Bravo made some formal announcements today. Somethings we knew or simply just expected, and some is new stuff. Let’s take a look at them.
The Returning Shows
Joining the previously announced returns of the critically acclaimed scripted series “Imposters” and “Odd Mom Out” as well as the Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef” and the Emmy nominated “Million Dollar Listing New York,” the network confirms new season orders for some of its most talked about series. Summer premieres will include “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” and “Shahs of Sunset,” and coming later are new seasons of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” “Flipping Out,” “Don’t Be Tardy,” “Married to Medicine,” “Below Deck,” “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “The Real Housewives of Dallas,” Emmy Award-Winning “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” “Summer House” and “Vanderpump Rules.”
There are only a few things to mention here. First of all, if you didn’t watch season one of Imposters, you missed a GREAT show. The finale fell apart for some of us, but I cannot be more excited for a Season Two. Find this show On Demand or by any means necessary.
I cannot believe that anyone watched Summer House. According to BravoWhore.com, my go to site for Bravo ratings and friend of this site, the show averaged 641,400 views. And it declined from beginning to end. Why??? Ditto RHOD who had an average of 892,364 views according to BravoWhore. I always forget Married to Medicine exists. It averaged right at a million viewers in Season 4. Good news for M2M fans, I have a really good recapper for the next season who has all sorts of connections to the show. I still won’t watch, but I think fans will love the new writer.
The New Shows
“Bethenny and Fredrik Property Project” (Working Title)
Produced by Leftfield Pictures and B Real Productions with Brent Montgomery, Bethenny Frankel, David George, Jordana Hochman, Will Nothacker, Jason Hollis, and Fredrik Eklund serving as Executive Producers.
This new series follows two fan favorite powerhouses, Bethenny Frankel and Fredrik Eklund, as they come together in their new venture as real estate moguls and business partners. Viewers will watch as they tackle the ups and downs of scouting, buying and designing multimillion-dollar properties. The series shows a side of Bethenny and Fredrik, often through their humorous dynamic, that fans have never seen before as they make big flipping gambles in the hopes of even bigger payouts.
I don’t get it.
How does Fredrik have time for this? Why would a guy who is making multi-million dollar sales every day, and already has a show about that suddenly become a house flipper. It’s like Anthony Bourdain deciding to do a show about being a brunch chef at the Four Seasons with Zoila from flipping out. Does Bethenny even have time for this? It’s not that I hate the concept. I will surely tune in to watch. But it just seems odd to me. And these two will not remain friends after this. I am telling you now.
“Sell it Like Serhant”
Produced by World of Wonder with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Danielle King serving as Executive Producers along with Ryan Serhant and Rob Bola as Co-Executive Producers.
It doesn’t matter what you’re selling–if you know your client and your product, a good salesman can sell anything to anyone. No one exemplifies this better than the leader of one of the top real estate teams in the U.S., Ryan Serhant (“Million Dollar Listing New York”). In this new series, Ryan puts his sales skills to the ultimate test when he answers the call of struggling sales representatives, desperate for his expertise. While Ryan learns the tricks of a particular trade, he will also give under-performing employees a head-to-toe business overhaul and turn them into sales machines.
So basically, Ryan is going to mentor salespeople in a variety of wacky fields and help them with their marketing plan. Sounds like a half hour show. I hate half hour shows. I’m fine with funny Ryan on MDLNY and not so sure I need more of it. Time slot will be important here.
Produced by Haymaker Productions with Aaron Rothman, Irad Eyal, Kate Fisher and Michael Meinecke serving as Executive Producers. Sarah Steinfeld serves as Co-Executive Producer.
This new series follows Charleston’s most eligible and loveable singleton, Shep Rose, as he ventures to various cities across the country in the hopes of finding true love and a committed relationship. Shep is a complicated bachelor, and the right match will have to effortlessly fit into his particular lifestyle which ranges from black tie galas to surfing with him in Costa Rica. As Shep leaves Charleston to look for “the one,” he calls upon his friends in various cities from New York to LA to help set him up with women in hopes that they are a perfect match.
