EXCLUSIVE: As Bravo is working on expanding its core unscripted lineup to include scripted programming, the cable network has teamed with the producer of one of its top reality franchises for a scripted drama. Bravo has put in development a period spec script by Andrew Hoegl, executive producer/showrunner of Bravo’s hit Flipping Out and its spinoff Interior Therapy. The untitled workplace drama is set in New York at the height of the Cola Wars in the 1980s, in which soda giants Coca Cola and Pepsi went after each other in their ad campaigns. The project is produced by Universal TV and executive produced by Scott Stuber and Quan Phung of studio-based Bluegrass Films and 3 Arts’ Kimberly Carver.
This marks the first time Bravo is crossing over talent from the unscripted to the scripted side. The network has yet to greenlight its first scripted pilot from a slate that includes series versions of the movies Heathers and The Joneses.
Back to hit the streets and shops of Beverly Hills, the second season of Bravo‘s Shahs Of Sunset will debut December 2. The new season will see the group of Persian-American friends facing life crises, potentially finding true love … Read More »
Bravo continues to beef up its scripted development slate with the announcement of five more projects. The list includes Heathers, a present-day update of the cult 1980s film with writer-exec producer Mark Rizzo and exec producer Jenny Bicks. It was set up at Fox three years ago.
It is joined by The Apartment (working title), about a beautiful Upper West Side apartment rented as a private space for extra-marital affairs; The Darlings (working title), set in Wall Street after the crash of 2008; All American Girl, centered around a female lifestyle magazine across three different time periods; and Rita, a family drama based on a Danish format following an outspoken private school teacher who struggles to raise her own three teenagers. Previously announced Bravo scripted projects include an adaptation of the indie The Joneses, also originally set up at a broadcast network, 22 Birthdays (working title) and Blowing Sunshine. The network, which hired its first scripted executive, Andrew Wang, in March and announced its first scripted projects in April, is yet to greenlight its first scripted pilot. Its top brass have said that they’re looking to launch Bravo’s first scripted series in 2013. Here are descriptions of Bravo’s new scripted projects: Read More »
Bravo Media has ordered a fifth season of The Rachel Zoe Project, starring the celebrity stylist and chronicling her professional and personal life. The docu-series is executive produced by Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Angie … Read More »
These days stars will do just about anything to publicize their movies. Still it was a surprise that triple Oscar winner Meryl Streep on behalf of Hope Springs would agree to appear on Bravo embarrassment Andy Cohen‘s … Read More »
Bravo has greenlighted a second season of Kathy, which features a panel of civilians and celebrities commenting on the week’s most-talked-about moments. The deal extends the network’s relationship with Griffin, who has won two Emmys … Read More »
Liz Tigelaar’s ABC Studios drama pilot The Joneses, which was originally developed at ABC, has been picked up by Bravo for development — marking one of the network’s first stabs at a scripted project. It’s based on the … Read More »
After announcing its scripted development slate at its upfront presentation earlier this month, Bravo this morning unveiled its unscripted one, which features six projects in development. That is in addition to the 11 new reality series whose pickup was announced at the upfront. The slate includes Shop With Stella and Tone It Up, Bravo’s first two projects in a newly added area of unscripted programming, about the workings of the online world, which joins Bravo’s staples Food, Fashion, Beauty, Design and Pop Culture. Here are descriptions of Bravo’s unscripted series in development: Read More »
Bravo’s Shahs Of Sunset, which wrapped its first season on Sunday, has been picked up for a second season. The renewal for the Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series comes after it hit a series high … Read More »
At its upfront presentation today, Bravo announced a 27 percent increase in original programming with 11 new and eight returning unscripted series, and two new scripted projects in development as the cable network plans to premiere its first original scripted series in 2013. One of the two scripted projects hails from producers Doug Liman and Dave Bartis whose Hypnotic banner is based at Bravo sibling Universal Cable Prods. Bravo also announced its first foray into digital programming with Randi Zuckerberg’s series Silicon Valley and RelativityREAL’s Huh?. Here is the network’s slate: Read More »
Bravo has acquired the TV rights for the Sundance documentary, The Queen of Versailles, directed by Lauren Greenfield who won Best Director at this year’s festival for the docu. The Queen of Versailles, which chronicles a wealthy family’s, billionaires Jackie … Read More »
Bravo has put in development seven unscripted series projects, most of them in the cable network’s established areas of food, fashion, beauty, design and pop culture programming. The projects include Fashion Stories Of NYC featuring former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley; Female Entrepreneur Project with Fortune editor at large Patti Sellers; and MD: OC, a real-life Royal Pains set in Orange County. Doing an O.C.-set reality version of a popular scripted show was how Bravo’s flagship Real Housewives franchise was born. It originated with The Real Housewives Of Orange Country, which was inspired by ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Here are details about Bravo’s series in development: Read More »
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The West Hollywood City Council wants Bravo’s reality series Shahs Of Sunset to change its ways and stop “perpetuating negative stereotypes about Iranian-Americans.” The pols used their jurisdiction to slam the … Read More »
Bravo has set a March 11 premiere date for Shahs Of Sunset, a Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series about a group of six young Persian-American friends in Los Angeles. The network is proceeding with the series despite some criticism from the Iranian American community about Shahs Of Sunset reinforcing ethnic stereotypes … Read More »
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: Read More »
Bravo will strip its semiweekly interactive talk show Watch What Happens: Live five nights a week starting Jan. 8. Hosted by Bravo executive Andy Cohen, the sixth season of the show, which started off as blog that spawned a … Read More »
Xbox Live, the premium online service of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, today unveiled a slew of content deals that will boost the console’s entertainment offerings beginning around the holidays and in more than 20 countries. The news began leaking last week of partnerships, but the announcement included more than 40 providers like Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S. and international partners like BBC in the UK. The ultimate goal is to make Microsoft’s video game console a one-stop shop for entertainment where users can switch easily between video games, DVDs and entertainment content. Here’s the release: Read More »