is returning to his roots.
The former Newlyweds
star is executive producing a pilot for an MTV reality show, which the network describes as a version of the '80s movie and TV show Fame
, according to The Hollwood Reporter
The yet-to-be-named program focuses on students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Lachey's alma mater. (Sarah Jessica Parker
and Carmen Electra
are also famous former students.)
"The stories and relationships are all set to music that's organic to what's going on in the school and also performed by the kids," Tony DiSanto, executive VP of series development and programming at the network, tells the Reporter
. "This is a genre-busting, creative experiment that I'm really excited about."
As an example DiSanto said a scene could feature kids breaking into dance in the cafeteria, which sounds a lot like a real-life High School Musical
, or the soundtrack could come from a scene in which a student is practicing his or her instrument.
Lachey, who proposed the project, is executive producing it with Marc Platt and Russell Heldt.