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I’ll most likely never forgive Ryan Seacrest for unleashing Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its multiple spinoffs upon us. Can you? However, his latest project has piqued my interest.

ABC Family has ordered a straight-to-series documentary from the 39-year-old’s production company. My Transparent Life follows a teenage boy named Ben who just learns that his parents are not only divorcing, but that his father is going through a gender transition from Charlie to Carly. The series will explore how the decision from the family’s patriarch affects his family during this emotional time.

“ABC Family is best known for its complex, loving and relatable family programming, and we are so proud to partner with Ryan Seacrest Productions to share Ben’s incredible real-life story,” said ABC Family prexy Tom Ascheim. “While Ben’s family situation is unusual, the themes and coming-of-age issues are universal, and we think our viewers will find a real connection to them.”

I have to applaud ABC Family for consistently airing thought-provoking programs that open the minds of their young viewers. Read what Ryan has to say about his new program below.

learn what Ryan has to say after the jump

The Osbournes Return To Reality TV

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Before the public’s fascination with the Kardashians, the world was keeping up with another family. The Osbournes invited the world into their entertaining family for four fun-filled seasons from 2002 to 2005.

Arguably, they ushered in and helped create the niche marketplace of family-centric reality. The show even won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program, along with generating huge ratings. Almost a decade later, MTV is resurrecting the series for a fifth season.

Sharon Osbourne made the announcement on The Talk earlier today. She explained the new six to eight episodes would be more like a catch-up to their lives since signing off. Ummm… it’s not exactly like they left the limelight. Her kids have competed on Dancing With The Stars along with other numerous projects on TV. Sharon added that it was Ozzy’s idea to return.

“It was all my husband’s doing. He looked back on his life, and he said, ‘I wish we could have done ‘The Osbournes’ now when I’m clean and sober.’”

Are you excited to see Kelly, Jack, Ozzy and Sharon back on a weekly basis? Check out Sharon’s announcement below.

UPDATE: It appears The Osbournes won’t be heading to MTV but rather the network’s sister station VH1.

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A&E Orders Reality Series Starring The Lacheys

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

It appears A&E loves famous siblings. It’s swapping out burgers for beer.

With the success of Wahlburgers starring Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, which was recently renewed for a second season, the network announced it’s ordered a new reality series starring Nick and Drew Lachey. The 98 Degrees singers will star in Lachey’s Bar. It will chronicle their dream of opening a bar in Cincinnati. The 10 episode series is in production now and scheduled to air sometime in 2015.

“Despite their lack of knowledge about running a business, these determined brothers are ready to roll up their sleeves and learn the ins and outs of running a place where everybody knows your name,” said A&E in a press release. “Unfortunately, drinking experience doesn’t necessarily translate into drink-making experience… but they’re ready to learn.”

Do you think A&E has another hit on its hands? What famous brothers do you think the network will recruit next? Sound off below.

Watch Singles Try Naked Dating For New VH1 Show

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Sex sells and that’s what VH1 is banking on. The network ventures into nude programming for its new dating show, appropriately titled Dating Naked.

Each episode will feature one man and one woman go on adventurous and unique dates with two different suitors (naked of course). At the end of the episode, the two romance seekers decide to either move forward with their new love match or not.

Obviously not being HBO, all the naughty bits will be blurred. The Amy Paffrath-hosted show premieres Thursday, July 17 on VH1. Check out the extended slightly NSFW trailer below.

watch preview after the jump

OWN Postpones Michael Sam Docu-Series

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows

Just days after OWN announced a docu-series about Michael Sam, the network has decided to postpone the project. It would’ve chronicled Sam’s attempt to make the St. Louis Rams final roster. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice who also filmed the Lindsay Lohan reality series was on board to produce the show alongside Craig Piligian.

The official word from the network as to why it’s temporarily shelved is to allow Sam to focus on football. That certainly makes sense. Many speculated a media circus would follow the first openly-gay player in the league and this would’ve definitely added fuel to that fire.

“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, The Untitled Michael Sam Project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team. OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.” – OWN President Erik Logan

As wonderful as the official statement release is, I’m thinking OWN was forced by the league to stop production. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says OWN had no agreement to use footage from the league adding, “We learned of this in the days after the draft.” I’m also thinking the Rams’ administration wasn’t enthusiastic as well about the show. Especially if Michael doesn’t make the cut.

read Sam’s people’s response after the jump


Tyra Banks has been a long-time supporter of transgenders. She’s featured a couple on America’s Next Top Model. For her latest project, she’s teaming up with RuPaul’s Drag Race standout Carmen Carrera for a new ground-breaking series for VH1.

TransAmerica will follow a group of Chicago women navigating friendship, careers and dating, all united by the fact that they are transgender. Carrera will relocate from New Jersey for the series to serve as a role model for the cast.

“Being a woman means everything to me,” Carrera said. “Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”

The eight-episode docu-series is slated to air either late 2014 or early 2015. Banks will executive produce alongside Gay Rosenthal (Behind the Music, Push Girls, Little People, Big World). Check out more details about the show and cast below.

more details about the show and cast after the jump

New FOX Reality Dating Show With ‘Prince Harry’

In: Donovan, TV Shows

HAHAHAHA!!! I’m already dying of laughter. When it comes to producing trashy reality shows, FOX is pretty up there. The network has given us such gems as Paradise Hotel, Temptation Island, The Swan, More To Love and Joe Millionaire. In fact, their latest offering is in the vein of the latter. Once again, love is in the air.

I Wanna Marry Harry features 12 single American women searching for Prince Charming. Enter Prince Harry. Correction, a lookalike. Did you actually think the real Prince Harry would sign up for this? I will say though, the stand-in is a pretty good reasonable facsimile.

Matthew Hicks is an average English bloke who’s given the royal makeover. Will he be able to convince them he’s regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him? Just like The Bachelor, each episode features faux Harry taking them on romantic dates worthy of a princess. Check him out below.

check out the lookalike after the jump


“He loves [Robin] more than me,” younger brother Carter says in the show’s trailer. “Why? Because he makes him more money.” LOL. Consider me sold!!! I’m already hooked. The saucy title isn’t half bad either.

Unusually Thicke is a new 14-episode reality series premiering on TVGN on April 16. It follows the adventures of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, his much younger third wife Tanya and teenage son Carter. “Unusually Thicke combines my two favorite things,” the 67-year-old actor said in a statement. “Family … and laughing at my family.”

I wanted NOT to like it due to my previous impression of Tanya on Celebrity Wife Swap, but I have to say, the charming trailer won me over. Their daily lives seem to be filled with lots of fun and humor.

If you have a thing for stars from yesteryear, Unusually Thicke has a slew of them. Several of Alan’s famous celebrity friends including David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Bill Maher and Tom Green make an appearance. Million dollar question is… do Robin and his now separated wife Paula Patton make an appearance? Check out the trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

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