Gail Simmons promoted as Top Chef, Masters among 18 renewed Bravo shows

Bravo has announced it is renewing 18 series and ordering 17 new ones, continuing to expand the network in the direction of its Real Housewives, advertising-as-storyline image.

The upfronts announcements came a day after I realized that I no longer watch Bravo, now that Top Chef is off the air. But this release reminded me that there are a few of its older series that I’m looking forward to, including Flipping Out and Million Dollar Listing, which is inexplicably appealing.

In the most important news, although it was buried in the press release, Gail Simmons has become the head critic on Top Chef Masters, a well-earned promotion. I was hoping for Top Chef: Padma vs. Gail, but this will be fine in the meantime.

Because none of the terrible shows it announced last year turned into full series, I’m going to pretty much ignore the 17 new series, unscripted and scripted, that the network just announced. Some are spin-offs; one or two have potential (especially Newlyweds: The First Year). They’re all described in Bravo’s press release

But here are all the reality series Bravo has renewed:

  • Flipping Out, season seven
  • Tabatha Takes Over, season five
  • Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, season six
  • Million Dollar Listing New York, season two
  • Shahs of Sunset, season three
  • The Real Housewives of Miami, season three
  • Chef Roble & Co, season two
  • Vanderpump Rules, season two
  • Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, season two
  • Don’t Be Tardy…, season two
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey, season five
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, season four
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta, season six
  • The Real Housewives of New York, season six
  • Top Chef, season 11

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

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