Reality Mix Stirs Well for Bravo


Warring spouses and recovering divorcees could become the subjects of new Bravo series next year.

The network hopes to turn at least one-half of its six pilots in development into full-fledged series as it continues to build on its eclectic mix of reality and pop-culture programming.

“We feel this is a very strong slate with several different shows that bring a fresh perspective into culture and pop culture,” senior vice president of programming and production Frances Berwick said. “They really dig deep into major cultural movements and trends from a new, entertaining perspective on huge life transitions like divorce and how people approach them.”

Indeed, the network will touch on failed marriages with pilot series Ex Wives Club, a docu-soap that follows the lives of six rich and young divorcees who meet for regular support groups.

Staying in the matrimonial mix, War of the Wives will feature a battle between two husbands who will try to train their spouses in the skills that made them famous.

The other pilots Bravo executives will consider: Surprise!, a reality series in which famous New York caterer Laurence Craig plans a once-in-a-lifetime “rite of passage” party for unsuspecting persons; Fresh Start, a takeoff on the casino-gaming genre that gives individuals the opportunity to gain a new lease on life from a simple roll of the dice; This Evening with These People, a new comedic format that follows the everyday life of one typical American family and uses it as the basis for a nightly newscast; and Dishing, a weekly talk show that tackles pop culture and standout entertainment moments.

For more on Bravo, please see R. Thomas Umstead’s story on page 29 of Monday’s issue of Multichannel News.