NBC cooks up 'Celebrity' reality show

Focuses on stars' dinner parties with famous friends

NBC has another celebrity reality show in the works.

The net is partnering with Granada America for a series with the working title "Celebrity Come Dine With Me." In each episode, a celebrity plays host to a dinner party for four of their famous friends. At night's end, the party will be judged by its presentation, food and entertainment value.

The concept is based on a format owned by Granada that's found success in 16 countries, including the U.K., where the show has aired four seasons since 2005. The overseas versions have mainly showcased nonfamous contestants, though some also have experimented with celebrity contestants.

NBC considers "Dine" as being in development, but the show is casting for a five-episode run planned for December. At the conclusion of the run, the celebrity whose party receives the highest score wins $20,000 for the charity of his choice. Like all celebrity reality projects, the show's green light hinges on lining up a suitable cast.

NBC also has in development another U.K.-inspired celebrity show, the genealogy project "Who Do You Think You Are?" which also is being cast.
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