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Bravo Announces More Series, Plus Andy Cohen Interview

Posted by ImaJustSaying on April 7, 2011


 

Andy Cohen gave an interview a few days after Bravo’s upfront, where they announced new programming in development.   Additionally,  Andy has recently has been promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president of original programming and development for his efforts.  Below are a few excerpts:

One of the new shows that intrigued me was ‘The Therapists.’ How are you going to show their clients … how is that going to work?
Andy Cohen: Well, this is amazing. They’re going to open up not only their lives at home, but what goes on in their office with clients. And I think that’s a phenomenal … you’ve never seen it on an unscripted show before. And I think some of the therapy that’s going on on ‘Bethenny Ever After’ is some of the most real, and raw, and poignant that I’ve seen in an unscripted show. And you know, it’s kind of an amazing journey that she’s on, and I think her therapist is great. And so that’s an example where it works with a client.

Because Jeff Lewis has a new show, ‘Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis’, does it mean that ‘Flipping Out’ is on hiatus?
No, ‘Flipping Out’ is in production right now.

Obviously Jeff is a pretty honest guy. What are you looking for in that new show?
Oh, it’s great. It will wind up being the realest makeover show on TV Because it’s no B.S. I mean, we shot a pilot already, and Jeff and the people whose home he was making over hated each other. He called them pigs. And it’s hilarious. And it’s just how he deals. It’s how he kind of interacts with people.

What is the status of ‘Millionaire Matchmaker?’
‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ is a very important part of what we do. And we hope to be working with Patty for many, many years to come. All this means is that we love Laurie Zaslow [of the new show ‘Project Soulmate’], who is a great matchmaker on the east coast. She has a different philosophy than Patty, and the show will be different, and it’s its own thing.

Any truth to the rumors that were going around that Patty, especially this year, had become a little more difficult to work with, or there was some tension?
You know, I think it’s just standard … when shows are really successful and have big success, then people love to start speculating.

You told a reporter the other day that you didn’t see ‘Housewives’ going into any new cities, but we’ve heard a rumor that there might be a Toronto series.
You know what, I don’t know if that’s a license deal. I don’t know what that is. But that was the first I had heard of it too.

Are you sticking to your thought that new cities aren’t in the cards for the ‘Housewives?
Um, I mean, you know, look, I mean, look, never say never, but I think we’re really good right now.

Is DC going to get picked up for another season?
You know what, we have not made any announcements and we haven’t really gotten into it.

Are some of the incidents that we’ve heard this year with the Jersey ‘Housewives,’ the arrest of Joe and with Caroline’s sons down in the Bahamas, was that part of the shooting of this coming season?
Mmm-hmmm. You have to wait and see, my friend.

When you say that, there’s definitely an assumption there that it’s going to be in there.
Well, I don’t know. I mean, you know, look, we typically don’t comment about shows that are in production, I’ll tell you that. So it just doesn’t, it’s all speculation. Eventually the show’s going to come out and then that’s the time that we’re really going to want to talk about it. [Laughs]

Are you surprised after a particularly tumultuous season that almost all the cast of a ‘Housewives’ show come back? And what do you think is their motivation to come back?
I think for some of them, they have other businesses that they want to launch, or there are other things that come along with being a Housewife that they enjoy, like fame and being, you know. I think a lot of them have charities they’re involved with that receive a tremendous amount of publicity as a result of this show. Some of them are working on books, some of them have clothing lines, so I think there are ulterior motives for all of them in various ways.

OK, let’s talk about ‘Watch What Happens Live.’ How have things changed for you since the show started, now that you’re basically kind of in that same realm of Bravo-lebrity, as you guys call it, as everybody else on the station?
You know, weirdly, it’s funny. It hasn’t changed within Bravo at all. I’m still doing what I do. I think for new people who come in, it’s funny for them when I show up at a meeting and they’re like, wait, this is a sales meeting, or this is a marketing meeting, or this is whatever, and wow, Andy’s at this meeting? It’s like, yep, this is what I do. So for everybody that I’ve worked with for years and years, it may get a little more surreal, and it’s kind of amusing. But in terms of my day job, it just means I’m kind of pulled from more directions. But otherwise, I’m still watching rough cuts of every show and doing notes on them. In a million different ways, I’m still involved.

Did you think that you’d be celebrating 100 episodes? Or some sort of milestone?
No way. Look, I didn’t think we’d have done it 100 times, I didn’t think that we would have beaten the competition we’ve beaten, I didn’t think that we would’ve moved to 11:00, I didn’t think we’d be on twice a week, I didn’t think we would have gotten the guests that we’ve gotten. So no, no. We were doing this as a 12-episode experiment

What was the most shocking guest that you got?
When Levi Johnston was on Skype once and a viewer asked if he would ever pose nude, and then he said “for the right price.” And then the next day started a bidding war over him posing nude. I think that was kind of amazing. And I think it was a live TV moment when Jerry Seinfeld was sitting across from me, telling me about his disdain for the Housewives. And I think that was kind of hilarious, actually. At first, I was sitting there thinking, oh my God, I have to be a gracious host, but you know, as the guy who’s in charge of programming and responsible for the show, I can’t let him offend this thing that I feel great about. And so I think finally once I started standing up for myself and telling him he needed to be drinking alcohol instead of coffee, and this wasn’t fun, I think that’s when I started having fun.

