Andy Cohen promoted to senior VP at Bravo

Bravo announced several promotions today, including bumping Andy Cohen to Bravo’s senior vice president of original programming and development. The network also promoted Shari Levine to lead production and Cori Abraham to lead development, while Christian Barcellos is the new VP of production and Eli Lehrer is the new VP of development and production.

Cohen, the network’s most-visible executive–and perhaps the most visible network executive anywhere–will still be “overseeing the network’s production team,” but now “adds oversight of Bravo’s development and will continue to manage the network’s aggressive slate of current unscripted series and specials, as well as the network’s current production slate,” according to the network.

Frances Berwick, the network’s executive vice president–Bravo really has too many VPs–explained Cohen’s promotion. “Since he joined Bravo in 2004, Andy has made an indelible mark on the network, bringing an amazing creativity and passion to everything from executive producing our originals, to his daily must-read blog, and numerous TV and online hosting duties. He is the ultimate multi-skilled executive,” she said.

Andy’s track record of executive producing and overseeing great unscripted shows is evidence that he’s a good network executive, but let’s just hope this doesn’t give him license to put his insufferable self on TV even more.

Bravo Expands Production and Development Teams [Bravo press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.