SoapNet announces three new series

Includes a realty show and two scripted dramas

SoapNet on Monday announced three new series, including a relationship-themed reality show featuring Greg Behrendt and a scripted drama about a thirtysomething woman trying to figure out her life.

"Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call," from Avalon Television, will feature Behrendt -- who has consulted for "Sex and the City," co-wrote the book "He's Just Not That Into You" and hosted his own daytime talk show -- addressing one couple's major issues each week and using practical and funny relationship expertise to give them the tools to fix their problems. The series will air at 11 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 8, kicking off SoapNet's six-week programming event "Sugar-Free Valentines."

Another new series, "Being Erica," follows the life of 32-year-old Erica Strange (newcomer Erin Karpluk), a highly educated but underachieving single woman who can't understand why her life is heading nowhere. She gets help from a mysterious man named Dr. Tom (Michael Riley), who enables Erica to go back in time and relive an event.

Tyron Leitso also stars in the hourlong series, created by Jana Sinyor, who executive produces with Aaron Martin, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier. The series, produced by Temple Street and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., has been picked up for 13 episodes and will premiere in the spring.

The third series, a docusoap that's tentatively titled "Southern Belles," follows the professional and romantic lives of five single Southern women in their 20s and 30s. "Belles," from Endemol USA and ABC Media Prods., is in production in Louisville, Ky., on 10 one-hour episodes for a 2009 premiere. Joe Livecchi exec produces.

In other news, Outdoor Channel is venturing into original scripted comedy for the first time with a new half-hour series starring Jimmy "Big Time Miller," described as "the world's foremost self-proclaimed expert on hunting and fishing." The show, titled "Jimmy Big Time," will take an inside look at outdoor activities "with a mockumentary style of spoof and farce paired with over-the-top seriousness."
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