Well, Bravo fans, your heads are about to spin (because mine is!) At this year's upfront presentation, we not only announced new series pick-ups, but, yes, we're developing some scripted series. Check out the descriptions of all of our new shows below:
AMERICAN ARTIST (working title)
Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker and her production company, Pretty Matches, will team with the Emmy-nominated Magical Elves ("Top Chef," "Project Runway") and Eli Holzman, to produce "American Artist" (wt), an hour long creative competition series among contemporary artists. "American Artist" will bring together twelve aspiring artists to compete for a gallery show, a cash prize and a sponsored national tour. In each episode, contestants will create unique works of art highlighting art's role in everyday life, while they compete and create in a range of disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography and industrial design (to name a few). In working beyond their preferred mediums, artists will have to adapt quickly to changes in order to succeed. Completed works of art will be appraised by a panel of top art world figures including fellow artists, gallerists, collectors, curators and critics. The finalists' work will be showcased in a nation-wide museum tour. "American Artist" is produced by Magical Elves and Pretty Matches for Bravo. Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson and Eli Holzman serve as executive producers.
DESIGN SIXX (working title)
Husband and wife design team Cortney and Robert Novogratz have made it their business to seek out abandoned buildings across Manhattan. Their company, Sixx Design, has established an international reputation by taking those buildings and transforming them into multi-million dollar living spaces. But the Novogratz's are anything but your typical house-flippers. In addition to living in each of the homes they flip, the couple brings along their six children all under the age of 11 and Cortney is pregnant with a seventh child on the way. Life is chaotic for the family, but from chaos comes clarity with Cortney and Robert and their design team. "Design Sixx" (wt) is produced by Left/Right for Bravo. Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver serve as executive producers.
KELL ON EARTH (Working Title)
Kelly Cutrone has been called one of the "coolest, scariest and New York-iest people ever" and, judging from her frank demeanor and fashion world credibility, it's easy to see why. Bravo takes a no-holds-barred look into the life of one of America's most legitimate tastemakers as she balances running her wildly successful fashion PR company, People's Revolution, with being a single mother and one of New York's most notable women about town. "Kell on Earth" (wt) is produced by the Emmy-nominated Magical Elves for Bravo. Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Kelly Cutrone serve as executive producers.
LAUNCH MY LINE
"Launch My Line," (previously announced as "Celebrity Sew-Off") Bravo's newest fashion competition series, features 10 established fashion designers paired with pop culture notables, who are highly regarded in their own field of expertise, but have always dreamed of having their own line. From stylists, music producers, event planners to CEOs and choreographers, the notables will work with the established designers to bring their vision to life and create a fashion line. In the end, one team will be declared the winner and the notable will win a chance to launch their own fashion line. Acclaimed designers, twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 join "Launch My Line" as hosts, and fashion notables Stefani Greenfield and Lisa Kline will serve as judges. "Launch My Line" is produced by Lake Paradise Entertainment for Bravo. Holly M. Wofford ("Survivor," "Shear Genius" and "Supernanny") and Viki Cacciatore ("Survivor") serve as executive producers.
ERIC B. (Working Title)
Demi Moore says he is a "magician," Courtney Cox loves him, and he fields calls from Governor Schwarzenegger's office. Vivacious and wildly creative, Eric Buterbaugh is the florist of choice for celebrities, power brokers and anyone else compelled to have one of the world's most exclusive floral designers conceptualizing and executing the look of their special events. From designing Tobey and Jen Maguire and Moore and Kutcher's weddings, to working with clients that range from Gwen Stefani to the Duchess of York, Buterbaugh knows how to do a party just right – whether it's planning it or attending it. Bravo takes viewers inside the creative process and the day-to-day life of Buterbaugh and his top-notch staff as he endeavors to make the world a more beautiful place, one blossom at a time. "Eric B." (working title) is produced by Katalyst Media for Bravo. Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg, Rod Aissa and Karey Burke serve as executive producers.
