BRAVO LAUNCHES MOST AGGRESSIVE SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING FOR 2005-06 SEASON
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BRAVO LAUNCHES MOST AGGRESSIVE SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING FOR 2005-06 SEASON
NEW ORIGINAL SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT: "BATTLE OF THE NETWORK REALITY STARS," "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES," "TOP CHEF" AND
"THE DAILY NEWS"
2005 SERIES LAUNCHES: "SPORTS KIDS MOMS & DADS," "HIDDEN HOWIE: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A PUBLIC NUISANCE," "KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST," "SITUATION: COMEDY" AND "BEING BOBBY BROWN"
2005/2006 SPECIALS: "THE MILLION DOLLAR RECIPE," "ULTIMATE SUPER HEROES, ULTIMATE SUPER VIXENS, ULTIMATE SUPER VILLAINS," "THE DAN BAND," "KATHY GRIFFIN IS... NOT NICOLE KIDMAN" AND "THE MOVING IMAGE SALUTE"
"QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY," "CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN," "BLOW OUT," "PROJECT RUNWAY" AND "INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO" RETURN FOR ALL NEW SEASONS WITH SPECIAL EPISODES
NEW YORK - April 26, 2005-Today Bravo announced the channel's most aggressive slate of original programming ever to appear in one season, kicking off with a full summer schedule of original series and specials including "Sports Kids Moms & Dads," "Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Situation: Comedy," "Being Bobby Brown" and "Battle of the Network Reality Stars," among others. Bravo's new series in development truly encompass all areas of popular culture and arts entertainment and invite viewers to "watch what happens" as they go behind the gates of "The Real Housewives"; watch the competition get stirred up during the search for the world's next "Top Chef"; and peek into the newsroom of one of America's largest daily newspapers as they try to make headlines and deadlines in "The Daily News."
"This summer, we're rolling out an incredibly exciting schedule of original series and specials that will appeal to viewers who have an interest in popular culture and arts-based entertainment," said Lauren Zalaznick, President of Bravo. "This is just a sneak peek into what we have in store for viewers as we head into next year. Bravo's original programming slate continues to grow with an increase of 25 percent per year, and with over 30 new series and specials in development and production over the next 18 months, this is our biggest development slate ever."
Beginning in June, Bravo's most popular shows return with extraordinary episodes including a "Queer Eye" makeover of the World Champion Boston Red Sox, "Inside the Actors Studio" James Lipton's exclusive interview with the cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond," and the return of "Blow Out."
Following is a summary of programming and other 2005-06 season news announced today by Bravo:
BRAVO NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS/DEVELOPMENT SLATE
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK REALITY STARS (6 x 1 hour)
Wednesday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m.
See stars like Omarosa and Richard Hatch in the dunk tank, try to navigate a kayak race and run a relay race! And watch as the final two network teams battle it out in the famed "tug of war"! In a homage to the great 70's battle of the biggest stars in network television, Bravo takes some of today's biggest stars - the leading men and women of reality TV - and pits them against each other in a 6-episode tournament taking place at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Simply put, we are updating the format of the much-loved 70's series complete with sweat suit and Speedo-clad reality stars that will be divided into teams based on the networks on which their shows aired. The winning team will get cash and prizes. "Battle of the Network Reality Stars" is being produced for Bravo by IMG.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES (6 x 1 hour)
First Quarter 2006
"The Real Housewives" is a wildly entertaining, larger-than-life look within one of the most affluent gated communities in America. All aspects of the "richer than thou" OC life that prevails among the families of the community will be exposed. We'll follow a mix of families and personalities within this extraordinary, picture perfect contained "set": a bevy of multi-million dollar homes, private clubs, and VIP luxury. From CEOs who make millions and their wives and children who spend it, our program will reflect
the oversized California dream. "The Real Housewives" is produced by Kaufman Films for Bravo.
TOP CHEF (10 x 1 hour)
First Quarter 2006
Bravo launches the search for the world's next top chef. Each week a group of talented chefs, professionally trained and self-taught, will be given a culinary challenge and well known judges will eliminate one contestant each week until a winner is named. The ten-episode, one-hour series capitalizes on the network's knack for finding and fostering top creative talent, while still delivering on the personalities and conflict that make for deliciously fun entertainment.
