Bravo Picks Up Project Greenlight

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Hollywood -- As expected, Bravo will pick up Home Box Office series Project Greenlight as part of a slate of new original shows for 2004.

The premium-TV leader late last year decided not to pick up a third season of the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck-produced series, which took a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a B-movie.

Instead, Bravo -- which had been rumored as the likely outlet for the innovative series -- will relaunch Project Greenlight sometime in the late summer or early fall with a focus on creating a movie within the thriller/horror genre, senior vice president of programming and production Frances Berwick said during the network's Television Critics Association tour presentation here Wednesday.

Bravo also announced the acquisition of Fox series Keen Eddie. Bravo will air 13 one-hour episodes of the critically acclaimed drama about a troubled New York cop who goes to work for Scotland Yard in London.

On the original-series front, Bravo announced that it will team up with producer Ben Silverman (The Restaurant) to create a new reality series around a beauty salon. Blow Out will follow the exploits of renowned hairstylist Jonathan Antin on his quest to establish a new salon in Beverly Hills, Berwick said.

Also on tap for the performing-arts channel is Significant Others, an improvised comedy about couples in and out of marriage counseling. The six-episode series, set to debut March 9, features eight actors and comedians who literally improvise situations and scenes within a story line of four couples trying to work out problems within their relationships.

Another relationship-reality series scheduled for 2004 is Things I Hate About You -- based on British series Five Things I Hate About You -- which lets living partners secretly videotape their companions' annoying habits.

The network also renewed hit series Celebrity Poker Showdown for a second season, with new episodes scheduled to air this summer.

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