Upfronts 2014: “Top Chef’s’ Tom Colicchio will host new show from Gordon Ramsay, Fremantle to produce real-time unscripted series
Bravo’s extensive 2014-2015 programming slate has a few surprises, including a new scripted series, a wedding series spinoff for “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Kandi Burruss and a new series starring “Top Chef” judge Tom Collichio produced by Gordon Ramsay and a real-time series from Fremantle Media North America.
In addition to previously greenlit scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” Bravo has ordered its second scripted series. Starring and executive-produced by novelist Jill Kargman, half-hour comedy “Odd Mom Out” features Kargman as an Upper East Side New York mom who’s trying to keep up with the trends of her tony neighborhood.
Interestingly, the series is produced by Left/Right, which isn’t known for producing scripted series. It’s the company behind “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Mob Wives” and “Kimora.”
The slate also includes a series green light for previously announced pilot “Manzo’d With Children” starring former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Caroline Manzo.
Additionally, Bravo has given a series order to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding,” which will document Burruss’ nuptials to fiance Todd Tucker.
“Best New Restaurant” will star “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio. Adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s British series of the same name, the show will feature Colicchio and his team as they narrow 16 new restaurants down to one winner. This is quite the departure for Bravo in that it isn’t being produced by longtime “Top Chef” producers Magical Elves. Ramsay serves as an executive producer under his company, One Potato Two Potato.
So, that series wouldn’t count as a “Top Chef” spinoff. But, the network’s previously announced “Top Chef Extreme” is also slated for 2014-2015 and has been renamed “Top Chef Duels.”
Also, Bravo is developing a real-time unscripted series with the working title, “Going Going Gone,” from Fremantle, which is best known for producing “American Idol” and “The X Factor.” The series will air estate sales as they happen.
Additionally, Bravo has handed new season renewals to a host of its existing series, including “The Millionaire Matchmaker” Season 8, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 7 and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Season 5, “Shahs of Sunset” Season 4, “Vanderpump Rules” Season 3, “Watch What Happens Live,” “Fashion Queens” Season 3 and sophomore seasons of “Thicker Than Water” and “Blood, Sweat & Heels.”
See the full slate below from Bravo:
NEW SCRIPTED SERIES:
“Odd Mom Out”
Produced by Left/Right with Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver serving as Executive Producers along with Jill Kargman, and Piro Vision’s Tim Piper and Daniel Rosenberg.
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”
Produced by Universal Cable Productions with Marti Noxon, who wrote the pilot, Vicki Iovine, Meryl Poster and Robbie Duncan McNeil serving as Executive Producers.
Based on the best-selling “Girlfriends’ Guide” book series by Vicki Iovine, the scripted series written by Marti Noxon (“Glee,” “Mad Men,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), follows Abby, played by Lisa Edelstein (“House”), 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. As previously announced, the series also stars Janeane Garofalo (“Reality Bites”) as Lyla and Beau Garrett (“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) as Phoebe. The network now confirms, Necar Zadegan (“Emily Owens, MD,” “24”) will star in the new role of Delia and Robert Duncan McNeill (“666 Park Avenue,” “Chuck”) has signed on as Producing Director for the series, which is slated to begin production this summer. Paul Adelstein played the role of Abby’s husband in the pilot and Carrie Fisher made a cameo as Abby’s book editor Cat in the pilot.
Previously announced as “Top Chef Extreme,” this new culinary competition series hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone brings back eighteen of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons of “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters.” In each episode, two former chef’testants will face off head-to-head in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges, each being given the chance to up the ante and challenge the other’s culinary skills. The winners of each battle will compete in the season finale in a test of pure gastronomic talent and ambition until only one is standing to claim the $100,000 grand prize and culinary bragging rights. Curtis Stone will also anchor the judges table with Gail Simmons, while chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson and special guests will round out the judging panel throughout the series.
“Best New Restaurant”
Produced by One Potato Two Potato with Gordon Ramsay, Tom Colicchio, Elizabeth Cook, Nicola Moody, Pat Llewellyn and Ben Adler serving as Executive Producers.
