*TV One is in development on eight more episodes of its widely acclaimed bio series “Unsung,” as well as two new reality shows featuring TV villainess Omarosa, and R&B duo K-Ci and Jojo.
Teddy Pendergrass, Tammi Terrell and George Clinton are among the new artists to be highlighted next fall in “Unsung,” a series of one-hour biography specials celebrating the lives and careers of successful music acts who, despite great talent, have been under-recognized or under-appreciated over the years.
Premiering in June is “Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger,” which reunites the real estate mogul with Omarosa from the first season of his NBC reality series “The Apprentice.”
In this Trump-produced show, Omarosa will put a cadre of 12 hot, successful bachelors through a gauntlet of tests designed to play upon their weaknesses, test their business acumen, measure their seductive strengths, and draw out their true intentions. But these guys will fight back, and Omarosa may just meet her match…and her mate.
“Ki-Ci and Jojo. . .Come Clean,” due this fall, is a half hour reality series that will show the Hailey brothers battling their way back from substance abuse. The siblings “agree to begin a journey of redemption that will require them to face all their demons and sources of the anxiety that have pushed them to self-medicate, including their relationship with each other, and their former partners in the group Jodeci,” notes TV One.
TV One has also ordered a second season of its “Life After” series, which follows the real, behind-the-scenes story of how some of America’s favorite celebrities have dealt with major turning points in their lives. Coming in July are all-new episodes featuring Malcolm Jamal Warner from “The Cosby Show,” NBA star Ron Artest, comedian Mark Curry, video vixen Karrine Steffans, former R&B star Vanity, actress Elise Neal from “All of Us” and “Hustle and Flow,” “American Idol” Season 2 champion Ruben Studdard and actress Janet Hubert, the first actress to play Will Smith’s aunt on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
TV One broke its top-rated original program record four times in the past eight months, first with TV One Night Only: Live From the Essence Music Festival in August, then with an episode of “Life After” in September, followed by an episode of “Unsung” in November, and most recently, with the premiere of “LisaRaye: The Real McCoy” in April, which posted a 1.2 rating with one of its two back-to-back premiere episodes, and a 1.0 rating with the other. The series continues to be the network’s top-rated series.