E! Upfronts, Nigel Lythgoe, Danielle Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Whitney Cummings

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Get ready for some familiar faces...and an exciting new direction for E!

Today, our cable-network mothership is rolling out a slew of new programming as part of the new "Pop of Culture" branding initiative, and confession: We're kind of excited about it. Because the likes of Whitney Cummings, Kevin Jonas, Nigel Lythgoe ("Good evening, sir!") and Mary J. Blige are coming on board...

Check out the new series coming to E!...

Love You, Mean It: Comedian Whitney Cummings (Whitney, Two Broke Girls) brings her unique comedy stylings to E! with a new weekly talk show produced by Borderline Amazing Productions. This medley of witty commentary will showcase Cummings' take on everything from the biggest pop-culture and celebrity happenings to relationships, life, sex and more. This new series will be paired with Joel McHale's The Soup on Wednesday nights, and she'll executive-produce it with Chelsea Handler and Tom Brunelle. Brad Wollack serves as co-executive producer. "I'm really excited to be able to say (almost) whatever I'd like on TV again," Cummings says of the new show. "So thanks, E!" Looking forward to it!

Married To Jonas: Kevin Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers, heard of them?) and his new wife, Danielle Jonas, give us a peek inside their two-year-old marriage, as they settle down in their New Jersey home and establish a happy suburban life. However, the Jo Bros are heading back to the studio to record new music, so the couple will strive to find the right mix of "normal." Married to Jonas premieres Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. on E!

Opening Act: International Emmy-winning producer Nigel Lythgoe teams up with his A-List Artist Development Team—including Mary J. Blige and chart-topping producer Antonina Armato from Rock Mafia—to comb the Internet to find the Web's most talented amateurs, then give them the once-in-a-lifetime chance to open for a top superstar. Opening Act will showcase not only some extraordinary, unknown talent, but the emotional and very personal journey that awaits them on their way to perform on a national stage. New series premieres July 9 at 10 p.m. on E!

At E!'s very first upfront presentation tonight in New York, NBCUniversal's cable maven Bonnie Hammer and E! president Suzanne Kolb also will announce the network's first slate of scripted projects in active development. This exciting slate includes more than a few notable names to TV (and entertainment) fans, such as John Wells and Kevin Spacey. Stand by for more scoop from all of E!'s upcoming and returning series, as we cover all the action in New York!

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