VH1 renews 'Charm School,' Ricki Lake to serve as new headmistress
By John Bracchitta, 02/05/2009
VH1 has announced that it has renewed Charm School for a third installment that will premiere this summer.
However, similar to last season, the network also announced that Charm School's third season will feature a new headmistress, with former talk show host Ricki Lake replacing Sharon Osbourne. Osbourne had originally replaced Mo'Nique, who hosted the series' first season, as the school's headmistress for its second season.
"We are thrilled to have Ricki spearheading this new take on Charm School. Our audience knows her, loves her and respects her. And Ricki certainly knows a thing or two about taking big, loud characters and bringing them to a place of new emotional understanding," said VH1 executive Jeff Olde. "The transformation of the women on the show is always an interesting journey to watch, and the new twist on this season should bring the entire experience to a whole new level."
Lake will also be joined TV personality Alani "La La" Vazquez and radio host Stryker, who will serve Charm School's new deans.
Similar to the show's first two seasons, the contestants -- which will be former participants of VH1's Rock of Love Buswith Bret Michaels and Real Chance of Love reality dating series -- will be trained in proper etiquette and have their social skills put to the test in a variety of challenges. The third edition will also add a "charity work" aspect, according to the network.
Charm School's third edition is being executive produced by Lake, and Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for 51 Minds Entertainment.