A&E 2010 New Unscripted and Scripted Series

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A&E has recently unveiled its new slate of unscripted and scripted series. The upcoming slate of unscripted and scripted programming draws on the network’s current schedule of real and dramatic programming and includes the following:


I’M HEAVY working title (10 x 1 hour)
Premieres 2011
“I’m Heavy” is an intimate look at the remarkable journeys of individuals whose daily struggle with their weight has overtaken their lives. Viewers will get unprecedented access into the lives of participants ˆ who come from all walks of life but share the inability to manage their escalating weight ˆ as they go through a six month program. The process will begin with an intensive in-patient treatment and therapy program where participants will learn the knowledge and techniques necessary to inspire dramatic results and we’ll continue to follow them as they transition back to their daily lives. Two individual transformations will be told in each episode, from the points of view of both individuals, and their friends and family affected. Will these overweight individuals be able to overcome behavioral problems and food addictions to achieve true life change?
“I’m Heavy” will be filmed at two different centers by two production companies. The South Carolina portion is produced by Tijuana Entertainment for A&E. Executive producers for Tijuana are Troy Searer and John Foy. The Texas portion is produced by Megalomedia Inc. for A&E. Jonathan Nowzaradan serves as executive producer for Megalomedia Inc. Executive producers for A&E are Robert Sharenow, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Scott Lonker and Michael Morrison.

THE PEACEMAKER (5 x 30 min)
Premieres 4Q 2010
South Central, Los Angeles. For many, the words evoke images of fear and violence. For Malik Spellman, these words suggest hope. A violence prevention counselor by day, Spellman tours the streets of his hometown at night, on a mission to bring peace to the troubled neighborhoods he’s lived in for 30 years. For the last two decades he’s dedicated his life to ending gang violence, putting it all on the line to mediate truces between rival gangs in Los Angeles — adversaries sometimes separated by less than one city block. Each episode of “The Peacemaker” provides an unprecedented look at gang life, following Spellman as he coordinates and oversees tense moments of mediation between enemies with long histories of hate and violence.
“The Peacemaker” is produced by OOG Productions for A&E Network. Ice-T is executive producer.

Premieres 4Q 2010
In between stints on TV, starring roles on Broadway, live performances and business ventures that have taken him worldwide, David Hasselhoff is also a single dad, raising two teenage daughters, Taylor-Ann, 19, and Hayley, 17, who both are aspiring singers. The series will follow David as he steps in and out of the limelight, assumes the role of ultimate “stage dad” for his daughters as he tries to utilize his connections in order to help them break into the recording industry, and we’ll find out ultimately who is running the show in “The Hoff” household.
The Untitled David Hasselhoff Project is produced by FremantleMedia North America for A&E Network. George Moll is executive producer, Jason Sands is co-executive producer and Jennifer Mullin is executive in charge for FremantleMedia North America. Robert Sharenow, Neil A. Cohen and Michael Morrison will serve as executive producers for A&E.

Premieres 3Q 2010
Imagine a city populated entirely by the nation’s worst criminals, and it’s your job to police them. “The Squad: Prison Police” follows a uniquely trained team of special agents who respond to and investigate, every major crime in the Tennessee prison system ˆ from riots, assaults and escapes, to organized crime, drugs, stabbings and murder. “The Squad” functions as detectives, SWAT and CSI all rolled into one. Each half hour episode follows at least one investigation from beginning to end.
“The Squad: Prison Police” is produced by Wild Eyes Productions for A&E Network. David Keane is executive producer. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Laura Fleury.

Premieres 2010
Bob Saget takes his unflinching, comedic observations about offbeat lifestyles on the road. He’ll immerse himself in cultures, practices, and occupations that few people have ever experienced, and always with hilarious and thought-provoking results. One week, Bob will be riding 1500 miles in a sidecar with some hardcore bikers, the next he will be deep inside the forest as part of mass expedition looking for Bigfoot, another week he will be living for a week as a fraternity brother at one of the nations most acclaimed universities. Through his firsthand encounters, viewers will get an intimate look at a wide variety of subcultures, and with Bob Saget’s unique blend of heart and humor, this show will not only make us laugh but make us reevaluate our perceptions of why people do the things they do.
“Strange Days with Bob Saget” is produced for A&E Network by Tijuana Entertainment (“Obsessed,” “The Two Coreys”) and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Executive producers for Tijuana are Troy Searer and John Foy. Peter Traugott will executive produce for Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Bob Saget will also serve as executive producer. Executive producers for A&E are Robert Sharenow and Scott Lonker.

GROWING UP TWISTED working title (7 x 30 min)
Premieres 3Q 2010
An undeniable presence in the 1980s, Dee Snider is instantly recognizable as the front man of heavy metal band Twisted Sister. But really, he’s just one of six ˆ a regular guy navigating life in the suburbs of New York with his powerhouse wife, Suzette, and their four kids. They are an off-beat but tight-knit family with children who are fiercely independent and strong-willed: Jesse is an aspiring rock musician, husband and new father; Shane is the resident comic; Cody’s a budding filmmaker; and Cheyenne is daddy’s little girl, making the tough transition to teenager. They’re a rock-solid family of unique individuals not afraid to speak their minds. Despite their father’s rock star status, they are just like every other family∑only not at all.
“Growing Up Twisted” is produced by Evolution Media for A&E. Dee Snider is executive producer and Ron Starrantino is producer. Executive producers for Evolution are Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart, Kathleen French, Alex Baskin and Kevin Lee. Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant are executive producers for A&E

TEACH: TONY DANZA working title (7 x 1 hour)
Premieres 2010
After more than 30 years in entertainment as an actor, talk show host, Broadway star, cookbook author, pro boxer and song and dance man, Tony Danza faces his toughest audience to date ˆ high school students. Long before the launch of Danza’s showbiz career, he hoped to be a teacher and even earned a degree in history to pursue that dream. “Teach: Tony Danza” chronicles Danza’s journey as he returns to his original dream and takes on the role of English teacher for a class of sophomore students at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Danza must do some learning of his own as he adapts to the demands of teaching two back-to-back 45 minute periods and handling his diverse class of students of varying abilities. He must also learn to manage extra-curricular activities, charity events and to juggle his personal life throughout the school year. Viewers will experience the trials and tribulations of a first year teacher through the eyes of Danza, his peers, school administrators, and most importantly∑his students.
“Teach: Tony Danza” is produced for A&E Network by Leslie Greif’s Boutique TV (“Gene Simmons Family Jewels”), with Leslie Greif, Adam Reed and Tony Danza as executive producers. Donny Jackson and Erin Kelly are co-executive producers. Executive Producer for Boutique TV is Adam Freeman. Executive producers for A&E are Robert Sharenow and Neil A. Cohen.

INTERVENTION IN DEPTH: ONE MAN REHAB working title (5 x 1 hour)
Premieres 3Q 2010
“Intervention In Depth: One Man Rehab” is an emotionally-charged, dramatic series of specials that answers the question “what happens after the intervention?” The series follows a team of the country’s leading “sober companions” as they do whatever it takes to help keep high-risk addicts struggling with relapse, from falling back into addiction. For the first time ever, cameras are along as these companions shadow their clients, who range from Wall Street power-brokers to suburban housewives, and help them face down their demons outside the protective walls of a treatment center.
“Intervention In Depth: One Man Rehab” is produced by GRB Productions for A&E Network. Gary Benz, Michael Branton, Dan Partland and Sam Mettler are executive producers. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Colleen Conway.


INTERVENTION (18 x 1 hour)
Season Nine Premieres Monday, June 28 at 9PM ET/PT
A&E’s Emmy Award-winning series “Intervention” returns for a ninth season this summer. “Intervention” is a powerful and gripping series in which people confront their darkest demons and seek a route to redemption. The five-time PRISM Award-winning series profiles people whose dependence on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behavior has brought them to a point of personal crisis and estranged them from their friends and loved ones. Each episode ends with a surprise intervention that is staged by the family and friends of the addict, and which is conducted by one of two specialists: Jeff Van Vonderen and Candy Finnigan. The series has conducted 158 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, 125 individuals are currently sober.
“Intervention” is produced by GRB Productions for A&E Network. Gary Benz, Michael Branton, Dan Partland and Sam Mettler are executive producers. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Colleen Conway.

