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Lifetime orders four reality series, puts three into development

Lifetime has picked up four new unscripted series and put another three in development.

The female-skewed US cable net has picked up Girlfriends Intervention, Born in the Wild, Kosher Soul and Threads.

Girlfriends Intervention, from RuPaul’s Drag Race producer World of Wonder, follows four African American women who “help a white sister seeking a complete makeover to restore her confidence and inner glow”.

Matador is making Born in the Wild, an eight-part one-hour series about expectant mothers who choose to give birth in the wild.

Michael Hirschorn’s Ish Entertainment is making Kosher Soul, a reality series following African American stylist and comedian O’Neal McKnight and his Jewish stylist wife Miriam Sternoff.

The producer of Project Runway, The Weinstein Company, is making fashion series Threads, which will pit young designers against one another.

The three shows in development are Smile, Ugly Models and Worst Stylist Ever.

Smile is described as an extreme dental show following individuals having major life and teeth makeovers. Morgan Freeman’s 11th Street Productions is making the show, and Freeman will be an exec producer.

Ugly Models will follow the titular UK model agency, which showcases unusual looking models, as it seeks to break into the US market. Kiss frontman Gene Simmons will exec produce the show, which is from Bunim-Murray, part of the Banijay group.

Worst Stylist Ever, meanwhile, will see four of the world’s worst hairdressers compete in each episode, with the least bad earning a place at a prestigious beauty school.

Announcing the new shows, Lifetime general manager Rob Sharenow said: “As we continue to raise the bar across all of our programming, unscripted is playing an important role in placing Lifetime in the cultural zeitgeist and introducing the network to the next generation of our viewers.”