New cable series include Joan Rivers interviewing rich people on TV Land, SoapNet’s Real Housewives clone

Several cable networks have recently revealed plans for future reality series.

SoapNet has announced two new unscripted series: Southern Belles is basically SoapNet’s rip-off of The Real Housewives. The show “follows the lives of five single, modern Southern women in their 20s and 30s and gives an intimate look at the professional and romantic lives of this circle of friends”; 10 episodes, which are being filmed in Louisville, Kentucky, don’t yet have a debut date.

The other show is Greg Behrendt’s Wake-Up Call, on which Behrendt “will address one couple’s major issues each week and use his practical and funny relationship expertise to give them the tools to fix theirs”; six one-hour episodes debut Jan. 8.

TV Land has ordered two new reality series: How’d You Get So Rich? is a six-episode, half-hour series produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Joan Rivers, who “will visit big estates across the country and interview their well-heeled occupants,” Variety reports. And First Love, Second Chance, a six-episode, hour-long show, “reunites long-broken-up couples to see if any chemistry remains,” according to the paper.

Logo, MTV’s gay and lesbian-themed network, has acquired Chris & John to the Rescue! from Canada’s OUTtv, and will begin airing its three seasons in January. The show “features best friends John Simpson and Chris Carter as they provide aid to people in need across North America,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Finally, E! will air a series starring Larry Birkhead, father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby Dannielynn, who he says will be in the show. The series “will follow Larry’s day-to-day exploits as a single father running a business of Anna’s and home-schooling his 18-year-old nephew, Justin, whose father passed away and lives with them,” Entertainment Tonight reports.

SoapNet Announces Three New Series for 2009 [SoapNet press release]
TV Land welcomes Rivers, Burnett [Variety]
Logo picks up OUTtv’s ‘Chris & John’ [Hollywood Reporter]
Larry Birkhead Gets Ready for a Reality Check [Entertainment Tonight]

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