Upfronts 2012: Fuse Sets Music-Centric Show Slate


Fuse has outlined a development slate including comedy, documentary, animated and scripted series all rooted in music.

The Madison Square Garden Co.-owned network said it was committed to adding original programming bolstering an existing music-focused lineup.

"This development slate, which is our biggest ever, is filled with authentic characters and optimistic stories across a multitude of genres all rooted in the love of music," Brad Schwartz, senior vice president of programming and operations at the network, said in a release.

Current staple shows on fuse include Hoppus On Music with Mark Hoppus from blink-182, one-on-one artist interview show On The Record  and live concert series Fuse Presents. An interview-game show hosted by comedian Billy Eichner, Funny or Die's Billy on the Street, was recently renewed for a second season.

In development are these shows (with working titles):

Ambassadors of Rock, a reality show which explores the world of music fans who are so devoted, they invite touring bands that they don't know to crash in their homes, sleep in their beds, drink their beer and eat all of their food.

Blaze Studios, a half-hour scripted musical comedy, starring Marcus Paulk (Redtails) and Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), is a behind-the-scenes look at the wild antics of the staff and clients at a high-end recording studio.

Bounce, a documentary look into high-energy hip hop sub-genre hailing from New Orleans, produced by World of Wonder (Million Dollar Listing).

Untitled Eric Balfour Project, a mockumentary series created by and starring Eric Balfour (Haven) that follows a young band in Los Angeles as they struggle for success.

Major, a scripted musical comedy from creator and writer Erik Weiner (Robot Chicken) about a musical duo that, after hitting it big with a viral video, tries to capitalize on its success.

Off Beat, hosted by comedian Mike E. Winfield (The Office), is a clip show that highlights funny and outrageous music-themed videos and viewer-created clips.

Radio Free, another half-hour scripted comedy, follows a group of students at a college radio station in the early ‘80s as they find their identity in a new wave of music. Executive producers include R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe.

Warped Roadies, a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Vans Warped Tour as it travels across the country with more than 60 bands.