Bravo is expanding the presence of its ubiquitous star Kathy Griffin with Kathy, a one-hour weekly talk show hosted by the star of the network’s Emmy-winning reality series My Life On The D List. It will premiere this spring. Additionally, Bravo has picked up two more Griffin comedy comedy specials for 2012, bringing the number of specials the comedian has done on the network to 15. Kathy is designed to reflect Griffin’s thoughts on everything pop culture as she rants on the week’s biggest headlines and tabloid gossip as well as feature stand-up routines, celebrity interviews and taped segments. It joins Bravo’s Andy Cohen late-night talk show Watch What Happens: Live, which expands to five nights a week starting tomorrow night. Cohen today announced that Sandra Bernhard will provide a “weekly rant” on pop culture on the show. “Her take, if you follow her on Twitter is always so smart and funny, ” he said. “That’s just what she’s going to be doing.”
During its portion of the winter TCA press tour, Bravo also announced renewals of Pregnant In Heels for Season 2, The Millionaire Matchmaker for Season 6 and Million Dollar Listing LA for Season 5 as well as Curtis Stone and Cat Cora as hosts of its upcoming culinary series Around The World in 80 Plates. Bravo, which posted ratings gains for a sixth consecutive year in 2011, said it will increase the network’s original programming by an additional 25% in 2012. Here is a list of the network’s upcoming series for this year, including the Ryan Seacrest-produced Shahs of Sunset:
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Premieres Wednesday, March 14 at 9pm ET/PT
Everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper is taking on a new role as a home therapist in the new series following Jeff Lewis, his trusted assistant, Jenni, and his loyal housekeeper, Zoila, as they take over someone’s home to redesign not only their space, but their lives. Jeff will observe the homeowners and diagnose their problems with the goal of improving them inside and out.
Shahs of Sunset
Premieres March 2012
The new docu-series will explore a group of young Persian-American friends who juggle living and working in Los Angeles while balancing the demands of their families and traditions.
Premieres March 2012
The series follows New York’s most passionate matchmaker, Lori Zaslow, as she hits the streets of Manhattan searching tirelessly for soulmates for her clients.
Million Dollar Listing New York
Premieres March 2012
“Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” has been known to show some of the biggest and most expensive properties that California has to offer, but now it’s time for the East Coast to showcase its luxury properties in “Million Dollar Listing New York.”
Around The World in 80 Plates
Premieres May 2012
Culinary experts, Curtis Stone and Cat Cora, are confirmed to host the network’s most ambitious productions to date. The series follows 12 chefs competing in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days.
Premieres spring 2012
The network has greenlit a one-hour weekly talk show hosted by two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin which will premiere this spring. Unlike any other talk show, this will be the destination to get Griffin’s thoughts on everything pop culture as she rants on the week’s biggest headlines and tabloid gossip as well as feature stand-up routines, celebrity interviews and taped segments.
Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding
Premieres spring 2012
Fans will have a front row seat for Kim Zolciak’s extravagant wedding with Kroy Biermann, Defensive End for the Atlanta Falcons, in the new docu-series.
The Ring Leader
Premieres Monday, February 27 at 10pm ET/PT
Follows larger than life wedding planner, Kristin Banta, whose out-of-the-box style is revolutionizing the way couples look at their special day.
“The Kandi Factory” Special
Premieres Sunday, March 4 at 10pm ET/PT
Following “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and multi-platinum songwriter, Kandi Burruss, as she transforms two music hopefuls into the next big popstar.
Kathy Griffin Comedy Specials
Kathy Griffin has been confirmed for two new one-hour stand-up specials this year, adding to her already impressive 13 original comedy specials she has performed for Bravo since 2005.
Watch What Happens: Live Season Six
Airs Sunday through Thursday beginning January 8 at 11pm ET/PT
Bravo’s popular, interactive, late night talk show, hosted by Andy Cohen, begins airing five nights a week.
Tabatha Takes Over Season Four
Premieres Tuesday, January 10 at 10pm ET/PT
Tabatha Coffey hits the road again, but this time she is taking over more than just salons when the fourth season of the newly titled series returns.
Inside The Actors Studio
George Clooney Episode Premieres Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm ET/PT
The Emmy nominated series will return with high profile celebrity guests. First up on Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm will be George Clooney followed later in the year with the cast and creators of “Glee.”
Bethenny Ever After Season Three
Premieres Monday, February 20 at 9pm ET/PT
Bethenny Frankel is living life in the fast lane, juggling her many roles as wife, mother and mogul.
Pregnant in Heels Season Two
Returns spring 2012
The docu-drama returns following maternity concierge, fashion designer and pregnancy guru, Rosie Pope, as she guides the most affluent, expectant mothers in New York City through the joys and perils of preparing to have a baby.
The Millionaire Matchmaker Season Six
The experienced third-generation matchmaker, Patti Stanger, returns in hopes of rescuing the dating impaired. In each episode, two wealthy clients are set up with dates hand-picked by Patti. With a blunt approach and a big heart, Patti and her determined staff including Chief Operating Officer Destin Pfaff, and Rachel Federoff, VP of Matching, give their millionaire clients complete transformations with the help of personal shoppers, date coaches and therapists.
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles Season Five
Once again diving deep into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of Los Angeles’ real estate market, the series follows the lives of three aggressive real estate magnates in the making as they make a fortune selling multi-million dollar properties in the most exclusive neighborhoods – Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills.
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