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Bravo’s Reality Mix Stirs Well

12/02/2005 7:00 PM Eastern

Warring spouses and recovering divorcées could become the subjects of new Bravo series next year.

The network hopes to turn at least half of its six pilots in development into full-fledged series as it continues to build on its eclectic mix of reality and pop-culture programming.

“We feel this is a very strong slate with several different shows that bring a fresh perspective into culture and pop culture,” said Frances Berwick, senior vice president of programming and production. “They really dig deep into major cultural movements and trends from a new, entertaining perspective on huge life transitions like divorce and how people approach them.”

Indeed, the network will touch on failed marriages with the pilot series Ex Wives Club, a docu-soap that follows the lives of six rich and young divorcees who meet for regular support groups.

Staying in the matrimonial mix, War of the Wives will feature a battle between two husbands who will try to train their spouses in the skill that made them famous.

The other pilots Bravo executives will consider: Surprise!, a reality series in which famous New York City caterer Laurence Craig plans a once-in-a-lifetime “rite of passage” party for unsuspecting persons; Fresh Start, a takeoff on the casino-gaming genre that allows individuals the opportunity to gain a new lease on life from a simple roll of the dice; This Evening With These People, a new comedic format that follows the everyday life of one typical American family and uses it as the basis for a nightly newscast; and Dishing, a weekly talk show that tackles pop culture and standout entertainment moments.

As for its current lineup, Berwick would not comment on the status of the network’s reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and Being Bobby Brown.

But this week, Bravo — which is coming off a successful November, in which primetime ratings grew 25% to a 0.5 from a 0.4 — will launch new episodes for returning series Queer Eye [formerly Queer Eye for the Straight Guy] and Project Runway.

In addition, the network will bow a new skein, Party/Party, which follows 16 diverse families as they plan and prepare for the perfect event.

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