12:49pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Craig Piligian Boards OWN's Lindsay Lohan Docuseries
OWN is extending its relationship with Craig Piligian.
The executive producer behind the network's Raising Whitley has boarded the cable network's upcoming Lindsay Lohan docuseries, OWN executives announced Thursday during its presentation at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
Piligian, via his Pilgrim Studios banner, will executive produce the upcoming untitled eight-hour docuseries following Lohan's effort to rebuild her career and stay healthy. The series is slated for 2014.
For Pilgrim, the Lohan vehicle marks his latest foray into the unscripted arena, joining a long roster of titles including The Big Brain Theory, My Fair Wedding, The Ultimate Fighter, Wicked Tuna, Top Shot, Top Hooker, Swamp Pawn, Dirty Jobs and American Chopper, among scores of others. Piligian also executive produced TV movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial.
News of the Lohan docuseries comes as the actress has struggled with her sobriety, making headlines during the filming of Lifetime's high-profile Elizabeth Taylor TV movie Liz & Dick and the feature The Canyons. Most recently, her efforts to return to the success she had with Mean Girls and Herbie have included arcs on Fox's Glee and FX's Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management, with the vocal actor noting Lohan held the production "hostage" after delivering "half a show," often arriving two hours late.
"Lindsay is a great subject, a great actress and we're really excited to be in business with her," Piligian, who has yet to meet with Lohan, told The Hollywood Reporter, calling the entry a "work in progress." "We're excited about the project and can't wait to get started."
In addition to the documentary, Lohan will sit down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey for an installment of Oprah's Next Chapter on Aug. 18.