Bravo Renews 18 Reality Shows and Unveils 17 New Unscripted Series; Melissa Gorga Copies Kim Zolciak’s Reunion Dress
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Bravo hosted an “upfront” party for advertisers on Wednesday evening April 3, 2013, at Stage 37 in New York (photo above). The network unveiled 17 new unscripted series, plus three scripted projects in development, and announced it would be renewing 18 shows, increasing its original programming slate by 15% over last year.
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“Bravo’s ongoing investment in high-quality original content across every platform continues to drive our growth year-over-year, securing our top 10 network ranking,” said Frances Berwick, President of Bravo and Style Media. “Bravo’s signature lifestyle entertainment brand continues to engage our growing passionate ‘affluencer’ audience.”
New shows include:
Newlyweds: The First Year (Monday, May 6), which follows four newly married couples for an entire year. Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian Lauren Lazin catches four diverse couples (gay, interracial, long-distance, and business partners) experiencing the daily trials and tribulations of their first 365 days of marriage.
Extreme Guide to Parenting (coming this fall) looks to be schadenfreude at it’s finest. Each episode features two different households with very unique (read: extreme) styles of raising their children — from spoiling and severe punishments to helicopter and new age methods. One of the mothers even bragged about using a vulva puppet with her child. And you see it. A vulva puppet. You read that right.
The Kandi Factory (Tuesday, April 9) — Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum songwriter Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta helps 16 aspiring artists jumpstart their dreams of stardom.
Princesses: Long Island (Sunday, June 2) — Six young women from Great Neck, Long Island who return to their pampered lifestyles in the comfort of their parents’ estates and at the expense of their fathers’ bank accounts.
Below Deck (Summer 2013) — A young and single crew, known as “yachties,” live, love and work together onboard a privately owned extravagant yacht.
Eat, Drink, Love — about single, successful women connected to the restaurant industry in Los Angeles.
Property Envy — a panel talk show where experts explore luxury real estate.
Taking Atlanta — following a group of young go-getters working hard and playing hard.
City Sisters (Fall 2013) — Single, up-and-coming movers and shakers in New York’s elite circles of real estate, fashion, and media.
Thicker Than Water: The Tankards (Fall 2013) — This docu-series follows former professional basketball player turned popular gospel singer/recording artist and minister Ben Tankard, his blended family and their journey in expanding the family fortune. From music-producing to NBA life coaching and motivational speaking, this business-oriented family strives to keep on top of their game, but finds their true passion lies in ministry.
Other unscripted series include:
Courtney Loves Dallas, where the Most Eligible Dallas star navigates the Texas social scene with her friends.
Divorce Diva (working title), about a divorce mediator.
Fashion Queens, a topical fashion-based talk show.
Southern Charm, a look at the Southern aristocracy in Charleston, S.C.
Two Fit Girls, about the best friends and business partners behind Toneitup.com.
Ladies of London (working title), following a group of British socialites and American expats.
100 Days of Summer, about a young, successful Chicago “it” crowd.
Unscripted projects in development are:
Ivy League Confidential (working title) — It follows four elite college admissions consultants in New York and Los Angeles as they deal with over-the-top, pampered clients (both the parents and the children) trying to get into one of the top universities in the world.
America’s Best Restaurant (working title) — Modeled after UK’s Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, it’s a new food competition series that pits 16 of the nation’s best restaurants against each other on their own turf.
Rich People’s Problems (working title)– Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks helps rich folks settle their differences, from friends battling over an $8,000 loan or accusations of stolen Chanel handbags to confusion over a prenuptial agreement and whether it entitles you to two or three live-in staff members.
Scripted shows in development are:
Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce — Based on the book series by Executive Producer Vicki Iovine, this one hour dramedy follows a best-selling author of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her 40’s in Los Angeles.
Heiresses – Based on the upcoming novel from Sara Sheperd (Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game), this one-hour drama follows one of the most prestigious and wealthy families on the Upper East Side who have built their entire fortune on the business of diamonds. It follows the heiress granddaughters and involves a murder mystery.
High and Low – Produced by Michael Imperioli (Son of Sam, The Sopranos), it’s a period drama that takes us through the worlds of 1980’s art, food, and Wall Street through the eyes of rival brothers, from two different mothers, who open a restaurant together, forcing the two estranged families to finally deal with the years of resentment between them.
- The Real Housewives of New Jersey (season 5, Sunday, June 2 at 8pm ET/PT)
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (season 4)
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta (season 6)
- The Real Housewives of New York (season 6)
- The Real Housewives of Miami
- Vanderpump Rules
- Don’t Be Tardy… (Tuesday, April 16 at 9pm & 9:30pm ET/PT)
- Million Dollar Listing New York (season 2, premiering Wednesday, May 8 at 10pm ET/PT)
- Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (season 6)
- Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Thursday, June 6 at 9pm ET/PT)
- Flipping Out (season 7)
- Tabatha Takes Over (season 5)
- Shahs of Sunset (season 3)
- Chef Roble & Co (season 2)
- Top Chef (season 11)
- Top Chef Masters (season 5 this summer, with Curtis Stone hosting alongside new head critic Gail Simmons)
- Inside The Actors Studio (season 19, with the show’s milestone 250th episode)
- Watch What Happens Live (season 10)
Bravo will also be rolling out new multiscreen initiatives like the live online after-show for Watch What Happens Live that debuted this week where host Andy Cohen and his guests relax after the telecast. The network will also launch a new parallel digital competition for Top Chef Masters, and The Real Housewives Awards, where fans can vote in various categories.
BroadcastingCable.com reports, year-to-date, Bravo is up 5% among viewers 18-49, up 7% among viewers 25-54, and up 8% in total viewers; and the network added 126 new advertisers in 2012 and 34 new online advertisers, which contributed to a double-digit percentage growth in national and digital ad revenue.
Melissa showed up at the Bravo “upfront” party wearing a cheap knock-off of the designer dress that Kim Zolciak wore for Atlanta’s season 5 reunion special, which was taped just weeks earlier (see photo above).
“Great time last night at the Bravo Up fronts! Thank you reveboutique for my glam dress!!” – Melissa Gorga, April 3, 2013, Twitter
This is not the first time Melissa wore the same dress previously worn by another Bravo Housewife. She does this in hopes of being featured in Us Weekly’s “Who Wore It Best”, where A-list celebrities are also mentioned. On Melissa’s website, she has a press page with multiple clippings of herself from “Who Wore It Best”.
Melissa was featured in “Who Wore it Best” twice in December 2012 (see photos below) plus she was photographed on May 16, 2012 wearing the same dress Lisa Vanderpump wore just two days earlier.
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