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Do you remember when Bravo wasn't horrible?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 6th 2009 5:02PM
Got a press release from Bravo the other day that says they've not only given the green light for a third season of Shear Genius, they also have a new reality show coming up titled Double Exposure. I'm not even going to tell you what world the show is set in because you can probably pretty much tell from the title.

Do you remember when Bravo wasn't completely infested with reality shows? Sure, Top Chef is a good show, but the channel is practically all reality shows now, and most of them pretty lame (if not despicable). We've had Hey Paula, which showed Paula Abdul stumbling through her life. We've seen The Real Housewives of Orange County turn into some sort of ever-growing franchise. And let's not forget Tabatha's Salon Makeover, Manhunt, Make Me A Supermodel, Blow Out, Millionaire Matchmaker, Showbiz Moms and Dads, and...well, about 40 others.

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Record breaking week for Bravo

by Brett Love, posted Jul 19th 2008 2:39PM

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum - BravoDespite rumors and conspiracy theories about Bravo trying to sabotage Project Runway because the show is leaving them for Lifetime, the premiere had the most viewers for a premiere that the network has ever seen, 2.9 million. That was enough to make Bravo the #1 cable network from 9-10 in all key demographics. And Project Runway was the top ranked cable telecast for the day in adults 18-49.

That's certainly cause for celebration, but there's more good news. The fourth episode of Shear Genius managed a milestone of its own, becoming just the fifth Bravo show to top 2 million viewers for an episode. The others are Queer Eye, Top Chef, Project Runway, and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Completing the trifecta of personal bests, Flipping Out broke a million viewers for the first time.

The success sets the stage for a very interesting ratings drama once Project Runway debuts on Lifetime. Will the fans follow the show to Lifetime? And will the Lifetime audience embrace a show that seems to fit the network's brand about as well as a new season of Queer Eye on Spike? I'd prefer to see it stay at Bravo, but I'm all kinds of curious to watch the change play out.

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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Criss Angel, Nip/Tuck, Two Dudes Catering

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2007 4:02PM
  • It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownAt 8, ABC has It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, followed by new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones and House.
  • NBC has a new Singing Bee at 8, then new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek on The CW at 8, followed by a new Reaper.
  • PBS has a new Nova at 8, then a new Frontline.
  • HBO has a new Five Days at 8.
  • At 9, Bravo has two new episodes of Queer Eye.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9, then the documentary Everest: Beyond The Limit.
  • There's a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay on Food Network at 9.
  • At 10, FX has the season premiere of Nip/Tuck.
  • A&E has a new Criss Angel: Mindfreak at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has the special Ralphie May: Girth of a Nation.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new Two Dudes Catering.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Bones, Poker, Damages

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2007 4:01PM
  • Boston LegalAt 8, ABC has a new Caveman, followed by new episodes of Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars, and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones and House.
  • There's a new Singing Bee on NBC at 8, then new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek, followed by a new episode of The Reaper.
  • PBS has a new Nova at 8, then a new P.O.V.
  • HBO has another installment of their miniseries The Five at 8.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two new eps of The World Series of Poker.
  • At 9, Bravo has two new eps of Queer Eye.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new Have Fork, Will travel, followed by a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 10, FX has a new Damages.
  • TLC has a new Miami Ink at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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New season of Queer Eye coming this fall

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2007 8:05AM

Queer EyeI know, I know, you're thinking, "Whaaaaaa?"

Bravo's Queer Eye For The Straight Guy was cancelled a while ago, but there have been ten episodes of the show finished for quite some time now, and Whitney over at USA Today has found out that the last season of the show will start airing this fall.

Interesting how this show just completely fell off the radar, eh? People talk about this show the way they talk about "The Macarena." But it was a fun show there for a while. Oddly, the Bravo web site doesn't even have a page for it anymore, though they do have one for Queer Eye For The Straight Girl.

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Slew of old & new reality shows coming from Bravo - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 2:46PM
Bravo! For more reality ...Bravo announced a plateload of new shows and seasons coming down the pipeline this year. They include returning seasons of Top Chef, The Real Desperate Housewives, and the final season of Queer Eye. New show lineups include Shear Genius, a reality competition show involving hair-dos and hair-dont's, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, which is all about makeovers and fashion, and a new show that will follow American Idol judge Paula Abdul around on a daily basis, showing us all what her life is like. Hopefully we'll find out what sort of wacky meds or liquid libations she has before each episode. Fingers crossed.

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What's on tonight: Smith, Boston Legal, House, Nip/Tuck, Law and Order, ECW

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 19th 2006 5:00PM
  • World Series of PokerAt 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Dancing With The Stars, followed by the season premiere of Boston Legal.
  • CBS has the season premiere of NCIS at 8, followed by the season premiere of The Unit and the series premiere of Smith.
  • NBC has a new Deal or No Deal at 8, followed by the season premieres of Law and Order: CI and Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has a new House at 8, followed by a new Standoff.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Eureka, followed by a new ECW.
  • TLC has a new Overhaulin' at 9, followed by a new Miami Ink.
  • At 10, FX has a new Nip/Tuck.
  • There's a new Queer Eye on Bravo at 10.
  • Also at 10: HBO has a new Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.

