Bravo promotes Frances Berwick to president, acknowledging her incredible track record

Frances Berwick has been promoted to president of Bravo Media, up from executive vice president and general manager. She has been with Bravo since 1996, and has developed and produced everything from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to Top Chef and Project Runway, plus more recent shows such as My Life on the D-List and Flipping Out.

Bravo’s press release notes that she’s “[o]ne of Bravo’s longest tenured employees,” and “introduced high-profile original series including Michael Moore’s ‘The Awful Truth,’ the Emmy Award winning ‘Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within,’ ‘Bravo Profiles,’ and ‘The It Factor.'” More recently, “as General Manager, Berwick presided over a 33 percent increase in original programming” and “a 30 percent increase in total revenue to the network since 2008.”

In other words, she’s ridiculously talented and responsible for a number of the best reality series of the past decade. Bravo, Frances.

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.

about the writer

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.