Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
Billionaire wife Jackie Siegel was on hand this morning for Bravo’s panel promoting the April 29th premiere of the surprise box-office hit doc The Queen Of Versailles, the DGA Award-nominated feature from photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield that made its original mark at the 2012 Sundance Fest. (The film earned Greenfield that festival’s best director prize.) Greenfield said the film wound up at Bravo by design and that selling to Magnolia Pictures for theatrical and Bravo for TV was “our dream scenario.” It traces the story of Jackie and David Siegel, who are building their outrageously ostentatious dream home in Florida when the economy crashes in 2008. The home, modeled after France’s famed Palace of Versailles, was to be 90,000 square feet and include 10 kitchens, a bowling alley, a 6,000-square-foot master suite, two tennis courts and a roller rink. It’s designed to be the largest home in America, dwarfing even the famed Spelling estate. The film left the impression that construction might be permanently derailed. But Jackie Siegel assured this morning in Pasadena that it’s back on track. Construction resumed four months ago, and the plan is now to have the first phase completed in two years in time for her husband’s 80th birthday. READ MORE »
Diversity was the hot topic on the panel for Bravo’s reality series Newlyweds: The First Year at today’s NBCSummer Press Day. Joining Bravo vice president of East Coast Development Lara Spotts were two of the four couples the show tracks over a year: Alaska and Kimberly V. Gedeon, who are African-American, and Blair Late and Jeff Pedersen, a gay couple. Spotts is openly gay and married to a same-sex partner. The onscreen couples were asked to offer their perspective on minority couples featured on scripted series TV, including the gay couple on Modern Family, Cam and Mitch. Late joked that, of the Modern Family characters, partner Pedersen most resembles Phil Dunphy, the male half of a straight couple on Modern Family. He added that he and his partner “are no poster children” for gay marriage.Read More »
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
NBC kicked off its Summer Press Day this morning in Pasadena with a panel hyping the forthcoming 10-episode Bravo reality show Princesses: Long Island. It centers on the lives of six college-educated … Read More »
After two seasons on air, Kathy Griffin‘s late night talk show Kathy is not being renewed, Deadline has confirmed. The comedienne dropped the news during a live stand up show Friday night in Cincinnati, Ohio … Read More »
Bravo Media today unveiled what it says is its largest slate of original programming ever with 17 newly greenlighted and 18 returning unscripted series. That is a 15% increase over last year. Bravo also announced three new scripted and three unscripted projects in development. Bravo’s first scripted pilot, Rita, is now in production as the network is eying a launch of its first scripted series in the fourth quarter. (Bravo’s second scripted pilot, The Joneses, did not go to production.) Bravo logged its seventh consecutive year of ratings growth in 2012 and is currently running up vs. last year in total viewers and the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics.“Bravo’s ongoing investment in high-quality original content across every platform continues to drive our growth year-over-year,” said Frances Berwick, President of Bravo and Style Media. Bravo, which recently moved under the oversight of NBCU cable maven Bonnie Hammer, also is expanding its multi-screen initiatives and increasing the number of TV360 deals. The network’s slate introduced today indicates that creatively, Bravo is staying the course, at least for now. Here are the details on new and returning series and projects in development:
NEW SERIES GREENLIGHTS:
“Below Deck” – Summer 2013
Produced by 51 Minds with Mark Cronin and Courtland Cox as Executive Producers.
The upstairs and downstairs worlds collide when this young and single crew, known as “yachties,” live, love and work together onboard a privately owned extravagant yacht. Working and tending to the ever-changing needs of their demanding charter guests is not always smooth sailing. Read More »
Bravo has decided to postpone production on one of its two scripted pilots,The Joneses. The network and producing studio ABC Studios have had difficulties casting the project, based on the 2009 indie film, which is competing with some 100 broadcast pilots and a few cable ones for … Read More »
Saturday Night Live last night spoofed the Bravo crap which Lauren Zalaznick programs. Last Monday she was replaced after a restructuring. (Now Bonnie Hammer adds Bravo to her NBCU cable portfolio.) So SNL lets it rip:
Bravo has renewed its flagship series, the Emmy-winning Top Chef, for an 11th season. Casting begins next week. Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves, with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz executive producing.
Several TV shows have addressed the “extreme” theme — extreme cheapskates, extreme couponing, extreme makeovers — and now it’s extreme parenting. Bravo Media has given the go-ahead to the new series Extreme Guide To Parenting (working … Read More »
Sunday was a very good night for The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and Shahs Of Sunset.Bravo had its best primetime ever last night and strongest Sunday ever among adults 18-49. That was in great part to its 8 PM and 9 PM offerings: The Southern-based Housewives had its highest-rated episode of the season with 3.7 million viewers. That eclipsed the record 3.2 million that watched the show’s Season 5 premiere on November 4. Also on Sunday, Shahs Of Sunset drew a series high for the LA-based show. The Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series pulled in 2.5 million viewers and was up 62% in the 18-49 demo compared to Season 1’s sixth episode. Read More »
A tale of Big Media is coming to cable. Continuing its recent moves toward original scripted series, Bravo is developing the drama Moguls. The series will follow the professional and personal challenges of a media … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:Bravo is taking a step toward launching its first original scripted series with the pickup of its first scripted pilots, both from established female writer-producers and based on existing properties. The cable network has given the green light to Liz Tigelaar’s The Jonesesand Krista Vernoff’s Rita. The Joneses, from ABC Studios, is based on the 2009 indie film of the same name that starred Demi Moore and David Duchovny. Rita, from Fox TV Studios, is an adaptation of a Danish format. Bravo plans to debut its first original scripted series in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Bravo brass announced their intent to enter original scripted programming last year. The network’s efforts in the arena shifted into high gear in March when the network hired Andrew Wang as VP Scripted Development & Production. The network put a slew of projects in development, with The Joneses and Rita emerging with the first pilot orders. “We went out looking for shows that spoke to the Bravo brand of great aspirational female-driven upscale worlds” and came from strong creative auspices, Wang said. Read More »
The return of Shahs Of Sunset last night delivered the Bravo reality show its highest rating to date. The Season 2 premiere Sunday pulled in 2.3 million total viewers and 1.4 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demographic. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Atlanta is emerging as Bravo‘s hottest reality series setting. The highest-rated show of the Real Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, takes place there, as does its spinoff starringKim Zolciak. Now Bravo has greenlighted two new unscripted series that have Hotlanta as a backdrop: Married To Medicine andTaking Atlanta. Additionally, the network has renewed Zolciak’s Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding for a second season, shortening its title toDon’t Be Tardy…
Taking Atlanta (working title) follows a group of aspiring and ambitious Atlanta locals as they make their mark in the arenas of fashion, music, hospitality and real estate while exploring the city’s sizzling social scene and balancing the demands of their tumultuous family situations. NFGTV and Monami Entertainment produce, with Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman and Mona Scott-Young serving as executive producers. Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 »