Sci Fi greenlights 'GameQuest'

Plus other cable network pickups and projects

Sci Fi Channel has greenlighted production on "GameQuest" (working title), an eight-episode elimination-style reality competition that pits 12 contestants against one another in a series of video game challenges to find the "best all-around gamer" in the United States.

"GameQuest," set to premiere in the first quarter, is produced by Granada America and World Cyber Games, with Samsung Electronics as official series production partner.

It will feature top game titles from various studios and includes physical challenges that bring video games to life, as well as elimination challenges in an arena before hundreds of spectators. Contestants will compete for a prize package that includes $100,000 and trips to future World Cyber Games events.

"With two out of every three American households playing video games, it's clear that this mainstream phenomenon is a perfect arena for the channel's agenda of broadening the brand while celebrating imagination," Sci Fi channel president Dave Howe said.

In other cable news, E! Entertainment Television has picked up its half-hour reality series "Denise Richards: It's Complicated" for a second season. Production will begin early next year on the series, which averaged 1.1 million viewers per episode in its first season.

"When Denise let viewers into her home last season, they got to know the real Denise and judge for themselves," said Lisa Berger, original programming and series development at E! "We all know that Denise is full of surprises and, from what we are already hearing, there is much more to come."

"Denise" is produced by Ryan Seacrest Prods.

Meanwhile, Bravo is developing a reality series set in Dubai from World of Wonder Prods. The network declined comment, but it's understood that the project would follow the careers and social lives of a group of Americans and Brits living in the United Arab Emirates city.

At ABC Family, the midseason finale of "Greek," which aired at 9 p.m. Tuesday, was the series' most-watched episode ever in total viewers (1.3 million) and in the key demos of adults 18-34 (621,000 viewers), women 18-34 (453,000), adults 18-49 (784,000) and viewers 12-34 (965,000).