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A&E Invests in 'Intervention' Spinoff and Celebrity Reality Series

by Laura Prudom, posted May 5th 2010 4:40PM
David Hasselhoff - Apr. 23 - Getty ImagesDon't hassle the Hoff, especially when he's reaching for new heights of reality fame with his whole family in tow.

According to the Live Feed, A&E just announced their upcoming programming slate for advertisers, and it seems that the Arts and Entertainment Network is forgoing the "art" in favor of a slew of new reality shows fronted by some (admittedly entertaining) celebrities.

Front and center is a new David Hasselhoff series, in which the 'Baywatch' star turned reality judge attempts to help his four daughters break into the recording industry. The as-yet untitled project has been ordered for 10 episodes in the fourth quarter. 'Strange Days with Bob Saget,' starring -- you guessed it -- Bob Saget, has been given a six-episode pickup for later this year. The series will feature the actor-comedian immersing himself in strange cultures, practices and occupations.
Elsewhere on the schedule, 'Teach: Tony Danza' sees the former 'Taxi' and 'Who's the Boss?' star teaching a 10th grade English class at a Philadelphia high school. Filming has taken place over the past school year for a premiere later this year. And in a blatant attempt to be the next Osbournes (didn't A&E already try that with Gene Simmons?), Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has signed on to star in 'Growing up Twisted,' a docu-soap following the exploits of his suburban family that's been ordered for seven episodes.

Since reality has long been the network's bread and butter, A&E is also investing in both a spinoff and a companion series for its popular 'Intervention' show. 'I'm Heavy' will follow 10 overeating patients undergoing a rigorous treatment program over six months, focusing on two participants each week, while 'Intervention in Depth: One Man Rehab' will show what happens in the months following an intervention. The five-episode series will keep up with a team of "sober companions" who attempt to keep addicts from falling off the wagon.

Because TV just doesn't have enough cop shows, A&E has also ordered two crime-related reality series. 'The Squad: Prison Police' centers around a team of special agents who are tasked with investigating prison crimes in Tennessee, and 'The Peacemaker' focuses on a "violence prevention counselor" in South Central, Los Angeles.

There's still a little room for scripted drama on the network's schedule though. The powerhouse producing duo of Ridley and Tony Scott will tackle a remake of the movie 'Coma' under their Scott Free production banner, alongside a procedural called 'Criminology,' about a psychology professor who helps solve crimes. Also coming down the pike are dramas 'Big Mike,' starring a plus-sized detective; 'American Crime,' about a pair of FBI agents; and 'Hazel Rhodes,' which features a Southern homicide detective.

Are you excited about A&E's upcoming slate, or do you think they need a reality intervention?

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