THE DAILY NEWS (working title) (6 x 1 hour)
Second Quarter 2006
A documentary series set inside the New York Daily News, "The Daily News" is like visiting a tornado. Everyday is a deadline ? 365 days a year! Each episode of "The Daily News" follows 4 - 5 characters, the journalists of the New York Daily News, as they track and pursue New York City's most exciting stories. Against the backdrop of a vicious war with the New York Post and the unrelenting deadlines that are a part of their world, we'll get to know each character as they battle for stories in areas of crime, disaster and celebrities. "The Daily News" is produced for Bravo by Hearst Entertainment, Inc.
BRAVO ORIGINAL SERIES
SPORTS KIDS MOMS & DADS (8 x 1 hours)
Wednesday, June 1 at 10:00 p.m.
Bravo took viewers backstage for "Showbiz Moms & Dads" and then into the dog show arena for "Showdog Moms & Dads" and now we're headed to the rinks, fields, courts, and sidelines of America's aspiring athletes in "Sports Kids Moms & Dads." In this eight-part documentary series, "Sports Kids Moms & Dads" follows families' daily struggles and conflicts as their child athletes struggle to excel in the highly stressful, competitive, "win at all costs" world of sports. The series examines the highs and lows of competition and parental "coaching" and uncovers that Moms and Dads are often more distraught by defeat than their resilient offspring. Despite injuries and setbacks, these young athletes exhibit fierce determination and discipline matched only by the undying passion for their respective sports. "Sports Kids Moms & Dads" is produced for Bravo by World of Wonder.
BEING BOBBY BROWN (8 x ? hour)
Thursday, June 30 at 10:00 p.m.
This much-anticipated, eight episode unscripted series explores the exclusive world of the Grammy-winning performer, Bobby Brown. It's his prerogative and his take on his life, family, music, and motivations. The series, shot documentary-style, also allows fans and critics alike to see the real Bobby Brown - as a family man and husband, apart from the headline scandals and allegations that have plagued, and at times overshadowed, the successful musician's career. The series also features Brown's wife, pop superstar Whitney Houston and the rest of his immediate and extended family and offers an opportunity for viewers to see the lives of these icons from the inside. The series will also demystify Brown's relationships with Houston; their daughter, Bobbi Kristina; his children from previous relationships, La Princia and Bobby Jr.; and his brother Tommy, Bobby's personal manager. "Being Bobby Brown" is co-produced by B2 Entertainment and Brownhouze Entertainment for Bravo.
KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST (6 x 1 hours)
Wednesday, July 27 at 10:00 p.m.
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" is a six-episode, one hour unscripted series that takes a hilariously unabashed look at the talented comic's life and surreal celebrity encounters that serve as fodder for her successful stand-up comedy specials and sell-out live performances. Each episode will include a portion of Griffin's stand-up act or public appearance, as well as the behind-the-scenes negotiations and preparations that go into each performance. It's an insider's look at the indignities and encounters that can only happen when one is a well-known and under-appreciated comic doing what it takes to make a living. The series will also feature Griffin's "peeps," who include: her husband, Matt; her assistant, Jessica; her live-in decorator, Mike; her "gays" Dennis and Tony; her overworked public relations team; her parents; her out-of-town in-laws; and a host of others who manage to both help and hinder Griffin's quest for fame. "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" is produced for Bravo by Picture This Television.
SITUATION: COMEDY (8 x 1 hour)
Tuesday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. ? weekly at 9:00 p.m.
From Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") and producing partner Todd Milliner comes "Situation: Comedy." For writers, producers, and television executives, it's a nerve-racking time where ideas are passionately pitched, made, and the next big hits must be found. Yet outside the industry, the painstaking process that goes into making a "Friends" is relatively unknown - until now. "Situation: Comedy," a ten episode series, will bring viewers into the world of television production as the search for the hottest undiscovered writing talent begins. To compete, each candidate must submit a script for a pilot/presentation reel. The pool will be narrowed to five semi-finalists who will be flown to Los Angeles to pitch their ideas to established sitcom producers. From there, two will be chosen to each create pilots based on the script, and both will be followed through casting, set design, rewrites, rehearsals, taping and post-production. As an added bonus, the completed pilots will be screened during the final episode and the viewers will make the executive decision on which, if either, merits attention from a network for a series order or "re-piloting." "Situation: Comedy" is produced for Bravo by Shapiro/Grodner Production and HazyMills Productions.
HIDDEN HOWIE: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A PUBLIC NUISANCE (6 x 1/2 hours)
Thursday, August 18 at 11:00 p.m.
