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Bravo announces all new series for 2004
BRAVO DEVELOPS ARRAY OF SERIES, SPECIALS AND PILOTS FOR '04
NEW PROJECTS EXPLORE THE REALMS OF FASHION DESIGN, TELEVISION PRODUCTION, CULTURE, CELEBRITY AND STYLE
BURBANK, Calif. -- November 12, 2003 -- The Bravo network unfurled a banner-worthy lineup of new programs in development as the cable channel continues its ambitious goal of providing alternative, culturally stimulating entertainment. The new series are scheduled to premiere during the 2004 season (specific airdates and times to be announced at a later date). The announcement was made by Jeff Gaspin, President, Bravo and Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials, Longform and Program Strategy, NBC.
“We have sought to expand Bravo’s appeal and brand with a decidedly unique slate of programming for next year which will hopefully build on the success we’ve had in 2003” said Gaspin. “My goal is for Bravo to continue to be cutting edge and daring, but to have mass appeal. I believe these projects - and the exceptional producers and talent attached to them - will help us achieve that goal.”
The spectrum of series, specials and pilot programs focus on edgy reality, comedy and performance specials, as included below. Specific airdates will be announced at a later date.
“Cirque du Soleil’s Solstrom” -- This 13-part Cirque performance series encompasses classic Cirque du Soleil acts with amazing new performances. The story-driven variety series - produced by Cirque du Soleil - follows this year’s Emmy winning Bravo original series “Cirque du Soleil Fire Within.”
“Project Runway” - Miramax Television, the company behind Emmy-nominated series "Project Greenlight" is teaming up with the Bravo network for "Project Runway," a behind-the-scrim documentary series and competition set in the other most glamorous business in the world - the fashion industry. Cameras will roll for ten episodes as up-and-coming designers are given all the resources of a top designer to prepare a competitive runway show for the next New York Fall Fashion Week. Model Heidi Klum, who co-developed the series, appears as one of the celebrity judges. "Project Runway" is executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves ("Project Greenlight" season 2). Klum’s managers and fashion world experts Desiree Gruber and Jane Cha of NYC-based Full Picture are producing.
“Show Biz Moms” - This previously announced six-part series shines the spotlight on real-life stage moms and their wannabe child stars as they make their way along the unpredictable road to fame. The unblinking camera follows hopeful child actors as they strive for careers in commercials, on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood, capturing the ups and downs of a professional life in the performing arts. The project is being produced by World of Wonder (“Reality of Reality,” “Party Monster,” “Monica in Black & White”).
“Significant Others” - This six episode series is an off-the-cuff improvisational comedy about couples living their lives in and out of marriage therapy. It’s a hysterically honest look at marriage and the rewards - and spoils - that come from being in a committed relationship. The series features a talented ensemble of improvisational performers including Brian Palermo, Andrea Savage, and Andy Kindler (King of Queens). "Significant Others" is produced by NBC Studios. Executive producers are Peter Tortorici (“The Cosby Show,” “Grace Under Fire”) and commercial director Rob R. Thomas.
“Things I Hate About You” -- “Things I Hate About You” is a “feel good” reality show that takes a funny, intelligent look at the psychology of modern relationships. Each one-hour episode (13 total) features one couple given the chance to prove - once and for all - just who is the most irritating person to live with. Armed with personal video cameras, couples become documentarians as they seek to capture their partner’s foibles on film. “Things I Hate About You” gets to the heart of what makes relationships tick. The series is produced by Wall to Wall Television (“Frontier House,” “Manor House”).
"Kathy Griffin's D-List" -- Outspoken comedienne Kathy Griffin brings her one-woman performance/comedy special on the ironies of Hollywood celebrity life and culture to Bravo. Griffin, a self-proclaimed member of Hollywood's "D-List," shares her own experiences and those of other celebrities. Production Partners, Inc. (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Adam Sandler and Chris Rock HBO comedy specials) will produce the special.
"The Sarah Jones Show" - This one-hour special showcases Sarah Jones, a uniquely talented, chameleon-like performer. Her sketches will range from one-person monologues performed in front of a live audience to multi-character pieces where Jones will intermingle and play off her other personas. The executive producers are Nancy Stern and Mary-jane April (NBC “Cosby” special) from Jumbolaya Productions.
“Elon Gold” (title to be announced at a later date) - Created and hosted by actor/comedian Elon Gold (“In-Laws”), this innovative, celebrity-impression pilot is an A-List late night variety show - without the A-List. The cast will consist of a talented and versatile troupe of actors who will expertly, and amusingly, impersonate the stars and musical guests. Gold is represented by UTA, manager Willie Mercer at Rozon/Mercer and attorney Jared Levine.
"Housebusters" - Could changing your living space change your life? This pilot, produced by World of Wonder (creators and producers of the U.K. version) explores design and spiritual aspects of world cultures to investigate the secret forces at work inside the home -- and aspires to resolve the problems of the people who live there. A team of specialists in the areas of color therapy, Feng Shui, psychic phenomena and witchcraft and others are consulted to identify and solve the troubles of the home.
“Nothing to Hide” - Is there an art to finding Mr. Right? “Nothing to Hide” is a dating show with a cultural bent in which a single woman gets to choose a date from a line-up of men knowing only about their personal style and cultural interests. The pilot is being produced by Catherine Sheinman for Lion Television.
“Pilot Season” - Viewers become the programmer in this competitive reality format now in development. “Pilot Season” searches for the next mega-hit comedy such as “Friends” or “Seinfeld,” and pulls back the curtain on how a sitcom idea survives the comic, frustrating creative twists and turns to make it to television. Bravo will broadcast the pilots - and wait to see which, if any, merit attention from a network for a series order or “re-piloting.” The series is produced by Sean (NBC’s “Will & Grace) Hayes' production company, Hazy Mills, in association with Shapiro Grodner.
"UnderExposed" -- R.J. Cutler (“Freshman Diaries,” “The War Room”) will produce this previously-announced pilot for a reality filmmaking contest series. Developed and produced by Sean Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner, “UnderExposed” features two promising young filmmakers who are chosen in each episode to compete against each other by shooting a four-minute film in their hometowns, using the same script and the same time and budget restrictions. A panel of expert judges screens the finished films and a winner is chosen to move on to the finals. UnderExposed will be executive-produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner for their production banner HazyMills Productions. Cutler produced "Freshman Diaries," "American High," "The War Room" and “The Real Roseanne Show.”
Bravo has been part of the NBC Cable Network since December 2002. Currently seen in more than 73 million homes and reaching an upscale sophisticated audience, Bravo was the first service dedicated to film and the performing arts since its launch in December 1980. Today, it offers innovative arts and entertainment programming with a unique point of view and features original series, feature films (both independent and mainstream), theater, dance, music and documentaries. Bravo boasts critically-acclaimed original programming including “Inside the Actors Studio” with James Lipton, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” the Emmy Award-winning “Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within,” as well as original mini-series and specials including “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Crime & Punishment,” “Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai” and The Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Bravo is the official U.S. network of Cirque du Soleil.
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