Welcome to every TV addict’s favorite season: Upfronts Season. We’ve entered the months where networks announce their 2014-2015 programming slate — aka when you pick your new fav shows. Today, those cunning curators of all-things addictive reality TV at Bravo have just released their list of new and returning shows and this time they’re introducing a scripted series!
Before we get into the fresh stuff, let’s cover which of the old standbys are going to return. Of course, we’ve got a whole slew of Housewives, with the return of Real Housewives of New Jersey (Season 6) this summer; and Real Housewives of Atlanta (Season 7) and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Season 5) this fall. Additionally, this summer will see the return of Below Deck (Season 2), Kim Zolciak’s spinoff Don’t Be Tardy (Season 3), and Million Dollar Listing L.A. (Season 7). And the rest of your fall favs? Shahs of Sunset (Season 4), Vanderpump Rules (Season 3), Fashion Queens (Season 3), and Newlyweds (Season 2).
But don’t lose hope if your go-to isn’t above. They also assure that Thicker Than Water and Blood, Sweat & Heels will both return for a second season in 2015.
Now that we’ve got all of that squared away, let’s look at all the new blood coming to the network this year, via the BravoTV press release.
Odd Mom Out
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, in acclaimed author and celebrated fashionista Jill Kargman’s world, life is about keeping up with the Rockefellers. This hilarious half-hour comedy, based not-so-loosely on Jill’s own life, captures the fantastically outrageous world of the uber-wealthy momzillas of New York’s Upper East Side. Playing a version of herself, Jill is living in a world that has become so elite, so hip, and so trendy that she’s now the odd mom out.
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce
Based on the best-selling Girlfriends’ Guide book series by Vicki Iovine, the scripted series written by Marti Noxon (Glee, Mad Men), follows Abby (House’s Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. Also starring: Janeane Garofalo (Reality Bites), Beau Garrett (TRON: Legacy), and Necar Zadegan (24).
Top Chef Duels
Hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone, this competition brings back 18 of the biggest, boldest and most talked about personalities from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. In each episode, two chefs will face off in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges. The winners of each battle will compete in the season finale, until only one is standing to claim the $100,000 grand prize. Joining Curtis on the judges’ panel: Gail Simmons, Wolfgang Puck, and Hugh Acheson, as well as rotating celebrity guests.
Best New Restaurant
An out-of-studio culinary competition that tackles the food world from a fresh direction: the restaurant. Restaurateur and host Tom Colicchio, along with his trusted team of experts, pit 16 of the nation’s hottest new restaurants against each other in a series of challenges aimed at determining who provides the best all-around experience. Tom will travel across the nation in search of only one restaurant that deserves a cash prize and the title “Best New Restaurant.”
This series follows a group of young, successful New York singles as they search for love and live it up in The City That Never Sleeps. Marking the network’s first foray into real-time docu-drama production, each episode will be shot and aired within the same week. Fans will be able to interact with the cast and affect the story via social media in ways that have never been seen before.
Friends to Lovers?
A true social experiment exploring what happens when platonic friends leave the comfort of the “friend zone” behind and transition into exclusive romantic relationships. Friends to Lovers? attempts to answer the age-old question, can friends really become lovers, as it follows multiple sets of friends who take a leap of faith and decide to take their relationships to the next level.
Manzo’d with Children
Caroline Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey attempts to be the ring leader of her crazy Italian family. Her children are driving her more nuts than ever as Albie is single and ready to mingle, Chris is eager to come up with the best idea since the stripper car wash, and Lauren has finally let Vito put a ring on it. Meanwhile, husband Al Sr. has no tolerance for all these shenanigans. It's one crowded house filled with laughter and personality...and maybe a few rounds of the Ham Game.
Euros of Hollywood
With personalities as big as their native countries, six successful European jetsetters are taking Los Angeles by storm. From an Albanian pop princess determined to conquer America her way, to a self-dubbed Italian Renaissance man whose personality screams “I’m a star,” these men and women are stopping at nothing on their rise to the top. With their hearts on their sleeves, they have a few things in common — the pursuit of wealth, power, fame, and the American dream.
Ladies of London (Premiering June 2014)
Set in the class-conscious city of London, the docu-series follows a group of elite British socialites, Annabelle Neilson and Caroline Stanbury along with American expats Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret, Marissa Hermer, and Noelle Reno, who all run in similar social circles, but are worlds apart. From weekend getaways in the English countryside to high tea at one of London’s exclusive polo clubs, both groups adhere to strict unwritten rules of engagement where reputation is everything.