OBSESSED (10 x 1 hour)
Season Two Premieres Monday, June 28 at 10PM ET/PT
“Obsessed” takes viewers inside the minds and lives of Americans whose anxiety has taken complete command of their existence. Individuals whose loved ones have witnessed the disorder take them prisoner, living at the mercy of their uncontrollable thoughts and ritualistic behaviors. From OCD, to agoraphobia and germophobia, these disorders trigger from an emotionally traumatic event and eventually snowball until the individual is a shadow of their former self. Witness their virtually destroyed home life, the overwhelming struggle of therapy and their courageous attempts to defeat and overcome their debilitating conditions. Highly trained therapists use desensitization and exposure therapy, whereby the patients are increasingly exposed to what causes their anxiety until the feelings begin to fade. Viewers will be moved as patients heal, make amazing progress and slowly but surely, take their lives back.
“Obsessed” is produced by Tijuana Entertainment for A&E Network. Troy Searer, John Foy and Rob LaPlante are executive producers. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Scott Lonker.

HOARDERS (20 x 1 hour)
Season Three Premieres 4Q 2010
“Hoarders,” A&E’s #1 series of all time with A18-49 and A25-54, explores the world of extreme hoarding; a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to collect things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary. The series takes a fascinating look at the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis. Whether they’re facing eviction, the loss of their children, jail time, or divorce, they are all desperately in need of help. The series captures the drama as experts work to put each hoarder on the road to recovery.
“Hoarders” is produced by Screaming Flea Productions for A&E Network. Jodi Flynn, Matt Chan and Dave Severson are executive producers. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Andy Berg.

Season Three Premieres 4Q 2010
The hit real-life series follows Billy Bretherton and his family who make up Vexcon, one of Louisiana’s busiest pest removal companies, as they balance family life with the drama of running a successful business together. From bugs to vermin to snakes to gators, Billy and his team handle any infestation that comes their way. And in the bayou, that can range from killer spiders to a bobcat invasion to a fiercely protective mother raccoon. Billy runs Vexcon with the help of his brother Rick, his father Bill Sr., and his sassy mom Donnie who runs the office. Billy is a former US Air Force Sergeant, and a 16-year pest management veteran.
“Billy The Exterminator” is produced by September Films, a division of DCD Media, for A&E Network. Sheldon Lazarus is executive producer and Richard Hansil is co- executive producer. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Andy Berg.

THE FIRST 48 (20 x 1 hour)
Season Eleven Premieres 3Q 2010
Heading into its eleventh season, “The First 48” continues to be one of the most-watched non-fiction investigative series on cable. For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a case is cut in half if they don’t get a lead in the first 48 hours. From the moment homicide detectives “catch a case,” “The First 48” follows every step of the investigation as they race against time to find their suspect. This season will feature homicide detectives from Charlotte, NC, Detroit, MI, Miami, FL, Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY, and Harris Co., TX.
“The First 48” is produced by Granada America for A&E Network. Executive producer is John X. Kim, and series producers are Ted Bourne and Michael Sheridan. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow, Laura Fleury and Colleen Conway.

Season Six Premieres 3Q 2010
The world-renowned mystifier takes his “Mindfreak” demonstrations to unprecedented levels with six epic one-hour specials featuring incredible illusions, death-defying escapes, fearless demonstrations and astonishing physical feats. This season Criss goes to new heights with a spectacular attempted jump across the Grand Canyon on a powerful new-age motorcycle where he will miraculously reappear in a locked cage dangling from a hovering helicopter or crash to his death. He will also attempt to walk up the side of the Luxor Hotel and Casino and combine two of his most acclaimed demonstrations when he attempts to levitate more than 400 feet up in the air and vanish. He will also attempt to pull off the largest mass vanish ever making more than 100 people disappear in the blink of an eye and recreate the most dangerous Houdini escape ever attempted ˆ hanging more than 4000 feet above the ground.
“Criss Angel Mindfreak” is produced for A&E Network by Angel Productions Worldwide Incorporated (APWI) and Baram Productions Criss Angel, Dave Baram and Erich Recker serve as executive producers. Executive producers for A&E are Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant.

