'Queen of Versailles' couple David and Jackie Siegel reach NBC reality show deal
'QUEEN' OF TV. The rich but then financially troubled family in the 2012 documentary "The Queen of Versailles" has reached a deal with NBCUniversal's reality-show production company, Wilshire Studios, for a TV-series sequel -- but one that likely won't involve the film's director and co-producer, Lauren Greenfield, since she and the Siegel family have been at odds. An NBCUniversal representative confirmed to RealScreen.com that a deal was in place but gave no details.
Earlier this month, an arbitrator had ruled that despite the Siegels' claim, the filmmakers had not defamed the family, and patriarch David Siegel was ordered to pay Greenfield's company $750,000. In a second case pitting the family against the filmmakers, a different arbitrator ruled that the Siegels retained their life rights, opening the door to their pitching themselves to other producers.
CASTING. Fox is seeking 15 participants able to commit to a full year in a new, utopian community for the upcoming series "Utopia." The network says the show will follow them "as they leave their everyday lives to move to a beautiful, but isolated and undeveloped location. . . . The pioneers will make every decision about how they will live, work and what the rules and laws of 'Utopia' will be." See utopiatv.com/ for details.
PREMIERES. Rapper and "House of Lies" actor T.I., his wife and their children are back for season four of "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle," tonight at 9 on VH1 . . . Then at 10, MTV premieres the new culinary-student cooking competition "House of Food" . . . And at 10:30, VH1 debuts "This Is Hot 97," going behind-the-scenes at the popular New York hip-hop radio station . . . Tomorrow at 9 p.m. the Duggar family is back for season eight of TLC's "19 Kids & Counting" . . . That same night, or technically early Wednesday, at midnight and 12:30 a.m., music memorabilia collectors Robert Reynolds and Stephen Shutts star in back-to-back episodes of CMT's new "Raiders of Rock" . . . Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Bravo, the brokers are back for season three of "Million Dollar Listing: New York" . . . Then at 10, TV/movie memorabilia maven Richie Marcello is the "Treasure King" on Reelz . . . Thursday night at 9, Ellen K signs on as season-three narrator of TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" . . . It's fire truck versus flamethrower and such on National Geographic's new "Showdown of the Unbeatables," Friday at 9 p.m. . . . Saturday night at 9, the Sumner family comes a-gunnin' for us a second time on the new season of CMT's "Guntucky" . . . And the doctors and others of "Married to Medicine" are back for season two on Bravo, Sunday at 9 p.m.
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