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Bravo to debut Paula Abdul's new 'Hey Paula' reality series on June 28

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/01/2007 

Bravo has announced Hey Paula, a new docu-reality series that will give viewers a look at American Idol judge Paula Abdul's professional and personal life, will premiere with back-to-back half-hour episodes on Thursday, June 28 beginning at 10PM ET/PT.  The seven-episode series will air regularly on Thursdays from 10-10:30PM ET/PT and serve as the start of Bravo's third night of original programming.

Originally announced by Bravo in early January and placed on the network's Summer 2007 programming lineup in April, Hey Paula will follow the former Los Angeles Laker Girl and Grammy Award winner as she films the sixth installment of Idol; works on her new Bratz: The Movie project; develops her own line of perfumes and cosmetics; expands her originally-designed jewelry line; markets her clothing line; and fits personal appearances into her demanding schedule.

Of course, the 44-year-old Idol judge/recording artist/choreographer/business woman/producer won't exactly being going it all alone.  She'll be joined by "Team Paula," which includes her hairstylist and best friend Daniel; her former publicist and protector Jeff; her full-time wardrobe assistant Kylie; and of course her five Chihuahuas, Bessie, Moo, Thumbelina, Chomps and Tulip.

The premiere episode will highlight just how hectic Abdul's life really is, as she and her team prepare her for the Grammys appearance -- but not before Chomps eats a loaned $1 million antique ring for the event --and she receives a call from the Bratz filmmakers, which causes additional drama. The Grammys is followed by a mad dash to the airport -- where she makes her flight with only seconds to spare -- and she lands in Philadelphia at QVC to see her jewelry designs, only to learn they're not what she envisioned.

The second episode of Hey Paula will follow its star as she travels to New York City for a busy week of events, meetings and press. Beginning at the annual dinner for the Young Menswear Association Fashion Scholarship Fund for Parson School of Design, Abdul's presented with the Fashion Icon Award by Project Runway star Tim Gunn.  As Abdul continues her busy week on no sleep and a touch of the flu, she must then get through a series of satellite interviews to promote Idol... and we all know how that turned out.

Hey Paula is being produced by Scott Sternberg Productions.

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