Yesterday, at a craft service table on a soundstage in LA, Bravo's Torrey Bell reported to me that an Andy's Blog reader asked him at a party if I actually DO anything at Bravo but write this blog. I wish it was the first time I'd heard this question, but I am going to break some big news today. I am here to report that I actually do have a day job at Bravo. I am SVP of Production and Programming at this joint and that actually engages me way more than this crafty little blog does. So what could I possibly do all day, you wonder?
I watch rough cuts of most every show that we make for the channel. Producers send us three rough cuts (sometimes more) of each episode of every show that we watch and comment on before it hits the air. While watching, I write editorial notes about what I think about the cuts. The notes consist of things I didn't understand ("What did Kayne mutter when he left the room?") to stuff that doesn't make sense ("Why are Jo and Slade doing...."). And on and on. You can't complain about watching TV shows, but sometimes it can be overwhelming.
This weekend I watched "Real Housewives" episodes 201 v2 and 202 v1, "Top Chef" 203 v3, and '"Runway" 314 v2. I talk to Bravo lawyers about show rules and talent deals and scary stuff. I talk to our ad sales people about product integrations within shows and our great, superior sponsors. I talk to scheduling about when our shows will air and they tell us when we need to have them ready. The marketing team tells us how they will sell our shows and the PR ladies do, too. (For some reason everyone in PR at Bravo is a lady.)
Also there is casting and development and preproduction and brainstorming and lots of talent issues and the more I write at this odd hour the more I think I should not start breaking down my job on this blog. And there are amazing executives in the Bravo programming department who are working their asses off and who all think I have no attention span but they know that if they wave a glitter stick in my face or talk in a serious voice I will focus hard on them. They don't read my blog though. I am going to bet that Shari Levine, Christian Barcellos, and Dave Serwatka will never read their names here. And I am going to say there's a 50/50 chance that Cori Abraham does. That's the A-team. And they're all far too busy to read this blog!
This literary cupcake, Andy's Blog, is but a creative novelty in the patchwork that is my life. I don't really know what that means, but I like the way it sounds. The blog came to life when I was writing descriptive tomes to Bravo's Lauren, Frances, and Jerry from the set of "Battle of the Network Reality Stars." Lauren was amused and asked me to write something for Bravotv.com. I have been writing the blog since January 2 of this year. It is usually fun to write and sometimes a pain in the ass to wake up and wonder what to write about. I usually write very late at night in bed or early in the morning on the stairmaster at Equinox on Greenwich Ave. Almost always written on my Blackberry, this blog is a product of my thumbs. Sometimes I write it in a cab on the way to work. I love writing it on airplanes. Often I have a brainwave getting my morning coffee at the Bonsignour on Jane Street and have to stop, drop, and roll until I write this flipping blog. Caffeine is my drug of choice for writing, but I wrote a nifty blog on Xanax. I wonder if you can tell which one that is. (It's not this one.)