E! midseason short on scripts

The network's midseason schedule is long on reality fare but short on comedies and dramas.

Reality is really setting in at E!, beginning with the launch of Ruby, a weight loss series from the US Style Network to air Tuesday nights at 10 pm from Jan. 6.

E!, which revealed a midseason schedule on Tuesday that is short on comedies and dramas and long on unscripted fare, will also air The Dish, a celebrity gossip series, on Tuesdays at 10:30 pm starting Jan. 13. Party Monsters: Cabo will air Wednesday nights at 9 pm from Jan. 21. The reality competition series from the US-based E! channel features event planners attempting to throw the ultimate party for celebrity guests.

The Canwest network will also see the return of perennials like Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, How I Met Your Mother and The Biggest Loser: Couples.

‘From red carpet specials and A-list parties to uplifting stories of personal triumph, we’re gearing up for another exceptional winter season,’ said Barbara Williams, EVP of content at Canwest Broadcasting, summing up E!’s midseason schedule.

E! will continue to air US simulcasts that include NBC series like Knight Rider, on Wednesdays at 8 pm, Worst Week, on Mondays at 9:30 pm, and the US remake of Australian sitcom Kath & Kim, at 8:30 pm on Thursdays.

E! will also pull from its program supply agreement with the US-based E!: Entertainment Television series like E! News Weekend, The Soup, Chelsea Lately and True Hollywood Story.

Canadian content on E!’s midseason schedule includes Show Me Yours on Saturday nights at 9 pm, followed by G Spot at 10 pm.