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Bravo Picks Up 11 New Shows, Renews 5 Others

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 30th 2011 4:00PM
Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos of 'Flipping Out' to star in new Bravo series 'Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis'One of the things that's always been striking about how Bravo has reinvented itself over the last decade is that when they find a franchise they like, they go all in and take it in as many different directions as they can.

It's made for a channel that has a very strong identity and fan base. And has led the NBC Universal–owned network to confidently announce at their upfront today that they're going to be picking up 11 new shows.

You read that number right. The 11 that are being picked up include new shows from some of the network's most recognizable stars, like Jeff Lewis and Tabitha Coffey, and will also include a New York spin-off of their popular real estate show 'Million Dollar Listing.'

Bravo announced the return of five shows: 'Top Chef Just Desserts,' 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' 'Bethenny Ever After' and 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover.'

More on this mega-announcement, plus a list of the new shows, after the jump.

As you'd expect with Bravo, the shows all depend on the personalities of the show's stars. For instance, 'It's a Brad Brad World' features Rachel Zoe's former assistant Brad Goreski and 'Mad Fashion' will star former 'Project Runway' alumni Chris March. There will be shows about matchmakers who match non-millionaires, eligible singles in Dallas, and the proprietors of a high-end consignment shop, among others.

The most interesting concepts involve two Bravo stars taking over people's lives. 'Tabitha Takes Over' has Coffey taking control of businesses that aren't just salons, which looks like it'll pose a challenge for the tough New Jersey–based stylist.

But most intriguing is 'Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis,' where the prickly 'Flipping Out' star and his assistant Jenni Pulos -- with housekeeper Zoila Chavez in tow -- moves into a house and renovates it in five days, using observations he's made about the homeowner as his blueprint. Let's just say that Lewis' bluntness is not an act; some of these homeowners are in for a shock when he tells them what he thinks the problem is in their lives.

Finally, Bravo also announced that their shows are going to go multi-platform, starting with season 9 of 'Top Chef,' which "will incorporate the cutting-edge transmedia experience with story lines playing out across multiple platforms." In other words: Expect to see more scenes of the chefs sniping at each other at the contestant house, played out on your phone or computer.

Here's Bravo's description of all 11 new shows:

"Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis"
Produced by Authentic Entertainment with Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and Sara Mast serving as Executive Producers

Everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper is taking on a new role – as a therapist? "Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis" follows Jeff and Jenni as they move into someone else's home and Jeff does what Jeff does best: redesign their space and judge their flaws. He'll observe the homeowners, diagnose their problems, and then take over their house for five days - with the goal of improving them inside and out. Of course he does this by using a combination of brutal honesty, impeccable design, and a few unique solutions that only Jeff Lewis could come up with, but he has his trusted assistant Jenni and his loyal housekeeper Zoila along for the ride to make sure he doesn't go too far over the line. This time, Jeff's not just redesigning a space; he's redesigning people's lives.

"It's a Brad Brad World" (working title)
Produced by Shed Media with Nick Emmerson and Jennifer O'Connell serving as Executive Producers

The New York Times called him "The Zelig of Fashion Week" and anyone who knows anything about style knows that Brad Goreski is someone to watch. The quintessential trendsetter, and former Rachel Zoe assistant, is going into business for himself. "It's a Brad Brad World" follows Goreski as he embarks on his new business venture and tries to maintain his personal life. The docu-series gives an all-access pass to an exciting year of career firsts including – Paris fashion week, the Cannes film festival, the men's runway shows and the summer couture shows – and each new experience is sure to be sink or swim. As usual, all eyes are on Mr. Brad Goreski... but this time, he's got everything at stake.

"The Therapists"
Produced by Intuitive Entertainment with by Kevin Dill and Mechelle Collins serving as executive producers

Centered on some of the top private practices in Los Angeles, "The Therapists" follows the professional and personal lives of our dynamic experts as they counsel a wide array of patients. As we follow our therapists' personal stories, we'll see that just because they are professionally trained to treat other people's problems doesn't mean they don't have their own fair share of issues to deal with.

"Mad Fashion"
Produced by Matt Westmore Media and No Regrets Entertainment with Matt Westmore and Noah Scheinmann serving as Executive Producers and Dean Slotar as the series showrunner

"Mad Fashion "presents an up-close look at the over-the-top world of celebrity fashion designer Chris March. From concept to delivery, each episode follows March, the former Project Runway alum, and his eccentric crew of fashion misfits as they create one-of-a-kind designs for his loyal clientele. From Jennifer Coolidge's Mardi-Gras float ensemble to model Chrissy Teigen's gown for the MET Costume Gala – no event is too outrageous for this team. Tensions are sure to rise as March pushes the boundaries of fashion and challenges his clients' comfort zones. In the end, will the design fulfill the client's fashion fantasy or will it turn out to be more than they can handle?

"Million Dollar Listing NY"
Produced by: World of Wonder with Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey serving as Executive Producers with Megan Estrada and Danielle King as series showrunners

"Million Dollar Listing" has been known to show some of the biggest and most expensive properties that California has to offer, but now it's time for the East Coast to showcase its luxury properties. "Million Dollar Listing NY" follows some of Manhattan's most relentless realtors as they close multi-million dollar deals faster than a yellow cab runs a red light. This docu-series sets out to prove that if you can make it/afford it here...well, you know the rest.

"Miss Advised"
Produced by RelativityREAL and Blondie Girl Productions with Tom Forman, Ashley Tisdale and Jessica Rhoades serving as Executive Producers

This revealing documentary project follows three single relationship experts - all of whom make a living dispensing advice - on and off the job. In each episode, viewers will watch these women juggle their work and personal lives as they maneuver thru the dating world and discover whether or not they practice what they preach.

"Most Eligible: Dallas"
Produced by: Pink Sneakers with Kimberly Cowin and John Ehrhard serving as Executive Producers

They're young, they're hot, they're single – they're Dallas' Most Eligible. From beauty queens to pro-football players, this group of Texas socialites puts NY and LA nightlife to shame. It's true what they say, everything's bigger in Texas – including the drama especially when it comes to dating. Some are looking for true love while others have perfected the art of the one-night stand, and somehow their love lives have all crossed paths at one time or another. Dallas serves as the sexy backdrop for this jaw-dropping docu-series that follows a group of successful friends living it up like only Texas socialites can.

"Project Soulmate"
Produced by: Intuitive Entertainment with Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill as Executive Producers

Some say it's impossible to find your soulmate in a place like New York City – but they haven't met Lori Zaslow, New York's most devoted matchmaker. NYC is cut-throat and so is Zaslow. She tells it like it is as she hits the sleepless streets of Manhattan searching tirelessly for love for her clients. Happily married for 10 years to her business partner and fashion-guru husband, Bryan Zaslow, this Manhattan cupid knows what it takes to find true love and keep it sizzling, even while juggling the demands of motherhood.

"Ready to Wear" (working title)
Produced by Leftfield Pictures with Brent Montgomery, David George, Colby Gaines and Matt Anderson serving as Executive Producers

From the classic Chanel suit to this season's hottest Jimmy Choos', the team working at the Second Time Around high-end consignment shop have access to the best fashion finds New York City has to offer. Far from the land of thrift, this sassy shop makes dreams come true for shoppers looking for designer fashions on a budget. "Ready to Wear" follows four eccentric store employees as they go out searching the attics, closets and garages of New York's elite. These fashionistas are demanding about how they curate their racks and they need to be with such demanding clientele. From the savvy socialite to the downtown hipster, this group has to deal with big personalities looking to either make back some money or find their fashion dream come true.

"Roble and Co."
Produced by: Red Line Films with Al Szmanski, Peter Franchella, Toby Faulkner and Aaron Rothman as Executive Producers

Chef Roblé Ali has cooked for everyone from red carpet rock stars to award-winning actors. But nothing is more intimidating than running your own catering business...in Brooklyn...with your bossy big sister. This docu-series follows Roblé & Co as they launch a new catering business and juggle world-class events for New York socialites and mega media moguls all while trying to keep their many flare ups down to a simmer.

"Tabatha Takes Over"
Produced by Reveille with Howard T. Owens as Executive Producer
Tabatha Coffey, the tressed-to-kill queen of salon transformations, hits the road again – but this time she's taking over more than just salons. "Tabatha Takes Over" follows the demanding perfectionist as she takes over various small businesses and family enterprises and whips them into shape.


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U.N. Owen

Gee - I'm so glad that BRAVO isn't gonna do anymore of the CRAP they do (except for Tabatha).

September 28 2011 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
myirysheyes

the only one that sounds vaguely intriguing is the Jeff Lewis gig; kudos to the head that thought of that, and let him know, if he ever comes to Florida, he can move into my lil' hovel

April 09 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
myirysheyes

no no no; please, leave Tabitha in the salons...believe me, I've had enough bad hair fixes to keep her working for the season!!!!

April 09 2011 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ma'am

Does that mean that the shows not listed won't be returning? The Fashion Show, The Millionaire Matchmaker, etc?

March 30 2011 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel

I don't think you can assume that. They renew shows on a rolling basis, so any of those could come back at any time.

March 30 2011 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Renee

love Jeff Lewis, cant wait for his new show

March 30 2011 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bemtheatre

what about a gay dating show.

March 30 2011 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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