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E! adds six new series, announces a hefty development slate

April 22, 2013|By Yvonne Villarreal
  • "The Wanted Life," a previously announced reality series about British boy band the Wanted, is set to appear on E! starting in June. Above, from left, are band members Siva Kaneswaran, Max George, Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness.
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Even with its prized dynasty -- the Kardashians -- procreating enough to supply E! with programming for years to come, the network continues to beef up its slate: It will add six new series and 10 specials in the coming months, with subjects ranging from the women of WWE to 50 Cent.

The network also announced Monday that it was developing eight scripted dramas and nine non-scripted projects, including a spinoff of "The Soup" and a drama from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("Gossip Girl"). The news precedes the NBC Universal-owned cable network's upfront presentation to advertisers in New York.

“With its tremendous reach and influence, E! delivers original programming that achieves our network’s mission to inspire and entertain the pop culture fan in all of us,” said E! President Suzanne Kolb in a statement. “We are continuing to build on the success of our signature programming with new projects featuring a diverse mix of genres, formats and points of view that are centered in pop culture and are sure to excite our fans.”

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Sunday saw the return of "Married to Jonas," which chronicles the married life of teen heartthrob Kevin Jonas (the eldest of the Jonas Brothers) and wife Danielle, and the premiere of the Olympic swimmer reality fest "What Would Ryan Lochte Do." Slated to join the reality rankings later this year are "The Wanted Life," a previously announced reality series about British boy band the Wanted; "Total Divas," which offers a peep at the women of WWE; and "Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jesse," which gives viewers another glimpse at married life, this time looking at country/pop singer Jessie James and her fiancé, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker. Also on deck are pop culture-themed shows: "Pop Innovators," "Hello Ross," and "The Trend."

The development slate, in addition to the Schwartz-Savage drama, also includes shows from Kevin Spacey, "Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd and songwriter Diane Warren. And, most notably, a spinoff to clip show fan-favorite "The Soup."

So far this season, E! has drawn an average of 511,000 viewers in prime time, according to Nielsen, lagging behind competitors Lifetime, TLC and Bravo -- and down 24% from last season.

Here's a rundown of what the network has in its pipeline.

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NEW SERIES

“The Wanted Life” – Sunday, June 2, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (moves to regular time slot starting Sunday, June 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT)

This new half-hour series will chronicle the personal and professional lives of the edgy pop music powerhouse, The Wanted, who has already taken the world by storm. Viewers will see an unfiltered look inside the world of the chart-topping British pop band as they head to sunny California to record their third album, gear up for their new U.S. and European tour later in 2013 and solidify their top ranking on American pop music charts, along with their surprising dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, Scooter Braun Projects and Global Talent TV.

“Total Divas” – Sunday, July 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Revealing the real women behind the WWE Divas for the first time, this new one-hour series proves that the drama is even bigger when the sexy superstars step outside the ring. “Total Divas” goes inside the personal lives of these glitzy, glamorous celebrities who entertain sold-out crowds in arenas around the world and are adored by millions of fans. "Total Divas" is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray, Gil Goldshein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions.

“Pop Innovators” – July 2013

This new series showcases the most influential names in pop culture in their own words. We love them for what they bring to our world, and how they have helped define pop culture and captured the collective zeitgeist. These are the people who, as leaders in their respective fields, have taken their fame and gone in new directions to become influencers across a wide range of topics, and who inspire others to do the same. The first episode of "Pop Innovators" will offer an in-depth look at the life and career of Will.i.am from his point of view and will also feature interviews with other celebrities that he's influenced most.

“Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie” – Late summer 2013

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