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Oxygen targets multicultural women with Misty Copeland show, more

After a recent rebranding, Oxygen Media has announced four new projects in an attempt to reach out to young, multicultural women, including but not limited to a new show with ballerina Misty Copeland. Oxygen, which claims to be the youngest skewing women’s network in primetime according a press release, hopes to reflect “how real women see the world.”

Get a rundown of their new projects—all with working titles—below:

The Misty Copeland Project will follow talented dancers as they head to New York City in hopes of advancing their ballet careers. There, Copeland, best known for becoming the second African American female soloist in the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, will serve as a mentor. According to the release: “With the opportunity of a lifetime and chance to catapult to the top of the ballet world, these aspiring dancer’s passion, commitment and hard work will be center stage in Misty’s Master Class.”

Teaching English “will follow a group of young Americans living abroad in countries where English is rarely heard.” From there, the series will follow them as they adjust to life in a new world and chase their dreams overseas.

Survival of The Clickiest “will follow a group of young budding online style stars each forging a path in the ultra-competitive world of vlogging.” As the release puts it, “With no rules, no backup plans, and plenty of haters, life outside the online bubble is never as glamorous as it seems as these emerging entrepreneurs juggle the demands of their followers, friends and family.”

Finally, Straight Up with a Twist is the network’s newest half-hour reality comedy, in which “cameras will capture various groups of friends and their post work bar debates. These hilarious conversations will be intertwined with quick-witted animations and sketches to give viewers one truly legendary Happy Hour.”

There’s no word yet on when the new series will premiere.

'The Glee Project' isn't canceled, says Oxygen

Has the fat lady sung for Oxygen’s Glee tie-in reality show? Not quite.

Yesterday, TVLine cited sources saying that the cable network “will likely be forced to postpone or scrap the next season of The Glee Project,” a talent competition that rewards one (or two, or four) amateurs with an arc on Glee. Since Glee itself hasn’t yet been renewed for a fifth season, the spin-off’s supposed fate wasn’t a shock.

But according to a spokesperson for Oxygen, The Glee Project may yet live to see another season. “What TVLine reported was speculation,” the rep told EW. “The Glee Project has not been canceled” — or, at least not yet. Given last year’s ratings, a renewal does seem less than likely: While the show’s first season drew up to 1.27 million viewers in 2011, its second managed just 821,000 at its peak — and four episodes of its 11-episode season failed to attract even 400,000 pairs of eyeballs.

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Oxygen hits brakes on 'All My Babies' Mamas' reality show

Oxygen Media has pulled the plug on All My Babies’ Mamas, a reality special the network was developing about a musician who has fathered 11 children with 10 different mothers.

The network offered no reason for curtailing the project. In a statement issued Tuesday, Oxygen said that, “as part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special.” READ FULL STORY


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