“Jersey Shore” creator SallyAnn Salsano continues her roll of TV reality shows that tap into the viewers’ sensitivities with “Love Handles,” one of Lifetime’s newly announced super-sized batch of reality shows for 2011-2012.
“In each episode,” Lifetime’s President Nancy Dubuc tells THR of Salsano’s new show, “One or both members of the couple go through the weight loss process and have to ask themselves the tough question of should they stay together.”
Well, that’s not at all terrifying, is it? Salsano and her production company have a knack for tapping into people’s insecurities or topics people would rather sweep under the carpet, i.e. young Italian-Americans boozing it up at The Shore in “Jersey Shore” or having one’s car repossessed in Spike TV’s “Repo Games.”
“We have a strong point of view, and we’re not afraid to share it,” Salsano tells Zap2it about her production company’s shows. “Like people say what’s the most important thing about a show? It’s your cast. Well, that’s obvious, but it’s like your cast has to be fearless and so do your producers. Your cast of people that you come in contact with have to trust you and you have to trust the fact – you have to trust in them. I think without, you know, being fearless and having trust is a winning combination to a show.”
Other standouts from Lifetime’s 2011-2012 reality slate include two “Project Runway” spinoffs, an interview series co-executive-produced by Demi Moore, and two reality series featuring former scripted TV stars, Roseanne Barr, and “Growing Pains” actress, Tracey Gold.
Here’s the official reality series descriptions from Lifetime:
- The real-life series “Vanished with Beth Holloway,” launching next Monday, May 9, a one-hour docu-reality program hosted by Beth Holloway exploring true mysteries of families who have been victimized by unsolved abductions, disappearances and unspeakable crimes. Lifetime has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the program.
- “Love Handles,” set to launch in May, an hour-long docu-series from executive producer SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore) featuring a dual transformation of overweight couples as they attempt to save their lives and relationships by confronting what lies at the core of the emotional, dietary and physical issues deeply affecting their well-being. Lifetime has ordered eight hour-long episodes.
- 12 half-hour episodes of “Brighton Beach,” which follows the colorful women and men who live, love and work in the famous Brooklyn neighborhood, home to a vibrant Russian-American community where viewers will meet the multi-generational families whose dramas and dreams contend with their Russian heritage.
- “The Conversation,” hosted by British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet and executive produced by Demi Moore and de Cadenet, which, in eight 60-minute episodes, will provide a refreshing and modern take on celebrity interviews as de Cadenet sits down with some of the world’s most famous women to discuss topics universal to all women.
- “Dance Moms,” which reveals the world of competitive dance where overbearing mothers push their daughters to the brink while vicariously living out their own dreams through their young performers.
- “The Day that Changed My Life,” which through in-depth interview segments and re-enactments, showcases true stories of ordinary people whose lives took unexpected and dramatic turns following incidents ranging from terrifying accidents to chance encounters with strangers to mind-bending miracles. Six 60-minute episodes have been ordered.
- Eight one-hour episodes each of “Project Runway All Stars,” featuring talented and memorable past contestants from the series who will once again compete against each other in a series of challenges to show they still have the innovation, talent and poise that made them household names, and “Project Accessory,” following enterprising artists who will be put to the test to create the newest and hottest trends in accessories as they compete for a cash grand prize to help them launch their own fashion accessories business.
- The docu-series “Roseanne’s Nuts,” marking Emmy-winning actress, comedienne and best-selling author Roseanne Barr’s return to television as she takes on her newest endeavor managing a fully-functional 40-acre macadamia and live stock farm in Hawaii alongside her long-time boyfriend and son. Lifetime has ordered 16 half-hour episodes of the program.
- Seven one-hour episodes of “To Live & Buy,” following best friends and interior designers Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) as they crisscross America to find cool relics to restore and transform into stunning and eclectic pieces for their Los Angeles home decor store.
- Six hour-long episodes of “The Tracey Gold Project” (wt), hosted by Tracey Gold (“Growing Pains”), who uses her personal experience fighting anorexia to help women overcome major eating disorders.
What do you think of Lifetime’s new 2011-2012 reality shows?