11:30am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Paul Adelstein Comedy Among Pair of Bravo Pilot Orders
Bravo is continuing its foray into scripted programming.
The network has greenlit two hourlong scripted pilots — dark comedies My So Called Wife and True Fiction — both from Universal Cable Productions.
Created by Definitely, Maybe writer-director Adam Brooks and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce star Paul Adelstein, My So Called Wife follows Ava, a con-artist who gets men and women to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee they'll never go to the police. But things become complicated when she falls in love with her latest mark, and three of her last victims join together to track her down.
True Fiction, meanwhile, hails from Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban (Saved) and centers on a former best-selling novelist turned college professor who, struggling to come up with her much anticipated follow-up book and desperate for a hit, steals her late student’s manuscript. She debates whether or not to take credit for his work and finally get her career back on track or come forward with a rapidly unraveling truth that is juicier and more scandalous than any work of fiction.
"As Bravo expands in the scripted space, we are committed to exploring worlds and characters that are distinctly different from our established slate," said Bravo's senior vp development Lara Spotts. My So Called Wife and True Fiction take us on wild rides as dramatic as they are funny — with one being a quest to uncover the truth and the other a mission to hide it at all costs.”
Added UCP's executive vp development Dawn Olmstead: "Joining Bravo on their journey into scripted programming with Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has been an amazing experience as we watched the audience connect with characters we love. We are excited to partner once again with Bravo to deliver distinctive and thought-provoking storytelling, this time with the stellar teams of Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban behind True Fiction plus Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein on My So Called Wife."
The announcement comes on the heels of the season two pickup of the network's second scripted comedy, Odd Mom Out. The first, Girlfriends’ Guide, which both Brooks and Dannelly have directed episodes of in season one, is slated to return for a sophomore season later this year.