Oxygen orders Rodeo Girls, Monique’s F.A.T. Chance, Fight Girls, and Adfight; Fox Reality renews Solitary

Joining The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency on Oxygen will be four new reality series, although two of the shows aren’t entirely new to the network.

Instead, the network “is expanding into full series the two-hour specials,” according to Variety. Those specials are Monique’s F.A.T. Chance and Fight Girls. The former is like Top Model but for plus-sized models, while the other show follows female kickboxers.

The network’s two new series are Rodeo Girls, which Oxygen says is “‘Laguna Beach’ at the rodeo,” and Adfight, which Variety describes as “a reality series delving into the advertising world.” The former will be produced by Go-Go Lucky Productions, while Reveille will produce the latter. No word as to when any of them will debut.

Meanwhile, the Fox Reality Channel has ordered a second season of Solitary, its first original reality series. The network says the second season Solitary 2.0, and says it is “elevating the endurance level” as “Nine subjects will endure far more grueling psychological tests that will require extreme tolerance and the physical treatments will become even tougher.” The winner gets $50,000.

Oxygen slate heavy on comedy [Variety]
Fox Reality Orders Second Season of its Controversial First Original Series “Solitary” [Fox Reality press release]

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