UPDATE: Pilot ‘Rita’ Gets A Pass At Bravo, Other Networks Interested

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 11:30 AM: I’ve learned that Fox TV Studios, which produces Rita, is shopping the pilot and other networks have expressed interest.

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Bravo Orders De Felitta Drama Script From Warner Horizon Set In Crash Of ’08

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 7:14am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Bravo continues to invest in its move back to scripted drama series, ordering a script from Warner Horizon Television for a one-hour drama series from writer/director Raymond De Felitta (City Island, Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Read More »

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Telemundo Media To Produce Spanish-Language Version Of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT

Following the success of La Voz Kids, the Spanish-language version of NBC’s The Voice, Telemundo Media is hoping for another hit with Top Chef: Estrellas (Top Chef Stars), a Spanish-language version of Bravo‘s culinary competition series … Read More »

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Bravo Develops Drama Script Inspired by Charles Dickens ‘Bleak House’

Is Bravo — once upon a time the network of Romeo and Juliet but now the home of Real Housewives of Fill In The Blank — taking a page from its past with one of its new scripted series projects? Fortune, a one-hour drama series script in development, … Read More »

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Bravo Promotes Ellen Stone To EVP Marketing

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 1:36pm PDT

Ellen Stone had been SVP Marketing at Bravo, where she oversees and directs marketing initiatives for consumer advertising, ad sales, digital and social media and the on-air and off-air creative to ensure consistency of the network’s brand across … Read More »

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Bravo’s Eli Lehrer Joins Lifetime As VP Head of Non-Fiction Development

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Eli Lehrer has been named to the newly created position of SVP and Head of Non-Fiction Development for Lifetime networks, effective July 8. Based in Los Angeles, Lehrer will oversee all non-scripted development for Lifetime, reporting to Rob … Read More »

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UPDATE: Bravo Confirms ‘Real Housewives Of NY’ Season 6 Back On

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 5:10pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:09 PM: Most of them are back for sure. “The Real Housewives of New York City will return on Bravo for season six,” a Bravo spokesperson confirmed today. “At this point, the returning cast members include Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson.” Note that LuAnn de Lesseps and Aviva Drescher are not on that list. A source says that doesn’t rule it out that they are returning with the others, as I reported on May 11, but right now Singer, Morgan, Radziwill and Thomson are the only Housewives Bravo is confirming publicly. Read More »

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Bravo Gears Up For ‘Queen Of Versailles’ April 29th Premiere: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

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 »

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Bravo’s ‘Newlyweds’ Cast Talks On-Screen Diversity: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 11:43am PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

Diversity was the hot topic on the panel for Bravo’s reality series Newlyweds: The First Year at today’s NBC Summer 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 »

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Producer Touts ‘Princesses’ As “Modern Coming-Of-Age Story”: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT

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 »

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Kathy Griffin’s Bravo Talk Show Cancelled

By | Saturday April 6, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Bravo Unveils Slate Of 17 New And 18 Returning Series, Announces Scripted & Unscripted Projects In Development

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Rhys Darby To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Keep Calm And Karey On’

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 5:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Flight Of The ConchordsRhys Darby will co-star opposite Kelly Preston in ABC‘s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer Andrea Abbate, 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th … Read More »

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Bravo’s ‘The Joneses’ Drama Pilot Pushed

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 9:31am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Reason #8 Why Lauren Zalaznick Lost Bravo

By | Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 1:37am PST

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:

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Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Renewed For Season 11

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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Anna Gunn To Star In Bravo Drama Pilot ‘Rita’

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 3:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn has been tapped for the lead in Bravo‘s hourlong pilot Rita. Written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta, Rita is an adaptation of a Danish series. It … Read More »

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Miguel Arteta To Direct Bravo Pilot ‘Rita’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 9:21am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Miguel Arteta is set to direct Bravo‘s hourlong pilot Rita, one of the cable network’s first two scripted pilots greenlighted last month. Written by Krista Vernoff, Rita is is an adaptation of a … Read More »

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Bravo Media Greenlights ‘Extreme Guide To Parenting’

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 10:30am PST

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 »

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