Maria Menounos Serves Up a Big Fat Reality Show

We are longtime fans of Extra co-host Maria Menounos. When Rod Aissa, senior vice president of original programming at Oxygen Media, says in today’s release that she is “ambitious, unconventional and incredibly funny,” he’s right. Especially about the funny part.

Menounos, previously via Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and other interviews, has relayed her fondness for throwing herself extravagant annual birthday parties. That’s the focus of the debut episode of Chasing Maria Menounos, set for March 18:

Maria goes all out with a luau-themed [June 8, 2013] party that includes a star-studded roster of friends such as Dancing with the Stars dancer Derek Hough, Perez Hilton and Khloe Kardashian. Maria’s 35th birthday takes on a big significance; what starts out as a party becomes about facing down the realities of getting older and leads Maria to rethink the way she wants to live her life. Luckily for her, she can do it with comedic flair.

Menounos’ longtime boyfriend Keven is a co-producer and co-star. The pair live with her Greek immigrant parents and per the promo above, on that front it’s pretty much My Big Fat Greek Pressure Cooker. Mom Litsa and dad Costas want Menounos to get married like, yesterday. Oxygen Media on the other hand probably lobbied for some Season One cliffhanger final-episode scheduling.

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