Bravo, AOL Team Up on Simulcast


Beverly Hills, Calif. -- America Online Inc. will team up with Bravo July 26 to simulcast Bravo’s West Coast airing of its new original documentary series, Situation: Comedy.

The eight-episode reality-competition series, about the making of a sitcom, will air on AOL at 11 p.m. (EST), three hours after the show premieres on Bravo, according to network executives.

In addition, AOL Television will exclusively stream the projects from the two finalists to give viewers the opportunity to vote and help determine the winner of the competition series, Bravo president Lauren Zalaznick said.

AOL last January streamed an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

In other Bravo news, the network will follow the exploits of Jay McCarroll -- the winner of Bravo’s Emmy Award-nominated reality series, Project Runway -- as part of a spinoff from the successful series.

And this fall, Bravo will bow a one-hour improve-comedy show featuring cutting-edge comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade. A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv will feature group members Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, as well as Saturday Night Live’sRachel Dratch, Tina Fey and Horatio Sanz, the network said.

In October, Bravo will also launch a five-part series examining different labels found in popular culture under the umbrella moniker, “The Great Thing About Being.” The series strand will focus on five topics -- “In Your 30s,” “Blonde,” “Gay,” “Fat” and “A Red State” -- through facts, figures and commentary from celebrities, comedians and pop-culture pundits.

For the first quarter of 2006, Bravo will bow Million Dollar Listing: Hollywood, a six-episode original series chronicling the personal lives of Los Angeles-based realtors as they work in the high-stakes, cutthroat world of real estate in a thriving market.