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.