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Tori Spelling has found a home for the reality show she and her new husband have been pitching in wake of So NoTORIous, the ratings-impaired scripted series on VH-1. And if the premise seems more than a little concocted, the finale promises to be as real as it gets.
Oxygen has picked up the still-untitled, six-part series that will follow Tori and Dean McDermott, as they find, buy and refurbish a bed-and-breakfast somewhere in Southern California. Pregnant Tori is also literally “giving up her first born” to the altar of reality TV.
The “TV network for women” touts plans “for the intimate final episode to coincide with the baby’s birth” in March.Oxygen has commissioned World of Wonder Productions, led by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, directors of Inside Deep Throat, to shape the series around its Fawlty Towers premise. Barbato’s first task was explaining why Tori’s life as a pregnant newlywed with a struggling actor husband and an estrangement from one of Hollywood’s greatest fortunes wasn’t enough reality to begin with.
Tori and Dean “may be actors, but they’re also very entrepreneurial,” he insisted. “They want to create a real business.”
Sadly, Tori and Dean might need the extra income. Tori’s depiction of her mom in So NoTORIous helped widen the estrangement with her mother, and reportedly cost Tori most of her inheritance from her late TV mogul dad, Aaron Spelling.