ABC Family Greenlights Two Reality Series
Comedy Starring Tori Spelling Among Three Half-Hour Pilot Orders At ABC Family
ABC Family has ordered two reality series: Dancing Fools, which will be hosted by Melissa Peterman, star of the network’s hit comedy series Baby Daddy, and docu-soap The Vineyard (working title). Production on both series will begin this spring. ABC Family’s most recent unscripted effort, series Beverly Hills Nannies, aired last summer. It did not go to a second season.
Dancing Fools is a half-hour unscripted comedy created and executive produced by Phil Gurin (The Singing Bee, Oh Sit) and produced by the Gurin Co. ABC Family is keeping details about the premise under wraps, but judging by Gurin’s track record of turning karaoke and musical chairs into reality series, this may again be a take on a party game. In addition to Dancing Fools, Peterman also is hosting the upcoming ABC reality series Bet On Your Baby. The Vineyard is a dramatic coming-of-age docu-soap, which follows a handful of twentysomethings in Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. It is created and executive produced by Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser) and Brian Smith (MasterChef) and produced by 25/7 Prods. The two unscripted series will premiere in the summer alongside recently picked up new dramas The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Twisted.