, Joel McHale series join E! unscripted slate

NBCUniversal cable net E! has slated five new unscripted series set to premiere this year and next, including a celebrity-focused travel series and cooking show, and a docuseries about the ...
May 12, 2022

NBCUniversal cable net E! has slated five new unscripted series set to premiere this year and next, including a celebrity-focused travel series and cooking show, and a docuseries about the impact of Black culture on broader society.

Celebrity Beef (w/t) is scheduled to debut this summer, starring and executive produced by actor, comedian and veteran E! host Joel McHale (The Soup). The series will pit a pair of celebrities against each other in a light-hearted, head-to-head cookoff in an effort to put their issues behind them. McHale will act as prosecutor, judge and jury, ultimately crowning one celeb the winner of the cook-off while helping the celebrities squash their beef.

Celebrity Beef is produced by the Content Group with McHale, Rebecca Hertz, Steven Michaels, Jodi Flynn, James Macnab, Andi Walker Ochoa and Ariel Brozell serving as executive producers.

Also on the way later this summer is Raising a F***ing Star, which comes from RuPaul’s Drag Race producer World of Wonder. The series follows the larger-than-life parents and would-be child stars trying to break through as dancers, actors and models.

The series is produced from World of Wonder with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell, Darren Ward, Adam Karpel and Shannon Wilson all serving as executive producers.

Set to premiere in early 2023 is the documentary series Black Pop (w/t), described as an archive-rich look at the Black American dream through decades of pop culture. The show promises to explore how Black Americans shaped the wider culture through film, television, music and comedy.

Black Pop comes from NBC News Studios and Unanimous Media with NBA All-Star Steph Curry executive producing along with Erick Peyton, Melissa Haizlip and Reniqua Allen-Lamphere.

Also slated for a 2023 debut is the comedic travel series Anthony Anderson and Mom: European Vacation (w/t). The series finds the Black-ish actor (pictured) treating his mother Doris to a six-week trip across Europe as a thank you for giving up her own acting dreams to raise him. The series will show how their disagreements throughout the trip test their relationship.

Anthony Anderson and Mom: European Vacation is produced by Avalon with Jamie Isaacs, David Martin, Anthony Anderson, E. Brian Dobbins and Doris Bowman executive producing.

Finally, Love Limo, also set to premiere in 2023, features Todd Chrisley guiding an unlucky-in-love single person on a day of speed-dating with the aim of hopefully ending in the date night and match of their dreams. Chrisley believes you can learn everything you need to know about someone within the first 20 minutes of meeting them, and the new series puts his theory to the test.

Love Limo comes from Todd Chrisley Productions and All3Media America with Chrisley, Simon Knight and Kelly Lee serving as executive producers.

Photo by Maarten de Boer

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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