JACKIE'S GYM TAKEOVER
She's used to completely making over people's bodies and minds – now Jackie Warner is making over businesses. As a fitness expert, gym owner and entrepreneur Warner will use her experience to whip struggling gyms back into shape. Each week, Warner will help a gym owner turn their failing business into a well-oiled machine, giving the entire place a face lift – from faulty equipment to lame classes, bad marketing plans, outdated decor and ineffective trainers – she will cut the fat and pump up these gyms before they burn out. "Jackie Gym Takeover" is produced by Shed Media U.S. for Bravo. Nick Emmerson, Jennifer O’Connell, Yann deBonne and Jackie Warner serve as executive producers.
LAURA BENNETT (Working Title)
Her trademark red hair is never out of place and her lipstick is always perfect. From the looks of the perennially put together Laura Bennett, one would never know what insanity brews in her downtown loft filled with a husband, a band of misbehaving pets, and a small army of children under the age of 12. Keeping track of six kids, five of them boys, is nearly impossible so Bennett does the best she can – even if that means sometimes losing track of her children. This hilarious docu-series follows Bennett, as she juggles life as a chic fashion designer and loving mother, where order is everything, but chaos is inevitable. "Laura Bennett" (wt) is produced by Goodbye Pictures for Bravo. Rich Bye serves as executive producer.
Secret Life of Supermodels
Whether they're jet-setting across the country, galloping down a catwalk or posing for the latest issue of Vogue, supermodels always appear to be leading glamorous, aspirational lives. But behind the cool veneer of those picture perfect looks, and beyond the fantastic stories we read and hear, supermodels aren't that different from everyone else. Even the world's most beautiful women have unusual passions, complicated relationships and every day problems. "Secret Lives of Supermodels" is a docu-series featuring world renowned supermodels Carol Alt, Maggie Rizer, Frederique Van Der Wal, Mariel Hemingway, Irina Pantaeva and Patricia Velasquez as this group of close friends comes together to deal with work and relationships outside of the modeling world. Viewers will see how these women use their celebrity, intellect, and influence to conquer everything from love and motherhood to business and charity work, and document the organic friendships that have grown as they've worked together over the years. "Secret Life of Supermodels" is produced by Stick Figure Productions and Bayonne Entertainment for Bravo. Steven Cantor, Daniel Laikind, Terry Clark and Rob Lee serve as executive producers.
For generations, various social cliques have tried to rise to the forefront of New York City's high society. While the parties, styles, drinks and venues may change, the goals of these groups always remain the same – to get to the top and stay there. Bravo's newest docu-series, "Social Heights," follows a close group of Manhattan friends as they try to stake their claim to social prominence. It will capture all the tension, drama and politics inherent to life among New York's social elite, and viewers will get to know all the prominent players, young and old, as our characters navigate the social landscape to try and find a place among Manhattan's upper crust. Some will climb, some will fall and others will be pushed off – but in the end, they all will learn what it's like to try and make it to the heights of New York society. "Social Heights" is produced by ABC Media Productions and Stick Figure Productions for Bravo. Steven Cantor, Daniel Laikind and Terry Clark serve as executive producers.
Bravo also announced its first foray into the scripted genre with two development deals: From Laurence Andries (Six Feet Under, Alias) and executive producers Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy for Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl), comes Blueprint, a serialized dramedy following the lives of two best friends — one straight, one gay — who own New York's hottest architecture and interior design firm.
From Jonathan Prince (The Cleaner, Cane and the Emmy winning NBC series American Dreams) and Alana Sanko (Murphy Brown, and award-winning children's television including Just for Kicks and DragonTales) comes 30 Under 30. The series centers around young, influential up-and-comers who have earned a coveted spot on an annual "30 Under 30" list. The series follows these characters – among them a sexy young chef, a gossip blogger, an avant garde artist and a high end real estate agent – after being honored at a big event in New York. These hot and talented young professionals are all over the New York social scene living dynamic, glamorous, and sometimes scandalous lives, which cleverly intersect and collide.
Um, so, yeah. What shows are you most excited to watch?
- Monica A. Reyhani