Bravo today announced November premiere dates for five returning unscripted series — two Real Housewives shows, Fashion Queens, Vanderpump Rules and Shahs Of Sunset — as well as unveiling the new series Thicker Than Water. That latter series, which will debut November 10, follows Nashville’s Ben and Jewel Tankard and their blended and extended family as they live, love and laugh through the perils and pleasures of life. Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills (November 4, 8-10 PM) will introduce new castmembers, London-born Carlton Gebbia and former Miss Puerto Rico Joyce Giruad de Ohoven. The month kicks off November 3 at 8 PM with the Season 6 premiere of Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Here are the network descriptions of the new seasons and their return dates:
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 and dealing with money problems. Regulars Reza Farahan, Mercedes Javid, Mike Shouhed, Asa Soltan Rahmati, Golnesa Gharachedaghi will also be joined by new addition Lilly Ghalichi. The show is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions; the American Idol host serves as executive producer along with Adam Sher and Kris Curry. Eric Gardneris a co-executive producer.
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 in the Sunday season finale, which drew 1.5 million viewers, 1 million of them in the adults 18-49. That was up 15% and 20%, respectively, from the previous week. Shahs Of Sunset, which got off to a modest start but has built up ratings momentum throughout its freshman run, was boosted on Sunday by The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion Part 1, which delivered 3.1 million viewers, the largest audience ever for a reunion episode. Following Shahs‘ season finale, Watch What Happens Live, which featured cast members from the reality series about well-to-do young Iranian Americans, averaged 1.4 million total viewers and 942,000 adults 18-49, up 31% and 44%, respectively, from last Sunday’s episode.
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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 Ryan Seacrest-produced series about Iranian-Americans living in Beverly Hills (think a milder, West Coast version of MTV”s Jersey Shore, with more money). “The City of West Hollywood is located in close proximity to the area represented in Shahs Of Sunset and has many residents of Iranian descent,” a council resolution passed Thursday read. “Many of them and others have raised concerns about the show’s perpetuation of negative Iranian-American stereotypes.” Councilmember John Heilman said after it was adopted that “negative stereotypes disseminated about any group should raise concern as this can lead to discrimination and, in extreme cases, even violence.” The move is the latest attempt from a city government to weigh in on such matters, after LA City Council member Jan Perry’s measure this week intended to stop radio hosts from using “racist and sexist slurs” and for Clear Channel and others to have more diversity in their workforce. The West Hollywood council said its condemnation “is consistent with past actions of the City Council denouncing negative stereotypes of the LGBT community and other groups which have faced discrimination and marginalization.” More than 700,000 people of Persian descent live in Los Angeles County. Shahs Of Sunset premiered March 11.
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 (not unlike the initial backlash against MTV’s mega hit Jersey Shore‘s portrayal of Italian Americans) as well as a lawsuit filed in November by Kathy Salem who sought to block Bravo from airing her scenes, accusing the show’s producers from deliberately trying to humiliate her. Salem is not a member of Shahs Of Sunset‘s regular cast, and a rep for Bravo declined to say whether she would be featured on the show. Here is a promo for the series: