Bravo doing Bethenny Frankel, Christian Siriano, Fabio Viviani shows
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/02/2009
Bravo has announced that it is developing three new reality series with The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel, Project Runway fourth-season winner Christian Siriano, and former Top Chef fifth-season finalist Fabio Viviani.
While Bravo renewedThe Real Housewives of New York City for a third season in July, it began casting for additional housewives because all the women -- except Kelly Bensimon, who had joined the show for its second season -- were still unsigned. The reason for the hold-out was reportedly money.
Bravo offered no comment when asked about Frankel's new project and it subsequently began production on The Real Housewives of New York City in August with Frankel and the five other women -- Bensimon, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer -- all onboard, reportedly settling the contract dispute.
Shed Media U.S. -- which produces The Real Housewives of New York City -- will also produce Frankel's new show.
The untitled series starring Siriano will feature the 23-year-old Project Runway winner as he takes his career in fashion design to the next level and promotes his new book "Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self," which will be released in October.
Viviani's new series will document the former Top Chef: New York finalist as he and business partner Jacopo Falleni look to expand their L.A. restaurant and catering business.
Both Siriano and Viviani's new shows are produced by Magical Elves -- which still produces Top Chef and had served as Project Runway's production company before deciding against following the show to Lifetime.
(Photo credit Bravo)
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