The six-part hour-long series, set to air this fall, follows troubled teenagers — all of whom have dropped out of high school — as they attend a school where classes are taught by top industry professionals in a variety of fields, including art, filmmaking, music, science, acting and politics.
“Dream School” is adapted from Oliver’s U.K. series of the same name, which he created with his Fresh One production company. Fresh One, along with Jackson’s G-Unit Films and Television, will produce the new American version.
More TV news:
– “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are going on hiatus earlier than planned — 11 days earlier, to be exact. The unplanned work stoppage is owed to unresolved labor issues between the shows’ producer Prospect Park and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 52.
The early pause won’t bother viewers, as 40 episodes of each soap are already filmed, set to air through September. The producers hope to have the labor issues resolved by the hiatus’ planned end date of Aug. 12.
– Not only has NBC midseason comedy “The Family Guide,” starring J.K. Simmons (“The Closer”) already lost its leading lady — Parker Posey left the series shortly after the network picked it up — but it’s losing its original name, as well. When it premieres, it will be known as “Growing Up Fisher.”
– Following the departure of FOX’s alternative programming president Mike Darnell, News Corp. TV executive David Hill has been named as successor in terms of overseeing the upcoming seasons of “The X Factor” and “American Idol.”