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BRAVO UPFRONTS: Will They Add Even More Housewives?



*UPDATED JUNE 17th*
Two days ago Bravo jumped into upfront season with both feet and unveiled a gigantic slate filled with original programming. It will include 17 new shows and the return of 18 unscripted series that many have grown to love and despise. As if this was not enough, the execs at Bravo’s Upfront announced three new SCRIPTED series in development. I am not sure how they are going to air so many series but it will be fun to watch them try. This is a long one so just try and stick with me and if you get tired skip down to Breezy’s Recap for everything you need to know. 


New Series to Air on Bravo will Include……..

“The Kandi Factory” – Premieres Tuesday, April 9
Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum songwriter Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” helps 16 aspiring artists jumpstart their dreams of stardom. Burruss gives two protégés with no industry experience the opportunity of a lifetime -- a shot at an original song release and music video produced by The Kandi Factory.

“Newlyweds: The First Year” – Premieres Monday, May 6
From the moment they say “I do” to their one-year anniversary, for the first time ever we see up close, the first year of marriage in “Newlyweds: The First Year.” This groundbreaking series follows four diverse couples coast-to-coast experiencing the daily trials and tribulations of their first 365 days of marriage

“Princesses: Long Island” – Premieres Sunday, June 2
Meet members of the "boomerang generation" - six young women from Great Neck, Long Island who return to their pampered lifestyles in the comfort of their parents’ estates and at the expense of their fathers’ bank accounts. This new docu-series offers a window into their unique family dynamics and personal lives filled with labels, luxury, and love trials.

“Below Deck” - Premieres Monday July 1st @10PM
The upstairs and downstairs worlds collide when this young and single crew, known as “yachties,” live, love and work together onboard a privately owned extravagant yacht. Working and tending to the ever-changing needs of their demanding charter guests is not always smooth sailing.

“Eat, Drink, Love” – Premieres Sunday August 11th @ 9PM
Single, successful, beautiful and connected to the restaurant and food industry in Los Angeles, these ladies take on the traditionally male-dominated industry in their own way as they juggle a world where business always mixes with pleasure.

“Property Envy” – Premieres Tuesday July 9th @ 10PM
The world’s most exclusive, expensive houses are throwing open their doors to a panel of passionate property experts in this new panel talk show that explores the world of luxury real estate, cutting-edge home technology and trendsetting décor. Every week, our property and design-obsessed host and esteemed panelists will present the homes that give them “Property Envy.”

“Taking Atlanta” (working title) – Summer 2013
Atlanta just got even hotter as this group of ambitious young go-getters on the cusp of realizing their dreams work hard, but play even harder. They are shaking up the city’s fashion, music, hospitality and real estate scenes.

City Sisters – Fall 2013
The series follows a group of single, up-and-coming movers and shakers in New York's elite circles of real estate, fashion, and media. These ladies are aggressive in their pursuit of personal and career goals, but in this cutthroat world where egos are high and the drive to succeed is even higher, success can come at a steep cost.

“Extreme Guide to Parenting” – Fall 2013
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.

Thicker Than Water: The Tankards” – Fall 2013
This docu-series follows former professional basketball player turned popular gospel singer/recording artist and minister Ben Tankard, his blended family and their journey in expanding the family fortune. From music-producing to NBA life coaching and motivational speaking, this business-oriented family strives to keep on top of their game, but finds their true passion lies in ministry.

“Courtney Loves Dallas”
Breakout star Courtney Kerr of “Most Eligible Dallas” navigates the lively Texas social scene with her group of sassy, dynamic friends. She’s out to rope herself the perfect southern gentleman, while trying to make a name for herself in the fashion industry, but Courtney quickly finds that taking the bull by the horn isn't as easy as it may sound.

“Divorce Diva” (working title)
When couples go from “I do” to “I don’t,” Vikki Ziegler is who they call to mediate, advise and divide their assets out of court. Why let a judge decide your fate when the Divorce Diva can cut through all the drama to determine who will get what?

“Fashion Queens”
This topical, fashion-based talk show features two of Atlanta’s style elite, celebrity hairstylists Derek J and Miss Lawrence, and New York’s fashion maven and media socialite Bevy Smith. The trendy opinionated trio will cover anything and everything related to the world of fashion and beauty, from haute couture to celebrity style to unusual outfits from around the globe, giving their unique perspective on the trends, hits and misses.

“Southern Charm”
The notoriously closed society of Charleston, South Carolina unlocks the gates of their centuries-old plantation homes for a real-life look at how modern-day Southern aristocracy lives. Get charmed by the social scene which is bound by tradition and ostentation unlike any other culture in America, through a group of the city’s most charismatic gentlemen and their Southern belle equals.

