Bravo orders more 'Housewives,' 'Chef'

Greenlights 'Housewives' series set in Washington, D.C.

More housewives are moving in to Bravo.

The network has given a series order to "The Real Housewives of D.C." and a second-season order to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Both are set to premiere next year, with production under way.

Additionally, Bravo said Monday that it has picked up "Top Chef" for a seventh season, with open calls slated to begin Oct. 18, and that it has locked in Nov. 16 as a launch date for another unscripted cooking series, "Chef Academy."

"D.C." was announced as in development; Washington publications have speculated that cast members will include Lisa Wernick Spies, wife of Republican fundraiser Charlie Spies, and Lynda Erkiletian, president of a Washington modeling agency. Bravo would not confirm castings.

As for "New Jersey," a pickup has been expected. The show's freshman season ranks as the highest-rated "Housewives" season average to date, pulling in 2.6 million total viewers and 1.9 million in the adults 18-49 demographic. The current "Atlanta" season is pulling strong numbers, however, and could take that title.

With "D.C," Bravo will have five "Housewives" series and have shot or committed to a dozen seasons across the franchise.

"D.C." is produced by Half Yard Prods., with Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher executive producing.
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