Bravo announces 11 new series, and plans for 2 scripted series
Bravo announced Wednesday that it has greenlit 11 new unscripted series--including a "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" spinoff and a look inside Silicon Valley--and is developing two scripted projects.
Bravo will see a 27% increase in original programming with the addition of the new shows. As for the scripted series, the network plans to premiere its first one in 2013. In attempting its new venture into non-reality fare, the network last month tapped former Alloy Entertainment exec Andrew Wang, who had a hand in managing such hit series as "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars" and "Gossip Girl," to oversee scripted television and development.
Before the push for series that are admittedly contrived, Bravo will do what it does best: reality TV. It announced the return of eight of its series: "Flipping Out," "Tabatha Takes Over, "Million Dollar Decorators," "Top Chef Masters," “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” “Chef Roblé & Co.” and “Pregnant in Heels." “Inside The Actors Studio” continues its 18th season.
Here's a look at what's in the factory:
“Silicon Valley” (working title) With the help of Internet entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, Bravo hopes to find drama outside the "Housewives" franchise with the help of the tech world. The lives of young professionals "on the path to becoming Silicon Valley’s next great success stories" are explored.
"Life After Top Chef" --the title says it all, doesn't it? Cameras get out of the set kitchen and into the personal lives of the show's former contestants, Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Richard Blais in Atlanta, Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles and Spike Mendelsohn in D.C.
"Below Deck" might be the "Downton Abbey" of the yacht crowd. Or not--unless they have themselves a Maggie Smith equivalent. But the series offers an upstairs/downstairs look at a crew working on a luxurious mega yacht and the wealthy/demanding guests.
"Huh?" (working title) will give all you folks who troll the Internet for cat memes a reason to rest your fingers. Cameras follow Ben Huh and his team of vigorous icanhascheezburger.com employees. Yes, really.
"Sur" (working title) For those who never tire of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump and the staff of her (as the news release says) "exclusive" Hollywood restaurant.
"Miss Advised" points the finger back at relationship experts who are, uh, single. Ashley Tisdale, she of "High School Musical" fame, serves as an executive producer.
"Newlyweds: The First Year" follows couples from their wedding day to their one-year anniversary--capturing all the bliss and hell in between.
"Gallery Girls" centers on seven young art-loving women who are "divided amongst their Manhattan and Brooklyn lifestyles." If only Charlotte York were around to guide them! The project has been circulating for a while--it was part of the network's development announcement last year.
"LA Shrinks" (working title) follows the professional and personal lives of some of L.A.'s top experts as they counsel clients.
“Decades” (working title), another series that's been in the works for some time looks at the lives of Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, who operate renowned vintage stores Decades and decadestwo.1.
"The Kandi Factory" gets a full-on season after a special that aired in March in which "The Real Housewives of Atlanta's" Kandi Buruss mentors aspiring musicians.
SCRIPTED SERIES in development
“22 Birthdays” (working title) focuses on the "sordid and scandalous activities" of a group of parents at an exclusive private school. This will be done with each episode centering on a posh birthday party?
"Blowing Sunshine" (working title) gets even more exclusive. Set at a fictional private rehabilitation center, it centers on the staff and high-profile patients.
Photo: "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump. Credit: Bravo