Ashely Parker Angel, other quasi-celebs have MTV shows in development

The last time we saw Ashley Parker Angel, he was showering on Making the Band. Now, he’s penniless and has a knocked-up fiancee. Oh, how the boy band member has fallen.

But MTV is coming to the rescue. Ashley, who literally is “broke, engaged and about to become a father,” according to Variety, will star in There and Back. The show “chronicles [his] attempted comeback,” and is currently in development.

Other shows that are in the works at MTV also have a quasi-celebrity angle. Among them:

  • 8th & Ocean, “a docusoap centered on the lives of wannabe fashion models trying to make it in Miami Beach.”
  • Omarion, which “revolves around the R&BR&B artists’s attempt to follow in the footsteps of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs by becoming a corporate mogul complete with his own recording label and show line.”
  • Mr. Rooney’s Barbershop, set in “the Queens, N.Y.-based barbershop where local cutters scout for hip-hop talent from the ‘hood.”
  • Welcome to Crunkville, which “centers on contestants who audition to move into the Atlanta pad of hip-hop artists The Ying Yang Twins.”
MTV talent groove [Variety]

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Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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