Bravo unveils new reality series; Burnett will be Giving Hope with new series.

Bravo unveils new reality series; Burnett will be Giving Hope with new series.
For his next reality project, Mark Burnett is looking away from men beating each other senseless and individuals stabbing each other in the backs. Instead, he’s looking toward Touched by an Angel. Yes, seriously. He even wants Roma Downey (who’s dating Burnett) and Della Reese to help out with this new series, Giving Hope, which “will be about bringing hope to people,” he says. Examples include “people in Kansas who have lost their farm and helping them get back on their feet … people under a mountain of medical bills and finding ways to get them out from under it,” he says, according to the Boston Herald.

Meanwhile, Bravo announced a ton of premiere dates and new series yesterday. First, the network announced airdates for expected reality shows: Sports Kids Moms & Dads (June 1 at 10), Being Bobby Brown (June 30 at 10 p.m. ET), Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (June 27 at 10), Situation: Comedy (August 2 at 8), and Blow Out season two (June 7 at 9). They’ve also announced a number of new series, most of which aren’t all that gay, surprisingly enough. The four new series:

  • Battle of the Network Stars: Instead of washed-up sitcom and drama stars, Bravo will use “today’s biggest stars – the leading men and women of reality TV” for this six-hour reincarnation of the 1970s series. [2006]
  • Top Chef: “the search for the world’s next top chef.” [2006]
  • The Real Housewives: A reality version of Desperate Housewives, of course, which will be a “larger-than-life look within one of the most affluent gated communities in America.” [2006]
  • The Daily News: A look inside the New York Daily News. Each of the six one-hour episodes “follows 4 – 5 characters” from the newsroom. [2006]

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