Capping a year of distribution gains, TV Guide Network is bringing more original programming into 2012.
TV Guide Network is pushing a pair of specials into reality series, green-lighting Hollywood Moms Night and Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On. Both will bow in 2012, with the former expected to launch in March and the latter the following month. The launch of Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On is scheduled will coincide with the release of the group's new album, "Dedicated," by Sony Masterworks.
"We are pleased to expand our relationships with two of the most celebrated reality producers and deliver series that bring viewers closer to Hollywood life and celebrities," said Allen Shapiro, chairman of TV Guide Network, in announcing the pick-ups.
Continuing to evolve from its roots as a guide service, the network, which currently counts some 80 million subscribers. has ordered five episodes of Hollywood Moms Nights from Ellen Rakieten Entertainment and RelativityReal. The series stars best friends Alison Sweeney (Days of our Lives, The Biggest Loser, author of The Mommy Diet) and Ali Landry (former Miss USA, model, actress, famed Doritos commercial star), with cameras tracking the exclusive, private potluck dinners they have been hosting for years for their famous mom friends. The Hollywood Moms Night special, which aired in November, featured special guests Denise Richards (Blue MountainState), Niecy Nash (Clean House) and LaLa Anthony (LaLa's Full Court Life).
Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On follows the girls group, including sisters Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson and best friend Chynna Phillips. Twenty years after their anthem "Hold On" ruled the airways, the band is staging a comeback. Daughters of famous musicians - The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas - this Grammy-nominated group rose to fame with their California looks and harmonies, but garnered headlines with their personal lives. Since then, the women have juggled their singing careers, marriages and raising children, while dealing with tabloid scandals, family dramas and health issues. Their journey back to fame will be captured over eight installments with the series produced by RelativityREAL.
During 2011, TV Guide Network continued its push to a full-screen format. By the end of 2011, officials say that more than 75% of the service's distribution will be full-screen, with providers in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Tampa, Cleveland, Orlando, Charlotte, Pittsburgh and Raleigh-Durham. That's up from 50% full-screen at the close of 2010.
On the high-definition front, TV Guide Network is now available in the enhanced format in the top U.S. DMA, as well as Philadelphia, Tampa, Orlando, Portland, Me, and Syracuse, Buffalo and Albany, N.Y.
TV Guide Network, TVGuide.com and the TV Guide brand are owned by Lionsgate, the studio and producer of AMC's Mad Men and Showtime's Weeds, and One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase.