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Thursday, May 5, 2016

E! Entertainment adds 4 new reality shows following the drama behind-the-scenes at Cosmo magazine, The Abbey gay bar, LA trophy wives and WAGS in Miami.


E! Entertainment (DStv 124) is adding 4 new reality shows to its schedule, including a spin-off of its WAGS series, one set inside a LA gay bar, and one showing the drama behind the scenes of Cosmo magazine in New York.

There's no word yet when these new series will show up on E! Entertainment's international feed from NBCUniversal International Networks carried by MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Besides a WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) spin-off entitled WAGS: Miami set in South Florida, 3 further reality series will follow the behind-the-scenes drama with the women working at the Cosmopolitan magazine in New York; the bartenders and waiters at Hollywood's gay bar The Abbey Food & Bar; and a Real Housewives type show following young women and their older husbands in Los Angeles.

While E! has failed to add its drama series The Royals shown on E! Entertainment in America to its international feed for South Africa and Africa, the channel is commissioning more shows and diversifying its show offering as viewership starts to wane for its long-running Kardashians reality series franchise.

"E! is known for buzzy unscripted programming, and these four new series will continue to boost our line-up with content that reflects and drives pop culture today," says Jeff Olde, the executive vice president for programming and development at E! in a statement.

The Abbey Diaries is the working title for the new reality series that will depict the lives of the employees at the gay bar, The Abbey Food & Bar, in West Hollywood.

Staffers deal with celebrities and relationship drama while pursuing their individual dreams in Los Angeles in the series produced by Banijay Studios North America with David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard, Ray Giuliani and The Abbey's David Cooley as executive producers.

Cosmo Life is the working title for the reality series documenting the drama behind-the-scenes at Cosmo magazine in New York where women work and fight in a world of celebrity parties and VIP-nightlife experiences under the gaze of editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

Cosmo Life is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, with executive producers Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Rob Bagshaw, as well as Joanna Coles and Holly Whidden from Cosmo.

Famously Married is the working title of E!'s version of Real Housewives, following young, recently-married or planning to marry Hollywood trophy wives alongside wealthy and successful older men.

"These women navigate the complications that come with being a second wife, including their husbands' exes and children, as well as their entrance into elite LA society," says E!. The series is produced by Studio Lambert and All3Media America with Stephen Lambert, Greg Lipstone, Greg Goldman, and Sara Quick as executive producers.

WAGS: Miami is a spin-off from WAGS documenting the lavish lifestyles and real-life drama of eight Miami WAGS, giving viewers a voyeuristic peek inside their world.

"These ambitious, strong women are spicing things up and bringing the heat as they work to make their own dreams a reality, while playing the most competitive game of all: getting and keeping that pro-athlete man," says E!. The show is produced by Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola and Lori Gordon as the executive producers.