E! GREENLIGHTS NEW REALITY SITCOM “MEET THE FRASERS”
Psychic Medium Matt Fraser and His Girlfriend, Pageant Queen Alexa Papigiotis, Lead a Unique Family of Big Personalities in the Small Town of Cranston, Rhode Island in the 10-Episode, Half-Hour Series
LOS ANGELES – August 15, 2019 -- E! Entertainment will make a big splash in the tiny state of Rhode Island with the half-hour reality sitcom “Meet the Frasers,” produced by MGM’s Evolution Media, premiering in 2020. Following Rhode Island’s local celebrity couple, 28-year-old psychic medium Matt Fraser and his pageant queen girlfriend, 21-year-old Alexa Papigiotis, the docu-series will showcase their lives, careers, and their very involved extended families. As Cranston’s emerging golden couple, the duo is recognized everywhere from their local Italian restaurant to the latest stop on Matt’s coast to coast tour. It doesn’t hurt that they’re often seen in an SUV branded with Matt’s face and name. This twosome is climbing their way to the top, with the biggest challenge being the opinionated loved ones who want to have a say in everything they do. For a sneak peek of what’s to come, please visit: Meet the Frasers.
“This series offers a hilarious look inside a loving, dynamic and always outspoken family,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Development & Production for E! “Matt and Alexa are homegrown celebrities on the rise, with personalities big enough to take over the small city of Cranston, Rhode Island and beyond.”The members of this lively clan of eight are:
Matt Fraser – Matt is a vibrant go-getter with a taste for the finer things in life. As a psychic medium and author with a burgeoning career and a serious romantic relationship, the last two years of Matt’s life have been a whirlwind. He’s doing his best to balance his personal and professional aspirations and a family that doesn’t hold back when expressing their thoughts on both. Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish Matt Fraser’s WHEN HEAVEN CALLS on March 31, 2020.
Alexa Papigiotis – The Former Miss Teen Rhode Island has her sights set on becoming Miss Rhode Island and is prepping for her second run at the title. She also serves as Matt’s assistant and sounding board. However, she’s not letting her career goals get in the way of her personal ones. After three years of dating Matt, she’s made it very clear to him that she’s ready for a ring and a wedding.
Maria Fraser – Maria is Matt’s younger sister, who’s witty, cynical, and the voice of reason. Although she works in the family business, she’s afraid of ghosts and still sleeps with all the lights on.
Angela Fraser – Matt’s mother Angela, who is psychic herself, could not be prouder of her son. As Matt’s office manager, sole member of his promotions department and chief helicopter parent, Angela works closely with him and constantly oversteps boundaries.
Rod Fraser – Matt’s father Rod is a retired Navy Captain and decorated former Fire Commissioner whose interests could not be further from Matt’s. While he loves his son, he’s skeptical of psychics and won’t watch Matt when he’s giving readings at events. Rod has a great relationship with Anthony Ciolli, Alexa’s stepdad.
Sharon Ciolli – Alexa’s mom Sharon shares her sentiment that Matt and Alexa need to get married and start a family ASAP. She’s a baby nurse with no filter, who is very comfortable talking about how babies are made, much to Alexa’s embarrassment.
Ava Papigiotis – Ava, Alexa’s younger sister, is a beautifully put together perfectionist. Ever the supportive sister, she’s training Alexa in the gym to get her into shape for the pageant.
Anthony Ciolli – Alexa and Ava’s stepfather Anthony is a retired nightclub owner and self-proclaimed former mobster with a quick temper and dry sense of humor. Family comes first with him, and he’s always treated Alexa and Ava like his own flesh and blood. “Tony Two Toes,” as he’s called, has only eight toes.
“Meet the Frasers” is an Evolution Media, an MGM Company, production with MGM Television’s Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick; Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Lisa Tucker, Brian McCarthy and Meredith Prunkard serving as Executive Producers. Jill Dictrow also serves as Co-Executive Producer.
# # #About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 91 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S and 161 countries globally. E! programming includes popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," “Very Cavallari,” “Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian,” "Total Divas," “Total Bellas,” "Botched,” and “Dating #NoFilter;” topical series “Nightly Pop,” new series “Flip It Like Disick” and the return of the “E! True Hollywood Story.” “E! News” airs nightly on the network and is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across EOnline.com and all digital and social media. The brand’s robust digital programming slate includes “E! News’ The Rundown,” “Face Forward” and “What The Fashion" on Snapchat. E!’s "Live from the Red Carpet" signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture's biggest nights and E! is also home to the “E! People’s Choice Awards,” the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.
About Evolution Media
Evolution Media, an MGM company, has produced some of the most buzz-worthy non-fiction programming spanning a wide array of formats and genres across broadcast and cable television networks. The company has garnered numerous awards and industry accolades including 13 Telly Awards, a CableFax Best Series Award, multiple Reality TV Awards for Best Series and the Best Reality Show award from the Critics’ Choice Awards.
About Metro Goldwyn MayerMetro Goldwyn Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels and is the majority owner of and distributor for United Artists Media Group (UAMG). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About MGM Television
MGM Television is an award-winning, leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, led by Chairman of Worldwide Television Group Mark Burnett. In addition, MGM Television has distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalogue of television episodes and feature film titles including premiere entertainment franchises such as, James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy. Current unscripted projects include, The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); Beat Shazam (FOX); TKO: Total Knock Out (CBS); the upcoming series The World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji for Amazon; and through its distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated daytime courtroom series, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, Couples Court with The Cutlers and the upcoming Personal Injury Court. In addition, MGM owns Evolution Media, producers of The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, Botched (E!), and The Hills: New Beginnings; and Big Fish Entertainment, producers of the Live PD franchise (A&E, Lifetime), the Black Ink Crew franchise for VH1, Hustle & Soul (WE tv), Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (VH1), How Far is Tattoo Far (MTV) and Live Rescue on A&E. Current scripted projected include The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu); the modern noir drama series Perpetual Grace LTD (EPIX), Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); Get Shorty (EPIX); Condor (AT&T AUDIENCE Network); MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.