Bravo announces the development of four new reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/12/2007
Bravo has announced the development of Flipping Out, Welcome to the Parker, Millionaire Matchmaker, and First Class All the Way, four new reality series the cable network hopes will continue the 2006 success it enjoyed thanks to such reality stalwarts as Project Runway, Top Chef and The Real Housewives of Orange County.
"Coming off our best year ever and our best first quarter ever, Bravo continues to thrive and attract viewers that are 'The Affluencers' -- they're young, rich, acquisitive, educated and influential, at the forefront of trends both in style and technology," said Bravo president Lauren Zalaznick. Added Bravo executive vice president of programming and production Frances Berwick, "Bravo has successfully built hit series with a following of passionate viewers that can't get enough of our five affinity groups: fashion, food, design, beauty and pop culture."
Jeff Lewis will star in Flipping Out, which will follow the "obsessive compulsive successful businessman" as he buys property and quickly resells it for a large profit. However Lewis can lose his cool sometimes when dealing with workers not showing up to the job site or learning from his pet psychic that his cat needs some "alone time," causing him to seek help from therapists, spiritual healers and psychics. Flipping Out is produced by Authentic Entertainment, with Lauren Lexton and Tom Rogan serving as executive producers.
In Welcome to the Parker, viewers will be privy to the culture and meet the personalities present at Parker Palm Springs hotel. From dealing with guests to keeping the hotel's high-class persona intact, each episode of Welcome to the Parker will highlight all of the hot-spot's inner workings. The series is produced by Snackaholic Productions, with Ted Skillman and Belisa Balaban serving as executive producers.
Running the "most elite matchmaking service in the world" can apparently be difficult. Just ask Patti Smith, founder and CEO of the Millionaire's Club, the business at the center of Millionaire Matchmaker. For fees starting at $20,000 and climbing as high as $150,000, the rich can employ Smith and her staff to transform their style and be set them up on dates with "potentially compatible" women. The series will also feature Smith juggling her professional life and dealing with her staff as she continues her personal quest to make a romantic match for herself. Millionaire Matchmaker is produced by Intuitive Entertainment and Bayonne Entertainment, with Kevin Dill, Mechelle Collins and Rob Lee serving as executive producers.
Billionaires, socialites and entertainment moguls like to live the high life, and First Class All the Way will follow Sara Duffy as she runs her luxury travel concierge business, which caters to the aforementioned clientele. The series will focus on Duffy's work as well as that of her staff -- dubbed "Sara's Angels" -- as they try to find one-of-a-kind travel experiences across the globe for the clients they serve. First Class All the Way is produced by Stone and Company, with Scott Stone, Dave Osper and Lori Kaye serving as executive producers.
According to Bravo, the premieres of Flipping Out, Welcome to the Parker, Millionaire Matchmaker and First Class All the Way will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the four new series, Bravo has also announced that Top Chef'sthird season, Hey Paula! -- American Idol judge Paula Abdul's new reality series -- and the third season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List will air this summer. Noticeably absent from Bravo's summer programming schedule will be Project Runway's fourth season, which won't premiere until late 2007.