March 28, 2012 12:21pm PT by Jethro Nededog
Bravo Announces 7 New Series in Development; Vogue's Andre Leon Talley Returns to TV
Bravo has announced that it is adding seven projects to its development slate, expanding its lifestyle programming with series focusing on fashion, real estate, entrepreneurship and relationships.
Most notably, Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley could make his return to reality TV after leaving The CW’s America's Next Top Model. He will usher four emerging fashion-design teams in creating, showing and selling a collection on the now-titled Fashion Stories of NYC.
Another series that stands out as a departure for Bravo focuses on Orange County doctors who make house calls for their wealthy patients. Under the working title MD: OC, the show, says Bravo, is a “real life Royal Pains,” referring to the USA series set in the Hamptons.
“Bravo is focused on developing and launching breakthrough programming in diverse genres and formats and teaming up with big-name talent who are experts in their field,” Bravo development vp Eli Lehrer says. “This development slate embraces the network’s pop-culture brand and allows us to explore some new and exciting worlds for our affluent and engaged audience.”
Here are the series in development, according to Bravo’s official release.
“10 Things That Make Me Happy” (working title)
Produced by Authentic Entertainment, with Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and Eddie Saenz as executive producers
Whether it’s a family heirloom or the perfect vintage T-shirt, we all own things that have a special place in our heart. The show gets up close and personal with three different celebrities as they share their 10 all-time favorite things. During each episode, the celebrities will explain why each item means so much to them as well as give viewers an intimate look inside their lives, homes and personal style.
“Alumni Project” (working title)
Produced by Left/Right, with Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Anneka Jones and Angie Day as executive producers
Viewers will meet graduates of some of the best high schools in the country… 15 years after the fact. Though their school days are in the past, the competition, the cliques, the insecurities and the longstanding grudges are as true now as they were then. These driven and successful alumni may have families and careers of their own now, but the friendships, rivalries and love affairs prove some things never change.
“Fashion Stories of NYC” (working title)
Produced by Hud:sun Media, with Michael Rourke and Mioshi Hill as executive producers
We follow four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers, all under the watchful eye of fashion icon Andre Leon Talley. The mission to “create, show and sell” is clear for emerging designers striving to build a business in New York City, which remains the heart of the fashion industry.
“Female Entrepreneur Project” (working title)
Produced by Embassy Row and Entrée Media, with Michael Davies, Shauna Minoprio, Pattie Sellers and Sue Callaway as executive producers
From the co-founders of Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business ranking comes a competition project that breaks the mold of traditional business shows and celebrates the fact that women are leading the charge to build innovative and inspiring companies. Viewers get to delve into the lives and minds of successful female entrepreneurs and watch some of the biggest names in Corporate America help them shatter through the glass ceiling.
“Property Envy” (working title)
Produced by World of Wonder, with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell as executive producers
For all those people who attend open houses with no real intention of buying, this studio-based talk show takes us inside unusual private homes, both on and off the market. Each week our esteemed design and real estate panelists will count down the top homes and debate the merits of each, all culminating in choosing the property our panel envies most.
“Sex and the Kitchen” (working title)
Produced by Brownstone Entertainment, with Drew Brown and Bob Gillan as executive producers
This docu-series follows a group of single, successful and beautiful women connected to the restaurant and food industry in Los Angeles as they juggle a world where business always mixes with pleasure.
“MD: OC” (working title)
Produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions, with Gay Rosenthal, Paul Barrosse, Amy Shpall and Jonathan Glick as executive producers.
When the wealthy elite of Orange County need medical attention, there is only one place to turn… their cell phones. This version of real life “Royal Pains” follows a group of doctors whose business caters to the rich through house calls. Whether it’s stitching up a patient after a surfing accident or racing across town to give a housewife a last-minute Botox injection before a social event, these doctors see and handle it all.
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