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TVGN orders New Kids on the Block series, singing show from 'American Idol' producers

6/17/2014
TVGN orders New Kids on the Block series, singing show from 'American Idol' producers © AP / Donnie Wahlberg TVGN orders New Kids on the Block series, singing show from 'American Idol' producers

By Jethro Nededog
TheWrap

Previously in development, "Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block" has been given a series order by TV Guide Network.

The cable channel has also announced that it is developing three other nonscripted projects on its upfront programming slate for 2014-2015.

From Jarrett Creative Group with executive producer and NKOTB bandmember Donnie Wahlberg, "Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block" follows the guys during their popular series of fan cruise. TVGN has ordered eight episodes of the series to debut in Fall 2014. Additionally, TVGN will air a 30-minute casting special.

Among the new series in development at the network is currently titled "Sing It On," which comes from "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" producers CORE Media.

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"Soap Town (Working Title)," which follows the creation of a new primetime drama created by former soap stars, is also in development. It comes from "Hatfields & McCoys" and "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" producers Thinkfactory Media. Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Leslie Greif serve as executive producers.

Finally, TVGN is developing travel series "Jet to the Set (Working Title)," which visits the hottest TV and movie locations, as well as the local hotspots visited by the actors who work there. It comes from producers Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, with Laurie Feltheimer, Carly Steel and Eli Frankel serving as executive producers.

TVGN's 2014-2015 slate also includes previously announced series the currently airing "Unusually Thicke," and upcoming series "The Sorrentinos." The network boasts more than 400 hours of original programming, which is six times more than it presented at upfront time last year.

"Our programming celebrates entertainment and celebrity in a fun, vibrant tone and often with a comedic perspective that delivers the excitement of being a fan — because we're fans too," said TVGN's entertainment and media president Brad Schwartz. "From the fan-fueled party cruise phenomenon with New Kids on The Block to celebrity-obsessed daily show 'Popsugar Now' to the best after-show on television 'Big Brother: After Dark,' we are putting ourselves right in the middle of fandom culture."

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