Paris Hilton will search for best friend on MTV; CW will air Sam Raimi horror reality series 13

MTV has picked up the rumored Paris Hilton reality series that will follow her search for a new best friend.

The show is tentatively titled Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, and the “10-episode series finds 20 contestants competing through a series of challenges that test their loyalty, endurance and ‘girl politics’ to see whether they have what it takes to survive in Hollywood,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The series is scheduled to debut in the fourth quarter, with production set to begin in Los Angeles at the end of May.”

Casting has begun at ParisBFF.com, where viewers can vote on potential contestants and “will help make the final decision,” the site says. No word if the new series will be totally fake and scripted like her previous series.

Meanwhile, The CW has ordered an eight-episode summer series from director Sam Raimi called 13. The show will “[u]tilize horror-themed challenges to knock players off one by one, until just one is left, having survived all that bloodshed,” Variety reports.

Executive producer Jay Bienstock says, “We want to cast it like a horror movie. And shoot it a little differently as well. Think about those old movies — we want to put people in a place like that, where they have to deal with their fears and anxieties. They’ll end up surprising one another.”

MTV greenlights Hilton reality series [Hollywood Reporter]
Reality show ’13’ heads to CW [Variety]

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