In between cycles of, ABC will fill Mondays with the return of veteran competition and a new reality show from Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher called True Beauty.
That should calm some speculation (which I shared) among commenters about the Banks/Kutcher project vauge status at a relatively late date.
Here is more info from and ABC press release:
|EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS TYRA BANKS AND ASHTON KUTCHER ARE
LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TRULY BEAUTIFUL -- FROM THE OUTSIDE IN --
ON "TRUE BEAUTY," A NEW SERIES PREMIERING
MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009 ON ABC
|Vanessa Minnillo Hosts;
Cheryl Tiegs and Nolé Marin Are Judges
|What makes a person truly beautiful? Executive producers Tyra Banks ("The Tyra Banks Show," "America's
") and Ashton Kutcher (executive producer of "Punk'd" and "Beauty and the Geek") re-define the concept of beauty in a wildly revealing new ABC series, "True Beauty," premiering, MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Hosted and judged by Vanessa Minnillo (former host of "TRL" and "ET"), along with judges Cheryl Tiegs (America's first supermodel, currently designer and author) and Nolé Marin ("America's" and fashion expert for E!, TV Guide, "The Tyra Banks Show"), the series will determine the "True Beauty" of six stunning females and four handsome males who will live together in a spectacular Los Angeles mansion as they undergo a series of challenges to determine who is truly the most beautiful.
The gorgeous contestants assume they're being judged solely on their outer appearance. They're only half right; outer beauty is one component the judges are looking for, but contestants are also being evaluated -- unbeknownst to them -- for their INNER beauty as well when they're put through scenarios and situations that require them to make moral decisions.
Each episode will showcase an outer beauty and an inner beauty challenge, during which contestants will be judged on everything from how well they perform in photo shoots to how well they respect their elders. The three judges will observe and critique the contestants' behavior and eliminate one person each week. Only after someone is eliminated will the truth about the show be revealed to him/her, as they watch a video montage of their behavior captured by a hidden camera during the shoot.
At the end of eight episodes, one winner will be declared, a person who is truly beautiful inside and out. That person will receive a cash prize and a spot in PEOPLE magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue.
Executive producers of "True Beauty" are Denise Cramsey (ABC's ": ), Tyra Banks and Laura Armstrong for Bankable Productions, and Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke and Rod Aissa for Katalyst Productions. The series is a production of Warner Horizon Television.