Bravo Announces Second Scripted Series, Multiple Spin-Offs; Renews 14 Shows
Bravo is segueing into the scripted world with two new series, while also bringing back familiar faces, including Caroline Manzo and Tom Colicchio for spin-offs of their successful shows, the network announced Tuesday at its upfront presentation.
Slated to premiere in 2015, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce stars Lisa Edelstein as a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in Los Angeles. Janeane Garofalo and Beau Garrett play her best friends and Paul Adelstein plays her soon-to-be ex-husband.
Just green-lit, Odd Mom Out is a semi-autobiographical comedy from author Jill Kargman about the outrageous world of the uber-wealthy momzillas of New York’s Upper East Side. Kargman will play a version of herself living in a world that has become so elite, so hip and so trendy that she’s now the odd mom out.
As previously announced, The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Manzo will get her own show, Manzo’d with Children. The series will follow the matriarch and her big Italian family that includes sons Albie and Chris, daughter Lauren, future son-in-law Vito and husband Al Sr.
Top Chef‘s Colicchio is also branching out with Best New Restaurant. Modeled after the U.K. hit Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, the series follows Colicchio and his trusted team of experts as they pit 16 of the nation’s hottest new restaurants against each other in a series of challenges aimed at determining who provides the best all-around, top-to-bottom experience.
Bravo has also renewed Below Deck, Don’t Be Tardy…, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Top Chef,The Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Shahs of Sunset, Vanderpump Rules, Fashion Queens, Newlyweds, Thicker Than Water and Blood, Sweat & Heels.
Additional new series ordered are highlighted below.
Top Chef Duels
Hosted by Curtis Stone, the show brings back 18 personalities from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. In each episode, two former cheftestants will face off head-to-head in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges, each given the chance to up the ante and challenge the other’s culinary skills. The winners of each battle will compete in the season finale until only one is standing to claim the $100,000 grand prize and culinary bragging rights. Stone will also anchor the judges table with Gail Simmons, while chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson and special guests will round out the judging panel throughout the series.
A group of young, successful New York singles search for love in this real-time docu-drama, where each episode will be shot and aired within the same week.
Friends to Lovers?
What happens when platonic friends leave the comfort of the “friend zone” behind and transition into exclusive romantic relationships? Friends to Lovers? attempts to answer the age-old question, as it follows multiple sets of friends who take a leap of faith and decide to take their relationships to the next level.
Euros of Hollywood
Six successful European jet-setters are taking Los Angeles by storm. From an Albanian pop princess determined to conquer America her way to a self-dubbed Italian Renaissance man whose personality screams “I’m a star,” these men and women stop at nothing on their rise to the top and their pursuit of wealth, power, fame and the American Dream.
Ladies of London (premiering in June)
A group of elite British socialites and American expats run in similar social circles, but are worlds apart. From weekend getaways in the English countryside to high tea at one of London’s exclusive polo-clubs, both groups adhere to strict unwritten rules of engagement where reputation is everything.
Game of Crowns (premiering in July)
Six pageant wives compete on the “Mrs.” pageant circuit to snatch the spotlight with their intense preparation from obsessing over the perfect swimsuit to honing their interview skills — all while being dedicated mothers and wives.
Million Dollar Listing Miami (premiering in June)
Three luxury agents battle it out in the world of high-end real estate.
An outspoken New Jersey native, Hollywood publicist Jaime Primak Sullivan navigates life in the upscale Southern suburb of Mountain Brook, Ala. Jaime’s life was turned upside down after she married the town’s “most eligible” bachelor. Despite the help of her girlfriends, who are determined to sculpt Jaime into a Southern darling, Jaime can’t help but speak her mind — often to hilarious results.
Untying the Knot (premiering in June)
Couples on the brink of divorce call Vikki Ziegler to mediate, advise and divide their assets out of court. Each episode features a different divorcing couple struggling to divvy up their belongings that range from dazzling diamonds to the family pets.
Extreme Guide to Parenting (premiering in July)
From spoiling and severe punishments to helicopter and new age methods, this is parenting at its most extreme. Each episode gives a candid look at two different households with very unique styles of raising their children — and each family strongly believes their methods are superior.
Series in development:
Going Going Gone
A never-before-attempted live televised estate sale where viewers are given the chance to snoop around the most spectacular homes in the country and bid on what’s inside.
A diverse group of upscale strangers take a mind-blowing vacation through the most stunning, eclectic and exclusive sights and scenes around the globe.
Six ambitious and successful women from four different generations are each on the precipice of taking their careers to the next level in the fashion and beauty industries. They grapple with what “having it all” really looks like for women of today in the cutthroat fashion industry.
Which shows are you most excited about?