Doug Wilson, pageant girls, and “chubby” girls who want to become models all get reality series

Cable networks have announced a few new series, some of which are in development, and at least one of which may never air.

TLC is giving a new show to Trading Spaces star Doug Wilson and carpenter Faber Dewar. The six Making it Home: Greensburg episodes will follow their “visits [to] six families in Greensburg, Kansas as they rebuild from the tornado that destroyed the town in May 2007,” as neighbors “will tackle home improvement and design projects in each others homes to make them welcoming and unique — and to show the world what can be done when a community works together,” the network said in a press release.

WeTV will air a series inspired by the film Little Miss Sunshine. Little Miss Perfect “follows Florida families entering their 5- to 11-year-old daughters in a beauty competition,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Six one-hour episodes will be produced, and executive producer Charlie DeBevoise says producers are “taking an approach that’s completely neutral. I’m inspired by Sundance’s ‘Nimrod Nation'; I loved the way it showed its subject in a respectful and objective way and let the audience decide how to feel about it.”

Meanwhile, MTV is currently casting for a new series called Model Makers that will take women who don’t meet the current standards for models (they actually have body fat) and turn them into models (anemic, barely breathing). In a press release quoted by the Pensacola News Journal, producers say they “are looking for beautiful, charismatic women who are willing to put in the effort to become a true model. … Women come in all shapes and sizes, but models don’t. The term model conjures an image of stick-thin, towering beauties oozing confidence, glamour, poise and sexuality from every pore. ‘Skinny,’ ‘no body fat,’ and ‘size zero’ are the words and phrases associated with models. ‘Chubby,’ ‘well-fed,’ and ‘big-boned’ are not … Until now!” MTV saves the day yet again.

Elsewhere, A&E’s plans to air a series called Saints and Sinners that follows a Christian motorcycle gang may be on hold. The network “recently shot a pilot with the controversial Christian motorcycle gang Set Free Soldiers, a group whose leader and six members were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. It reports that “no decision has been made on the show, [but] it seems unlikely that A&E will proceed with the project.”

Finally, Salma Hayek is developing “a wedding-themed reality series” with Merv Griffin Entertainment, and the show “is being shopped to both broadcast and cable networks,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Roy Bank, a Merv Griffin executive, said, “The format is steeped in reality — it’s not contrived. It’s a unique storytelling angle on weddings that has never been seen on television before.”

TLC helps six Greensburg, KS families make their new houses into homes with MAKING IT HOME: GREENSBURG [TLC press release]
MTV’s ‘Model Makers’ reality show casting at beach today [Pensacola News Journal]
WEtv orders up ‘Little Miss Perfect’, Arrests may make A&E backpedal, and Salma Hayek develops reality series [Hollywood Reporter]

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