Season Seven Premieres 4Q 2010
Duane “Dog” Chapman, the world’s most famous bounty hunter, his wife Beth and fearless posse hunting down fugitives in Hawaii and Colorado return. The hit unscripted series continues the heart-stopping adventures as Dog and his loyal band of family and colleagues put their lives on the line to capture notorious outlaws and sympathetic fugitives alike ˆ all while doing their best to take care of their marriages, families and communities. But as Dog says, “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” is produced by Hybrid Films for A&E Network. Executive producers for Hybrid are Daniel Elias and David Houts. A&E executive producer is Robert Sharenow.

Season Six Premieres 4Q 2010
All new episodes with America’s favorite happily UNmarried couple Gene Simmons ˆ the legendary, tongue wagging demon of KISS and Shannon Tweed ˆ former Playmate of the Year, actress and model. Their kids, Nick and Sophie, are growing and up fast and have remained surprisingly charming, smart and well behaved, even though Mom and Dad are truly like no one else’s parents. Each episode reveals another layer of Gene’s private self, a side that he has kept hidden until now, and shows how the most non-traditional, traditional family in America manages to make it all work under the strangest of circumstances.
“Gene Simmons Family Jewels” is produced by The Greif Company and the Gene Simmons Company. Leslie Greif, Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Gene Simmons are the series executive producers. Robert Sharenow and Neil A. Cohen are the A&E executive producers.

PARKING WARS (13 x 30 min)
Season Four Premieres 4Q 2010
It’s wild drama, surprising characters, hilarious confrontations and even more unpredictable battles in the new season of “Parking Wars.” Your favorite officers from the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Detroit’s Municipal Parking Department return for more outrageous encounters with citizens who have been ticketed, booted or towed. In these tough towns, the parking enforcement officers have the skills and attitude to get the job done one ticket at a time.
“Parking Wars” is produced by Hybrid Films for A&E Network. Daniel Elias and David Houts are the executive producers. Co-executive producers are Po Kutchins and Dan Flaherty. Series Producer is Andrew Dunn. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow, Laura Fleury and Jordana Hochman.

Season Three Premieres 1Q 2011
They are the best-of-the-best, hunting down the worst-of-the-worst∑and they’re back for an all-new action-packed season. Tracking down the nations ‘most wanted’, everyone from triple-homicide felons to major international fugitives, “Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force” follows the elite agents of the NY/NJ Division of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Since its inception in May of 2002, the Task Force has apprehended over 35,000 fugitives.
“Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force” is produced by Stars & Stripes Media, Inc for A&E Network. Gary Tarpinian, Stuart Goodman and Vincent Scarza are executive producers. Co-executive producer is Paninee Theeranuntawat. Supervising producers are Sonia Slutsky and Siobhan Walshe. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Laura Fleury.

PARANORMAL STATE (20 x 30 min)
Season Five Premieres 4Q 2010
“Paranormal State” follows Ryan Buell and his Paranormal Research Society (PRS) as they set out on cases throughout the country. Through the use of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recordings, client interviews, video documentation, old-fashioned research and the help from outside experts such as renowned psychics, psychologists, and demonologists. Ryan Buell and the PRS team delve dangerously into other worlds to try and help people who have no one else to turn to.
“Paranormal State” is produced by Go Go Luckey and Four Seasons Productions/Picture Shack Entertainment for A&E Network. Gary Auerbach (Go Go Luckey) and Betsy Schechter (Four Seasons/Picture Shack) serve as executive producers. Executive producers for A&E are Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant.

Season Three Premieres 4Q 2010
Countless children live with an incredible secret: they have psychic abilities. Feeling scared and isolated, these kids have nowhere to turn…until now. Help is on the way in the form of psychic/medium Chip Coffey and friends — who themselves grew up with these senses ˆ along with licensed therapists to help these children work through their unique situations.
“Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal” is produced by Picture Shack Entertainment for A&E Networks with George Plamondon and Betsy Schechter serving as Executive Producers.


