AMC is hoping to bowl viewers over with one of its upcoming reality projects.
The network has given the green light to the unscripted series “All-Star Celebrity Bowling,” as well as two other new unscripted shows.
Adapted from Chris Hardwick’s web series, “All-Star Celebrity Bowling,” which has received an order for eight half-hour episodes, features two new celebrity casts each week facing off in a fun-filled bowling match for charity. Hosted by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, this comedic talk/game show hybrid allows viewers a chance to see a different side of their favorite celebrities as they compete, drink and trash-talk their way through 10 exciting frames of bowling. The pilot features a matchup between Jon Hamm and the cast of “Mad Men” versus Chris Hardwick and his Nerdist team.
Also on the network’s upcoming reality docket: An untitled wrestling show from Smashing Pumpkins honcho Billy Corgan, who’ll apply his creative skills to the world of professional wrestling as the creative director of Resistance Pro, a Chicago-based wrestling league. Corgan will take viewers behind the scenes of pro wrestling, from creating storylines to choreographing fights to managing intense post-match locker room arguments, and will reveal that the most dramatic stories often take place outside of the ring.
Finally, “Visionaries” will follow the employees of Vision Scenery as they design and construct Hollywood sets, props and models for commercials, TV, music videos, films and other productions. In the age of CGI, this eclectic team of talented, blue-collar artists, sculptors and designers make masterpieces the “old school” way. It’s always a race against time as they try to figure out how much grinding, chopping and spray-painting it will take to make their client’s elaborate ideas come to life.
The new shows join an AMC reality roster that already includes offerings such as “Small Town Security,” “Game of Arms” and “Comic Book Men.”
“These three new series represent AMC’s continuing push to find truly original ideas and explore fascinating worlds,” AMC senior vice president of unscripted programming Eliot Goldberg said. “We can’t wait to bring these three extremely entertaining series to viewers next year.”