March 26, 2014 7:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
E! Upfront Slate: More Kardashians, 'Rich Kids,' Lance Bass and 'Gucci' Miniseries
E! has unveiled its robust upfront slate, featuring an original scripted miniseries based on Patricia Gucci's upcoming book, a new Kardashian spinoff as well as the second season of Rich Kids and a New York-set companion series.
Weeks after E! announced it had ordered its first scripted drama to series with The Royals, the cable network home to the Kardashians has put into development Gucci, a miniseries turning the lens on the famous fashion family from sibling studio Universal Cable Productions, writer Sal Stabile (Revenge) and EP Warren Littlefield.
The slate also includes an unscripted docuseries following the lives of spin instructors and Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons, the latest installment in the Kardashian franchise. E!'s first family will also be featured in Dash Dolls, a series exploring the sisters' pop-up stores and those who work there. Meanwhile, E!'s Rich Kids will expand to a second season in Beverly Hills as the network readies a New York-set spinoff of its latest unscripted hit.
Also notable among E! slate are two specials from former MTV president of entertainment Brian Graden, including the Magic Mike-esque Men of the Strip and one following Lance Bass' wedding. The cabler will also expand its live offerings with a weekly live dating series as well as a daily 30-minute TV recap show.
"E! continues to deliver for the pop culture fan through buzzy original programming, unparalleled entertainment news and innovative digital initiatives," said E! Entertainment president Suzanne Kolb. "Across every platform, E! is more topical, trendsetting and up-to-the-minute than any other destination. With our slate of beloved franchises, the arrival of our first scripted series and a strong development slate, we're excited about the year ahead."
Below is a closer look at E!'s original programming slate:
Escape Club -- Sunday, June 8 at 10 p.m.
In the new one-hour series Escape Club, E! sends 12 twenty-somethings looking to escape and reboot their lives to an exclusive, exotic resort where they will do whatever it takes to keep their place in paradise. Produced by Shed Media, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Dan Snook and Matt Odgers are executive producers.
Botched -- September
This new eight-episode, one-hour series showcases the risky quest to correct extreme plastic surgery gone wrong. Executive produced by Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart and Mark Herwick for Evolution Media.
Ryan Seacrest: Biggest Moments on the Radio (working title) -- Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m.
It's been 10 years since Ryan Seacrest joined KIIS-FM and today he's one of the most popular "go-to" radio DJs in the country. Seacrest, Clear Channel and E! will highlight the most memorable celeb moments on-air. The one-hour special highlights a decade of fun of the wildly popular On-Air With Ryan Seacrest.
Live From the Red Carpet: iHeart Radio Music Awards -- Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m.
E!'s signature franchise, Live From the Red Carpet, is heading to the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Produced by Wilshire Studios.
Worst Thing I Ever -- Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, April 9 at 8 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
A series of fun and fast-paced specials that feature various celebrities, pop culture faces, comedians and experts who break down the ultimate worst-ever celebrity choices. In each half-hour special, our commentators countdown the Top 10 'worst-ever' unfiltered, regretful and embarrassing celebrity choices.
Secret Societies of Hollywood -- Wednesday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
Four one-hour specials expose the cults, cabals and underground clubs that exist in today's entertainment industry. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment. Executive producer is Kevin Burns.
Beyond Candid With Giuliana: Lisa Vanderpump -- Sunday, May 11 at 8 p.m.
This is the untold story of everyone's favorite Beverly Hills housewife, Lisa Vanderpump. Seemingly overnight, the happily married mother of two was catapulted from relative obscurity to reality superstardom, winning over legions of fans with her impeccable style and surprising likability.
Men of the Strip -- Summer
In this new 90-minute docu-event, E! viewers will follow along as all the elements of Las Vegas' newest all-male revue comes together. The "Men of the Strip" revue is the brainchild of Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, Emmy-nominated choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard and entertainment entrepreneur "Money Mike" Foland. Produced by Brian Graden Media for E! Brian Graden, Lois Curren, Gaurav Misra and Leane Vandeman are executive producers.
RETURNING AND CURRENT SERIES
Total Divas -- Sundays at 9 p.m.
Eric & Jessie: Game On -- Sunday, March 30 at 10 p.m.
Giuliana & Bill -- Tuesday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians -- Sunday, June 8 at 9 p.m.
