John Legend goes Pop with an a cappella documentary series

John Legend goes Pop with an a cappella documentary series
John Legend's production company has a deal to develop shows for cable network Pop. (Jack Plunkett / Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter John Legend is executive producing a documentary-style series on an a capella compeition series for cable network Pop.

Pop, the former TV Guide Network that has been renamed and marketed as a destination for pop culture enthusiasts, announced the series at its upfront announcement for the 2015-16 TV season.

Inspired by the hit movie "Pitch Perfect," the series "Sing It On" will premiere May 13 at 10 p.m. The eight-episode series will go behind the scenes to follow five collegiate a capella teams as they compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella finals.

Legend performed in a collegiate a capella group at the University of Pennsylvania.

The series, which will move to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting May 20, is  co-produced by Legend's Get Lifted Film Company and Core Media Group, which makes "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance."

Pop, jointly owned by CBS Corporation and Lionsgate, also announced that it has a development deal with Legend's Get Lifted Film Company to "develop projects that fit within the mission statement of both entities."