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New Series in Development for Bravo

Apr 26, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Bravo has more than 30 new series and special in development and production over the next 18 months and plans to increase it original programming slate by 25 percent from last year, network president Lauren Zalaznick said at a press briefing Tuesday.

Beginning in June, the network will launch series and specials including “Sports Kids Moms and Dads,” “Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance,” “Kathy Griffin My Life on the D-List,” “Situation: Comedy,” “Being Bobby Brown” and Battle of the Network Reality Stars.”

In development are series including “The Real Housewives,” about life in an exclusive California gated community; “Top Chef” and “The Daily News.” Ms. Zalaznick said the network posted its best first quarter ever, adding viewers and lowering its media age while retaining its status as No. 1 among upscale households.

The new series are designed to further diversify Bravo’s program lineup, so the network can avoid being pigeonholed as “The Queer Eye” network, Ms. Zalaznick said. Returning shows, however, will be a foundation of the network’s lineup. Those shows include “Queer Eye,” “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” “Blow Out,” “Project Runway” and “Inside the Actors Studio.”