Tag: Bravo

Breakout Star Membership Has its Privileges

HBO and Bravo are both betting that a bevy of their breakout stars will shine on in new outings coming up in the next year.

Bravo announced they are developing three new projects starring some of their most recent reality stars: Bethenny Frankel (The Real Housewives of New York City), Christian Siriano (season 4 winner of Project Runway) and Fabio Viviani (Top Chef: New York).

The untitled show starring Frankel will showcase her career as a natural foods chef (side note: everyone who is a chocolate or baked good lover MUST try her Low Fat Fudge Chocolate Chip Muffins, seriously to die), as well as the Gotham socialite’s love life. The original fierce fashion-maker Siriano will be featured in his show as he sets up a new shop and markets his clothing line. Viviani will star in “Fabio: A Catered Affair,” which will chronicle the challenges he faces as he and business partner Jacopo Falleni look to expand their restaurant and catering business in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile on the scripted show front, HBO is beginning production on a new series collaboration with Australian comedian Chris Lilley, creator of Summer Heights High which the cabler launched to American audiences and strong critical reviews last November. That show, about life at a public school, starred Lilley as three different characters: Mr. G, a drama teacher; Ja’mie, a female exchange student; and Jonah Takalua, a dancing delinquent.

Unlike Summer, which HBO picked up as a straight acquisition, the channel will be co-producing the new series Angry Boys along with the Australian Broadcasting Co. Lensed in a mock-documentary style and revolving around what its like to be a male in the 21st century, Lilley, will again play multiple characters and promises “lots of surprises for the audience.”

Pre-production on Angry Boys, which will shoot 12 half-hour episodes, begins in Australia this month.

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Project Runway Season 6

It’s been far too long since last we visited with Klum, Kors and the rest of the Project Runway family, but thankfully the sticky litigation betwixt PR‘s EPs (that’s executive producers in H’woodese) the Brothers Weinstein and NBC Universal has been settled and fashion fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief as the sixth season will premiere tomorrow on its new home, Lifetime.

“Television for Women” is setting its cycles of chic apart from the first five “by Bravo” seasons most notably through inclusion of the new “Models of the Runway” half-hour following every episode, b/c as guru Gunn tells us “Models, this is a competition for you too.” With only 30 minutes to showcase the catwalkers I suspect we won’t be getting any juicy challenges that create the designer drama, but God willing we may get walk-offs here or there, although any head-to-head now pales in comparison after RuPaul re-worked it.

The new season airs every Thursday starting August 20th on Lifetime 10pm/9pm Eastern&Pacific/Central.

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