“Two Fit Girls”
It’s crunch time for best friends and business partners Katrina and Karena, the fearless duo behind Toneitup.com. While some entrepreneurs have a business plan, these girls use their "street smarts, not book smarts" to push themselves and their brand to wild extremes.

“Ladies of London” (working title)
Set in the glittering, class-conscious city of London, this new series follows a group of elite British socialites and American expats enjoying the upper crust of the high society world. And while these Brits and Americans all live in the same city, have been Married to Rock stars, dated royalty, are darlings of the paparazzi and enjoy wealth beyond belief, they are still culturally, worlds apart.

“100 Days of Summer”
This young, successful Chicago "it" crowd are working the boardrooms and the bedrooms, eager to make a name for themselves, find love and succeed at any price. With a social circle made up of best friends, former lovers, and current lusts, things are bound to get interesting.

NEW SCRIPTED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT:

“Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce”
Based on the book series by Executive Producer Vicki Iovine, this one hour dramedy follows a best-selling author of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her 40’s in Los Angeles. She starts to side with and take advice more from her divorced friends rather than her married ones and it leads her to some unexpected and life-changing experiences.

“Heiresses”
Based on the upcoming novel from Sara Sheperd this one- hour drama follows one of the most prestigious and wealthy families on the Upper East Side who have built their entire fortune on the business of diamonds. Due to a clause the grandfather placed in his will, only his granddaughters are set to inherit his massive fortune…these are the heiresses. After the death of their cousin, the remaining heiresses try to figure out if the family curse is real or not, and if not, who killed their cousin, and more importantly, which one of them is next on the hit list?

“High and Low”
This period drama takes us through the worlds of 1980’s art, food, and Wall Street through the eyes of rival brothers, from two different mothers, who open a restaurant together, forcing the two estranged families to finally deal with the years of resentment between them. The show focuses on the lives of the people who work at the restaurant, are discovered at the restaurant and the mysterious woman at the center that tears the brothers apart.


NEW UNSCRIPTED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT:

“Ivy League Confidential” (working title)
When money is no object and you want to make sure your child gets accepted into one of the top universities in the world, what else do you do but hire the country’s best college admissions consultants. “Ivy League Confidential”follows a group of four elite college admissions consultants in New York and Los Angeles as they deal with over-the-top, pampered clients (both the parents and the children) that, unfortunately for our counselors, expect nothing but Ivy League results.

“America’s Best Restaurant” (working title)
Modeled after UK hit “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant” and from executive producer Gordon Ramsay, “America’s Best Restaurant” is a new food competition series that travels across the country and tackles the food world from a wholly different direction: the restaurants. Sixteen of the nation’s best restaurants, representing all variety of cuisines, will compete against each other on their own turf to find out who truly provides the best all-around, top-to-bottom restaurant experience and deserves to be crowned as America’s Best Restaurant.

“Rich People’s Problems” (working title)
When the rich and famous of Atlanta have a dispute, they know that only one lawyer will deliver some cold, hard justice: Phaedra Parks of “The Real Housewife of Atlanta.” Whether it’s friends battling over an $8,000 loan or accusations of stolen Chanel handbags or confusion over a prenuptial agreement and whether it entitles you to two or three live-in staff members, the rich certainly have an odd sense of what qualifies as a problem in today’s world, and Phaedra will be there to help them sort it all out.




RETURNING SERIES:

Bravo’s fan favorite series and memorable characters return as the network confirmed new season orders; Inside the Actors Studio returns for season 19. Bravo’s Emmy-Award winning culinary competition series Top Chef will return for season 11, and the daily Watch What Happens Live for season 10. Flipping Out returns for season 7, while Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Real Housewives of New York all return for season 6 on BRAVO. 2013 will see the 5th seasons of Tabatha Takes Over, Top Chef Masters, and Real Housewives of New Jersey, which premieres Sunday June 2nd at 8pm. The network, has also picked up the 4th season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hill, and the 3rd Seasons of Shah’s of Sunset and Real Housewives of Miami. Million Dollar Listing New York premiering May 8th at 10 pm, Chef Robbie and Company which premieres Wednesday, June 5th at 10pm, Vanderpump Rules, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis,” which premieres Thursday, June 6 at 9pm, and Don’t Be Tardy…,” which premieres Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:30pm ET will all enjoy their sophomore seasons on the network.


