TV Roundup: Rihanna Brings Reality Show to UK, ‘Bridesmaids’ Star Gets CBS Series

Rebel WilsonLately, America has been enjoying a second wave of the British Invasion—this time around, in the world of acting. In a reversal of fortune, one of our own biggest stars is heading overseas to the United Kingdom to develop a new television show. Rihanna will executive produce and appear on a reality show themed around the discovery and exposure of aspiring fashion designers. Considering Rihanna’s iconic position in the fashion world, and the thriving fashion scene in the UK, the project looks to have a bright future. Assisting Rihanna on the hunt for unknown designers will be Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts. The series will premiere on Britain’s Sky Living HD network next summer. -E!

Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who made her film debut as one half of Kristen Wiig’s pair of nightmarish roommates in Bridesmaids, and followed that up with this year’s Sundance release Bachelorette (which we reviewed). Now, the masterfully comic performer is getting a television gig: CBS has ordered a pilot for Super Fun Night, with Wilson to star. The plot of the multi-camera sitcom will revolve around a group of young female friends’ and their drive to make Friday nights as memorable and enjoyable as possible…despite the fact that they’re all a bit geeky. Conan O’Brien is producing. -EW

In an effort to expand their programming, Lifetime has employed the fail-safe formula to determine what America might like to see next, combining the two things it loves the most: Dance Moms and people falling. The result is Ice Moms, which will take a cold (pun excruciatingly intended) hard look at the world of competitive figure skating. The focus of the series will be coaches Laurie Vigilante and Adam Schmidt, and the various parents with whom they find themselves in cooperation, or more frequently, at odds. While this new series is developing, Dance Moms will continue to air Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. The spinoff series Dance Moms: Miami is in the early stages of production. -THR

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.