Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson’s brothers, Redmond O’Neal planning reality shows

In addition to future English teacher and reality star Tony Danza, several high-profile celebrities are planning reality TV shows.

A&E is moving forward with a series that follows Michael Jackson’s brothers. The network shot a one-hour special about Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon, Randy, and Tito Jackson reuniting as the Jackson 5 before Michael’s death, and that will now become a full reality series. Production company Point 7 executive producer Jodi Gomes told The New York Times the show will now follow them “as they reunite as brothers, obviously underneath a cloud of tragedy,” she said. “To anybody that says the family is capitalizing on Michael’s death, it will be evident in the first episode that that’s not true.”

Redmond O’Neal, the son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal, “will turn his struggles with addiction into a new reality show,” according to In Touch Weekly. The magazine cites “a friend,” who says, “Redmond has signed the deal that was brokered for him by his dad. Ryan will be on the show, too.” Production begins after he’s released from a detention center; a network hasn’t yet bought the show, according to the magazine.

Earlier this summer, Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Seacrest said they are working on a reality show together, and now Fox News reports that Britney Spears’ “manager Larry Rudolph is now quietly working with Lindsay Lohan” on “a potential reality show that will enscapulate her trials and tribulations as she gets ‘back on her feet’ and actually becomes a working actress again.”

A&E Plans Reality Series on Jacksons [New York Times]
Redmond O’Neal gets a TV deal [In Touch Weekly]
Britney Spears Still Pining for Ex Adnan Ghalib [Fox News]

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