A new out-of-studio culinary competition series that tackles the food world from a fresh direction: the restaurant. Acclaimed 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, top-to-bottom experience. Tom will travel across the nation in search of only one restaurant that deserves a cash prize and to be crowned “Best New Restaurant.” The series is modeled after the UK hit “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant” from executive producer Gordon Ramsay.
“100 Dates” (working title)
Produced by All3Media America, Goodbye Pictures and Lime Pictures. Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert and Derek McLean will serve as Executive Producers for AllMedia America; Rich Bye will serve as Executive Producer for Goodbye Pictures; and Kate Little and Claire Poysner will serve as Executive Producers for Lime Pictures.
“100 Dates” 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. This addictive series takes transmedia to the next level as fans will be able to interact with the cast and affect the story in ways that have never been seen through social media.
“Friends to Lovers?”
Produced by World of Wonder with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Angela Berg serving as Executive Producers.
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”
Produced by Sirens Media with Lucilla D’Agostino, Valerie Haselton and Rebecca Toth Diefenbach serving as Executive Producers.
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”
Produced by CORE Media Group with Jennifer O’Connell, Rob Lee of Bayonne Entertainment and Andrew Hoegl serving as Executive Producers.
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
Produced by Adjacent Productions with Izzie Pick Ashcroft, Claire O’Donohoe, Anna Geddes, Jane Tranter and Michael Brooks serving as Executive Producers.
Set in the glittering, 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.
“Game of Crowns” – Premiering July
Produced by Shed Media US with Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon, Dan Peirson and Tess Gamboa as Executive Producers.
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.
“Million Dollar Listing Miami” – Premiering June
Produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Eric Detwiler serving as Executive Producers.
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.
Produced by Authentic Entertainment with Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and Sonia Slutsky serving as Executive Producers.
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, who are determined to sculpt Jaime into a southern darling, 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?
“Untying the Knot” – Premiering June
Produced by Engel Entertainment with Steven Engel, Krystal Kennedy and Dean W. Slotar serving as Executive Producers.
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 that range from dazzling diamonds to the family pets. 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?
“Extreme Guide to Parenting” – Premiering July
Produced by Punched In The Head Productions with Amelia D’Entrone, Craig D’Entrone and Lauren Lazin serving as Executive Producers.
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 very unique styles of raising their children – and each family strongly believes their methods are superior.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding” (working title)
Produced by True Entertainment with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin and Carlos King serving as Executive Producers. Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker also serve as Executive Producers.
You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker. Against vocal family opposition that played out dramatically in season six 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 DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS:
“Going Going Gone” (working title)
Produced by Fremantle Media North America with Thom Beers, Toby Gorman and Jodi Day serving as Executive Producers.
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)
Produced by Monkey Kingdom with Will Macdonald and David Granger serving as Executive Producers.
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. One thing is for certain, from a Safari in Kenya to the Souks of Morocco, this will be the ride of a lifetime.
“Gen XYZ” (working title)
Produced by Warrior Poets and Crybaby Media with Morgan Spurlock, Ethan Goldman, Jeremy Chilnick and Danny Passman serving as Executive Producers.
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 trail blazers are grappling with what “having it all” really looks like for women of today in the cutthroat fashion industry.
This summer many of Bravo’s memorable characters return as the network confirms new season orders of high-seas and high-stakes drama with Below Deck season two, Don’t Be Tardy… season three, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles season seven and The Real Housewives of New Jersey season six. Returning fan favorites this fall include a twelfth season of the Emmy Award-winning culinary competition series Top Chef, The Millionaire Matchmaker season eight, The Real Housewives of Atlanta season seven and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season five. The fall fun continues with the return of Shahs of Sunset season four, Vanderpump Rules season three, Fashion Queens season three and Newlyweds season two. Look out for the sophomore returns of Thicker Than Water and Blood, Sweat & Heels, along with more Watch What Happens Live and a third season of Newlyweds in 2015.