Andy Cohen, Laura Bennett shows among new, returning Bravo series

Our long national nightmare is not going to end soon, as Bravo VP and terrible host Andy Cohen is getting his own “weekly topical” Bravo series based on his online Watch What Happens series. Apparently, he thinks he can compete with Joel McHale and The Soup, or even the now-flat Best Week Ever.

That came as part of Bravo’s announcement of its new and returning shows, which will include two scripted series along with its reality fare. The “weekly topical” show is “a live interactive series that debuted online and will move on-air hosted by Bravo programming executive Andy Cohen.” Get me some popcorn and let me choke on it now.

Bravo has formally ordered American Artist, the Sarah Jessica Parker-produced artist competition it announced last summer; Launch My Line, the celebrity sewing competition that used to be called Celebrity Sew-Off; the docudrama that will follow PR Revolution’s Kelly Cutrone, Kell on Earth; and Design Sixx, a docudrama about designer spouses Cortney and Robert Novogratz,

The network is also developing a docudrama about Laura Bennet’s life and family (she has six kids); a docudrama that follows celebrity florist Eric Buterbaugh; a docudrama called Secret Life of Supermodels that follows Carol Alt, Maggie Rizer, Frederique Van Der Wal, Mariel Hemingway, Irina Pantaeva and Patricia Velasquez; Social Heights, another New York high society docudrama; and Jackie’s Gym Takeover, which after Tabatha’s Salon Takeover is the network’s second rip-off of Kitchen Nightmares.

Finally, Bravo has previously renewed several series, but officially announced all its renewals: Flipping Out, Million Dollar Listing, My Life on the D-List, The Rachel Zoe Project, The Real Housewives of Atlanta,The Real Housewives of Orange County, Shear Genius, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, and Top Chef.

Bravo Writes a New Chapter… [Bravo press release]

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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.