Bravo is pioneering a new genre, as "Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance" is the first series juxtaposing "hidden-camera" reality with scripted comedy. It has been described as "Candid Camera" meets "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The six episodes of this unique hybrid half-hour are based on the actual life of comedian Howie Mandel. "Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance" takes a look inside the comic mind as we see Howie in his "daily life" and how his interactions inspire and inform the process of creating his hidden camera segments for "The Tonight Show." "Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance" has a terrific cast of characters including Julie Warner as Howie's wife, Estelle Harris as Nana and special guest stars Jay Leno, Marlee Matlin, Jillian Barberie, John Mendoza and many more. "Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance" is produced for Bravo by 3 Arts Entertainment.
BRAVO ORIGINALS - RETURNING SERIES
BLOW OUT (6 x 1 hour)
Tuesday, June 7 at 9:00 p.m.
It's more tears, more drama, and more celebrity hair when Jonathan Antin returns for a second installment of the successful Bravo series "Blow Out." Season one chronicled the renowned hairstylist as he laid his reputation on the line to pursue his dream of establishing Jonathan Salon in Beverly Hills. Now with two thriving salons under his belt, season two chronicles Antin as he goes global with the worldwide launch of Jonathan Product ? and the pressure is back on tenfold. As his name is his product ? anything less than the best is unacceptable and tensions build as Antin's product team races to meet deadlines and still meet the talented stylist's towering expectations. "Blow Out" is produced for Bravo by Reveille LLC and Magna Global Entertainment.
QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY (12 x 1 hour)
Tuesday, June 7 at 10:00 p.m.
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's" summer season is big in scope and emotion and kicks off June 7th with the premiere of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox episode featuring players Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek and Doug Mirabelli. Also this summer the Fab 5 take on 2 year-old quintuplets, help a veterinarian plan an ambush wedding for his veterinarian fianc?e and help the tent master of the Big Apple Circus live the traveling life in style. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is produced by Scout Productions for Bravo.
CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN (6 x 2 hours)
Thursday, August 18 at 9:00 p.m.
Filmed before a live audience at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, each episode of "Celebrity Poker Showdown" will feature five celebrities competing against each other for a piece of the Quarter Million Dollar Prize Pool in a game of No Limit Texas Hold'em poker for the charity of their choice. Each week a new crop of stars will take to the table to challenge their peers. The winner from each week's game will go on to compete in the championship final sixth episode. Viewers will have the inside track on the hands the different players are holding via hidden cameras. They will also be able to hear from the eliminated players, who will watch the remainder of their respective matches from the 'Loser's Lounge,' via closed circuit television. This season's players include Rosie O'Donnell, Penny Marshall, Sharon Lawrence, Michael Vartan and Alex Trebek. "Celebrity Poker Showdown" is hosted by Dave Foley ("Will & Grace," "The Kids in the Hall") with expert commentary from poker pro Phil Gordon. "Celebrity Poker Showdown" is produced by Picture This Television for Bravo.
PROJECT RUNWAY (12 hours)
Supermodel Heidi Klum will return as host of the series, which gives aspiring designers a chance to break into the notoriously difficult-to-crack fashion world. "Project Runway" will once again follow 12 up-and-coming designers as they compete weekly on design challenges in front of a panel of top designers, fashion editors, photographers and stylists that will be spearheaded by Heidi Klum. Contestants will be cut on a weekly basis until only a few remain to face-off with debut collections on the runway at New York's Fashion Week in February 2006. "Project Runway" is produced for Bravo by Magical Elves, Miramax Television and Full Picture.
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (20 x 1 hour)
Sundays at 8:00 p.m.
The longest-running Bravo original series returns for a new, twelfth season of exclusive interviews with today's most accomplished stars of film and television. Presented from New York before a live audience, each show features a major artist of impact discussing their work and sharing the secrets of their celebrated achievements. Host James Lipton leads the in-depth showcase with intelligence and insight, taking us through the life and career of each guest while extracting fascinating and entertaining revelations along the way. Audience members also get the chance to ask questions, augmenting the unique interaction and intimacy that can only be found "Inside the Actors Studio." Among the new guests for third quarter 2005 and beyond are the cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond," Michael J. Fox, Sir Elton John, Angelina Jolie and Jodie Foster. "Inside the Actors Studio" is produced for Bravo by In the Moment Productions in association with The Actors Studio.
THE MILLION DOLLAR RECIPE (1 x 2 hours)
Monday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.
