Oxygen modeling the latest 'Janice'


Oxygen is going into production on a second season of its top-rated series "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" and has expanded the unscripted show's format to an hour.

The women's-targeted cable network said Monday that Season 2 will consist of eight hourlong episodes plus a one-hour holiday special titled "Christmas With the Dickinsons." The first season, which debuted June 6, consisted of 10 half-hour episodes plus a one-hour finale.

While the first season followed model-turned-mogul Dickinson through the highs and lows of starting her own Hollywood modeling agency, the second season will take a closer look at the lives of the models and explore whether the agency really has what it takes to succeed.

Production on the show begins this week. The holiday special is slated to air in December, with new Season 2 episodes set to air starting in January.

"Janice's first season was a big hit -- she is a one-of-a-kind personality, and our audience couldn't get enough of her," said Debby Beece, president of programming and marketing at Oxygen. "Expanding the second season's format will give viewers the chance to get to know Janice even better -- from her fearless and funny moments to her struggles and conflicts."

The show's June 6 debut set a network record as its highest-rated series premiere ever with 468,000 total viewers. Overall, Season 1 averaged 352,000 viewers per week.

"Janice" is executive produced by Stuart Krasnow for Krasnow Prods., Kevin Williams and Dickinson.