LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--POP, a new network celebrating the fun of being a fan which announced its rebranding last month from TVGN, will premiere more than 400 hours of fan-fueled original programming next year, including six new original series, an exclusive after-show, live red carpet specials during the awards season, and a curated line-up of television fan favorites. Launching in early 2015, POP will provide viewers with a multi-platform destination that creates content around the things popping in fan culture.
“We couldn't be more excited to announce our first wave of original programming that will launch POP to the world in the New Year,” said Brad Schwartz, President, Entertainment and Media, POP. “Our slate is filled with fun, fan-driven content featuring big stars and rising talent, as well as an optimistic spirit that celebrates audience passion.”
Among the newly announced original series are: SING IT ON, a real-life “Pitch Perfect” with steeper competition and higher stakes; QUEENS OF DRAMA, a docu-series featuring daytime and primetime soaps stars as they attempt to produce a new primetime serial drama to star in; and STREET MAGIC, a series taking viewers into the world of underground street magicians as they perform for fans, including the stars of film and television.
The new series will join POP’s previously announced original programs premiering in 2015, including: ROCK THIS BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, a show that follows diehard fans at sea with one of the biggest boy bands in history; THE STORY BEHIND, a series that goes behind the scenes of TV’s most iconic shows; BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK, the ultimate fan after-show which reached record-high ratings this year, and live red carpet specials at the Oscars and Grammys with ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the top rated syndicated entertainment show on television.
In addition, UNUSUALLY THICKE, a reality sitcom starring Alan Thicke, his family and famous friends which premiered in April 2014, has been picked up for a second season.
POP’s slate will also feature a curated line-up of fan-favorite television series and iconic shows with passionate viewers, including: JERICHO, 90210 (CW), BEVERLY HILLS 90210 (original), MELROSE PLACE, SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG BROTHER.
SING IT ON (Working Title)
From the company behind “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” SING IT ON is the real-life “Pitch Perfect” only with steeper competition and higher stakes. This docu-series follows the world of collegiate a cappella groups across the U.S. and their journey as they prepare for and compete in the top a cappella competition in the country, the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella). SING IT ON is produced by CORE Media Group, with Jennifer O’Connell and Teri Wagner Flynn serving as Executive Producers. Jenny Ramirez, Glenn Stickley and Amanda Newman serve as Co-Executive Producers.
QUEENS OF DRAMA (Working Title)
From the producers of “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” comes QUEENS OF DRAMA, a new docu-series which follows a group of former daytime and primetime soap stars as they attempt to produce a new primetime serial drama to star in. The cast will need to work in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce this new steamy series hoping to land a pilot deal by the end of the season. The all-star cast is made up of Lindsay Hartley (“All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives”), Crystal Hunt (“Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live”), Vanessa Marcil (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “General Hospital”), Chrystee Pharris (“Passions,” “General Hospital”) and Hunter Tylo (“The Bold and The Beautiful”), together with Donna Mills (“Knots Landing,” “Melrose Place”), who will make special appearances on the program. QUEENS OF DRAMA is being produced by Thinkfactory Media, with Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Aaron Fishman, Tim Laurie, and Leslie Greif, serving as Executive Producers.
STREET MAGIC (Working Title)
STREET MAGIC takes viewers inside the world of underground street magicians as they perform for and mesmerize onlookers, including stars from favorite films and television shows. This docu-series features some of the greatest masters of magic in the world who have expertly crafted the nuanced sleight of hand and understand what it takes to wow their fans. For the first time, these renowned magicians will stun and amaze without the veil of secrecy—uncut and unfiltered. STREET MAGIC is produced in association with Lionsgate Television.
UNUSUALLY THICKE – Season Two
UNUSUALLY THICKE stars a real-life modern family—TV icon Alan Thicke, his beautiful, spicy and much younger wife Tanya, and his dry witted, often opinionated 17-year-old son Carter. The series follows the fun, humor and escapades in their unusual daily lives, including Alan’s career and Tanya’s focus on motherhood and a family of their own. Dozens of celebrity appearances have been featured in the series, including Robin Thicke, David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, John Stamos, Bill Maher, Tom Green, with many more to come. UNUSUALLY THICKE is an original series that blends reality television with situation comedy is produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment.
ROCK THIS BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
New Trailer: (http://bit.ly/1BIXuhD)
Die-hard fans take the vacation of a lifetime when they board a cruise with the sole intention of being near the members of their favorite band for just a few days. New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), one of the hottest boy bands in music history with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide, will set sail on the wildly popular, sold out cruise with their most loyal fans for a four-day adventure at sea. The cast includes a whole range of NKOTB devotees from three sisters taking the family cruise they’ve always dreamt about to a group of single moms looking to let their hair down by partying with rock stars. Sail on back to your youth with ROCK THIS BOAT — celebrating fandom like never before. ROCK THIS BOAT is produced by Jarrett Creative Group in association with Executive Producers Donnie Wahlberg, Julie Insogna Jarrett and Seth Jarrett.
THE STORY BEHIND
Video Highlights: (http://bit.ly/10lPx6y)
THE STORY BEHIND features eight new episodes that go behind-the-scenes of TV’s greatest hits and most iconic shows, and how they got their start. The series reveals stories straight from the set with exclusive on-camera interviews with all the insider players from cast members to producers to television executives. The one-hour episodes will highlight TV’s treasured classics, including “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Will & Grace,” “The Cosby Show,” “Full House,” “Friends,” and “ER.” THE STORY BEHIND is an in-house production.
BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK
BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK is the ultimate fan after-show and the live, late night companion show to CBS's BIG BROTHER, one of television's most talked-about and socially engaged reality series. Airing exclusively on POP, BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK gives fans of the popular reality series an unfiltered, late night look at life in the “Big Brother House.” The show features a live television feed from inside the house, where nothing is sacred and anything goes.
“LIVE WITH ET” at the Oscars® and the Grammys®
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, television’s #1 syndicated entertainment show from CBS Television Distribution, will produce a LIVE red carpet show leading up to television’s biggest award shows, the Oscars and the Grammys, to air exclusively on POP.
Fans don’t sit at the outskirts of pop culture making snarky comments, they live right smack in the middle of it, sharing, creating, and connecting their passions with others. At POP, fans finally have a destination that celebrates the fun of being a fan. Fans aren’t even fans anymore – they’re Gladiators, Tributes, Human Beings and Blockheads. Launching in 2015, POP will give fans a dedicated channel that loves being a fan as much as they do. A channel that respects talent over celebrity. A channel filled with optimism, passion, funny and excitement. A channel that understands the fun doesn’t stop when the credits roll…it’s really just the beginning.
POP is joint venture of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). The partnership combines CBS’s programming, production and marketing assets with Lionsgate’s resources in motion pictures, television and digitally delivered content. POP’s ownership structure is comprised of the company with the #1 broadcast network and many of the top first-run syndication series (“Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider”) and the studio that produces and distributes the blockbuster “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” franchises and produces such award-winning TV series as “Mad Men” and “Orange is the New Black.”