A trio of stars who found fame thanks to fly-on-the-wall docu-series are returning to their reality TV roots. Tori Spelling, Nicole Richie and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino all slated to star in their own unscripted series, premiering later this year.
Premiering first we have True Tori, which debuts April 22 on Lifetime. If you’ve been keeping up with your gossip (and if you haven’t, shame on you), you already know that Tori Spelling’s life has been floating around Crapsville for months now. It all started back in January, when the cash-strapped Beverly Hill socialite was allegedly evicted from the suburban Los Angeles home she shared with hubby Dean and the couple’s four children.
Naturally, Tori denied the eviction rumors. But she had a hard time putting the kibosh on whispers that Dean cheated on her with a twentysomething Canadian model; especially after the Other Woman dished the deets on the affair in a tell-all with Us Weekly.
Off to rehab Dean went. (After all, the inability to control one’s zipper always requires therapy.) Which means Goss Gawkers will get a new docu-series out of the deal. True Tori promises to show viewers the truth about Tori Spelling’s turbulent marriage to the Chopped Canada after reports of his infidelity. In what could set a precedent for reality shows, the show will premiere just three weeks after filming commenced.
“With her marriage in crisis, tabloids and gossip sites have been speculating for months about Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. Now, the real story will be told as it should be, by Tori Spelling herself, in the new Lifetime docu-series True Tori. Tori has made the courageous decision to allow the audience to witness the most difficult and unpredictable period in her life. Intimate, raw, emotional and completely real, Tori will tell her story for the first time as it should be told – by her. Since viewers will be seeing events almost immediately after they occur, nobody knows how the drama will unfold — not Tori, not Dean — and only time will tell if Tori and Dean’s marriage survives.”
Meanwhile, Simple Life alum Nicole Richie will return to reality TV with VH1’s #CandidlyNicole. That name will sound familiar to you avid Twitters out there. #CandidlyNicole is based on Nicole’s popular AOL online series, which was based on the designer’s equally-popular Twitter feed.
Susan Levison, VH1’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, has set a July premiere date for the soap. She’s confident viewers will connect with Nicole, a wife, mother and businesswoman. A long way from playing second fiddle to Paris Hilton, eh?
“Nicole’s sharp, acerbic sense of humour and broad audience appeal make #CandidlyNicole a perfect fit for the VH1 brand. Viewers will enjoy her unique point of view and earnest look at pop culture as well as her fearless exploration of anything and everything taboo.”
Finally, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is set to star in The Sorrentinos, a “docu-comedy” (that’s a new one) following the adventures of the now-sober Jersey Shore party boy and his boisterous, yet supportive, family. Production on the show, which will air on TV Guide Network, begins this week.
“What happens after overnight superstardom based on bad behavior? For Michael, the stakes are high as he has one shot to extend his fame and turn it into a lucrative and real career based on substance — all while staying sober and overcoming the demons of his past. With the support of his family, who walk the line between abounding love and sibling rivalry, viewers will have access into this family’s everyday life—the good, the bad, the funny and the crazy.”