Bravo overhauls programming, Web offerings

Bravo will add a night of original programming, premiering several series, including one focusing on a Los Angeles house flipper and a look behind the scenes of the Parker Palm Springs luxury hotel.

Bravo executives also will unveil a round of online and wireless initiatives after a year that saw the cable channel create pop culture, forgotten TV and gay/lesbian Web sites, and purchase Television Without Pity.

It will continue the momentum with a new site called TopChefOnline.com, which will become a year-round destination for fans of the Bravo cooking competition Top Chef. It will include an original Web series called Miami Spice featuring season two chef Elia Aboumrad, as well as blogs dedicated to food and drink and cooking tips on video.

It also will continue to develop mobile and other new-media sites, including mobile video, weekly live voting, and a reverse auction text campaign where viewers send text messages to Bravo for a chance to win prizes for the lowest bid.

Flipping Out is a reality series about Jeff Lewis, a real estate businessman known around Los Angeles and elsewhere for turning a six-figure profit on multimillion-dollar properties.

Welcome to the Parker is the day-to-day life of the Palm Springs hotel and how it is kept up, and it profiles some of the guests. And First Class All the Way follows luxury travel consultant Sara Duffy.

None of the shows has a premiere date yet.

They will join other new shows Hey Paula, a documentary series about American Idol judge Paula Abdul, and Millionaire Matchmaker, plus returning shows Top Chef (in the summer), Project Runway (fall), Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (premieres June 5), and Inside the Actors Studio.

Online, the channel will add to its OUTzone.com gay/lesbian Web site with a new show called Ask a Gay Man, featuring William Sledd, who has answered viewer questions on a series of videos on YouTube.

The channel also will hold its own awards show in March 2008 called the Bravo Icon Awards. It will honor creativity in acting, fashion, food, interior design, hairstyling, and pop culture.

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I dont know PattieMelt when I think classy reality shows I think of four little words: I LOVE NEW YORK.
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plesse no more reality
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reality shows suck. i'd prefer repeats of quality shows that have been cancelled.
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You have to admit that out of all the reality shows BRAVO has the classiest of the bunch. You can admit that they edit the show for suspense instead of sensation like many other reality shows. To me their shows make sense and are the most real of the reality bunch.
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I'm looking forward to Ellia's web series and to the third season of Top Chef
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Aren't there enough reality shows on TV?
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i agree no more reality
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Bravo has some good series at times.

But can we stop it with the insane amount of reality stuff?
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