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.

PREVIOUS 8:50 AM: I’ve learned that Bravo has opted not to go forward with its pilot 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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Beth Riesgraf Joins CBS Pilot ‘Surgeon General’, Bravo’s ‘Rita’ Adds Duo

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Leverage alumna Beth Riesgraf has been cast in CBS’ drama pilot Surgeon General. Written by Samuel Baum and produced by CBS TV Studios, the project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Jason Isaacs) — the most powerful … Read More »

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Josh Hamilton Boards Bravo Pilot ‘Rita’, Johnny Ray Gill Joins AMC’s ‘The Killing’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 4:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Josh HamiltonEXCLUSIVE: Josh Hamilton has landed the male lead opposite Anna Gunn in Bravo‘s hourlong pilot Rita. Written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta, Rita is a Fox TV Studios-produced adaptation … 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 Orders First Scripted Pilots: Dramas ‘The Joneses’ And ‘Rita’

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 3:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 Joneses and 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 »

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