Lifetime Finds a Reality Format That Hasn’t Been Done Yet

Dec 7, 2012  •  Post A Comment

It’s getting harder to find a format that hasn’t already been made into a reality show, but Lifetime, which is becoming increasingly comfortable with taking risks, appears to have found one. The A&E Networks-owned cable channel ordered a family docusoap called "Preachers’ Daughters" to series for a 2013 debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed.

The show will focus on adolescent girls who try to balance their teenage temptations with their family’s beliefs — and on their watchful parents, the story says.

Said Rob Sharenow, exec VP of programming for Lifetime Networks: “Adolescence can be a challenging time of transition for children and their parents. By opening their homes and lives to our viewers, the families featured on ‘Preachers’ Daughters’ will provide an honest portrayal of their experiences — book-ended by the deep love they share and shifting household dynamics in their beliefs.”

The network has ordered eight hour-long episodes, which will be produced by "Hatfields & McCoys" producer Thinkfactory Media, the piece notes.

“The news comes as Lifetime continues to expand its offerings, looking to make noise and drive ratings,” the piece notes. “The network’s most recent effort, ‘Liz & Dick,’ did more of the former than the latter. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for this week’s cover story, A&E Networks honcho Nancy Dubuc acknowledged she would do the Lindsay Lohan telepic all over again.”

"What I’m most proud of is that I don’t think it’s a movie that Lifetime would have done two years ago. It would have felt too disconnected, too provocative and too risky," Dubuc said. "And what I love about my team today is that they don’t feel like it was risky at all."

Serving as exec producers on “Preachers’ Daughters” are Adam Reed, Emily Sinclair, Adam Freeman and Leslie Greif, along with Lifetime’s Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, Kimberly Chessler and Toby Faulkner.

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