Tommy Lee show among 10 new reality series Syfy developing
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/28/2011
Syfy has announced it is currently developing 10 new reality series -- including Culture Shockwith Tommy Lee, which will feature former Tommy Lee Goes to College star Tommy Lee.
Each Culture Shockwith Tommy Lee episode will follow the Motley Crue drummer as he attempts to uncover various rituals, symbols and mysteries of secret societies around the world. Lee will then research the history of such societies and find their meeting locations, current members and former members to learn more about their traditions. Culture Shock with Tommy Lee is being produced by ITV Studios America.
In addition to Culture Shock, Syfy is also developing nine other projects: Monster Man, Stunts Unlimited, Hi Tech Hoaxes, Dinner with Deepak, Tyler Shields, Overthunk, Change the Day You Die, Imagination Nation, and America's Smartest Kids.
Monster Man will go behind the scenes of Cleave Hall's workshop and family business as they create and build monster props and alien creatures for Hollywood Studios. Monster Man is being produced by Gurney Productions.
Stunts Unlimited will follow a group of artists who accomplish dangerous stunts in Hollywood and show how they balance their professional and personal lives. Ric Roman Waugh and Gary Binkow are producing Stunts Unlimited.
Hi Tech Hoaxes will feature two teams of engineers, tech geniuses and pranksters who each execute an elaborate hoax on an unsuspecting person that was nominated by someone they know. Since they will be happening in public, the pranks will also need to be very convincing. Hi Tech Hoaxes is being produced by North One Television.
Dinner with Deepak will feature best selling author and spiritual teacher Dr. Deepak Chopra dining and conversing with some great minds in the world today. Each episode will feature Deepak and a group of notable guests enjoying a meal and discussing a wide range of topics including politics, science and the supernatural. Deepak is producing the series with Gotham Chopra, Tim Piper and Sharad Devarajan.
Tyler Shields is a docu-reality series that will follow Tyler Shields, an unconventional photographer based in Los Angeles, and his team as they photograph and capture celebrities, actors, models, and everyday people in artistically beautiful or even dangerous situations. Tyler Shields is being produced by RelativityREAL.
Overthunk will travel around America and feature two teams of four competing to design, build and set off massive chain reaction machines. Each episode will follow tech-savvy mechanics as they face off in weekly contests in which they will have to attempt to brainstorm and build apparatuses that will complete a specific task. Overthunk is being produced by 25/7 Productions.
Change the Day You Die will feature seemingly healthy, unsuspecting candidates -- who are nominated by friends and family -- taking part in a series of mental and physical challenges designed to reverse their bad habits and add years back to their lives over a 10-week period. Through state-of-the-art science and technology, each participant will get to experience a realistic glimpse into their potential futures and then have the opportunity to change their ways.
Change the Day You Die is being produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA and Zig Zag Productions.
Imagination Nation will follow the innovators behind Hammacher Schlemmer -- America's oldest continuously published catalog that offers innovative products -- as they go on the road to meet inventors and search for fresh and imaginative ideas for their inventory. North South Productions is producing Imagination Nation.
America's Smartest Kids is a reality competition show which will feature the country's most intellectual and creative teenagers being challenged to invent a better future while competing for the title of America's Smartest Kid. America's Smartest Kids is being produced by David Zelon and Michael Sardo.
In addition to Syfy's 10 new reality projects in development, the network also announced it has ordered three new reality series -- Haunted Collector, Legend Quest and Paranormal Witness.