Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Take a veteran hip-hop star, an aging rocker, a former kid star and an ex-Brady Bunch member and you have the basis for several new reality series on MTV: Music Television and VH1 announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association tour here.
In October, MTV will debut a hip-hop reality sitcom, Run’s House, which will follow the lives of former Run DMC front man the Rev. Joey Simmons and his family, MTV Music Group president Brian Graden said.
The series, produced by Sean “P Diddy” Combs and Russell Simmons, will give our viewers “an inside look at the lives of hip-hop royalty,” added Graden.
In a twist on the home-makeover genre, rap artist Brooks Buford will host Trailer Fabulous, a new series in which one young person and his trailer home will receive total makeovers, according to the network.
In addition, former Nickelodeon child star Nick Cannon will star in a new sketch comedy/improv series set to premiere July 28. Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out will feature two teams of comics -- one headed by Cannon the other by a celebrity guest -- going head-to-head in a series of “improv battles,” the network said.
On the VH1 front, rock star Gene Simmons of KISS fame will host a music-makeover reality show to debut in August. Gene Simmons’ Rock School will feature the rocker attempting to transform British-based, classic-music-trained boarding-school students into a hard-rock band, the network said.
VH1 will also premiere in September My Fair Brady, a reality series chronicling the lives of Hollywood couple Adrianne Curry (America’s Next Top Model) and former Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight.
The two met during VH1’s Surreal Life 4 skein, marking the second VH1 spinoff from the reality series. Last year, the network bowed Strange Love, starring Surreal Life 3 cast members Flavor Flav and Brigitte Nielsen.