Bravo greenlights trio of series

Art, food and marriage figure into new shows from Magical Elves and Monkey Kingdom making their way to the U.S. cable network.
August 2, 2011

U.S. cable network Bravo has greenlit three series – two from Top Chef producers Magical Elves and one from UK-based Monkey Kingdom.

The two upcoming series from Magical Elves include Around the World in 80 Plates (w/t), a culinary competition that will send up-and-coming chefs to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world to test their mettle. Chef contestants will face off in a battle in which they will reinvent the menus for the world-renowned eateries.

The second series on the way from the Elves is Paint the Town (w/t), which follows the lives of six young women trying to live the chic urban dream in one of the world’s most frenetic cities. The series documents the triumphs and travails of the women, who mostly work in the city’s art galleries, as they juggle relationships, work duties and New York nightlife.

Elsewhere, Monkey Kingdom is bringing Newlyweds: the First Year (w/t) to the net, following six couples from across America as they enter their first, all-important year of matrimony.

Bravo is also heading to Jersey via Thicker than Water: The Marinos, a special premiering August 21 at 11 p.m. EST. The series follows the Marino family from New Jersey and is produced by Pink Sneakers Productions.

“We are confident these new series will reinforce Bravo’s pop culture brand and resonate with our engaged and upscale audience,” said Shari Levine, senior VP of production at Bravo Media.

Bravo also announced the renewal of The Real Housewives of Orange County for a seventh season, Top Chef Masters for a fourth, and Million Dollar Listing LA for a fifth.

In other Bravo news, the NBC Universal-owned net announced a development pact with Patti Stanger, star and exec producer of its hit The Millionaire Matchmaker. Under the terms of the deal, Stanger will find talent, create and develop programming, and potentially star in and exec produce a new series for the network.

“With Patti’s over-the-top personality and savvy business sense, Bravo could not have found a better development partner to execute our vision and who understands our audience,” said Eli Lehrer, VP of development for Bravo. “We are confident she will be able to seek out and develop a wide range of new series that will prove to be as successful as The Millionaire Matchmaker.”

Stanger called the relationship “a match made in heaven,” and quipped: “As I say to my clients, ‘no sex before monogamy.’ Now that Bravo and I are monogamous, I’m ready to hit the sheets.”

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