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What's on tonight: House, Nip/Tuck, Eureka, Men In Trees, Big Brother

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 12th 2006 4:37PM
  • Tucker Carlson dances!At 8, FOX has a new House, followed by a new Standoff.
  • CBS has the season finale of Big Brother at 8, followed by a new Rock Star: Supernova.
  • ABC has the two hour season premiere of Dancing With The Stars at 8, followed by the series premiere of Men In Trees.
  • NBC has a new Fear Factor at 8.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new episode of Eureka, followed by a new ECW.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Nip/Tuck.
  • Food Network has a new Road Tasted at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Queer Eye at 10.
  • There's a new Miami Ink at 10 on TLC.

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What's on tonight: Rescue Me, Celebrity Duets, Miami Ink, Tennis, Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 29th 2006 4:50PM
  • World Series of PokerAt 7, USA has more coverage of the U.S. Open.
  • At 8, get ready for another celeb-reality show. Celebrity Duets pairs actors and actresses with singers. Gah.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother: All-Stars, followed by a new Rock Star: Supernova.
  • NBC has a new Fear Factor at 8.
  • ESPN has two new episodes of The 2006 World Series of Poker at 8.
  • Viggo Mortensen stars in Hidalgo on AMC at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs.
  • TLC has a new Overhaulin' at 9, followed by a new Miami Ink.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Road Tested, followed by a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • FX has a new Rescue Me at 10.
  • There's a new Queer Eye on Bravo at 10.
  • Also at 10: GSN has games 5 and 6 of The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All-Time.

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What's on tonight: Rescue Me, Eureka, World Series of Poker, Big Brother

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 15th 2006 4:44PM
  • Tomorrow Never DiesAt 8, CBS has a new Big Brother: All-Stars, followed by a new Rock Star: Supernova.
  • NBC has The Miss Teen USA Pageant at 8.
  • ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker, starting at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs, followed by two new episodes of Stunt Junkies.
  • There's a new Overhaulin' on TLC at 9, followed by a new Miami Ink.
  • Spike has the 007 movie Tomorrow Never Dies at 9.
  • Bravo has a new Workout at 9, followed by a new Queer Eye.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Eureka at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Primetime.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10.
  • Also at 10: FX has a new Rescue Me.

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Kyle XY breaks ABC Family record

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2006 9:21AM

Kyle XYThat new show Kyle XY - which sounds a lot like John Doe, only for teens - set a record for ABC Family last week. 2.6 million viewers tuned into the debut episode.

This USA Today article lists all the shows, like Kyle XY, that are getting some airtime on the the bigger networks that are owned by the same company. This show was on ABC this weekend, and of course we've seen both Queer Eye and Battlestar Galactica on NBC (over from Bravo and The Sci-Fi Channel).

I'd like to see this continue. What cable shows would you like to see on the big networks so they get more exposure?

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What's on tonight: Rescue Me, Last Comic Standing, Pepper Dennis, Tuesday Night Book Club

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2006 4:39PM
  • Kathy GriffinAt 8, ABC has a repeat According to Jim, followed by Mavericks/Heat basketball.
  • CBS has repeats of NCIS and The Unit, followed by a new Tuesday Night Book Club.
  • NBC has a new Fear Factor at 8, followed by a new Last Comic Standing and a repeat Law and Order: SVU.
  • Over on FOX at 8, two repeats eps of House.
  • The WB has a repeat Gilmore Girls at 8, followed by a new Pepper Dennis, while UPN has repeats of America's Next Top Model and Veronica Mars.
  • Spike has Die Another Day at 9.
  • Also at 9: Bravo has a new Kathy Griffiin: My Life on the D List, followed by a new Queer Eye.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me (repeated at 11).

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Short-Lived Shows: Queer Eye for the Straight Girl

by Annie Wu, posted May 28th 2006 3:05PM
Queer EyeBravo was stunned by the runaway success of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy after its premiere in 2003. To try and recreate this success, they attempted to do the same show for the ladies, this time pulling together a whole new cast for Queer Eye for the Straight Girl. What a mess. The show ended after its first and only thirteen-episode season, which was about twelve episodes too long.

Even if they had started the show about a year earlier to hook onto the peak of the Queer Eye buzz, I don't think the show would have lasted very long. Whereas the chemistry amongst the Fab Five from Straight Guy seemed organic, everything from Straight Girl seemed forced and annoying. They were trying too hard to fit the Queer Eye mold while breaking from the "general makeover show" mold at the same time. Plus, there were already loads of makeover shows for women already... We didn't need another one, and certainly not one as cheesy as this show was.

The only good that came from this show was that we finally learned the identity of the creepy, dancing, old guy from the Six Flags commercials. Some Internet sleuths did some digging and found out that Danny Teeson (the bald fellow on the left) was the one couldn't stop dancing to that irritatingly mind-numbing Venga Boys song.

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Bravo reveals fall schedule

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2006 8:43AM
Joan RiversBefore the big four networks release their new fall schedules next week (TV Squad will have full coverage so check back!), Bravo has announced the new and returning shows for this fall. They include:

  • Joan Rivers: Can We Dish? This will be a pop culture talk show with Rivers as host and three males as co-hosts.
  • The Inn Crowd: Teams battle for best bed and breakfast.
  • Top Decorator: You can guess what this is.
  • Heads Up: Top Chef meets Blow Out!
  • War of the Wives: Husbands teach wives how to work. Ha!
  • Project Runway, Top Chef, Queer Eye, and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List will return with new seasons.

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