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Pop is all about celebrating the fun of being a fan.
So when the network, previously known as TVGN, launches its official rebrand on Jan. 14, it will do so with four new projects in the works aimed at just that.
Among the shows in development: Losing It, a comedic interview series in which celebrities recount how they lost their virginity (and, um, re-enact it with puppets) with Supersize Me‘s Morgan Spurlock and Full House‘s John Stamos serving as executive producers; a docuseries starring Z100 radio host Elvis Duran; Celebrity Inc., a reality series that pairs celebrities and inventors to create and launch a product line; and Worst Ever, a stage comedy series in which talent recounts their most embarrassing life moments.
“Our development reflects our programming mission of covering what’s popping in culture and creating content around personalities or subjects that have an inherent fan-base supporting them,” Pop president of entertainment and media Brad Schwartz said. “We have aligned ourselves with producers and talent known for delivering stand-out content that ‘pops,’ and our unique perspective will be telling these stories with a fan-at-heart sensibility.”
The network’s senior vp original programming and development Paul Adler added: “The new brand direction of Pop has energized the creative community to bring their best projects to us. We are thrilled to be in business with some of the most innovative producers in the industry, whose accolades include numerous Primetime and Daytime Emmy nominations, and even an Oscar nomination.”
Here’s more detailed descriptions of the new series from the network:
Based on the popular Yahoo web series, this celebrity-hosted television series will capture sit-down interviews with stars as they recount their unforgettable and often hilarious real-life stories of losing their virginity. Bits are recreated by puppets, animation, live action and claymation leading up to and following the big event. Losing It is produced by Warrior Poets and John Stamos Productions with executive producers Spurlock, Stamos, Ethan Goldman and Jeremy Chilnick.
ELVIS DURAN PROJECT
Duran, one of the most listened-to syndicated radio personalities in the U.S. and host of his own show on Z100 in New York (“Elvis Duran and the Morning Show”), is the subject of a docu-series that follows Duran and his employees both at work and play. The series will feature superstar guests and platinum selling artists who stop by the radio show, road trips with fans, and best moments from fan-fueled music festivals and live events. It’s produced by Left/Right with executive producers Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Duran, David Katz and Mitchell Stewart.
Celebrity Inc. pairs celebrities with their dream product and an aspiring inventor to showcase the ultimate product launch and illustrate the power of celebrity endorsement. In each episode, a different celebrity is featured while teaming up with top product development company Edison Nation, LLC to identify the most talented aspiring inventors. After spending a week in product development camp, the inventors pitch their product to the celebrity, and one person is chosen to have their product launched, with the celebrity’s name attached, in stores nationwide and online. Celebrity Inc. is executive produced by Robert Friedman of Bungalow Media + Entertainment, LLC and Colby Gaines of Back Roads Entertainment.
A handful of celebrities take the stage in Worst Ever to recount their hilarious, embarrassing and sometimes shocking “Worst Ever” scenarios such as a date, audition, break-up, fight, family dinner, sexual encounter or interview. Hosted by actress Christine Lakin (Step by Step), and based on her and Alec Ledd’s live stage show in Los Angeles, the series is a wry, candid and honest look at how celebrities aren’t immune to life’s most awkward moments. Worst Ever is produced by Thank You, Brain! with executive producers Krysia Plonka, Tracey Baird, Christine Lakin and Alec Ledd.
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