With the popularity of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and its subsequent spinoffs, Bravo continues to offer reality TV entertainment centered around the friendships–and drama– of black women. Its latest venture is “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” a New York-based series that follows six up-and-coming movers and shakers in the city’s choice circles of real estate, fashion and media, a Bravo Media press release stated. It premieres Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. EST.
Former video vixen Melyssa Ford, known for appearances in videos for top-selling artists like Jay Z and Alicia Keys, is probably the most recognizable name of the cast. She’s now pursuing a real estate career and is joined by real estate partner Brie Bythewood, modeling agency owner Mica Hughes, affordable-style expert Daisy Lewellyn, “A Belle in Brooklyn” blogger and author Demetria Lucas and style and pop culture journalist Geneva S. Thomas. Both Lewellyn and Lucas are former Essence magazine editors while Thomas was an editor at Ebony.com.
“The self-starters built their reputations and successes without the help of a man, but they never underestimate the power of a girlfriend’s support. These independent ladies are aggressive in their pursuit of personal and career goals, but will the cost of success prove too steep as they climb their way to the top?” the press release continued.
“Blood, Sweat & Heels” may also bring to mind OWN’s planned reality series, “Crazy.Sexy.Life,” which follows four professional and influential women in New York. OWN offered a special sneak preview of the series in September and plans to launch it in January. “Set against the backdrop of America’s most vibrant and competitive city, this show details what real life is all about for a quartet of very different personalities who have embraced one another as ‘family’ for more than a decade, and who depend on one another unconditionally,” OWN president Sheri Salata said in a statement.
In addition to “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” Bravo will debut “Toned Up,” centered on fitness experts and best friends Katrina Dawn and Karena Hodgson, and “100 Hundred Days of Summer,” a new series that “chronicles a group of young, successful and driven Chicagoans as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal, professional, and social lives in the Windy City over one intense summer.” “Toned Up” debuts Jan. 2 at 10:30 p.m. EST and “100 Days of Summer” debuts Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. EST.