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Upfronts ’14: Bravo lines up “100 Dates,” live estate sale

A real-time docuseries and a live estate sale join series starring Top Chef and Housewives alum on U.S. cable net Bravo's 2014 programming and development slate. (Pictured: Ladies of London)
April 9, 2014

A real-time docuseries, a scripted series from Left/Right, a Gordon Ramsay-backed culinary series, and a FremantleMedia-produced live estate sale are among the programs on Bravo Media’s 2014 upfront slate.

In all, the U.S. cable network has lined up 15 new series – including two scripted series – as well as 16 returning series, encompassing its usual mix of food, fashion, beauty, design, pop culture and digitally-focused shows. Three projects, including the live estate sale show Going Going Gone, are also in development.

Bravo has greenlit 100 Dates (working title), a “real-time docudrama” from coproducers All3Media America, Goodbye Pictures and Lime Pictures. The show follows a group of young New York singles on the market for romance, and each episode will be shot and aired within the same week.

Also on the slate is the World of Wonder-produced social experiment Friends to Lovers?, a series that asks multiple sets of friends to become lovers to see if their relationships can last.

In addition to previously announced scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, the network has ordered the scripted half-hour comedy about Upper East Side “momzillas” starring Jill Kargman, from producer Left/Right, a company best known for its unscripted fare such as Mob Wives and The Rachel Zoe Project.

Best New Restaurant is an out-of-studio culinary competition hosted by Top Chef judge Tom Collichio from One Potato Two Potato and executive producer Gordon Ramsay. The show, which is based on the UK series Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, pits 16 restaurants against each other in a series of challenges to determine which is best.

Meanwhile, previously announced Top Chef spin-off Top Chef Extreme has been renamed Top Chef Duels. The Magical Elves-produced culinary competition is hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone and brings back 18 contestants from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters.

The Sirens Media-produced series Manzo’d with Children stars Caroline Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and her family. Euros of Hollywood from Core Media Group follows six Europeans, including an Albanian pop star and a self-proclaimed Italian Renaissance man, as they pursue the American dream in Los Angeles.

The docuseries Ladies of London (pictured above) is produced by Adjacent Productions and follows a group of British and American socialites in the British capital; the World of Wonder-produced Million Dollar Listing Miami takes the property franchise into the world of luxury real estate in Miami; and Untying the Knot from Engel Entertainment stars family mediator and “divorce diva” Vikki Ziegler. All three shows are due to premiere in June.

Game of Crowns is a Shed Media US-produced show about women competing on the “Mrs.” pageant circuit. Extreme Guide to Parenting, produced by Punched in the Head Productions, looks at parenting methods in two different households in each episode. Both shows are scheduled to debut in July.

In Authentic Entertainment’s docuseries Jersey Belle, New Jersey native and Hollywood publicist Jaime Primak Sullivan adjusts to life in an upscale Alabama suburb; and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss gets married to Todd Tucker in the spin-off, The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding (working title).

Leading Bravo’s unscripted development slate is Going Going Gone (working title), a live televised estate sale from Fremantle Media North America and exec producer Thom Beers. The show is to be shot in wealthy homes and lets viewers bid on items such as a hand-sewn peacock feather dress worn by model Naomi Campbell and a leather knife roll used by chef Wolfgang Puck.

Gen XYZ (working title), from Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and Crybaby Media, follows six women from four different generations who are attempting to take their careers in fashion and beauty to the next level.

Rounding out the development slate is the Monkey Kingdom-produced Tour Group (working title), a luxury travel docuseries that follows vacationers on a dream holiday to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Finally, returning series set to air in the summer include The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Top Chef, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Below Deck, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Don’t Be Tardy…, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Shahs of Sunset, Vanderpump Rules, Newlyweds, Fashion Queens, Thicker Than Water, Blood, Sweat & Heels and Watch What Happens Live will return to Bravo in the fall. The network has also greenlit a third season of Newlyweds for 2015.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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