TCA: Oxygen Orders Reality Series With 'Extra's Menounos


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Los Angeles -- Oxygen has greenlit a new reality series following the life of Extra host Maria Menounos, the network announced during its session at the TCA summer press tour here Wednesday.

The untitled Maria Menounos project will follow the host's home life as she juggles her boyfriend of 14 years who wants to get married, her Greek parents who want grandchildren and her desire to just take a vacation. The series is scheduled to premiere in 2013.

Oxygen also announced that musician Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy will host the second season of its tattoo competition series Best Ink. Additionally, supermodels Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha have been named coaches of new modeling reality competition series The Face alongside Naomi Campbell, with fashion photographer Nigel Barker tapped as host.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network set premiere dates for two of its new series: My Shopping Addition will debut on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. and Hollywood Unzipped: Stylist Wars on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 p.m.

The new series are part of Oxygen's pledge to increase its original programming by 50% with shows that play into the changing relationships and priorities of its key demo of women 18 to 34, said Rod Aissa, Oxygen's senior vice president of programming.

Oxygen's most recent launch, I'm Having Their Baby, drew 819,000 total viewers including 486,000 persons 18 to 49 on July 23, according to Nielsen.