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Bravo Upfront: Two Scripted Series, Real-Time Reality

Of Course, the Network First Promised a Scripted Series in 2012

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Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live.'
Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live.' Credit: Bravo

Bravo is promising not one but two scripted series during its annual upfront presentation.

The NBC Universal-owned cable network will be pitching the previously announced "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" as well as the newly greenlit "Odd Mom Out" to advertisers, executives said at a preview for press today.

"Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," based on the book series of the same name, is expected to debut in 2015. Bravo has not set a premiere date for "Odd Mom Out," from author and fashion expert Jill Kargman.

The network said two years ago that it would enter scripted programming, with initial plans to bow the first of these series in 2013. That got delayed when the network decided not to go ahead with a series called "Rita."

Sibling channel E! has also experienced some delays in its move into scripted. After three upfronts' worth of promises to roll out a scripted series, that network finally greenlit its first project, "The Royals," last month.

Bravo also announced new reality series including "Top Chef Duels," which will bring back former "Top Chef" contestants in a new battle; "Best New Restaurant," which pits 16 new restaurants against each other; "Friends to Lovers?" following friends who attempt to date; and "Manzo'd with Children," following Caroline Manzo of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and her family.

Bravo will also experiment with a real-time reality series, "100 Dates," which follows New Yorkers as they search for love. Each episode will be shot and aired within a single week, letting viewers interact with the cast through social media and affect the story throughout the season.

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