WE series goes to high school


WE tv is chronicling the lives of a group of high school girls from freshman year to graduation in a new documentary series titled "High School Confidential."

The eight-episode series, created and executive produced by Sharon Liese, aims to gives viewers an in-depth look into the lives of 14 diverse adolescent girls through their four years of high school. New Line Television and Herizon Prods. are producing the hourlong weekly series, which is set to premiere in March.

WE executive vp and GM Kim Martin said true-life programming resonates with the network's audience and that "High School Confidential" is "very much on brand for WE." She added that it will appeal to multiple generations, including teens, college students, single women and mothers.

"This series is unlike anything else we've ever done or I've ever seen on TV," she said. "High school for teenage girls is one of the most stressful times of their lives. It's all about fitting in and wanting to be part of a bigger group. This shows what their lives are really like — it's not sugarcoated in any way, shape or form."

Liese came up with the idea as her own teenage daughter entered high school. She gained access to a 1,200-student high school in suburban Kansas to chronicle the girls' four-year experiences. Story lines will revolve around such themes as self-image, sexuality, risk and experimentation, complex family dynamics, religion and even death.

"The struggle to define 'self' is perhaps most apparent during the high school years," Liese said. "The girls profiled in our series exemplify courage as they share their most intimate challenges. The series explores this beyond just teen angst."

Added Sydney Levin, vp alternative programming at New Line Television and executive producer of the series, "The end result is a documentary series that is honest, riveting and real."

In January, leading up to the premiere, WE will launch a "microsite" at WEtv.com featuring special moments from the series, images and bio information on the girls. Downloads will include desktop and mobile wallpaper, a screensaver and ringtones. Once the series premieres, the site will include episode guides, slide shows and episode-specific blogs from the girls — now the age of college sophomores — and Liese, among other features.

New Line TV is repped by WMA; Liese is repped by Rebel Entertainment Partners.