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VH1 tunes up LeAnn Rimes series, hires FishBowl exec

Viacom-owned cable channel VH1 has commissioned a six-part reality series following country music star LeAnn Rimes, and tapped FishBowl Worldwide Media for a new executive VP.

LeAnn & Eddie (WT) will follow Rimes, who broke on to the international music scene in her early teens, and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian.

The pair have become tabloid fodder in the US since they became a couple in 2010 and the 6x60mins series from Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions will follow “what their lives are really like,” according to VH1 president Tom Calderone.

Rimes and Cibrian executive produce for Country Cuban Productions, along with Scott and Deirdre Gurney, Octagon Entertainment’s Jon Ferriter, Manic Filmworks and Music’s Scotty Abrams and VH1’s Jill Holmes.

The news come as VH1 named Susan Levinson as executive VP, original programming and production.

She joins from FishBowl, where she was executive VP and head of creative affairs. Before that she was served as Fox’s senior VP, comedy development, where she oversaw the creation of The Cleveland Show.