A&E has picked up four new unscripted series and four pilots for the 2014-15 season.
Here are descriptions of the upcoming shows:
“Dogs of War” (fall 2014): “Dogs of War” documents Jim and Lindsey Stanek, a married couple who started a nonprofit organization called Paws and Stripes, benefiting PTSD veterans paired with adopted dogs who help them adjust back to regular life after returning home from war. Each episode will feature the story of one or two veterans as they get matched with a potentially life-saving best friend and begin their journey out of darkness.
“Godfather of Pittsburgh” (fall 2014): Pittsburgh is a town ruled by Vince Isolde, a first-generation Italian American, who has built an empire of nightclubs and restaurants all in hopes of supporting his family. But getting to the top means making a lot of enemies and some of them are kin. While Vince is one of the most revered — and feared — men in the city, all bets are off when he comes home. Between his wife and sons, and his six brothers and sisters, the entire family relies on Vince for jobs, houses and everything in between.
“Love Prison” (working title; summer 2014): One in three relationships begin online, with many people not meeting in person for months or even years. But are these relationships real? In this unique social experiment, online couples meet for the first time on a remote island. “Love Prison” is a lone cabin rigged with fixed cameras; there are no visible producers, no visible cameramen and no escape! Cameras capture the couple for a week, with an all-access look at everything from their first kiss to their first fight. Each couple spend their week together determining whether or not the person they know online matches up with reality and if they want to continue their relationship or move on.
“Lone Star Lady” (working title; summer 2014): Rochelle is a full-time football mom in Johnson City, Texas, whose family struck oil a few years ago. She once lived in a trailer, so this unapologetic, outspoken and hilarious Queen Bee is determined to keep her house full of boys humble. While the family now enjoys life’s little luxuries like new cars and family trips, they still live in a simple ranch house next to land that Rochelle’s family has owned for more than 100 years. Despite their newfound wealth, the family keeps busy carting the boys to football practice, dealing with large cell phone bills, teen sexting and squeezing in a rare date night. But Rochelle excels in extreme parenting; her motto is to get her four sons “out of the house without being fathers or felons,” and she will do whatever it takes.
“8 Minutes”: Each year 100,000 young women are forced into prostitution. Most will never escape. This fact put Kevin Brown and Greg Reese on a mission, and it’s one of the most dangerous, voyeuristic missions in the country. The former police officers’ organization, Safe Passage, helps save teenage girls from lives of sexual servitude. In each episode, the organization will make contact with a girl who is “in the life” and go undercover enabling hidden cameras to capture their operation. But they only have 8 minutes to complete the extraction — the amount of time the team safely has to convince the girl to leave with them and start a new life. The stakes are high as the threat of violence looms large.
“Big Brew Theory”: Four quirky and highly intelligent MIT grad students who have pooled their life savings to achieve their dream of creating a home grown micro-brewery team up with a beautiful MIT undergrad to launch their business. Mark Wahlberg is an executive producer.
“Nightwatch”: “Nightwatch” follows the dangerous and hectic stretch between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. when emergency responders in New Orleans come across the most unnerving cases. Cameras have unlimited access to the city’s Fire Department and EMS Unit. Those who cover the night shift battle time and circumstance to save lives while they try to keep their own personal lives and relationships in order.
“The Unproduceables”: “The Unproduceables” will follow the behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations of producer Mark Efman as he works with a cast of senior citizens in an attempt to create a reality series focusing on the intertwined lives at a Florida retirement center. Despite cranky attitudes, odd schedules and seemingly frivolous interpersonal problems among residents, Mark is determined to make the best show possible.