“The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl” were just the start.
Producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will launch their production company Fake Empire, which will fold in Schwartz’s College Hill Prods., at Warner Bros. TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The collaborators originally met on “The O.C.”
“Stephanie started out as kinda my boss on ‘The O.C.,’ crossing her arms while making me write and timing my naps,” Schwartz says. “Then I got to be kinda her boss on ‘Gossip Girl,’ watching her develop from a great producer to a terrific writer. We managed to work together for seven years in different roles in each other’s careers and, despite all the pressures and the stress that come with the job, managed to remain creatively trusting and supportive of each other.”
Although Fake Empire will focus on TV projects, the worlds of films, online content, music and publishing will also be pursued.
Schwartz has also co-created “Chuck” with Chris Fedak over on NBC and has the comedy pilot “Hitched” with Matt Miller in the works on CBS.
In other TV news:
- “Hairspray’s” Nikki Blonsky, Hayley Hasselhoff (daughter of David) and Zander Eckhouse (son of James) have joined the cast of ABC Family’s upcoming series “Huge,” about teens who attend Wellness Canyon, a weight-loss camp. The series, based on the book by Sasha Paley, centers on Will (Blonsky) whose parents own fitness centers and Amber (Hasselhoff), the skinniest girl at camp. Eckhouse will play a college student-camp counselor who falls for Amber. The series will premiere in late June.
- “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Doris Roberts will star in “Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle,” a sequel to Hallmark Channel’s “Call Me Mrs. Miracle.” The TV movie will center on Mrs. Merkle (Roberts) who works her magic as a saleswoman in a family department store.
- HBO and producer Gavin Palone are planning “Cinema Verite,” a behind-the-scenes look at the Loud family, who became famous before age of reality shows when they had a series follow their lives on the groundbreaking 1970s-era PBS series “An American Family.” The matriarch Pat Loud sought a divorce midway through the series, and eldest son Lance became TV’s first openly gay character.
- TLC is spinning off its “Say Yes to the Dress” to Atlanta for a 12-episode order with a Southern taste. The series will focus on the salon Bridals by Lori and will premiere in July.