VH1 will air six new reality series in its “Wild Life” reality show block

Just as VH1 has given new life to aging celebrities in its Celebreality block of reality shows, the network will now create a similar primetime block called Wild Life that will feature reality shows focusing on the music industry.

MTV’s Brian Graden describes these new shows to The Hollywood Reporter as “aspirational, (where the subjects are) looking to have a profile in music or make a mark or a comeback. As the pilots came in, we saw the pieces fall into place and (decided that) rather than simply launching a TV show, we would make a bigger play at inaugurating another primetime evening hopefully as big as ‘Celebreality.’ “

According to the paper, “Graden added that it’s yet to be determined what night the new block will air,” it may or may not replace Celebreality on Sunday nights.

The new shows include Man Band, a sort of combination of The Surreal Life and House of Carters. In the series, “former boy-band members including Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd), Rich Cronin (LFO), Chris Kirkpatrick (‘N Sync) and Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) will live together under one roof while creating new music and a new stage show, which they then will perform as a new pop group in the quest for finding success again,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

There’s also ego trip’s White Rapper Show, which is a competition in which “10 contestants competing to become the ‘next great white rapper’”; Michael “MC Serch” Berrin and Prince Paul host.

Two docudrama series follow people in the music industry who are struggling to make it. The Irv Gotti Project, “Gotti is attempting a comeback with his label, the Inc, while also juggling his responsibilities as a husband and father”; an as-yet-untitled show “follows rock group Whitestarr as they seek success in the music industry.”

Finally, VH1 has greenlit two documentary-style series. Bridging the Gap “documents two established artists who come together for the first time to explore their shared musical passions and create a new track. The first episode will feature Eve and Queen Latifah,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. And every Rags to Riches episode “will feature a musician or actor taking viewers on a journey from his or her humble beginnings through stardom.”

VH1 plans ‘Wild Life’ music block [The Hollywood Reporter]

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