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Oxygen is upping its original programming by 50 percent with five new series including New York and Los Angeles editions of Girlfriend Confidential (Oxygen’s version of sister network Bravo’s Real Housewives) and docu-series on shopping addiction and pregnant women looking for adoptive parents for their babies.
The new series, including the second iteration of The Glee Project, which bows June 5, will be introduced to advertisers Wednesday evening at the network annual upfront presentation on New York. It is the first slate under new programming chief Rod Aissa, who joined Oxygen last January from OWN.
“We have ramped up our 2012 schedule with relatable and genuine series that reflect the diverse and distinctive tastes of our core viewers,” said Aissa, senior vp, original programming and development. “These series all dive into themes that Gen O women are obsessed with – friendship, dating, fashion and entertainment.”
Girlfriend Confidential: NY (formerly Taking NY): Focuses on a group of well-dressed, high-powered female friends in New York City including Leigh Cherrier (public relations director for Louis Licari), Marianne Garvey (news editor, InTouch), fashion designer Leila Shams, celebrity publicist Kelly Brady and New York Live correspondent Raina Seitel. Produced by Discovery Studios with Daniel Soiseth and Jason Sands as executive producers.
Girlfriend Confidential: LA (formerly Taking Hollywood): Follows model-actress Eva Marcille (America’s Next Top Model) and her group of friends including Denyce Lawton (House of Payne), designer Nikki Chu and talent manager Kelly Marie Dunn. Produced by Ish Entertainment with Michael Hirschorn, Wendy Roth, Madison Merritt and Gil Lopez as executive producers.
All the Right Moves: Emmy-nominated choreographer Travis Wall (So You Think You Can Dance) and his lifelong friends and roommates Teddy Forance (dancer/choreographer with Cirque du Soleil), dancer Nick Lazzarini (first season winner of SYTYCD) and Juilliard-trained Kyle Robinson in their quest to launch their own dance company, Shaping Sound. Produced by World of Wonder Productions with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell as executive producers.
My Shopping Addiction: Features shoppers who love the thrill of finding that perfect dress, beautiful décor item or fabulous piece of jewelry. But what happens when the high of the buy becomes an addiction and obsession, and causes their finances – and their lives – to start spinning out of control? Executive producers Matt Chan, Jodi Flynn and Jeff Kuntz for Screaming Flea Productions.
I’m Having Their Baby: Follows would-be moms as they struggle with whether or not to place their babies for adoption. The cameras follow these women in these docu-series as they search for potential adoptive parents, make their birth and transfer plans and ultimately struggle to go through with their decision. Executive producers Michael Rourke and Michelle Kongkasuwan for Hud:sun Media.
The Next Big Thing: NY: Features Manhattan performance coach and musical director Trapper Felides as he mentors a group of performers, and takes on stage moms, as they prepare for their next career changing audition or their big music industry break. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and Omelette Bar Productions with Izzie Pick Ashcroft, Jo Honig, David St. John, Jane Tranter, Stacey Angeles and Eric Cyphers as executive producers. Premieres June 12 at 11 p.m.
#VideoStar: Every day across America, millions of talented performers post videos of themselves online in hopes of finally scoring their big break in the music industry. #VideoStar gives the best of these undiscovered talents a chance at their dream – starring in their very own music video directed by acclaimed music video director Erik White (The Glee Project). Produced by Embassy Row with Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio as executive producers.
Propos’d: Hidden-camera reality show centering on a team of pranking experts who help mischievous but well-intentioned grooms come up with the most over-the-top proposal stunts to give their girlfriends – who have been driving them crazy for a proposal. Each prank culminates with a bended-knee proposal. Produced by 11 Television with Kathy Healey as executive producer.
Longest.Date.Ever: Follows two women per episode, who are exhausted by their quest to find Mr. Right, and sets them up on a date that lasts not just a few hours, but an entire week. The show will take singles that are scientifically proven to be each other’s ideal mates and move them in together for the longest blind date of their lives. Produced by Electus and Five by Five Media with Ben Silverman, Jimmy Fox, Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk as executive producers.
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