Bravo is making big, ambitious moves for the upcoming TV season. According to their 2014 upfront presentation, the network adding 15 new original shows to its lineup.
“Our strategy of creating a total multi-platform lifestyle experience for our Affluencers is paying off with not just viewership growth across the board, but also loyalty, which is at an all-time high for Bravo,” says Bravo president Frances Berwick. “This diversified new lineup, which includes two scripted series and our first ‘real-time’ docu-series, will satisfy fans and also bring in new affluent viewers.”
The new programs include a “Real Housewives of Atlanta” spinoff with recently-married Kandi Burruss. “Kandi’s Wedding” will document the songstress and new hubby Todd Tucker’s “planning process — including how they’re going to pull of a Coming to America-themed ceremony.”
Returning shows include fan favorites like “Blood, Sweat, & Heels” for season two, “Don’t Be Tardy” for season three, and of course “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” for it’s seventh go-around.
The network is also segueing into the scripted world with two new series. Upcoming half-hour comedy “Odd Mom Left Out” will follow Jill Kargmen as she “struggles to keep up with the wealthy, hip moms of the Upper East Side.” And, “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” is about a self-help book author who “needs some help herself after she secretly separates from her husband and finds herself single in her 40s living in Los Angeles.”
Check out the full list of unscripted projects in development and returning shows below.
Unscripted Projects In Development
“Going Going Gone” – Viewers can call in to bid on unique items, ranging from a dress modeled by Naomi Campbell to one of Wolfgang Puck’s old knives, in a live televised estate sale.
“Tour Group” – In this luxury travel docu-series, a group of wealthy travelers get together to wander the globe and visit the world’s most scenic sights.
‘Gen XYZ” – Can women have it all? That’s the question this reality series asks as it follows six successful women navigating the balance between their careers in fashion and beauty industries and their personal lives.
“Below Deck” (season 2)
“Don’t Be Tardy” (season 3)
“Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (season 7)
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (season 6)
“Top Chef ” (season 12)
“The Millionaire Matchmaker” (season 8)
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (season 7)
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (season 5)
“Shahs of Sunset” (season 4)
“Vanderpump Rules” (season 3)
“Fashion Queens” (season 3)
“Newlyweds” (season 2)
“Thicker Than Water” (season 2)
“Blood, Sweat, & Heels” (season 2)
In related TV news, recently-canceled “Single Ladies” has found a new home on Centric. The BET affiliate channel picked up the popular series after VH1 made a stocking decision to drop it. According to the LA Times, “Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment company, which produces “Single Ladies,” is developing an all-new fourth season as part of a new exclusive programming partnership with BET Networks’ Centric, which is being positioned as the first network aimed at black females.” Stars LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi have yet to confirm their returns.
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MUST READ: Mama Joyce Shades Kandi & Todd’s Wedding
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1. Inside Kandi Burruss' Bridal Shower!
The bride-to-be celebrated her upcoming nuptials with friends and family at a bridal shower and bachelorette party in Atlanta this weekend. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, who plans to say “I do” to fiance Todd Tucker on Friday, April 4, turned up with her co-stars Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams. Other celebs in attendance included Tiny Harris, Shekinah Jo, Rasheeda, and to our surprise, Mama Joyce!
2. Bridal Bliss
The soon-to-be Mrs. Tucker looked gorgeous — and happier than ever! — in her all-white bridal shower dress.
3. Pre-Wedding Fab
Shekinah Jo, Phaedra Parks, Rasheeda and Tameka "Tiny" Harris were there for the pre-wedding festivities.
4. A Mother’s Love
Despite her disapproval of the union, Mama Joyce came out to celebrate her daughter’s big day. Check out the party favor, a signature “Peach Kandi” drink!
5. Forever and A Day
Kandi gathered with her childhood friends that she’s known since middle school. “We've all been friends since the 6th grade! @meme0522 @camcambi & @reeceodum met at #RidgeviewMiddleSchool 26 years ago. Wow... I've known them most of my life,” she shared on Instagram.
6. Glamour Girls
“My lil buddy @majorgirl took her heels off & had @phaedraparks & I looking super tall! I'm only 5'2 but standing next to @majorgirl's 4'11 self I'm looking like a giant! 😄Lol,” Kandi wrote.
7. Family Circle
Kandi posed with the women in her family.
8. Surrounded by Love & Support
Kandi posed for a shot with friend Chanita Foster, who oversees her Kandi Cares Foundation. “My girl @chanitafoster looked beautiful today! She works so hard with her charity #BeyondTheGame & she runs my @kandicares foundation. She has such a BIG heart! Love her,” she wrote.
9. All Smiles
Kandi’s mom actually looks happy here!
10. Bachelorette Turn Up
Kandi penned these girls the #DonkeyBootyCrew. “@phaedraparks @latashawright @porsha4real #BridalKandi #LastNight" <- I had the time of my life last night,” she posted.
11. Fun With Friends
After the bridal shower, the future Mrs. Tucker enjoyed the spotlight at her bachelorette party. Kandi enjoyed music, drinks and a stripper at a local club.
12. Congrats, Kandi & Todd!
We know there are plenty of fun times ahead for Kandi and Todd. It’s been a long time coming so we wish the couple much success and happiness. We can’t wait for that baby!