Bravo announces new season, but no word on return of Boy Meets Boy
Bravo has unveiled a programming slate of new series, specials, and pilots for next year. The NBC-owned cable channel will look to repeat the success of its breakout hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy with programming that balances cutting-edge flavor with mass appeal, Bravo senior vice president programming Frances Berwick said. "We're trying to find shows that have a unique twist and perspective that can be as popular as Queer Eye," she said.
Bravo has ordered 13 episodes from Wall to Wall Television (Frontier House) of a one-hour reality series called Things I Hate About You, in which couples provided with video cameras capture each other's annoying habits. The network also has ordered another 13-episode batch from performance troupe Cirque du Soleil. Also on the series front, Bravo is preparing previously announced projects, including Significant Others, an improvisational comedy from NBC Studios about relationships; Show Biz Moms, a documentary from gay-owned production company World of Wonder about child actors and their parents; and Project Runway, a fashion-focused extension of Miramax Television's Project Greenlight series. Bravo also is considering a fleet of series pilots, including a celebrity-impression sketch show starring Elon Gold (The In-laws); Nothing to Hide, a dating show; and Housebusters, an exploration from World of Wonder of the mystical aspects of home design.
Will & Grace star Sean Hayes has two projects in development at Bravo through his production company, Hazy Mills. Pilot Season, produced together with Shapiro Grodner, traces the development of TV pilots. UnderExposed, produced with R.J. Cutler (American High, Freshman Diaries), hosts a filmmaking contest. Bravo has also lined up a pair of separate stand-up comedy specials featuring Kathy Griffin and Sarah Jones.
Still undecided: the future of Boy Meets Boy, the gay dating series that aired as a companion to Queer Eye during its first season.