February 13, 2013 6:44am PT by Lacey Rose
Ryan Seacrest's Ballroom Dancing Docu-Drama Nabs Series Order at A&E (Exclusive)
Ryan Seacrest is dancing his way to A&E.
The American Idol host-turned-prolific producer has nabbed a six episode series order for his unscripted effort, tentatively titled Montecito. The hour-long effort takes place in Montecito, Calif., home to some of the wealthiest women in the world, and the men who fulfill their dreams – in this case, it's not their husbands, but their ballroom dance instructors. For these working-class men, it’s their potential ticket out of the middle class; the question the series will ask is how far will they go to satisfy the demands of their clients.
The docuseries, which will allow viewers to get to know the men and woman beyond the dance floor by exploring their often unique relationships, is being produced by Seacrest's Ryan Seacrest Productions. RSP CEO Adam Sher and Seacrest will serve as executive producers alongside partners at Generate, Jordan Levin, Robert B. Levin and Hilda Keenan Wynn, as well as A&E's David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Lily Neumeyer.
Montecito joins a growing portfolio at RSP, which is behind E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its many spinoffs as well as Bravo's Shahs of Sunset, E!'s Married to Jonas and the recently announced E! docuseries, The Wanted Life. The Los Angeles-based media company, which employs nearly 40, is pushing into scripted and film efforts as well, with projects including Mixology (a comedy pilot at ABC) and the Krista Vernoff-penned My Husband's Wife (a romantic comedy set up at Universal).
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