[03/26/08 - 05:22 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, March 26 Updates include: NBC wants to bring "Family Feud" to primetime; ABC puts two more pilots in the mix; and MTV to bring "Ladette to Lady" to the U.S.
[06/15/07 - 06:27 PM] Development Update: Week of June 11-15 Updates include: "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas to run ABC's "Miss/Guided," Donald Trump brings "Lady or a Tramp" to FOX, MTV renews "Laguna Beach" and "Run's House" plus a host of casting news.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from MTV's web site, March 2009) What will it take to turn a rowdy, mischievous girl into a true lady? MTV aims to find out with The Girls of Hedsor Hall. One dozen misbehaving American girls will be shipped off to England, where the breeding of proper young ladies is considered something of a science. Once there, these girls will be given a rare opportunity to completely change their lives at Hedsor Hall, a proper English finishing school, under the tutelage of headmistress Gill Harbord and disciplinarian Rosemary Schrager. But there's even more incentive for absorbing proper grooming techniques and learning which fork to use during the salad course: one of these diamonds in the rough will walk away from this experience with a $100,000 trust to go along with their education in sophistication. Also on hand to help with the lessons at Hedsor Hall will be visiting American instructor Tara Conner. The former Miss USA knows first hand the consequences of out-of-control behavior. She nearly lost her crown because of her partying ways, but was given a second chance by Donald Trump. The Girls of Hedsor Hall -- self-described "nymphomaniac" Brianna, heavy drinker Samantha, bad-tempered Margie, high school-dropout Jenna, gutter-mouthed Lillian, wild child Amanda, party girl Kim, snobby bitch Jen M, foul-mouthed Maddy, booty-baring punkette Hillary, bar brawling Paola, and Jennifer, the self-proclaimed "Blackout Queen of North Carolina" -- will have a chance to smooth their rough edges and reform the behavior that's made them notorious. Under the stern teachings of Harbord, Schrager and Conner, these aspiring ladies will be schooled in everything from style to proper etiquette. In their quest, they'll hopefully discover that with the right tools, they can become ladies. In each episode, The Girls of Hedsor Hall will be taught an important lesson -- from how to make a good first impression and always look their best to how to maintain a positive attitude and maintain composure in the face of conflict. These humbling exercises will come with harsh critiques from their mentors, as well as the possibility of elimination based on their performance. In the end, one of these girls will undergo a total transformation. The journey will be one that forces each of The Girls of Hedsor Hall to answer tough questions about who they are and what they hope to become. They will strive to show the world their full potential and give up their misbehaving ways. But it won't be easy to become the one to attain a diploma from Hedsor Hall ... and the $100,000 trust that goes with it.