Bravo Picks Up 3 New Unscripted Series, Renews ‘Real Housewives Of OC’, 2 More

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – August 2, 2011 – After recording its best second quarter ever, Bravo Media announced it will increase its must watch original programming with three new series and three returning favorites.  The new series include Around the World in 80 Plates (working title), a culinary competition following chefs as they compete in world-renowned restaurants around the globe, Paint the Town (working title), which gives viewers an exclusive look inside the lives of six 20-something women working in New York City’s hippest art galleries and Newlyweds: The First Year (working title), a docu-series capturing six couples throughout their first year of marriage. The network will also air a special, Thicker Than Water: The Marinos, following the chaotic lives of a tight-knit, multi-generational family in New Jersey on Sunday, August 21 at 11p.m ET/PT. After recently concluding successful seasons, Bravo has renewed several of its hit series including a seventh season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, a fourth season of Top Chef Masters and a fifth season of Million Dollar Listing LA.

“Around the World in 80 Plates” (working title)
Produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz as Executive Producers
“Around the World in 80 Plates” takes culinary competition to the next level. Up-and-coming chefs will travel to various countries testing their skills in some of the greatest and most challenging restaurants around the globe.  In each episode, the contestants will travel to a different international city where they will learn the local customs, cultures and cuisines as they participate in a gauntlet of culinary challenges- all while being at the mercy of the demanding restaurant owners. Ultimately, they will face-off in a kitchen takeover where they will not just recreate, but reinvent the menus for these world-renowned restaurants.

“Paint the Town” (working title)
Produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz as Executive Producers
The new docu-series gives viewers an inside look into the lives of six young women who moved to New York City with the dream of living a chic, fashionable, art-filled existence. During the day these women, who mainly work in the city’s trendiest art galleries, manage the stress of their demanding bosses, and struggle to get ahead in a business with so few opportunities to rise up the ranks. At night they are out at the hippest clubs, bars and art scene functions as they juggle their friendships, guys and elite art world acquaintances. These girls’ desire to live a glamorous NYC life is unwavering, but will they find it too difficult to survive in this competitive, expensive, relentless city?

“Newlyweds: The First Year” (working title)
Produced by Monkey Kingdom with Will Macdonald and David Granger serving as Executive Producers
Bravo explores the ups and downs of marriage with this unique docu-series as six diverse couples from across the country experience the trials and tribulations of their first year of marriage.  From the moment they say “I do” to their one-year anniversary and everything in between, the cameras capture the significant milestones, difficult adjustments and everyday life of the twelve newlyweds to see whether or not they can survive what proves to be the most difficult year of marriage.

“Thicker Than Water: The Marinos”- Premieres Sunday, August 21 at 11p.m ET/PT
Produced by Pink Sneakers Production with Kimberly Belcher Cowin, John Ehrhard and Kevin Harris serving as Executive Producer.
They say friends may come and go, but family is forever. “Thicker Than Water: The Marinos” offers a glimpse into the life of The Marinos, a tight knit New Jersey family. They laugh until they cry, finish each other’s sentences and feel entitled to have an opinion about every detail of each other’s lives. Things may get hectic between work, golf outings, shuttling the kids to soccer practice in their Jimmy Choos, and marriage counseling for some, but they can’t imagine going a day without talking. And if they’re not talking to each other, they’re talking about each other. The term “mind your own business” has no place in a Marino household because your business is everyone’s business.  They’re each others best friends and worst critics, but they always have each other’s backs because in the Marino family blood is definitely thicker than water.

Comments (30)

  • Love Bravo from the old days when QUEER EYE was the big hit> Now there isn’t a night I miss. Hey, how about a reunion show with Kyan, Ted, Carson, Jai and Thom??

    Comment by ilene levy — Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 8:37am PDT  
  • I have recently discovered/watched The Housewives series. The Housewives of Orange County are rednecks! They would fit in perfectly in LA, Lower Alabama, except for their accents of course. I thought I would die of laughter when the wives floated down river, (what river? I thought Orange Country was on the ocean), in those crushed straw cowboy hats. That is so Southern. I understand the Orange Country franchise is the most popular, and I see why. The entire south is identifying with those leathery, red skinned women. Like the people from New Jersey, they are just Southerners who have lost their way.

    Comment by Village — Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 12:44pm PDT  
  • What about Million Dollar Decorators – LOVE IT

    Comment by Mark McBride — Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 5:37pm PDT  
    • Love Million Dollar Decorators. Best show this season.

      Comment by Barbara — Wednesday August 3, 2011 @ 4:10am PDT  
  • Relax, “thicker than water” won’t be like anything you see on tv. If you like reality shows, you’ll love this one.

    Comment by Anthony — Wednesday August 3, 2011 @ 8:57am PDT  
    • This show is a kick in the face for all marinos in the world. Please take it off the air. It makes fellow Marino’s like myself, Italian americans, and New jerseyians look like white trash. I am sure anthony your family is a great family. But this produced/scripted show is crap.

      Comment by a marino — Monday September 5, 2011 @ 6:53am PDT  
    • please take this show off the air. it gives a bad name to marinos like myself.

      Comment by a marino — Monday September 5, 2011 @ 6:55am PDT  
  • That Paint the Town series sounds awesome! Can’t wait for it to air.

    Comment by Adam — Wednesday August 3, 2011 @ 10:37pm PDT  
  • Best group of bravo shows in a LONG time. Paint the town is rumored to be very good.

    Comment by luxed — Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 5:06pm PDT  
  • The best entertainers come out of New Jersey!!! The Marino’s is going to be a great show!

    Comment by Elle — Wednesday August 10, 2011 @ 8:31am PDT  
  • The Marino’s entertainment on a whole new level. 100% pure South Jersey.

    Comment by tivo tortu — Monday August 15, 2011 @ 10:45am PDT  
  • Loved The Marinos!!!! want to see more!

    Comment by Teresa — Monday August 22, 2011 @ 6:13pm PDT  
  • I’m also on team John! (But can Desiree get it together!?!! If you’re gonna live in the Marino household, you need to be a bit less sensitive…. -___-

    Comment by Chelsea — Tuesday August 23, 2011 @ 2:08pm PDT  
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