new-kids-on-the-block-rock-this-boat-TVGN.jpgThe TV Guide Network has announced a slew of new and returning series in its lineup, including a New Kids on the Block reality show that traps puts the NKOTB guys and their fans on a cruise together.

Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media at TVGN, says in a statement, “Our programming celebrates entertainment and celebrity in a fun, vibrant tone and often with a comedic perspective that delivers the excitement of being a fan — because we’re fans too. From the fan-fueled party cruise phenomenon with New Kids on The Block to celebrity-obsessed daily show ‘Popsugar Now’ to the best after-show on television ‘Big Brother: After Dark,’ we are putting ourselves right in the middle of fandom culture.”

Original series and specials:
“Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block”
Die-hard fans take the vacation of a lifetime when they board a cruise for a week-long party on the high seas with America’s favorite bands. The first group to headline this all-new eight-episode series franchise is New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), one of the hottest boy bands in music history with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide, countless sold-out tours and record-breaking #1 hit songs. For the past five years, NKOTB has sold out its wildly popular concert cruises, and for the first time ever, cameras will follow the fun, free-spirited voyage of a few select groups of super fans at sea with the band mates of NKOTB. In addition, TVGN will air a 30-minute television special dedicated to the casting for “Rock This Boat: NKOTB” to showcase all the fun and fandom.

“The Sorrentinos”
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino rose to meteoric fame as one of reality TV’s biggest stars on “Jersey Shore,” but his world came crashing down after a battle with addiction. This docu-comedy ensemble series follows life after reality as Mike makes a comeback and shares the spotlight with his family — mom Linda, Marc (middle brother), Melissa (sister) and Frank (older brother). 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.

“Unusually Thicke”
This reality show stars a real-life modern family — TV icon Alan Thicke, his beautiful, spicy and much-younger wife Tanya, and his dry-witted, often-opinionated 16-year-old son Carter — in a series that follows the fun and humor that happens in their everyday lives. Dozens of celebrity appearances are featured throughout the season, including Robin Thicke, David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, John Stamos, Bill Maher, Tom Green, and many more. It premiered to strong ratings on April 16 and is currently airing on TVGN on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“Watch! TV”
TVGN will premiere a primetime television event special that goes behind the scenes of CBS’s Watch! Magazine as it takes today’s biggest stars to exotic destinations for high-end photo shoots with the world’s best photographers. Premiering this summer, the WATCH! TV special will feature Michael Weatherly (“NCIS”) at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London and Rachelle Lefevre (“Under the Dome”) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire, England and at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire.

Returning series and specials:

“Big Brother: After Dark”
For the second year in a row, TVGN will be the exclusive television destination for the live, late night companion show to CBS’s “Big Brother,” one of television’s most talked-about and socially engaged reality series. “Big Brother: After Dark” gives fans of the popular reality series an unfiltered, late night look at life in the “Big Brother House.” The show features a live television feed from inside the house, where nothing is sacred and anything goes.

“TVGN Live with ET” at the Oscars and Grammy Awards
“Entertainment Tonight,” TV’s No. 1 syndicated entertainment show from CBS Television Distribution, will produce a live red carpet show that will air on TVGN leading up to television’s biggest award shows, the Oscars and the Grammy Awards.

Exclusive cable premieres from CBS Television Network
TVGN will bring viewers exclusive cable premieres of big events like The Tony Awards, The Grammy-related specials, ACM Awards Salute to the Troops Concert Special, A Home for the Holidays, and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show.

“PopSugar Now”
A daily half-hour entertainment show airing weeknights at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT that delivers all of the top stories in celebrity news, fashion, lifestyle and pop culture.

“The Story Behind”
This series continues with six new episodes that go behind the scenes of TV’s greatest hits and most iconic shows, and how they got their start, revealing stories straight from the set with exclusive on-camera interviews with all the insider players from cast members to producers to television executives.

Development Projects:

“Sing It On” (working title)

 From the company behind “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Sing It On” is the real-life “Pitch Perfect,” with steeper competition and higher stakes. This docu-series follows the world of collegiate a cappella groups across the U.S. and their journey as they prepare for and compete in the top a cappella competition in the country, the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella).

“Soap Town” (working title)
From the producers of “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” comes “Soap Town” — a new docu-series which follows a group of former daytime and primetime soap stars as they attempt to produce a new primetime serial drama to star in. The cast will need to work in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce this new steamy series hoping to land a pilot deal by the end of the season. 

“Jet to the Set” (working title)
This travelogue show is a mix of Hollywood lifestyle and adventure, as viewers are transported to TV and film locations across the country to unveil the hottest hotels, restaurants, beaches, bars, nightclubs and retail stores that celebrities frequent while on location. The show will feature travel experiences from two perspectives — economical versus splurge.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."