Breezy’s Recap: Well there are too many shows to generalize, so I am gonna break down my predictions and opinions one by one…..
The Kandi Factory” - was done as a special last year and it is definitely a different take on a singing competition. That being said this is kind of a bold step for Bravo and I think it is going to serve them well. My Prediction we will see every episode

“Newlyweds: The First Year” - I honestly have no interest. I am not sure if they are trying to warn people off marriage or convince them to give it a try, but this seems too much for me. Good Luck to the couples on this show and let’s hope they don’t follow in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. My Prediction we will see every episode but it won’t return once it’s done

“Princesses: Long Island” Wait! There are princesses in Long Island? No just spoiled daddy’s girls. These girls have graduated college and have moved right back in with their Mom and dad in their enormous mansion. This is the bread and butter of Bravo. My prediction is that we will see every episode and possibly a spin off…lol

“Below Deck” will be hot single people who work on a yacht; having sex, getting drunk and getting mad at each other and the guests. My prediction 3 episodes and done

“Eat, Drink, Love” This sounds like a bad spin off of Julia Roberts, Eat, Pray, Love. This is not their best concept, it’s just sounds like hot people that work with food, let the backstabbing, nail-biting, shade throwing commence. My Prediction 4 episodes, and then even the execs will get bored with this one

“Property Envy” - So we get to look at really nice houses most of us will never be able to afford. Hmm I don’t know If I Hate or Love the idea. Oh well, My Prediction is we will see every episode

“Taking Atlanta” - So essentially the real housewives of Atlanta, but this time everyone is single and guys can be the star to. Hot sexy people in Atlanta… boring. My Prediction 3 episodes and done

“City Sisters” will include over stressed, over worked women, who will use the show as a reason to each sleep with each other’s husbands, or promote their business. My prediction 2 episodes and done

“Extreme Guide to Parenting” - Nothing is more fun the watching parents lose their minds when it comes to kids and them doing outrageous things. I am pretty sure this was done on OWN’s Our America with Lisa Ling, and her version was informative. I am sure this will just be chaos. We shall see. My Prediction a we will see every episode

“Thicker Than Water: The Tankards” - Why does this seem like Bravo’s Version of Run’s House + music? Probably because it is, MTV had a lot of success with it and I expect Bravo to as well, even if it is a rip off. My Prediction we will see every episode

Courtney Loves Dallas”…. Really? Ok I’ll admit it, I never watched Most Eligible Dallas, and by the sounds of it, this show won’t thrill me much either. 1 episode can’t kill me. My prediction we will see every episode….much to my disgust

“Divorce Diva” - A divorce mediator keeps divorcing couples out of the courtroom and allowing them both to keep their dignity. I surprisingly like it. But BRAVO change the name… quickly it’s just awful, it sounds like a five year old made it up. My prediction is we will see every episode

“Fashion Queens” I have previewed it and it was BAD. No I am not kidding, this is hard to watch even on a good day, but people like mindless entertainment. My Prediction it will be around for a while…please prove me wrong I’m begging here.

“Southern Charm” is about Old school southern social scene? Well as long as there are some sexy southern gentlemen to keep me interested I’m on board. My prediction 2 episodes and done

“Two Fit Girls” how to turn a website, into a job, into a reality TV show starring best friends. I’m not interested in this at all. My Prediction is 3 episodes and done

“Ladies of London” People can be rich ad still completely different. There is such a thing as status, let’s see who will be on top. I’ll admit I’m intrigued. My Prediction is 4 episodes and done. (But Please Please change the title)

“100 Days of Summer” This circle of friends are rich, powerful and live in chi-town. They break up, make-up, love and kick as I the boardroom. What could possibly go wrong? My prediction is that this will last; Bravo is good at nonsense like this…. We will see every episode

“Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” Girlfriends guide to divorce sounds like a dramatized version of a self help book. It seems like an interesting show that will totally depend on casting. That being said I am excited to see how BRAVO handles this. My Prediction is that it is too soon to tell

“Heiresses” I need to start by saying I love Alloy entertainment and Sara Sheppard author of Pretty Little Liars and the Lying Game. This scripted series sounds like an older less trivial version of PL. The premise is a group of cousins are set to inherit a fortune and everything is fine until one of the cousins die. Now it’s up to the rest of them to figure out if it was an accident or if she was targeted. And if she was targeted who’s next? My Prediction is that it is amazing and I can’t wait to see it.

“High and Low” This is a period drama, which feels like an upscale version of One Tree Hill, which focuses around a restaurant. This could be an interesting drama, although I am not sure why this needs to be a period piece, My Prediction is a that BRAVO will pick it up, they must be real specific with casting

“Ivy League Confidential” (working title) this will definitely be a hit. Teens and Parents alike will clamor to watch a show about the country’s 4 best college admission consultants, I personally can’t wait and I hope that it gets a series order. My Prediction is that it will.

“America’s Best Restaurant” (working title) It is the American version of Ramsay’s Best restaurant which is not exactly original, this is a lot like other popular shows on bravo. My Prediction is that it will get a series order.

“Rich People’s Problems” (working title) Phaedra’s spin off, where she mediates the relationships and minor crises between her friends and other rich public figures, My Prediction is it shouldn’t but it will eventually get picked up…smh


Well that was long and exhausting, and BRAVO is gonna have its hands full. Tell me what you think, do you see anything interesting? What will you be Watching?

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