Bruce Beresford-Redman back in US; CW picks up reality show he once pitched

Pimp My Ride co-creator and former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, whose wife was killed in Mexico early last month, is back in the US after going missing in Mexico the same week that a reality series he originally pitched to The CW was picked up.

His attorney Richard Hirsch said in a statement to the AP that he’s in L.A. “to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters” and “is devastated by the loss of his wife, best friend, and the mother of his children.”

Yesterday, before it was revealed that he was back in the US, The Los Angeles Times reported that while “Mexican authorities detained Beresford-Redman for questioning. They did not charge him, but confiscated his passport and forbade him from leaving Mexico while the case was being investigated.” And “investigators have asked U.S. Embassy officials to attempt to locate Beresford-Roman, to no avail.”

Meanwhile, a new weight loss reality shows that The CW has picked up, Shedding for the Wedding, which the network described as a competition on which “Ten overweight engaged couples will live together and battle for the wedding of their dreams over a three-month period,” according to the network. The midseason series is executive produced by The Biggest Loser‘s David Broome and Pimp My Ride‘s Rick Hurvitz, and was originally pitched to The CW by Beresford-Redman.

However, Deadline Hollywood reported that he “has no involvement”: “He, along with former producing partner at Mindcrime Rick Hurvitz, pitched the idea to CW months ago when Biggest Loser producer David Broome was brought in to execute it. After Beresford-Redman’s arrest, he and Hurvitz dissolved their partnership. Broome’s company 25/7 and Hurvitz’s Breakfast Anytime are now producing Shedding to the Wedding, with Beresford-Redman having no involvement or profit participation.”

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