Bravo Orders 17 New Series In Major Programming Expansion

Bravo, the cable channel owned by NBCUniversal, has ordered 17 new series and renewed 18 current series, as part of a push to dramatically increase the network’s programming.

While New York and the surrounding area still plays a starring role in many Bravo shows, the channel is also branching out across the country and the world in its new programming.

Many of Bravo’s original hit shows were based in and around New York, and indeed many of the new shows will be too, like “City Sisters,” which follows a handful of single up and coming women in the New York fashion, media and real estate scene, and “Princesses: Long Island about some young women from Long Island,” who are, well you probably get the idea.

Two of Bravo’s three scripted series in development are also New York-based, “Heiresses,” about a wealthy family that made their fortune in diamonds in New York’s Upper East Side, and “High and Low,” from “The Sopranos” Michael Imperioli, about 1980’s Wall Street.

That said, most of Bravo’s shows this year have moved beyond the friendly confines of New York and LA, and are spreading to parts of the U.S. and the world that have not been featured as often on the network. With the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” such a success, many of the shows are set in the south. “Southern Charm” follows some of the aristocratic families of Charleston, South Carolina, while “Taking Atlanta” bears a striking similar to “City Sisters,” albeit in a different state. ‘Thicker Than Water: The Tankards’ follows a southern family where the patriarch is a pastor, a pilot and ex-NBA player. Chicago isn’t in the south, but it will also be highlighted in a new series on the channel, “100 Days of Summer.”

Bravo is also adapting the U.K. series “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant” for the U.S., calling it “America’s Best Restaurant.” Gordon Ramsay is on board to produce the series, which looks to find, well, America’s best restaurant.

Details on all of the shows, below.

NEW SERIES GREENLIGHTS:

“Below Deck” – Summer 2013

Produced by 51 Minds with Mark Cronin and Courtland Cox as Executive Producers.

The upstairs and downstairs worlds collide when this young and single crew, known as “yachties,” live, love and work together onboard a privately owned extravagant yacht.  Working and tending to the ever-changing needs of their demanding charter guests is not always smooth sailing.

 

“City Sisters” – Fall 2013

Produced by Leftfield Pictures with Brent Montgomery, David George, Dominick Pupa, Tess Gamboa, and Caroline Self as Executive Producers.

The series follows a group of single, up-and-coming movers and shakers in New York’s elite circles of real estate, fashion, and media.  These ladies are aggressive in their pursuit of personal and career goals, but in this cutthroat world where egos are high and the drive to succeed is even higher, success can come at a steep cost.

 

“Courtney Loves Dallas”

Produced by Pink Sneakers Productions with Kimberly Cowin and John Ehrhard as Executive Producers.

Breakout star Courtney Kerr of “Most Eligible Dallas” navigates the lively Texas social scene with her group of sassy, dynamic friends.  She’s out to rope herself the perfect southern gentleman, while trying to make a name for herself in the fashion industry, but Courtney quickly finds that taking the bull by the horn isn’t as easy as it may sound.

 

“Divorce Diva” (working title)

Produced by Engel Entertainment with Steven Engel as Executive Producer.

When couples go from “I do” to “I don’t,” Vikki Ziegler is who they call to mediate, advise and divide their assets out of court.  Why let a judge decide your fate when the Divorce Diva can cut through all the drama to determine who will get what?