10:30am PT by Lacey Rose
Ryan Seacrest to Host, Produce Fox Summer Reality Show
Ryan Seacrest has found his next act.
With his longtime gig as host of American Idol set to end after the singing competition’s upcoming 15th and final season, Seacrest has lined up another Fox reality show. Later this summer, he will begin hosting Knock Knock Live, a wish-fulfillment series from Seacrest and previous collaborators Dick Clark Productions and Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment. Knock Knock premieres Tuesday, July 21, at 9 p.m.
Seacrest will be based in a Los Angeles studio, while the Knock Knock team crisscrosses the country, surprising unsuspecting people at their front doors with life-altering opportunities, including major cash prizes or a chance to meet their favorite celebrities. The idea goes something like this: someone knocks on your door and offers you thousands of dollars for naming nine kids who live on your block; or your favorite pro basketball player knocks on your door and challenges you to a game of H-O-R-S-E, with a chance to win courtside seats.
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Fuller, Michael Herwick, Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Stijn Bakkers and Nicolle Yaron will join Seacrest as executive producers on the live event series, which fits squarely into Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman's stated plan to shift Fox's reality brand toward more aspirational fare. That much more impressive — and, in success, lucrative — for Seacrest: He is also a stakeholder in the format worldwide, alongside Fuller, DCP and Fox.
Similarly key, the deal features limited exclusivity for Seacrest, which will enable the multihyphenate to continue working across the media landscape. Among the projects already on his résumé: Idol on Fox and Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on ABC as well as On Air With Ryan Seacrest and a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show. His relationship with NBCU is ongoing, too, and includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across NBC and E! (red carpets). In an interview last year, Seacrest confirmed that he also had been having conversations with NBC Sports about collaborating on the 2016 Olympics coverage in Rio, as he did the London games in 2012.
In early April, Seacrest announced a sizable deal between Endemol and the unscripted division of his 9-year-old production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, which officially takes effect in 2016. (Knock Knock Live is not being produced by RSP.) The pact should allow RSP, which currently produces E!'s Kardashian franchise, Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset and ABC Family’s upcoming transgender series Becoming Us, to exploit Endemol's resources along with its access to international formats.
Fuller, too, is no stranger to the Fox reality brand, having created long-running franchises Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. DCP, for its part, has become key to the network's summer unscripted push, with involvement in Knock Knock as well as late June hopeful Boom!, based on an Israeli game show format, and another season of SYTYCD.