Bravo Developing Morgan Spurlock, Thom Beers Projects; Orders Real-Time Dating Series
In addition to its first scripted offerings, the NBCUniversal-owned cable network's slate features a slew of unscripted fare, including two new "Real Housewives" spinoffs starring Caroline Manzo and Kandi Burress, and 15 renewed shows.
Bravo is beefing up its slate with a slew of series, including two Real Housewives spinoffs and renewals for more than a dozen shows, and has put three new projects in development, including fare from Thom Beers and Morgan Spurlock.
The ambitious slate comes on the heels of the NBCUniversal-owned, female-skewing cable network posting its best quarter among key demographics in the first quarter. Year to date, Bravo is averaging 1.1 million viewers and 629,000 among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, up slightly from the comparable quarter in 2013.
Bravo gets into the scripted game with its first two programs: Jill Kargman's half-hour comedy Odd Mom Out, which The Hollywood Reporter first reported earlier on Tuesday, and the previously announced hourlong drama Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce from Marti Noxon and starring Lisa Edelstein bowing in 2015.
On the development side, Bravo is eyeing three unscripted projects as potential series. The first is Going Going Gone (working title), being billed as 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 live on what's inside." Fremantle Media North America's Beers, Toby Gorman and Joni Day are executive producers.
The second project hails from filmmaker Spurlock, Gen XYZ (working title), centered on six women from four different generations "each on the precipice of taking their career to the next level in the fashion and beauty industries. Warrior Poets and Crybaby Media produce, with Spurlock, Ethan Goldman, Jeremy Chilnick and Danny Passman serving as executive producers.
The third Bravo has put into development is Tour Group (working title), set in the luxury travel world. The docuseries would follow a "diverse group of upscale characters on a mind-blowing vacation through the most stunning, eclectic and exclusive sights and scenes around the globe." Monkey Kingdom produces with Will Macdonald and David Granger executive producing.
Bravo has 13 unscripted series set, including two Real Housewives spinoffs: former New Jersey castmember Caroline Manzo's Manzo'd With Children and The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Wedding, a series charting Atlanta star Kandi Burress' wedding to Todd Tucker.
100 Dates (working title), from All3Media America's Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert, puts a real-time spin on the tried-and-true dating space. The series follows New York singles as they search for love in the big city, and marks Bravo's first entry into a real-time production, with each episode filming and airing in the same week.
Other new shows on the docket are Jersey Belle, centered on Hollywood publicist Jaime Primak Sullivan and Euros of Hollywood, about six European jetsetters who come to Los Angeles. The remaining shows expected to land on the schedule include the previously announced Top Chef Duels (formerly Top Chef Extreme) with host Curtis Stone, Best New Restaurant with Gordon Ramsay, Friends to Lovers?, Ladies of London (June), Game of Crowns (July), Million Dollar Listing Miami (June), Untying the Knot (June) and Extreme Guide to Parenting (July).
Renewals have been given out for the following series: Below Deck (season two, summer), Don't Be Tardy... (season three, summer), Million Dollar Listing (season seven, summer), The Real Housewives of New Jersey (season six, summer), Top Chef (season 12, fall), The Millionaire Matchmaker (season eight, fall), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (season seven, fall), The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (season five, fall), Shahs of Sunset (season four, fall), Vanderpump Rules (season three, fall), Fashion Queens (season three, fall), two-season pickup for Newlyweds (seasons two and three, fall and 2015), Thicker Than Water (season two, 2015), Blood, Seat & Heels (season two, 2015) and Andy Cohen's late-night talker Watch What Happens Live.
"Our strategy of creating a total multi-platform lifestyle experience for our Affluencers is paying off with not just viewership growth across the board, but also loyalty, which is at an all-time high for Bravo," said Frances Berwick, president Bravo & Oxygen Media. "This diversified new lineup, which includes two scripted series and our first 'real-time' docuseries, will satisfy fans and also bring in new affluent viewers."
Bravo also has several digital initiatives for the year, including "Select a Scene," "Mobile Pass" and the continuation of "Social Commercials." The cable network also plans to bring back the Real Housewives Awards for the second year.