Marie Claire staffers, at-risk young chefs, “hip and stylish” OC 18- to 25-year-olds, all get reality shows

Several new shows have been announced recently, ranging from those that debut next week (an HP product-placement series on mtvU) to those that are just casting (a Bravo series that seems like a younger version of The Real Housewives).

Style network will air a docudrama that follows editors at Marie Claire magazine, the new home of Nina Garcia. The network “has ordered eight episodes (two hours and six half-hours), each of which will focus on a different staffer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Food Network will air The Chef Jeff Project starting in mid-October, following the “former prison inmate turned successful executive chef … as he attempts to transform the lives of six struggling young adults through the power of food,” according to the network. The contestants will “work under Chef Jeff’s watchful eye at his new LA-based catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine” as he gives them the “skills to remake themselves and succeed, including appearance, attitude, respect, motivation and behavior.”

Starting Monday, mtvU will air Engine Room, a short-form reality series sponsored by HP “that will follow the 16 contestants, divided into four teams, as they produce digital art using — of course — PCs, work stations, monitors and other products sold by H.P,” The New York Times reported. One team wins “prizes that include $400,000 in cash and a chance to program the giant MTV screen in Times Square for a night.” It’ll also be viewable online.

In casting news, Bravo is searching for “young adults who are enjoying the south Orange County ‘good life’ and run with a busy social crowd,” for a show that the Hollywood Reporter describes as “a docu-soap featuring ‘hip and stylish’ 18- to 25-year-olds based in Orange County.”

Documentary series set for Style [Hollywood Reporter]
Food Network Changes Lives — Through Food! — in New Primetime Series The Chef Jeff Project [Food Network press release]
Like ‘The Real World,’ With More Computers [New York Times]
Bravo eyes younger demo with new series [Hollywood Reporter]

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