NBC Bringing Back a Familiar Reality Show From Before They Were Called Reality Shows

Nov 13, 2014  •  Post A Comment

NBC is reviving a show that had a long run in the 1980s and 1990s and was a forerunner to shows along the lines of MTV’s “Cribs.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network is developing a new version of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

The original series — a reality show before the format was widely called that — aired in syndication from 1984-1995, hosted mainly by Robin Leach. Leach and the show became famous for the tagline “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”

NBC has ordered a pilot for a new version of the show to be hosted by Nick Cannon, the host of “America’s Got Talent,” THR reports.

“The reboot comes more than a year after the Style network originally revived the series with Cannon attached. Style was rebranded as the Esquire Network two months after Cannon signed on to the revival, which ceased to move forward at that point,” the report notes.

The NBC version will reportedly be a departure from the Style network’s approach.

“The new version will focus heavily on Cannon’s point of view and include fun profiles on ultra-wealthy individuals with vibrant personalities, hobbies and tastes,” the article reports. “NBC says the series will feature some of the new tech billionaires who have replaced the old guard of real estate tycoons and their new set of tastes and extravagances.”

The project comes from Relativity Television, Rysher Entertainment and Management 360.

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The original — with Robin Leach

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