THE GLADES (13 x 1 hour)
Premieres in July
A character driven police procedural set in Florida starring Australian actor Matt Passmore (“McLeod’s Daughters,” “Underbelly”), Kiele Sanchez (“Lost,” “Samantha Who?”) and Carlos Gómez (“Shark,” “Sleeper Cell”). In “The Glades,” Passmore stars as Jim Longworth, an attractive and brilliant Chicago homicide detective with a reputation for being difficult. When his captain wrongfully accuses him of sleeping with his wife and shoots him, he is exiled and forced to relocate. He lands in the sleepy, middle-of-nowhere town of Palm Glade, outside of the Florida Everglades, where sunshine and golf are plentiful and crime is seemingly at a minimum. But Longworth soon finds out this town isn’t quite as idyllic as he originally thought, when murders keep piling up. Each case pulls Longworth off the golf course and reluctantly into his element as one of the sharpest homicide detectives to wear a badge.
“The Glades” is produced by Fox Television Studios for A&E Network. The series will be executive produced by Clifton Campbell (“White Collar,” “The Profiler,” “21 Jump Street”) and Gary Randall (“Saving Grace”) for Grand Productions, Inc. The pilot was written by Clifton Campbell.


From the creative team behind A&E’s Emmy-nominated miniseries “The Andromeda Strain,” and the hit drama series “Numb3ers” and “The Good Wife,” comes this modern day retelling of the bestselling novel by Robin Cook and film by Michael Crichton. “Coma” is a medical thriller about a doctor who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table. The patients are then sent to an undisclosed institute where they are to be observed; sensing something is amiss, the savvy doctor realizes that their organs are being illegally harvested for profit. She must then decide who she can trust and how to stop it, before she is silenced.
“Coma” is being developed by executive producers Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David W. Zucker for Scott Free Productions.


Sarah O’Rourke believes that anyone is capable of anything. As a brilliant psychology professor at a small university she can reveal an individual’s true motives by setting the simplest verbal traps or false pretexts to executing extravagant ‘pack’ experiments on the entire university body that shine a light on the machinations of our society. So when a local detective, John Acer, comes to her for help in an unsolved case, Sarah breaks down the array of evidence into a seemingly simple study of human nature, from profiling a bank robber based upon the character mask he wears to revealing the location of a serial killer by dissecting a city’s social psychology. A fascinating crime procedural that exposes the truths of why we do what we do.
“Criminology” is being developed by executive producers Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David W. Zucker for Scott Free Productions. W. Blake Herron is writing the script.

Big Mike is a plus-sized detective in a world where plus-sized is a minus. He is a force of nature in the San Diego PD, and his co-workers know not to underestimate him. One of the best in his field, he gets things done, knows all the right people, gets along with everyone, and knows all the best places to eat, a benefit when you’re patrolling for hours on an empty stomach. Big Mike can be a charging bull while serving a warrant or a gentle giant while rescuing a child from a fire. He can be profane, relentless and even deceitful when regulations stand in the way of justice, but he intimately understands both passion and human weakness, which serves as his greatest strength as a detective and his greatest challenge in his romantic life.
“Big Mike” is being developed by Sony Pictures Television, executive produced by Doug Robinson for Happy Madison Productions. Ed Decter and John Strauss (Something about Mary) will executive produce and write the script.

Two FBI agents, one male and one female, are partnered together and sent to unusual parts of the country to work with local police and solve crimes. Their cases expose them to different cultures each week (i.e. one week an Aryan nation community, the next an upper class neighborhood in Boston). One is a former high school teacher who is driven by passion and impulse, while the other is more centered and logical. Initially, the two are reluctant partners, though they gradually develop a strong, platonic bond, learning to trust and depend on each other.
“American Crime” is being developed by ABC Studios, executive produced by Mark Gordon and Deb Spera and executive produced and written by Diana Son and Tanya Wexler.

Hazel Rhodes might wear her concert t-shirt a little too tight and her lipstick might be two shades too bright, but she might also be the best homicide detective Nashville has ever seen. She is the antithesis of a Southern Belle, a woman who came from nothing and clamored her way to the top of her field, she’ll do anything to solve her cases, even if it means busting into a men’s restroom or sneaking onto a crime scene to take photos. Sharp-tongued and quick witted, no murderer is too clever for her. Unlike most murder-mysteries, the audience will see the murder each week in the teaser so it becomes a thrill ride of cat-and-mouse each week as Hazel tries to nail the criminal before it’s too late.
Hazel Rhodes is being developed by ABC Studios and executive produced and written by Daniel Cerone (Dexter).