Jason Priestley and Marisa Coughlan courtesy Lifetime
Today the veteran cabler gave advertisers a sneak peek at a slew of upcoming programming, including scripted series, reality shows and, of course, its legendary TV-movies. Future offerings include the one-hour dramas Chambermaid about an attorney fresh out of law school clerking for a powerful judge; Bailey Weggins, the adventures of a divorcee-cum-investigative reporter; Burnt Toast, based on the memoir by Desperate Housewives' star Teri Hatcher; an American incarnation of the Brit airline series Mile High; and Lovely and Talented about an all-female acting class. Original movies include a look at the House of Hilton and the presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull, who ran for office decades before women were granted suffrage. Well-titled reality offerings include How to Look Good Naked hosted by Queer Eye guy Carson Kressley; Judgment Day, America's Psychic Challenge and Going for Broke. Premiere dates for a trio of previously announced series were also revealed: Kim Delaney and ...
Lifetime has signed Carson Kressley to host How to Look Good Naked, an unscripted series based on a successful British program in which women with body-image issues learn to feel better about themselves without drastic measures such as surgery or exercise.... VH1 and BET are jointly developing Wifey, a hip-hop drama pilot about a widow who takes over her late hubby's record label. The series would air in the same time slot on both channels.... Lea Thompson will star in A Life Interrupted, a drama inspired by the life of activist and rape survivor Debbie Smith. Two guesses as to what cable channel it's for. C'mon, take a stab.
Which extra-special guests are on board for NBC's live-action take on the stop-motion classic The Year Without a Santa Claus, premiering Dec. 11? In addition to John Goodman and Delta Burke (as Santa and his Mrs.), Chris Kattan, Ethan Suplee and Eddie Griffin (as elves), and Harvey Fierstein and Michael McKean (as Heat- and Snowmeisers), the star-studded outing features cameos by Queer Eye's Carson Kressley (playing Santa's dresser), Dr. Laura Schlessinger (as, duh, a TV talk-show therapist), and Jack LaLanne (as another legendary fitness nut, Hercules, who is now living in a "retirement home" for mythological figures).
Queer Eye's Ted Allen, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez
Tonight at 10 pm/ET, Bravo brings back Queer Eye and the Fab Five in a block of episodes that vows to set marriage ceremonies straight once and for all. The new season finds Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia and Jai Rodriguez proffering their best wedding-planning advice each week as hetero couples prepare to say "I do" before family and friends. "For the very first time, the Fab Five rush in to help straight guys with the most important decision and event of their lives — marriage," notes Andrew Cohen, Bravo's VP of production and programming. "Tying the knot has never been this much fun!"
Of course, the very concept of the new season is laden with irony