Bravo Goes Spin-Off Crazy With New Programming Slate

by | March 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM | TV News

Familiar faces in new situations – that’s one of the strategies Bravo is adopting as it develops a new round of shows that will begin premiering over the next few months and into next year.

The cable channel best known for its “Real Housewives” franchises and shows such as “Top Chef” (which just had another grand finale) announced 11 new series on Wednesday.

Among the Bravo personalities getting new shows that will be spun off from older ones: Tabatha Coffey of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos from “Flipping Out,” Chris March from the fourth season of “Project Runway” (when it was still on Bravo), and Brad Goreski from “The Rachel Zoe Project.”

Here’s what’s in store:

“Tabatha Takes Over”: In this new series, Coffey expands her range beyond the beauty salons she took over and transformed into successful enterprises in her former series. This time, she’ll be challenged to whip “various small businesses and family enterprises into shape,” Bravo says. No premiere date was given.

“Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis”: This new series will put Bravo’s obsessive-compulsive decorator, renovator and house-flipper to the test when he and his unflappable assistant, Jenni Pulos, actually move in with homeowners for a week in order to analyze what’s wrong with their households, and then apply the power of interior decorating to fixing their lives and homes. No airdate.

Watch Jeff Steal from a Little Girl:

“Mad Fashion”: This new reality series starring flamboyant Broadway costumer Chris March could have been called “March Madness,” but then too many people would confuse it with the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Or maybe not, since this show is about a guy who designs and produces over-the-top outfits for celebrities and other wealthy clients. No airdate yet.

“It’s a Brad Brad World”: It’s a workplace docu-series in which Brad Goreski is seen trying to build his own business in the fashion world after breaking away from Rachel Zoe. No airdate was provided.

Elsewhere on Bravo’s development list, we were most intrigued by:

“Million Dollar Listing NYC”: We can’t get enough of voyeuristic real estate shows, particularly ones that promise to take us inside some of the world’s most beautiful (and expensive) New York City apartments and townhouses. It’s a spinoff, with New York realtors, of the L.A.-based “Million Dollar Listing” already seen on Bravo. No airdate was announced.

“The Therapists”: Really? A reality series about therapists that will actually show these real-life shrinks in sessions with patients? Well, if the patients allow it, it’s not a violation of privacy, is it? We can’t help but be curious about how they’ll do this, but a reality show about therapy was likely inevitable following the success of fictional therapy shows such as “In Treatment” on HBO (and before that, the late, great “Dr. Katz” on Comedy Central). Airdate? None was provided.

Bravo’s new shows were announced officially by the tireless Andy Cohen, the channel’s head of programming and host of his own talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” at an extravagant dinner for advertisers and the press Wednesday night in Manhattan. The food was even prepared by “Top Chef” finalists Richard Blais and Mike Isabella, and the event was attended by various Bravo personalities, from the “Real Housewives” of New York and New Jersey (including Teresa Guidice, who didn’t even turn over any tables) to Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos.

At one point, it even felt as if we were in a real-life episode of “The Real Housewives of New York” when one of the “housewives,” Jill Zarin, walked by us crying and we learned she’d lost a cherished bracelet.

We watched what happened and, sure enough, the bracelet was found, Jill’s tears were replaced by smiles, and everyone in Bravoland lived happily ever after, at least for one evening.