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Oxygen Sets Four New Series

Oxygen Media has greenlit two new competition series as part of a four series slate announced Wednesday.

The competition series include Last Squad Standing, in which three groups of friends are put together under one roof to compete against each other to see just how tight and meaningful these friendships really are; and The Battle of the Ex Besties in which ex best friends are secretly paired together to participate in challenges that put forgiving and forgetting to the ultimate test, according to the network.

In addition, the network ha greenlit Unprotected, a docu-comedy in which follows a family raising two teenagers just released from the witness protection program; and Three Days To Live, which focuses on the critical 72 hours after someone is abducted.

“Building upon our commitment to creating engaging, relatable content for millennial women, Last Squad Standing, The Battle of the Ex Besties, and Unprotected, are sure to deliver fresh and compelling stories that will resonate with our fan base,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “And the success of our ‘Crime Time’ line-up proved there is a real appetite for the genre, and we’re excited to serve our audience with more premium content in this space.”

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.