A week after announcing a slew of 11 new series (and five returning ones), Bravo continues to build up its programming with the announcement via press release on Wednesday of eight new series, including its venture into the scripted arena with “Face Down.”  Below is the press release as written with descriptions of the shows in production:

Bravo Media Announces Aggressive Development Slate With Eight New Series, Including a Scripted Project With Lionsgate

NEW YORK – April 6, 2011 – One week after announcing the pick up of an unprecedented 11 new series and five returning series, Bravo Media continues its momentum with the announcement of eight new series in development, including one scripted project. These new projects will broaden the networks already robust programming line up. For more information, visit http://www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.

“Our upcoming development slate builds on Bravo’s commitment to develop a wide variety of programming that reflects the network’s pop culture brand and showcases fascinating personalities who are experts at what they do,” stated Eli Lehrer, Vice President of Development for Bravo. “Whether it’s working in the high-end fashion industry or working on Wall Street, each of these shows portray exciting new characters and offer a glimpse into a world that will resonate with our audience.”

BRAVO SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT

“Face Down” (Scripted)

Produced by Lionsgate with Liz Sagal and Stephen Kay as creators and Co-Executive Producers

“Face Down” follows a charming and irresistibly flawed make-up artist as he navigates through a world of dodgy politicians, demanding stars, and privileged socialites, while dealing with a complicated ex-wife, wildly eccentric parents and a long overdue nervous breakdown. He’s the last person his clients see before they face the masses and is privy to all of those not-so-pretty moments just before show time where the masks drop and the truth sits glaringly in front of them. This series explores how people reconcile between who they really are and who they want to be, providing a rare view of what’s really behind those masks we all wear.

“The Annabel Tollman Project” (working title)

Produced by Madwood Entertainment with Michael Flutie as Executive Producer

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the life of former Interview Magazine Fashion Director turned fashion journalist and celebrity stylist Annabel Tollman as she styles some of the hottest celebs on the planet. From Scarlett Johannson and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen to Mariah Carey and Jessica Simpson, Annabel’s client roster includes some of the most photographed and trend-setting women in the world and it’s her job to make sure they look their best at all times.

“Untitled Decades Project”

Produced by True Entertainment with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Matt Hanna as Executive Producers

The cavernous closets of A-List actresses, models, socialites and royalty hold millions of dollars worth of couture- and there are only two guys in the world with access to those treasures. Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos operate Decades and decadestwo.1, the world’s premiere modern and vintage couture boutiques. From their headquarters in Beverly Hills, they sell previously owned couture at cutthroat prices and split the proceeds 50/50 with their wealthy consignors. Every piece goes on an incredible journey, but only if Cameron and Christos can tear it away from the woman who wore it first. The world of vintage fashion is a minefield, but it can also be a gold mine if you’ve got the right touch.

“Gallery Girls”

Produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz as Executive Producers

Gallery Girls is a docu-series following the lives of 6 young, 20-something women that work in New York City’s hippest art galleries. By day they juggle the stresses of their demanding bosses, maneuver through the complicated world they find themselves in and struggle to figure out how to get ahead in a business with so few opportunities to rise up the ranks. By night they are out at the hippest clubs, bars and art scene functions as they juggle their personal friendships, romantic relationships and art world acquaintances. For all these girls, their love for NYC is unwavering but their footing in the art world is anything but solid. Is this what they really want? Will they be able to survive in this business?

“Jason of Beverly Hills”

Produced by Authentic Entertainment with Lauren Lexton and Tom Rogan serving as Executive Producers

Cartier, Tiffany’s, Harry Winston – that’s old school. When today’s biggest stars need big-ticket jewelry, they go to Jason Arasheben, Beverly Hills top custom jewler. What began as a dream on the campus of UCLA has grown into the city’s premiere high-end jewelry boutique, a $20,000,000-a-year business. This docu-series follows Jason and his team as they cater to trendsetters who don’t mind spending six figures on a diamond-covered Hot Wheels car or a syringe-shaped ring filled with rubies. When money is no object, if a client can dream it – Jason and his team can drip it in diamonds.

“The Kristoffer Winters Project” (working title)

Produced by Shed Media with Nick Emmerson, Jennifer O’Connell, Alex Demyanenko and Sean Rankine serving as Executive Producers

To call him a house-flipper doesn’t quite do him justice. Kristoffer Winters takes $3 million houses and turns them into $8 million homes. The houses he “flips” are generally quite impressive to begin with, but when Winters is finished, they are truly magnificent. This new docu-series follows Winters as he makes these astonishing transformations from start to finish.

“Women of Wall Street”

Produced by Renegade 83 with David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Diane Warshay serving as Executive Producers

The financial sector is often considered “a man’s world”, but there is a strong group of women who have not only made inroads to the boardrooms of Wall Street, they’ve done it on their own terms. This docu-series follows the daily lives of five beautiful, successful, and ambitious women who deal in millions in the marketplace, invest in new businesses, and hang with billionaires, and at the end of the day all come together at high-end watering holes for some martinis to swap war stories. Wall Street’s “Boy’s Club’ has some fierce competition.

“The Wedding Planner”(working title)

Produced by SuperDelicious with Cara Tapper, Joanna Vernetti and Adam Cohen serving as Executive Producers

Forget everything you know about weddings and make way for the radical, outrageous and fantastically hip Kristin Banta. She’s the larger than life wedding planner who’s out-of-the-box style is revolutionizing the way couples look at their special day. No matter how big or small the budget, Kristin and her zany crew are taking risks, dumping every old school tradition and replacing them w/ unexpected elements that bring out the bride and groom, making their wedding all about them…whether they’re ready for it or not. She’s planning weddings like you’ve never seen, and creating moments you’ll never forget.

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