Lifetime orders party, dating reality shows

Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:59am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lifetime Television is expanding its reality lineup with a new series about a matchmaker and another that follows elite party planners.

The two series -- "Matt Titus: Matchmaker" and the tentatively titled "It's My Party" -- will join "How to Look Good Naked" in January as part of the "second season" of the cable network's new Friday night reality block.

"Party" follows people who plan extravagant, excessive parties and events for extremely wealthy clients. Half of the series' 14 episodes will center on Brian Dobbin and his "volatile" chef as they plan events in Orange County, while the other seven will be shot in Las Vegas around another event planner.

"Matchmaker," which will have an initial seven-episode run, stars relationship expert Matt Titus, who matches both straight and gay singles in New York.

Both new series, along with the Carson Kressley-hosted "Naked," debuted January 4. "Naked" will air at 9 p.m., followed by "Matchmaker" at 9:30 p.m., "Party" at 10 p.m. and the Vegas edition at 10:30 p.m.

The first season of the new reality block kicks off Friday with returning series "Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead" and new show "America's Psychic Challenge."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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