11:29am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
E! Greenlights Jillian Michaels Doc, Joel McHale Comedy Series
E! is adding two new original series from Jillian Michaels and Joel McHale to its slate.
The first is documentary Just Jillian, which will dive deep into the private life of the fitness entrepreneur of The Biggest Loser fame. The second is McHale-produced comedy series The Comment Section, which will explore the biggest stories of the week and the outrageous comments made about them on social media.
The network has also announced an additional five original series in development, all rooted in celebrity and pop culture. They include Famously Single, a dating show that follows eight single celebrities who have been unlucky in love gathered under one roof to find the perfect match; Hollywood Prenup, a show hosted by Hollywood relationship guru Gigi Levangie that looks at wealthy couples who set out to protect what is theirs; Girls Guide to Sports, a studio-based talk show that covers topics at the intersection of sports and pop culture; Instafamous, a series that explores the lives of social media celebrities; and Kierra & Harry Douglas Project, a docuseries that follows the lives of ex-Falcons cheerleader and Mrs. Georgia International Kierra Douglas and her husband, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas.
“We are excited to unleash our latest lineup of new original programming as we continue to build momentum with fan-favorite series,” said E!'s executive vp programming and development Jeff Olde. “While these projects are extremely diverse, they are quintessentially E!, giving our fans a sneak peek into the celebrity lifestyle and having fun with entertainment and pop culture in a way that only E! can.”
The half-hour comedy from The Soup star will be hosted by comedian Michael Kosta and will premiere late summer 2015. Wilshire Studios, Free Period and Pygmy Wolf Productions will produce, with McHale, KP Anderson, Jason Burns and Greg Heller serving as executive producers.
Set to premiere in early 2016, Just Jillian is produced by All3Media America and Empowered Media, with executive producers Michaels, Giancarlo Chersich, Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Brian Veskosky, and Greg Goldman.