Celebrity driven reality TV continues to bring in top ratings for television networks. For over 10 years, every network from MTV to ABC has enlisted famous actors, musicians and athletes to translate their fanbase into viewership. Singer Ozzy Osbourne was among the earliest to let reality TV cameras in his home and film his family for the long-running MTV series, ‘The Osbourne Show’. According to MTV, ‘The Osbourne Show’ was the most-watched program in the history of their network.
It is no secret that a reality show can either revitalize a stars career, or accelerate their downward spiral. Tia and Tamera Mowry experienced recent success while filming their popular WEtv reality series ‘Tia & Tamera.’ Reality TV gained them new acting and hosting gigs and resulted in the launch of several new product ventures. Meanwhile, sources close to struggling actress Lindsey Lohan told Radar that Lohan felt her recent OWN docuseries ‘Lindsey’ closed even more doors to future acting opportunities in Hollywood.
A new batch of celebreality shows is in the works for 2014 and 2015. Which celebrities made the cut?
Christina Milian Docusoap
Singer, actress, and host, Christina Milian is coming out with a reality TV series that centers around her family, career and upcoming wedding to hip hop producer Jas Prince. The former correspondent for ‘The Voice’ has kept busy raising her 4-year-old daughter from her marriage to The Dream, appearing on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and making music. She recently released a single with Lil Wayne. E! described the show as a “family docusoap” that will also highlight Milian’s relationships with her mother, who is also her business partner, and her sisters.
Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project
Songwriter, producer and former lead singer for the 4 Non Blonds, Linda Perry, is set to star in her own singing competition this summer. According to VH1.com, Perry will be filmed as she attempts to find and sign new artists for her record label’s relaunch. Winners will get to record an album with Perry to be released on her label, Custard Records. The legendary songwriter has written and produced tracks for multiplatinum recording artists including Pink, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani. The docuseries will be filmed in her Hollywood studio.
Rich Kids Spin Off
E! announced that it is creating a spin-off of the ‘Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,’ titled ‘Rich Kids of New York’. ‘Rich Kids of New York’ will feature prominent offspring that are entrepreneurs growing their own business empires. Despite the shows new angle, it will retain the entertaining spirit of its predecessor. According to a statement by E! “…these rich kids are brash, unfiltered scenesters, who love to cocktail, party, and make fun of themselves and each other.” The RKOBH made its debut on E! in January of 2014 and quickly rose to popularity. Among others, the show included E.J. Johnson, the son of Magic Johnson, and Dorothy Wang, the daughter of billionaire businessman Roger Wang.
The official premiere date of RKONY has not been released.
Diane von Furstenberg Docuseries
Vanity Fair reports a docuseries starring fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg will air on E!. The competition show will feature 8 contestants vying to become a DVF Global Brand Ambassador. The fashion designer just celebrated the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress. Furstenberg is listed as an executive producer of the series, which will begin filming in spring and end filming during New York Fashion Week.
I ‘Heart’ Nick Carter
Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter, will chronicle his wedding planning process with fiancé Lauren Kitt. The VH1 series will feature Carter as he tries to balance the responsibilities of his career, maintain his relationship with Kitt and help plan their recent nuptials. E! News reports Carter and Kitt wed earlier this month and are currently on their honeymoon in the Florida Keys. The pop group front man is a self-proclaimed former bad boy and reformed drug addict who once dated Paris Hilton. The series will debut this summer.
Lance Bass Wedding
Another boy bander, NSYNC alum Lance Bass will star in an E! reality series that will follow him as he prepares to wed fiancé Michael Turchin. No stranger to reality TV, fans have spotted Bass during his many appearances on shows including ‘Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica‘, ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s’ and ‘Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List’. Bass is also the creator and executive producer for Lifetime’s ‘Celebrity Home Raiders’.
The Leah Remini Project
Funny gal Leah Remini will star in a new reality series set to air in the summer of 2014. According to TV Guide, the TLC show will feature the ‘King of Queens’ actress as she interacts with her husband of 10 years, Angelo Pagan, and their 9-year old daughter. Remini recently starred on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ but was a hot topic in the media for challenging the leadership of The Church of Scientology. Remini currently stars in the TV Land comedy ‘The Exes’. Remini and her husband previously starred in the VH1 documentary series, ‘Inside Out’, reports E!.
LeAnn & Eddie
Singer LeAnn Rhimes and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, will welcome VH1 cameras into their home and attempt to dispel rumors on their new show ‘LeAnn & Eddie’. The couple infamously began their relationship as an affair while both parties were married to other people and have not been able to stay out of the tabloids in recent years. Cibrian’s former wife, scorned ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Brandi Glanville has built a career off of publicly bashing Cibrian and feuding with Rhimes. VH1 states the couple wishes to share the more normal side of their hectic celebrity lifestyle, which includes co-parenting Cibrian’s two sons.
Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence
Bad boy Charlie Sheen will star in a one hour TV pilot for a couples competition show. Deadline reports the WEtv reality series will put engaged couples through a test to see how well they know each other. The ‘Anger Management’ star is listed as a producer. Sheen was famously fired from the hit TV comedy ‘Two and a Half Men’ in 2010, and later settled a $100 million lawsuit against the studio for wrongful termination.