Million Dollar Listing Miami (Premiering June 2014)
The hit franchise is expanding into the sexy city of Miami where three luxury agents, Chad Carroll, Samantha DeBianchi and Chris Leavitt, battle it out in the world of high-end real estate. With a surging market in South Florida, properties are selling for record rates and agents are cashing in on massive commissions like never before. Business can get heated as the brokers attempt to make a name for themselves and outshine their competition by landing the next big listing.
Untying the Knot (Premiering June 2014)
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. Each episode features a different divorcing couple struggling to divvy up their belongings. Expert appraisers Michael and Mark Millea evaluate the items in question and help Vikki determine a fair division of assets. Why let a judge decide your fate when this “Divorce Diva” can cut through all the drama to determine who will get what?
Game of Crowns (Premiering July 2014)
Six pageant wives compete on the “Mrs.” pageant circuit to snatch the spotlight with their intense preparation from obsessing over the perfect swimsuit to honing their interview skills — all while being dedicated mothers and wives. The cast includes: Susanna Paliotta, Shelley Carbone, Lynne Diamante, Vanassa Sebastian, Leha Guilmette, and Lori-Ann Marchese.
Extreme Guide to Parenting (Premiering July 2014)
From spoiling and severe punishments to helicopter and new age methods, this is parenting at its most extreme. Each episode gives a candid look at two different households with each family strongly believes their methods are superior.
A classic fish-out-of-water tale, this docu-series follows outspoken New Jersey native and Hollywood publicist Jaime Primak Sullivan as she navigates life in the upscale southern suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama. Jaime’s life was turned upside down after she married the town’s “most eligible” bachelor. Despite the help of her girlfriends, Jaime can’t help but speak her mind — often to hilarious results. Can Jaime keep her Jersey cool in the Deep South, or will her southern-bred BFFs finally turn her into a true-blue Alabama belle?
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding (working title)
You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker. Against vocal family opposition that played out dramatically in Season 6 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi and Todd have decided to move forward and tie the knot. Each episode follows Kandi and Todd as they plan a larger-than-life Coming to America-themed wedding ceremony, signifying the couple’s initial introduction in Africa.
UNSCRIPTED IN DEVELOPMENT
Going Going Gone (working title)
A never-before-attempted live televised estate sale where viewers are given the chance to snoop around the most spectacular homes in the country and bid live on what’s inside! From a hand-sewn peacock feather dress modeled by Naomi Campbell at Milan Fashion Week to a stunning worn leather knife roll used by Wolfgang Puck at the time he opened his first Spago, at home viewers will have the opportunity to own some truly unique treasures.
Tour Group (working title)
This luxury travel docu-series will follow a diverse group of upscale characters on a mind-blowing vacation through the most stunning, eclectic, and exclusive sights and scenes around the globe. With such vibrant and varied personalities forced together in alien environments for two months, this dream holiday could be just that as some might find love under the pink light of the Taj Mahal, or turn into a nightmare for others as the furs fly in seven star resorts from Dubai to the Maldives.
Gen XYZ (working title)
Six ambitious and successful women from four different generations are each on the precipice of taking their career to the next level in the fashion and beauty industries. While working to navigate the delicate balance between their personal and professional realities and aspirations, these trailblazers are grappling with what "having it all" really looks like for women of today in the cutthroat fashion industry.
Crowd Control (working title)
The ultimate choose-your-own-adventure that puts one person’s fate into the hands of opinionated viewers. Having to rely on social media interactions alone, the day-to-day life of our host will be completely dictated by the audience.
Fempire (working title)
These female CEOs know that making time for a cocktail and a date is sometimes their only salvation from the pressures and responsibility of growing a “Fempire” and commanding respect from the men who work beneath them. Business is personal for these women as they do whatever it takes to dominate their field and smash through the glass ceiling. Will they find happiness on the other side or have they compromised too much to get there?
The Fit Club (working title)
Today’s modern day Greek Gods are also New York City’s hottest trainers. Their client lists include some of Manhattan’s elite, from billionaire investors to famous celebrities. With highly active lives both in and out of the gym, this project chronicles their friendships, romances, and feuds as they fight to stay on top of the ultra-competitive world of fitness training.
Last Chance (working title)
Two exes have the ultimate opportunity to give their relationship one last chance through a series of social experiments over the course of 30 days. The couple will reunite and be pushed to their limits under taxing scenarios including returning to the scene of one their most difficult times together.
Why Not, Minot? (working title)
Minot, North Dakota, is home of a modern Gold Rush with individuals and families from all over the country flocking to this unexpectedly wealthy area for a chance to strike it rich and ask “Why Not, Minot?”