"The Million Dollar Recipe" is a fun, character driven, feature documentary on the quirky world of competitive cooking. In the world of competitive cooking, the Pillsbury Bake-Off, with its million-dollar Grand Prize, is as big as the Oscars. So it's only fitting that this year's contest heats up in Hollywood, CA. One hundred mini-kitchens transform a giant ballroom into a kitchen arena, where one hundred finalists cook side by side for the million dollar prize. "The Million Dollar Recipe" will follow several hopeful contestants all the way from their home kitchens to the dramatic 41st Bake-Off Contest. Our characters will ride the emotional roller coaster of the event and test themselves in the heat of battle. The seven main characters range from an accomplished Yale graduate and former Wall Street banker ? a woman -- to a man nearly 7 feet tall who's a master of Kentucky clog dancing. A dedicated housewife sees the Bake-Off as the ideal way to engage in the competition she loves. While a struggling single mom who entered on a whim can almost taste how that million dollars would change her life. "The Million Dollar Recipe" is produced for Bravo by Storyhead Productions.
ULTIMATE SUPER HEROES, ULTIMATE SUPER VIXENS, ULTIMATE SUPER VILLAINS (3 x 1 hour)
May 26, 27 & 28 at 10:00 p.m.
"Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens" is a fun, fast paced special counting-down the biggest, baddest and most iconic, screen heroes, villains and vixens. This three-part special, narrated by Adam West, will use film clips and expert and celebrity interviews to rank the top twenty characters in each category. Choices will be based on the characters' longevity, their iconic pop-culture status, and their bottom-line cool factor. Along the way, we'll meet the superstars who've played these larger-than-life characters, the filmmakers and writers who brought them to life, and the very opinionated celebrity experts who helped us make our picks. Each hour will also be packed with fun sidebars, including: best evil plot to destroy the world, best side-kick, best evil laugh, best hide-out, best gadgets, best alter-ego and more. "Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens" is produced by Prometheus Entertainment for Bravo.
THE DAN BAND (1 x 1 hours)
Thursday, June 2 at 11:00 p.m.
"The Dan Band" is the result of actor/singer Dan Finnerty's initial fascination with karaoke that spiraled into a new phenomenon that has garnered rave reviews from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety and Premiere magazine. Entertainment Weekly paid homage to the band by calling its concerts as "The hottest ticket in Hollywood..." Focusing only on songs originally performed by women, Finnerty and his all-guy band blow through hits by such femme-favorites as ABBA, Salt-
n-Pepa, TLC, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Alanis Morrisette and others. The special is produced by Coming Home Studios, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Dreamworks Television.
KATHY GRIFFIN IS...NOT NICOLE KIDMAN (1 x 1 hour)
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Bravo partners with Kathy Griffin for a second one-hour special inspired by her no-holds-barred look at celebrity culture ? and the Hollywood elite are trembling. The second installment is the follow up to her wildly successful "Kathy Griffin: The D-List," which was inspired by the down-and-dirty standup routine she performed weekly at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, California. With her surreal celebrity encounters as a backdrop, the act soon became a sold-out show. From the "A-List" on down, celebrities soon realized no one would be safe from Griffin's pointed observations, barbs and wit. For the next delicious installment, Griffin takes on Ryan Seacrest, Clay Aiken and a talk show diva so powerful ? she may never guest on daytime television again. "Kathy Griffin Is...Not Nicole Kidman" is produced for Bravo by Production Partners Inc.
THE MOVING IMAGE SALUTE
1st Quarter 2006
Each year, the Museum of the Moving Image holds an awards ceremony, where they salute one of the entertainment industry's greatest contributors. Bravo has signed on to film the next two salutes. This year's event will be held on December 4 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution of its kind in the United States. It houses the world's most important film, television, and digital media collection -- more than one hundred thousand objects. Four hundred films are screened each year, many accompanied by conversation with directors, actors, scholars, and other moving image professionals. The Salute raises vital funds for the Museum's programs. Other honorees include Sidney Lumet, Elia Kazan, James Stewart, Sidney Poitier, Mike Nichols, Robert De Niro, Barbara Walters, Al Pacino, Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Martin Scorsese, Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Billy Crystal and Richard Gere.
Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, culture and pop culture with original programming, movies and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 78 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes "Inside the Actors Studio," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," "Project Greenlight," as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." The network's latest hits include "Project Runway," "Blow Out" and "Showbiz Moms & Dads.
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