I have a confession to make. I am addicted to watching Bravo television. I love The Real Housewives, although there isn’t too much real about them. My cell phone ring tone is Flipping Out‘s Jenny Pulos’ rap and the Watch What Happens: Live theme song. I’ve gone to book signings, wine tastings/bottle signings and meet & greets. I’ve even been known to try and create my own quick-fire challenges in my kitchen. Need I go on??
There are so many reasons why I watch, including the unique settings for each one of the shows. The Housewives in any of the city franchises shop at the best boutiques, eat at the finest restaurants and wear lots of bling and outrageous outfits. The Top Chefs are professionals competing for the title. I’ve been to some of the less fortunate chefs’ restaurants and in my opinion, they are all top chefs. Flipping Out is laugh out loud funny thanks to Jeff Lewis, the menagerie of people, pets and Zoila, my favorite housekeeper since Alice on “The Brady Bunch.” Not to mention, Jeff’s decorating business has given me some fantastic ideas for my own house. The Millionaire Matchmaker says what she thinks and as a viewer, I find Patti Stenger’s brutal honesty both refreshing and hilarious. Her temper tantrums are affectionately called “Patti-Melts.” When Tabatha Coffey shows up you know your business is being taken over. All of the shows have their own unique way of drawing the viewers in. I might be looking for a 12 step program…
Andy Cohen is Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development and in my mind, an absolute genius. He is the man who launched, created and turned Real Housewives, Top Chefs, house flippers, millionaire real estate agents and matchmakers, celebrity stylists, designers and hairdressers into full-fledged “Bravolebrities”. Andy is part ringmaster and part referee in the Reunion shows for all of Bravo’s original programs, and is in front of the camera as the host of Watch What Happens: Live. His little clubhouse talk show is now shown five nights each week – I can’t wait for the wacky games, Mazel of the day, Jackhole and his fantastic guests talking about pop-culture. The show is quite interactive with viewers too with Andy inviting those at home to tweet him, post to his facebook wall or even use the old fashioned toll-free telephone number with our comments and questions. Sadly, most nights I am fast asleep when the show airs at 11:30pm, so Andy has been a permanently part of my regular DVR to-watch list. Fortunately, many of my friends are also watching Bravo on their own schedules, so we all indulge each other a day or so after the original airing.
If you see me running down my block after my son gets on the school bus, it may be because I have to go food shopping, run errands or do laundry, but it is most probably because I am on my way spend some quality time with Bravo Andy!