Fox is resurrecting its 2004 controversial makeover series The Swan with a celebrity edition set to debut sometime later this year.
Deadline Hollywood says the network’s two-hour special will focus on female celebrities who are looking to reinvent themselves for a possible Hollywood comeback. The website describes the reinvention as including “physical, psychological and career” extreme makeovers aided by coaches, therapists, trainers, dentists and cosmetic surgeons.
So far, no celebrities have been named to the project, though Deadline suggests former Happy Days actress Erin Moran — who has been struggling money-wise — and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky as two possibilities.
The Swan, which debuted in 2004, transformed women who were considered ugly ducklings and turned them into swans through a transformation process that included physical and mental processes. At the end of each episode, two women were judged to see who would move on into the final Swan Pageant. Pageant winners pocketed modelling contracts, trips, designer wardrobes, scholarships, cars and cash.
The Swan aired for two seasons before being cancelled by Fox amid low ratings and criticism that cosmetic surgery solves problems.
FremantleMedia and producer Arthur Smith — the company behind the original Swan, Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares — will produce the special.