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Oxygen Gets ‘Pretty Wicked’ March 31

New Competition Series for Oxygen


Variety- Feb. 10, 2009
Oxygen is feeling 'Pretty Wicked'
R.J. Cutler production focuses on inner beauty By Daniel Frankel

Oxygen has greenlit an R.J. Cutler-produced reality show in which 10 divas compete to see who is the prettiest on the inside.

Series will feature 10 women blessed in the looks department but a bit shortchanged in terms of social graces. Premiering at 10 p.m. March 31, "Pretty Wicked" will be the first series launched by the development team, headed by Amy Introcaso-Davis, that was put in place by the NBC Universal-owned cable network last year.

Oxygen has ordered eight one-hour episodes of "Pretty Wicked," which is exec produced by Cutler ("30 Days," "American High") and Jonas Larsen ("Tabitha's Salon Takeover," "Celebrity Fit Club"). Challenges will include the contestants being "made under" with horrible fashion and makeup choices, then set forth to meet a bunch of hot guys. The one who shows the most grace and poise over eight weeks gets $50,000. The skein will be hosted by former "America's Next Top Model" winner CariDee English, with comedian Kyle Cease, plus-sized model Mia Tyler and licensed psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman serving as judges.

"Wicked" is among a number of series in the Oxygen development hopper targeted to the women 18-34 demo, with premiere dates for "Dance Your Ass Off" and "Addicted to Beauty" pending.


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Premieres Tuesday, March 31 at 10 PM ET/PT

America's Next Top Model Winner CariDee English To Host

New York February 10, 2009 Do you use your looks to get ahead, get out of a traffic ticket, get a job, land a boyfriend or cut through the line at a trendy club? Ten divas from Oxygen's newest competition reality series 'Pretty Wicked' answer yes to all of the above. Premiering Tuesday, March 31 at 10 pm ET/PT, Pretty Wicked puts looks aside and has these prima donnas compete to see who is the most beautiful on the inside for a grand prize of $50,000.

Upon their arrival in the house, the rules of the game change when they find out that in THIS competition their looks are meaningless. During the eight one-hour episodes, the girls are challenged to confront their mean spirited ways in a series of challenges designed to "beautify" their insides to match their outside. These rude ladies are in for a rude awakening when they find themselves in situations they would never have imagined from being 'made under' so they appear years older to making that perfect first impression on a bunch of hot guys who could care less about physical beauty because they are blind!

The twists and turns in this social experiment continue while the girls find themselves without the everyday luxuries they are accustomed to mirrors, cell phones and, most importantly, privacy. Over their time together, emotions flare and tempers soar when these mean girls must tap their inner beauty to win their way to the top. The 'pretty' girl who shows the greatest transformation by series' end wins the grand prize.

"Pretty Wicked" marks the first competition reality series from the new Oxygen development team led by Amy Introcaso-Davis, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media.

CariDee English, winner of the seventh season of Americas Next Top Model, serves as host alongside three celebrity judges plus-sized model and published author Mia Tyler, Beverly Hills psychotherapist and radio talk show host Dr. Jenn Berman and comedian/author Kyle Cease (Not Another Teen Movie). Together, the judges are tasked with eliminating one of the ladies, based on the weekly challenges and the transformation witnessed that week.

"'Pretty Wicked' truly is the ultimate inner-makeover competition show," said Amy Introcaso-Davis. " Viewers will see these spirited, independent women transform into more self-aware and ultimately, nicer girls."

Pretty Wicked is executive produced by R.J. Cutler of Actual Reality Pictures ("30 Days" and "American High") and Jonas Larsen (Tabithas Salon Takeover and Celebrity Fit Club).

More on the judges:

Mia Tyler, host and plus-sized model, is no stranger to show business - she is the daughter of Aerosmiths lead singer, Steven Tyler, and actress Cyrinda Foxe, and is also the half sister of actress Liv Tyler. She has become one of the most famous plus-models in the world, leading her to create her own clothing line and also penned Creating Myself in 2008, based on her life and family, published by Simon & Schuster.

Dr. Jenn Berman is a licensed psychotherapist and has extensive experience offering advice to people through her private practice, on-air and through writing. She has made appearances as a psychological expert on hundreds of television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The Early Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Showbiz Tonight and Fox News. Dr. Jenn has been heard on various radio stations and currently hosts a call-in advice show on Sirius-XMs Cosmo channel.

Kyle Cease, a self-help comedian, is currently one of the most in-demand young comics, selling out more than 200 shows from coast to coast. Kyle has landed roles in several feature films including Not Another Teen Movie and 10 Things I Hate About You. Last year, his one-hour comedy special, Kyle Cease: Weirder. Blacker. Dimpler, premiered on Comedy Central and his CD/DVD One Dimple, a feature compilation of his 68-college tour documentary, was one of Comedy Central Records highest debuting releases.

About Actual Reality Pictures:

Actual Reality Pictures specializes in the creation and production of non-fiction projects for film and television. The company's founder and president is R.J. Cutler, the documentary filmmaker and television producer. Actual Reality productions include 30 Days, Black.White, Thin, Flip That House, The Residents, American High, A Perfect Candidate, Return of the War Room, and The September Issue, which premiered in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Cinematography. Actual Reality productions have won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a GLAAD Award, and have been nominated for two other Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, and three GLAAD Awards.

About Oxygen:

Oxygen is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and is currently available in over 74 million homes. The network was launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape -- creating a network targeted to younger women. Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's television, with a vast array of unconventional and original programming including Bad Girls Club, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.

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