Oxygen is becoming The Tori & Dean Network
Continuing the process of gradually transforming itself into The Tori & Dean Network, Oxygen has announced plans to move forward on no fewer than three projects with the happy couple.
On Wednesday, Oxygen announced a fourth season of "Tori & Dean," a couples makeover reality show from Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, as well as the development of an original made-for-television romantic comedy produced by and starring Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.
That's a lot of Tori & Dean, a couple so secure they're prepared to serve as executive producers and relationship counselors on "Mr. & Mrs. Makeover," currently in development.
"Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" will premiere on Oxygen on May 26.
Also in development at Oxygen, and having no connection with Tori & Dean, is "Keshia and Kaseem," which answers the eternal question, "Hey, whatever happened to Rudy from 'The Cosby Show?'" The answer is that she's dating entrepreneur Kaseem Penn and starring in a reality series about what it's like to be young, rich, single and living with Kaseem Penn. Penn and Keshia Knight Pulliam will executive produce the series along with Tracey E. Edmonds ("College Hill"). Perhaps if Keshia and Kaseem get married, that "and" in the show's title can be upgraded to an "&" just like Tori & Dean?
Oxygen is also developing something called "Celeb-U-Moms," about a group of Hollywood mothers with glamorous careers. Wait. Isn't Tori Spelling a Hollywood mom with a glamorous career? Indeed. We don't know if she'll be involved, but the show comes from executive producers Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder ("Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Home").
These programming moves were announced at Oxygen's upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday.
"All of our programming initiatives and our decision to move forward with another night of originals underscore Oxygen's long term strategy to appeal to a very valuable audience," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Oxygen's senior vice president for original programming and development. "We delivered that coveted demo this past quarter and are 'living out loud' with new projects featuring boisterous, saucy, charismatic and over-the-top personalities whose distinctive voice has set our network apart from the pack."
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