Ricki Lake To Head Third Installment Of Charm School

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A new installment in VH1′s Charm School franchise will be here faster than you can say “reform school dropouts” and this time, there’s a good chance that the headmistress might actually be able to say “expulsion” properly! Actress, talk-show vet and camp icon Ricki Lake will oversee bad girls trying to go good from Rock of Love Bus and Real Chance of Love in the upcoming series Charm School 3 with Ricki Lake. Peep the press release:

The third installment of 51 Minds and VH1’s Charm School is going to a whole new level and showing a side of the girls from Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels and Real Chance of Love you’ve never seen before…the compassionate side. That’s right, these once love struck reality beauties will now learn self-improvement through selfless acts. Legendary talk show host, documentary film producer and author Ricki Lake will try to tame the wild ladies by asking them to do…gasp…charity work, in Charm School 3 with Ricki Lake, premiering in Summer 2009.

Ricki will not be alone in her quest to help these ladies; she will be flanked with the support of the new school deans Alani “La La” Vazquez (TV Personality) and Stryker (Radio Host). This team’s mission for the new season is not only to teach the ladies about which fork to use, but also to stress the importance of using themselves for good.

VH1.com will offer an exclusive sneak peek of the premiere episode prior to the show’s on-air premiere and will house the show’s episodes for on-demand viewing. There will be additional online and mobile elements and content launched throughout the run of the series. Additional details will be announced closer to the premiere of the series this summer.

“We are thrilled to have Ricki spearheading this new take on Charm School. Our audience knows her, loves her and respects her. And Ricki certainly knows a thing or two about taking big, loud characters and bringing them to a place of new emotional understanding,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1. “The transformation of the women on the show is always an interesting journey to watch, and the new twist on this season should bring the entire experience to a whole new level.”

Ricki Lake has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years, starting her career as an actress in the original John Waters’ film Hairspray. Later, the actress transitioned into the world of daytime as host of the long running talk show, Ricki Lake. Recently, Ricki has taken the role of executive producer for the documentary The Business of Being Born, producer for CBS’ recent movie of the week Loving Leah and, now, executive producer of Charm School. She is also adding author to her resume with the upcoming book, Your Best Birth. Both her documentary and book examine the world of natural childbirth and birthing options, which is a community Ricki has become a vital part of. She is on the Board of the non-profit organization the New Space for Women’s Health in New York City. Ricki now brings her non-profit experience to VH1’s Charm School Gives Back.

VH1’s Charm School 3 with Ricki Lake is created and executive produced by Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for 51 Minds Entertainment, LLC. an Endemol Company, who also produce the record-breaking series Rock of Love, Flavor of Love, I Love New York, The Surreal Life, For the Love of Ray J, I Love Money and much more. The production teams’ programming launched VH1 into their highest ratings ever and their ratings continue to outperform their previous successes. Ben Samek and Matt Odgers also executive produce for the series and the company.

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