Bravo announces three new series; Patti Stanger deal

Tue Aug 2, 2011 6:12pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Cable channel Bravo is bolstering its programing with three new series and a special, Bravo Media announced on Tuesday.

The culinary competition "Around the World in 80 Plates" will pit budding chefs against each other in an international contest, with players traveling to a different international city each week to participate in "a gauntlet of culinary challenges."

The contest will culminate in a kitchen face-off, during which the rival cooks will attempt to reinvent the menus of world-renowned restaurants.

"Paint the Town," meanwhile, will follow six women with art-world aspirations who move to New York in pursuit of their dreams, struggling to establish themselves by day and working the city's club scene by night.

The final new series, "Newlyweds: The First Year," will track six recently married couples from various parts of the country in order to document the ups and downs of their first year of marriage.

"Paint the Town" and "Around the World in 80 Plates" are produced by Magical Elves, the company behind "Top Chef" and "The Real L Word," while "Newlyweds: The First Year" is produced by Monkey Kingdom Productions.

Premiering on August 21 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, the Bravo Special "Thicker Than Water: The Marinos" will follow a 'tight knit New Jersey family," whose dynamic includes a hefty dose of meddling in each other's affairs.

"The term 'mind your own business' has no place in a Marino household because your business is everyone's business," Bravo's announcement said. "They're each others best friends and worst critics, but they always have each other's backs."

Moving to familiar faces on Bravo, the outlet also announced on Tuesday that it had struck a two-year development deal with Patti Stanger, the star and creator of Bravo's hit series "Millionaire Matchmaker."

Under the deal, Stanger will search out new talent for Bravo, create an develop programing for the cable outlet, and possibly star in a new series for Bravo.

Noting Stanger's "over-the-top personality and savvy business sense," Bravo's VP of development, Eli Lehrer said, "We are confident she will be able to seek out and develop a wide range of new series that will prove to be as successful as 'The Millionaire Matchmaker.'"

Quipped Stanger of the deal, "As I say to my clients, 'no sex before monogamy.' Now that Bravo and I are monogamous, I'm ready to hit the sheets."

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