Cameron Diaz has booked her own travel series with MTV, one of seven new projects the cable channel has in development with various celebrities.
Hilary Duff, Frankie Muniz and Orlando Jones are among the other talents the teen-targeted network has tapped as part of a newly expanded effort to funnel more series into the production pipeline.
The untitled project featuring Diaz, which she also will executive produce, chronicles her adventures at various hot spots around the globe with her friends. The “Charlie’s Angels” star also will address environmental issues specific to each location she visits.
Among the exploits Diaz will have captured on camera include sand-surfing in the Chilean desert. The series also will highlight how Diaz and her coterie survive without such travel amenities as personal assistants or indoor plumbing.
Less is known about the Duff reality project, which is still being worked over with MTV. The “Lizzie McGuire” star also has a comedy pilot deal with MTV’s Viacom stablemate CBS, but the projects are not connected.
Muniz, star of the Fox series “Malcolm in the Middle,” will host a series in which he comes along for the ride as real-life high school students live out their fantasies.
Jones (“Drumline”) will lend his voice to multiple characters in the animated series “Chico & Guapo,” which revolves around a pair of janitors trying to break into the music business at the New York hip-hop recording studio where they work.
Foxy Brown will star in “Foxy’s Family,” which follows the hip-hop star as she balances the demands of her musical career with the family who helps her run it.
“7th Heaven” star Ashlee Simpson also will get the reality treatment from MTV, which will follow her as she records her first album. The series, which will be co-executive produced by her father, Joe Simpson, also will delve into her personal life. She is the younger sister of Jessica Simpson, who stars on MTV’s “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica.”
MTV has given the go-ahead to a pilot for Andy Dick, who already has appeared in his own MTV series, “The Andy Dick Show.” The second time around he will star in “The Assistant,” which follows the actor as he tries to find an assistant from a pool of candidates he will subject to various forms of humiliation.
MTV also announced Wednesday that it has signed artists Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Kid Rock and Nelly to join Janet Jackson at the halftime show it is producing for Super Bowl XXXVIII on CBS.