Bravo just announced their expanded programming for 2011 and I am all shook up! In addition to bringing back our old favorites, Bravo is launching several new shows this year and welcomes some new “Bravolebrities.” Here’s what’s happening:


The Real Housewives of New York City, Tuesday Feb 15 at 10/9c
Million Dollar Listing, Thursday Feb 3 at 9/8c
The Real Housewives of Orange County, Sunday, March 6 at 10/9c
Watch What Happens Live, Sundays and Tuesdays at 11/10c

The Rachel Zoe Project season four (but Brad left! Is it worth watching without Brad? I guess she’s pregnant so that could be interesting …)
Flipping Out season five
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist season two (woo-hoo! Love this show)
The Millionaire Matchmaker season five

The newly-titled Bethenny Ever After (from Bethenny Getting Married?) is returning for a second season Monday, Feb 28 at 10/9c
Top Chef season nine has just started casting and Top Chef Masters season 3 will return with Chef Curtis Stone as host. He was able to tear himself away from The Biggest Loser, apparently.

Kathy Griffin will have four quarterly stand-up specials (yay! Boo to no more My Life on the D-List though), and Bravo is working on an interactive live special with Donny Deutsch called “Love Calling.”


Platinum Hit – From the Bravo press release: “Two of the most accomplished songwriters, Jewel and Kara DioGuardi, share their experience and expertise in the network’s new music competition series ‘Platinum Hit.’ Twelve aspiring songwriters battle through a series of innovative challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive as this unique creative process is unveiled for the first time.  The series, which was previously announced as ‘Hitmakers,’ will premiere Summer 2011.”  Okay, I wasn’t a big Kara fan during her stint on American Idol but maybe this is where she belongs! If it’s a competition for songwriters, I will almost definitely watch it.

Million Dollar Decorators – “In April, ‘Million Dollar Decorators’ will explore the professional
and personal lives of some of LA’s hottest high-end interior decorators and their million dollar budgets.”  We love watching rich people and rich lifestyles, and Bravo is totally onto us. So this is basically Million Dollar Listing but for decorators. Who knows, it could be interesting, but if one more show comes out starting with “Million” I’m out.

Pregnant in Heels – “‘Pregnant in Heels’ will follow maternity concierge Rosie Pope as she advises her privileged and demanding Manhattan clients and expecting mothers on everything from planning baby showers to organizing a portrait of a new mother naked on her horse.” Very important we know about this new mother naked on her horse, apparently. I was so hoping this would be a new title for Rachel Zoe’s show! This sounds like we’re delving into the other side of Bethenny and Phaedra’s pregnancies, only it’s not about Dwight so it’s probably less boughetto. Still, they had me at “privileged and demanding Manhattan clients.” Will this be another one-hit wonder like that show about the woman who designed fancy travel/dates for people? I don’t even remember what it was called.

Rocco’s Dinner Party – “Chefs compete to throw the ultimate dinner party for Rocco DiSpirito and his celebrity friends.” Ugh, Rocco DiSpirito. He’s such a douchebag. But maybe that’s what makes the dinner party interesting? Or maybe it’s Rocco’s “celebrity friends.” Either way, it’s all in the execution with this one.

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Carla Patton

Writer, BuddyTV

Originally from Seattle, Carla recently took a husband and moved to Austin, Texas, where she is finally using her television “problem” to her advantage. It’s sort of like Dexter, but boring and less murdering. Carla’s favorite shows include 30 RockThe Amazing RaceProject RunwayModern Family, anything with murder, and pretty much anything gross and weird (CSIThe BachelorToddlers & Tiaras, etc.). Favorite canceled shows include: Arrested DevelopmentVeronica Mars and Average Joe. In her spare time, Carla leads tours of downtown Austin on a Segway (don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!), blogs about Netflix Instant, and visits elementary schools telling children they don’t need math to succeed (just kidding, stay in school, kids).