This one I know a bit about. Bravo is having a huge struggle with filming permits for this show. Shep lives on Isle of Palms and Bravo is trying to get filming permits. Last I heard it is not going well. The city council was divided over the issue and the ninth person on the council was unable to attend the first vote because he’s a CPA and the vote was on tax day. They were supposed to revisit the vote this past Tuesday and I haven’t checked with my source on how that went. Here is the situation, IOP is desperately looking for ways to bring more revenue to the town, but they HATE Southern Charm. The four female council members all voted AGAINST allowing filming and the four men (including the mayor) in attendance, voted for it. The ninth member is male. That coupled with the fact that Bravo agreed to drop the request to film on the beach and limit filming to Shep’s place (which is on the beach) and another venue or two. I predict they probably got their permits and IOP got a revenue increase. IOP is my favorite place in the world and I wish they would stop publicizing it. It’s already been ruined by Wild Dunes.
I think Shep has been filming some of this already on his drunken world tour he has been on. It’s Bravo’s version of The Bachelor. And we all know there is no ring or long-term relationship at the end. That said, I am in. I like anything with travel and screwing random people while traveling.
“Southern Charm New Orleans”
Produced by InventTV and Vainglorious Productions with Michaline Babich, Whitney Sudler-Smith, Tim Maloney, Ashley McFarlin Buie and Sergio Alfaro serving as Executive Producers.
The popular franchise heads to The Big Easy for “Southern Charm New Orleans,” offering viewers an exclusive glimpse into the sophisticated Creole culture of NOLA. Hidden away from the beads and beats of Bourbon Street is an exclusive community filled with wealth, legacy and tradition. Although the prestige in this town is plentiful, everything that glitters isn’t gold, and underneath brews a multitude of shocking secrets that could destroy the foundation of long-standing friendships. In a city where lineage and status are everything, how far will this ambitious group go to redefine their legacy and secure their spot at the top of this esteemed circle?
First of all, Whitney is a producer. I am sort of softening on Whitney, but I can’t help but think about this debacle. I promise you want to click that link. Sort of.
The other thing I know about this show is that it has been in the works FOR YEARS. I got information on casting this show a long, long, long, time ago. Filming happened a long, long, time ago. I don’t know if they scrapped all that and started over or what happened. I remember there were issues with casting and that they brought in some people who aren’t really from NOLA. I was excited about it when I first heard about it. But the more I heard the worse it sounded. There is a reason this has taken so long and the reasons are not things that improve a show. I’m in for an episode or two.
“Love Italian Style” (working title)
Produced by Asylum Entertainment with Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner, James Macnab, Jacqui Pitman, Omid Kahangi, and Grace Lee serving as Executive Producers.
There’s a saying: “To live your best life, go where you are most celebrated.” For these African-American women, that place is Italy. In this series, relationship expert Diann Valentine takes five beautiful, eligible bachelorettes who can’t find a good American man, all the way to Italy, aka “Mecca,” where she breaks them down and builds them back up to be open to love. Sounds as sweet as gelato, but it’s not all gondola rides and delicious wine for these single ladies, who live under one roof in a decadent Roman villa, potentially vying for the same men and keeping one side eye on the ultimate prize: a hot Italian husband.
Set in Rome? Women fighting over hot Eyetalian men? In Rome? While eating Eyetalian food? Sì, grazie! I will love this show and none of you fucktards will watch it and it will go the way of Tour Group. I still hate you all for not watching Tour Group. It was everything.
“A Night With My Ex”
Produced by Twofour America with Melanie Leach, Andrew Mackenzie, Bernie Schaeffer, David Eilenberg and Derek W. Wan serving as Executive Producers.
What would you do if you had the chance to spend an entire night with your ex? Would you seek answers, try to gain closure, or make a play to get back together? For the first time since their split, ex-couples will be brought together for one night in a camera-rigged apartment with no crew. What they do or say during their night is completely up to them, but one thing is for sure: it will be surprising, emotionally raw, and in many cases, totally hilarious.
What would I do? In many cases I would try to kill them while they slept. Unless someone does that, I ain’t interested.
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?