A&E has unveiled an ambitious slate of 10 new unscripted series scheduled to launch by the end of this year. Included among them is one called "Ship Happens" (working title) which "explores the cutthroat world of…competitive shippers," according to an A&E announcement.
The network has also ordered “Coma,” a miniseries from high-profile filmmakers (and brothers)Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, to air on multiple nights around Memorial Day 2012. The Scotts will co-executive produce the miniseries, which is a "modern day retelling of the bestselling novel ‘Coma’ by Robin Cook and film [of the same name] by Michael Crichton," according to the A&E announcement, which adds that “ ‘Coma’ is a medical thriller about a doctor who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table."
New unscripted shows include “Storage Wars” spinoff “Storage Wars: Dallas,” with an eight-episode order; and shows with the working titles “inLaws,” “Ship Happens” and “Boar Hunters.” A&E previously announced “Storage Wars” will be back for a 20-episode second season.
The network also has projects in development from Ryan Seacrest (“Keeping Up With The Kardashians”), Ryan Murphy (“Glee”), Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) and Michael Davies (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”), among others.
A&E will launch a second season of the drama series “The Glades” on June 5.
“Last year marked an unprecedented seventh consecutive year of growth at A&E, the longest growth streak in cable,” said Bob DeBitetto, president and general manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel. “Our new development slate remains true to our unique brand of authentic, dramatic and emotional storytelling [and] will ensure that we maintain our position as a premium entertainment network and drive our continued growth for the coming year.”