John Legend Producing College A Cappella Talent Show for Pop Network
In its first upfront since morphing from the TV Guide network, there are shows about soap opera stars, Alan Thicke’s family and CBS’s 'Big Brother'.
College a cappella teams compete over eight episodes on Sing It On, a new show inspired by the movie Pitch Perfect that is being executive produced by John Legend and the CORE Media Group, which is behind American Idol.
"I had so much fun singing a cappella in college,” says Legend. “The music, the friendships, the competitions were all a huge part of my college experience. We're excited to be a part of a show that documents the real ups and downs of this interesting world that many know nothing about.”
Sing It On is part of the first slate of shows announced at an upfront presentation since The TV Guide Network morphed into Pop, a cable network aimed at hip, youthful audience that is owned by CBS and Lionsgate and which reaches 80 million homes.
"We are heading into the upfront season,” said Brad Schwartz, president of Pop, “with a fresh, uniquely positioned media brand covering the landscape of what’s popping in culture and an original programming slate driven by enthusiastic content and award-winning talent."
Here are some of Pop’s newest presentations:
Queens Of Drama: a reality series starring soap opera actresses including Lindsay Hartley, Crystal Hunt, Vanessa Marcil, Chrystee Pharris, Hunter Tylo, Donna Mills and Joan Collins. It premieres on April 26.
Unusually Thicke: The mid-season premiere of a sitcom with a real family — Alan Thicke, wife Tanya and son Carter. It premieres on April 29.
Big Brother After Dark: a late-night companion to CBS’ Big Brother with a live look inside the house. Premieres on June 25.
Don’t Blink: inside the world of underground street magicians as they perform before the general public and celebrity guests. Premieres later this year.