“Watch What Happens: Live” expands as Cohen shifts exec duties

Bravo's interactive talk show will now air five nights a week, with host and network EVP Andy Cohen moving from programming to development and talent.
November 22, 2011

U.S. cable net Bravo is expanding its interactive talk show, Watch What Happens: Live, to five nights a week, beginning January 8.

Hosted by longtime Bravo exec Andy Cohen, the series had its origins via Cohen’s daily blog, and then evolved into a web series, before making the leap to television as a weekly show in 2009. Watch What Happens: Live is currently in its fifth season.

Cohen, most recently executive vice president of programming and development at the NBCUniversal-owned network, will now shift his duties and hold the post of executive vice president of development and talent. He’ll continue to serve as executive producer of Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchises.

“Expanding Watch What Happens: Live to five nights a week is the natural progression for this hit interactive show, and a testament to Andy’s enormous appeal,” said Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Style Media. “It cements Bravo’s tentpole in late night with this one-of-a-kind live, relatable and truly unpredictable format.”

“In my wildest dreams when I started at Bravo seven years ago, I never imagined that I would end up fulfilling my lifelong dream,” said Cohen. “It’s the perfect stormĀ – I get to do the three things I’m most passionate aboutĀ – producing, developing and hosting for a brand that I love.”

Jerry Leo, most recently senior vice president, program strategy and acquisitions, has now been upped to the position of executive vice president, program strategy and production. His expanded role will include production, creative and management operations for the network’s current slate of originals.

“Bravo is on track to have its sixth consecutive best year ever and Jerry has played an integral role in each year of the network’s success. His knowledge of our brand, his many years of expertise and programming instincts will be instrumental to Bravo’s continued growth,” said Berwick.

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