*During its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York, Style Network announced the addition of five new original series to its schedule and six other series projects to its development slate, joining returning shows “Tia & Tamera” (June 11 at 8 p.m.) and “Glam Fairy.”
The newly picked up shows include one top-lined by Kimora Lee Simmons, a reality series starring former 3LW member Adrienne Bailon and her BFF Julissa Bermudez, formerly of “106 & Park”; and previously announced “Jerseylicious” spinoff “Chicagolicious,” following African American salon owner AJ Johnson.
Premiering first, on Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m., is “Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne.” The hour long docu-series follows the two Latina best friends and starlets in New York City as they strive to conquer the cutthroat world of show business and find love and happiness… by the time they turn 30! Julissa and Adrienne first met in 2006 as co-stars in MTV’s movie “All You’ve Got.” While filming, they became best friends, even requesting to share the same trailer. Since then, these fashionistas have been there for each other through thick and thin and loves and losses, making noise and a name for themselves along the way.
From the creator and executive producers of Style’s hit series “Jerseylicious,” “Chicagolicious” takes viewers to the Windy City to follow AJ Johnson who owns AJ’s salon in Chicago, and whose clientele includes a who’s who of actors and models, including Angela Bassett and Iman. AJ oversees a team of talented yet fiery hair and makeup artists who love to create drama; from the looks they give their clients to the manner in which they deal with each other. “Chicagolicious” premieres on Monday, June 11 at 9 p.m.
Currently in development by Style is the Kimora Lee Simmons vehicle “House of Fab” (working title). In partnership with Justfab.com, an online shoe/fashion service that features Kimora Lee at the helm as president and creative director, the reality series will follow the eclectic and diverse cast of characters behind this fashion forward dot com and see what it takes to keep the operation going.
Below, Style’s other new shows:
“Betsey + Lulu”: The docu-series “Betsey + Lulu” explores the unique lives of fashion icon Betsey Johnson and her muse, daughter and confident Lulu as they struggle to maneuver their ever evolving mother-daughter relationship. As Lulu transitions into her role as a single mother, she hopes to break away from her mom’s fashion empire and follow her dream of starting her own line, however, it’s up to Betsey to let Lulu step out on her own for the first time. With a colorful support system that includes their personal assistant, business partner, shrink and interior decorator, there is nothing these two women can’t take on.
“Ultimate Home with Bill Rancic” (working title): On Style’s hit series “Giuliana & Bill,” viewers have watched as Bill Rancic flipped properties into amazing high-end pieces of real estate. Now in this aspirational home makeover format, Bill will use his expertise to help real people create their dream home.
“Party Fabulous Vegas”: Event planner, Tory Cooper, and socialite, Joan Hammer, are co-owners of Priceless Affairs, a Las Vegas event company that throws high-end, over-the-top parties. The series follows Joan and Tory along with the help of their eclectic staff — a florist with a flair for vintage, an assistant who aspires to run the show and the hot photographer who captures all the magic. Each episode will follow the team as they plan amazing and entertaining events such as a three-day $350,000 wedding event, a double birthday party for two wealthy teen girls and a pool party for a 24-year old Vegas native who has the money to party with a few hundred of his nearest and dearest friends. As they say…only in Vegas.
“The Cat Deeley Celebrity Project” (working title): An hour-long series that follows television personality and fashion diva, Cat Deeley, into the homes and lifestyles of some of today’s hottest stars! Through this casual and intimate lens, Cat treats viewers not only to a front-seat tour of their favorites star’s home, but into their lives, as well, as they share personal stories triggered by treasured items. Whether it’s the Oscar she won for a role she almost didn’t take, her favorite pair of jeans, or the raggedy old couch she won’t get rid of, viewers will get an inside glimpse into the lives of their favorite celebrities. Every item in the house is a testament to the celebrity’s style and we’re going to learn the stories behind it all.
“Built” (working title): Remodels never looked so good as “Built” follows a Manhattan home service staffed exclusively with high-fashion male models who are also skilled handymen. Each week, the crew will tackle a home makeover project helping their clients with remodeling challenges. With their different personalities and skill sets, the Built team sometimes struggles to find common ground in their work; however, their dizzying good looks bind them together and ensure a handsome ending.
“Celebrity Closet Confidential”: Peek inside the closets of some of your favorite celebrities with stylist Mary Alice Haney as she works to elevate a star’s style. Each episode, Mary Alice works with a different celebrity to create a “fashion moment” for a huge celebrity event. She also identifies a few fashion fixes and sends them back into the spotlight as style icons. In the pilot episode, viewers will get to peek into the closet of singer and actress LeAnn Rimes as Mary Alice gives her a sophisticated and sexy new look.
“Absolutely MARvelous” (working title): “Absolutely MARvelous” follows Mar Romero, owner and founder of TEAM, a high-end hair and makeup styling company based in Santa Barbara, California. TEAM, a top West Coast styling company, does over 200 events a year including hundreds of specialized upscale weddings, editorial photo shoots, commercials and red carpet events. Feisty and in your face, Mar rules the roost with an iron fist and a fierce ambition. She runs her business like a military general. Mar recently launched a line of hair extensions and her newest endeavor is leather totes and handbags. She dreams of expanding to the East Coast but can she manage even more? Absolutely.
“Pop Style” (working title): This topical weekly series will break down all things you need to know about looking good and living stylishly – including the latest in fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and pop culture. From trends and the latest movies and TV shows to the coolest tech gadgets and the hottest restaurants, no topic will be left uncovered.
“Tia & Tamera”: The second season of the hit docu-series “Tia & Tamera” returns on Monday, June 11 at 8pm ET/PT and follows the identical twin sisters as they embark on major life transitions. As they face the realities of motherhood and matrimony, Tia and Tamera lean heavily on each other to lighten the difficult moments with comedic insight and advice and to share their worries and fears. After nine months of sickness, pre-natal classes and then the birth, Tia now is figuring out how to balance between being a successful actress and a successful mom. For Tamera, she spent months preparing for her dream wedding, and as she approaches her one-year anniversary, she wonders about her new role as a working wife. With homes in Los Angeles and Napa Valley, where her husband’s family also owns a vineyard, Tamera finds herself pulled between two different worlds, struggling to decide where she will ultimately call home.
“Glam Fairy”: Alexa Prisco returns as the “Glam Fairy,” which takes viewers inside her glittery, high-energy world as a makeup artist extraordinaire. Since establishing ‘The Glam Factory,’ Alexa has built her own glamorous home base where she showcases her makeover magic and expands her already growing clientele. Season two will follow Alexa as she takes her business to the next level and her personal life takes center stage when her boyfriend, Danny, takes a big step in their relationship while becoming her business manager at the same time.