#RichKids of Beverly Hills -- August 2014
Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons -- fall 2014
From the producers of E!'s mega-hit series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kourtney, a newly single Khloe, and Lord Disick himself are back in the Big Apple, and are taking the city by storm. The girls have their work cut out for them as they set out to relocate the Dash New York store to a hot new property while managing the initial struggles of opening their first pop-up store in the Hamptons. Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions.
SCRIPTED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT (working titles)
Songbyrd -- pilot (still in contention)
Gucci -- Miniseries in development
The unique love story between Aldo Gucci, the son of the founder of Gucci, and his longtime mistress Bruna Palombo set against family politics, corporate intrigue and the worldwide expansion of the Gucci brand from the unique point of view of Patricia Gucci, Aldo and Bruna's daughter. Based on Patricia's upcoming book, The Name of Gucci, and from Universal Cable Productions, Sal Stabile is writer and executive producer. Warren Littlefield, Patricia Gucci and Alan Nevins are executive producers.
UNSCRIPTED/TOPICAL PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT (working titles)
This docuseries, set in the world of the prestigious global fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg, explores the relationships between an ultra-successful boss who controls the fashion world and her eight eager-to-please associates in training. Culminating at New York Fashion Week, ultimately one will get the highly sought-after yet demanding opportunity to work directly with DVF as her Global Brand Ambassador. Produced by Electus and Hud:sun Media. Executive producers are Chris Grant, Michael Rourke, Mioshi Hill, Corie Henson and Von Furstenberg.
Since she was a teenager, Christina Milian has lived life in the public eye. Hit songs, movie roles and paparazzi focus have come, gone and come back again, but the one constant in her life has always been her family. Drama, comedy and touching reality will all be on display in this fiery family docusoap. Produced by Banca Studio and G3 Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Roy Bank, Kelsey Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov Sher, Brian Sher, Carmen Milian and Milian serve as executive producers.
#RichKids of New York
Building off the success of #RichKids of Beverly Hills, the spinoff features a whole different kind of "rich kid." These #RichKids are using their bank roll to build their own empires in the Big Apple. Produced by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment. David Leepson and Doron Ofir are executive producers.
Each episode starts with the reveal of an outrageously high receipt, and viewers will follow as we backtrack to live the 24 hours with the insanely rich person responsible for the over-the-top spending. Produced by Den of Thieves. Executive producers are Evan Prager and Jesse Ignjatovic.
Lance Bass Wedding
This wedding special follows Bass as he and his fiancé actor-artist Michael Turchin plan the wedding of their dreams. Produced by Brian Graden Media, executive producers are Graden, Gaurav Misra, Lois Curren and Bass.
Takes audiences inside the thrilling secret lives of L.A.'s hottest spin instructors. Produced by Tricon Media. Executive producers are Andrea Gorfolova, Jeff Hevert, Abby Ex and Nick Kreiss.
What happens when rich kids hit their 30s? Between finally receiving their trust funds, making a killing in their careers, marrying the right guys and having rich kids of their own, they set the standard for glamor, fun and success. Produced by Evolution Media. From Colet Abedi and executive producers Giuliana Rancic, Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross and Greg Stewart.
Pretty Young Things
Follows the real life and drama of working models in New York City, this is a "model apartment" like no other. Executive producers are Bill Robinson and Loic Maes for Shady Media, and Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman for Left/Right.
Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian made a mark on the fashion industry with the opening of their upscale DASH boutiques. We'll see how the Dash Dolls -- the girls entrusted to manage the DASH storefront and overall franchise -- juggle the glamorous lifestyle that comes with representing one of today's most successful boutique chains. Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions.
A weekly live event where the viewing audience plays matchmaker in real-time with real people's dates. Live each week from E!'s studio, one hopeful single will have three potential suitors to choose from … but the catch is that only the audience can see them! Produced by Wilshire Studios.
In this self-contained format, each episode will give viewers a sneak peek inside two millionaires' outrageous homes, cars and closets. Produced by Leftfield Pictures. Executive producers are Brent Montgomery and Will Nothacker.
A live 30-minute daily show that recaps the best of the past 24 hours in television and pop culture news. Hosted by a panel of television and pop culture experts, everyone's got an opinion on the craziest, most outrageous and juiciest TV of the day. Produced by Wilshire Studios.