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Oxygen Sets Diverse Development Slate

5/05/2006 8:00 PM Eastern

Oxygen’s development slate for next year includes projects encompassing a wide-ranging mix of comedy, reality series and original films, from such marquee producers as Lionsgate Television, Lovespell, Fox TV Studios and New Line Television.

“The development underscores some of the new directions we’ve been going in,” Oxygen president of programming Debby Beece said. “While we’ve done two very successful comedies, with Girls Behaving Badly and Campus Ladies, we are looking to get into more dramatic storytelling with some of these reality shows and with scripted.”

For its 2007 development slate, Oxygen has commissioned pilots for: Once More With Feeling, a reality series from September Films that takes people’s big announcements and turns them into Broadway-caliber musical productions; Capitol Hill Girls, a docusoap that focuses on the lives of young women working in Washington, D.C.; and Tease, a competition reality series with world-renowned hair stylists.

The women’s network’s other projects in development, for scripts, include the animated series Angry Little Girls from actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and Lovespell; the single-camera comedy series Bastards!, from Fox TV Studios; the one-hour dramedy Robin Hudson Mysteries, from Sleepless in Seattle producer Lynda Obst; the limited drama series Serial from Lionsgate; and the original film MK Ultra from New Line.

“I would like to get four new series on the air next year, and I’d like to have two to three new movies on the air next year,” Beece said.

Oxygen also is gearing up for a summer of new original programming. In June, the network premieres The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, a reality series chronicling the launch of ex-supermodel Janice Dickinson’s modeling agency. Next month, the women’s-targeted service will also bow the thriller Banshee, an original movie starring Hustle & Flow’s Taryn Manning as a car thief on the run from a killer whose car she has stolen.

In July Oxygen premieres a new season of Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance; the annual beauty competition for plus-sized women. That’s followed in August by the reality series Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty, as well as Fight Girls, a reality movie featuring the country’s best female fighters.

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