New shows: Kirstie Alley docudrama, a capella competition, bad dad rehab

A few new series announcements from the past week:

Not to be outdone in the “talent competitions we just don’t need” category, NBC will air a short series called The Sing Off, which features a cappella groups. The Futon Critic reports that it will debut Dec. 14 and air Tuesday and Wednesday, concluding the following Monday.

A&E will air a 10-episode docudrama that follows Kirstie Alley “as she struggles with weight loss while handling life as a single mom to two teenagers in Hollywood,” according to Variety. A&E exec Robert Sharenow said, “Her personal life has been playing out in the media for years, but this will be the first time she’ll be opening up her home to reveal her real life for the cameras.”

VH1 “plans to instruct unprepared men on how to be good fathers” for a show with the working title of Dad Camp that “is part of the network’s move toward more inspirational programming and its shift from the more tabloid-friendly dating shows that were a recent source of controversy for the network”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Finally, Ryan Seacrest’s game show where people beg celebs for money has a new name, Bank of Hollywood, and a network, E!, plus some “celebrity” panelists, including Candy Spelling and Melody Thornton, according to THR. With that roster of talent, is that Hollywood, Florida, maybe?

A&E Kirstie Alley set to go unscripted for A&E [Variety]
NBC to Close Year with “Sing-Off”… [The Futon Critic]
VH1 orders new-daddy series and Seacrest, E! “Bank” on celebs for money [Hollywood Reporter]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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