Unscripted round-up: Lifetime lands ‘Five Guys A Week’; HBO Max preps DC docuseries; Epix explores NFL

Five Guys A Week

Lifetime lands Five Guys A Week

US cablenet Lifetime is expanding its unscripted efforts with three new series set to debut next year, including a local remake of Five Guys A Week.

The network has made a 21-episode order for the Fremantle format, which centers on a leading lady each week who is looking for love. She invites five men to move into her home and then tests their compatibility over the week.

The series is being produced by Fremantle’s Original Productions and is based on Label1’s original show. The format has previously sold to TV2 in Denmark, with sales also struck in Canada, Norway and Finland.

Other shows on Lifetime’s slate include plastic surgery transformation series, My Killer Body With K. Michelle, which is from US prodco duo Jesse Collins Entertainment and Kingdom Reign Entertainment.

Family docuseries, Leave It To Geege, is also in the works from World Of Wonder and will follow the life of single mother of two, Geege Taylor.

HBO Max preps DC docuseries

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max has ordered a three-part docuseries from director, producer and showrunner Leslie Iwerks exploring the work of publishing stablemate DC Comics.

The untitled show will explore “the enduring and influential legacy” of DC and offer fans the chance to rediscover the universe of characters and delve into its origins, evolution and cultural impact.

It is being produced by in-house by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, DC, Berlanti Productions and Iwerks & Co.

Jim Lee, publisher & chief creative officer at DC, said: “DC has a rich legacy of over 80 years of iconic storytelling: from the introduction of the genre defining Super Hero Superman in 1938 to the amazing movies, TV shows, cartoons, games and comics which have been synonymous with superheroism for generations thereafter. We are so excited to dive into this history and bring fans along this amazing journey.”

Epix explores NFL

MGM-owned US network Epix is prepping an eight-part docuseries about the biggest stars in the history of American football.

NFL Icons will focus on some of the biggest names in the history of the sport, with each one-hour episode exploring a single subject and his career, using the NFL Films archive.

Season one will include Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Brett Favre, Marcus Allen, Jerome Bettis, Steve Sabol and Vince Lombardi. It is being produced by NFL Films and debuts 2 October at 22.00, airing weekly.

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