Bravo reveals new reality series, adding Monday night programming
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 04/15/2008
Bravo announced it has ordered two new reality series and also renewed several others as part of an aggressive programming slate that will see the network launch a fourth night of original programming on Monday nights.
"Bravo has seen a huge ratings surge over the past year, and the momentum we build with every returning original series is phenomenal," said Bravo Media executive Frances Berwick. "Last year we successfully entered the Thursday night arena with a new lineup of originals. And building on that success, we're now officially turning the lights on on Monday nights this summer."
As part of the announcement, the network has formally announced it has renewed Flipping Out, The Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of New York City and Tim Gunn's Guide to Style for second seasons; The Real Housewives of Orange County for a fourth season; and Top Chef for a fifth season.
Fashion guru Tim Gunn had previously revealed Guide to Style's renewal, while The Millionaire Matchmaker star Patti Stanger had also hinted about her show's second-season pickup in recent interviews.
In addition, Bravo announced it is building upon its The Real Housewives franchise by ordering another spin-off -- The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which will follow five of the Garden State's most affluent women and their families.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey will join The Rachel Zoe Project and Date My Ex, a previously announced pilot that has now been given a full-episode order.
The Rachel Zoe Project, first announced in January, will follow celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and her team of fashion experts as they attempt to take their business to the next level. Date My Ex will follow former The Real Housewives of Orange County "housewife" Jo De La Rosa and ex-fiance Slade Smiley as De La Rosa looks for love in Los Angeles, where she recently relocated to pursue a singing career.
Bravo also announced it is currently developing two additional new reality series -- Donatella and Miami Social.
Donatella will follow Manhattan restaurateur Donatella Arpaia as she deals with the constant challenges of staying on top of New York City's culinary kingdom; while Miami Social is an Entourage-esque reality show that will follow a group of five South Beach friends looking to make their professional marks on Miami while also enjoying the city's nightlife.
Donatella and Miami Social join Tabatha's Salon Takeover -- another previously announced in-development series that which will follow first-season Shear Genius contestant Tabatha Coffey's attempts to improve hair salons across America -- on Bravo's development slate.