10:33am PT by Michael O'Connell
TBS Bolsters Unscripted With New Series Orders From Howie Mandel, Mark Burnett
TBS has handed out orders for two more unscripted series. The Turner network, in an effort to boost yearlong original offerings and add more reality programming, will debut hidden camera series Deal With It and game show Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host (working title) in late 2013.
Coming from executive producers Howie Mandel and Mark Burnett, respectively, the series will follow the upcoming launch of Ben Silverman competition King of the Nerds and the hidden-camera comedy Who Gets the Last Laugh?.
Deal With It, in the vein of Mandel's numbered hidden-camera offerings, is based on a British format from Keshet Broadcasting. It dares participants to prank unwitting companions, taking instructions from an earpiece, in an effort to win cash and prizes. The six-episode order will be produced for the network by Mandel's Alevy Productions, Roy Bank's Banca Studio and Keshet in association with Lionsgate Television. Mandel, Bank and Mike Marks will executive produce.
Burnett's tentatively titled Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host has a 10-episode order. The comedy game show pits two hosts against each another and the contestants, giving them a different answer to the same question and forcing the them to decide who is telling the truth. One Three Media and the London-based Monkey are producing, with Burnett, Will MacDonald and David Granger serving as EPs.
This is the latest round of unscripted orders to come to the network since Turner brought on David Eilenberg as senior vp unscripted development at TBS and TNT last summer.