12:28pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Lifetime Orders More of Tori Spelling's Reality Show
Scoot over on that couch, because couples therapy just a got a little more crowded.
Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott have signed on for a second season of Lifetime's candid reality show True Tori. Like the first run earlier this year, the sophomore run will air just a few weeks after filming to capitalize on unscripted TV's current love of near-real-time turnover.
True Tori made headlines in April when the actress started filming her flailing marriage and teary attempt to repair years-old issues that made tabloid headlines in the aftermath of a cheating scandal and McDermott's stint in rehab. The next order, which starts filming Thursday, returns to the network on Oct. 21 — just a little more lead time than the last go-around.
"What we really loved about this show was the immediacy," Lifetime senior vp and head of nonfiction development Eli Lehrer told The Hollywood Reporter in May. "We went from zero to 60 in just four weeks, and we're used to months of buildup and marketing."
While not a juggernaut, True Tori was a strong player for Lifetime, rating especially well with women and opening to 1.2 million viewers.
True Tori, produced by Studio Lambert and All3Media America, is one of several shows tightening the production timeline in the reality world right now. Fox's Utopia, like Big Brother, is editing footage on days' notice — and Bravo is launching real-time-ish dating show The Singles Project.
Spelling's ABC Family show Mystery Girls was canceled earlier this week.