The Hills creator Adam DiVello is returning to TV.
CMT has greenlighted a new Nashville-centered docuseries from DiVello, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Lionsgate, Music City follows a group of young up-and-coming artists chasing their dreams of success in the music industry while struggling to balance their personal lives. The eight-episode series will film in Nashville, just like CMT’s scripted country music drama Nashville, and the two will be paired together when Nashville kicks off its sixth season in January. (Nashville, like Music City, hails from Lionsgate.)
DiVello created the series and will exec produce through his Done and Done Productions banner. The order also keeps him in the Viacom fold, where his series The Hills, its predecessor Laguna Beach and the Hills spinoff The City all aired on MTV. The Hills was by far the biggest hit of the trio, grabbing 4.8 million viewers an episode at its peak.
“Music has always played a huge role in the storytelling process of my past series,” said DiVello, “and with Music City, we’ll take that element to another level, as we document the real-life struggles, heartaches, and drama of those chasing their dreams of stardom. Nashville is such an exciting city and I can’t wait to share with the world the stories of this incredibly talented cast we’ve put together.”
The order comes two years after DiVello signed an overall deal with Lionsgate in 2015. The independent studio’s other unscripted series include Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian for E! and CBS’ game show Candy Crush, based on the mobile app, among others.
“We are very excited to work with our incredible partners at CMT to delve deeply into the lives of six residents of Music City,” said Lionsgate exec vp alternative programming Jennifer O’Connell. “While cinematically capturing the beauty of Tennessee’s booming state capitol and its vibrant hotspots, executive producer Adam DiVello again has brought together a special mix of creative twentysomethings as they all juggle new opportunities, relationships, jobs and unexpected challenges.”
For CMT, the series order comes after nine consecutive months of year-over-year ratings growth at the cabler among adults 18-49. Quarter to date, the country music channel is up 17 percent in the demo, thanks to the addition of scripted drama Nashville, after four seasons at ABC. On the unscripted side, CMT’s originals include Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, I Love Kellie Pickler and Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.
“After a banner year of growth, we’ve enlisted one of the industry’s most influential and talented producers to help guide our ever-expanding fan base deeper inside our beloved hometown,” said CMT and TV Land general manager Frank Tanki. “Like its sister series Nashville, Music City will spotlight a group of young artists as they grapple with love, life and the pursuit of their dreams through the incomparable lens of the creator of some of the most memorable series of the last 20 years. We welcome all the fans of Laguna Beach and The Hills that are now our target audience into the world of Music City, and CMT as a whole.”
Watch a teaser for Magic City below.