Nelly, Tom Sizemore, Robert Blake, Toni Ferrari are all shopping reality shows

Two celebrities and one quasi-celebrity are shopping reality series about their lives.

Cornell Haynes Jr., also known as Nelly, will show us his life in a series that’s being produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, which produced Hell’s Kitchen. “I look forward to showing my fans what my world is about and bringing more attention to my nonprofit organizations,” Nelly said in a statement. He’s referring to his nonprofit organization 4 Sho 4 Kids. The AP reports that the series “is expected to air sometime early next year,” and while no network has been officially announced, it notes that A. Smith’s shows have been produced “for Fox.”

Although he’s staying in rehab for another month, actor Tom Sizemore is shopping Super Sizemore, a series that “would chronicle his numerous court appearances, his struggle to become sober and his new role as a father to twin boys,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will follow in Britney and Kevin: Chaotic‘s footsteps, and “will incorporate footage shot by Sizemore over the past two years.”

Actor and murder suspect Robert Blake also wants cameras to follow him around. He tells the New York Post that the show he’s shopping would “be me going around to cafés and poolrooms and places to talk to people about what’s important in their lives.” He’s still pitching the idea to producers and others.

Finally, Paradise Hotel‘s Toni Ferrari, has issued another press release (earlier, she told us about the suffering she’s endured from crazed fans, and hinted about the contents of this new release). This time, she lets us know that “she is currently shopping her very own television series.” I’m Really an Actress, “will follow the trials and tribulations of a notorious reality star who is a legitimate actress trying to make it in Hollywood.” But this will not be all nonfiction; instead, the release informs us that the “series will take scripted comedy and collide it with reality television for a ground-breaking new format that infuses Toni’s real life with a scripted dream existence.” Hopefully, the dream sequences will involve her screaming “yahtzee!” a lot.

Nelly to star in a day-in-the-life reality show [AP]
Embattled actor Sizemore shopping reality show [Hollywood Reporter]
Blake Heart Set on Reality TV [New York Post]
E!’s Kill Reality Superstar Toni Ferrari Shops Her Own Television Series [press release]

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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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