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Bravo’s Andy Cohen Eyes Madonna, Michelle Obama

As Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live celebrates five years, the numbers are better than ever.

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Per a Q&A with show star Andy Cohen by Hollywood Reporter TV editor Lacey Rose, the program this year is up five percent compared to the same period last year with a weekly viewership of 997,000.

When asked who is at the top of his guest wish-list, Cohen came up with four immediate answers:

“I love music people. I’d love Beyonce or Justin Timberlake. I’d still love Madonna, and I think that’ll happen.”

“The best guests for me are people who I’m actually a big fan of and very invested in. And we’re working on the first lady, too. She and I spoke about it, and she said, “I think that’s a thing we could do later in Barack’s second term.” I loved that answer because what that said to me is, when she comes, she’s going to go for it.”

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In Wake of Suicide, Bravo to Re-Edit Real Housewives

Since Russell Armstrong, cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was found dead of suicide earlier this week, the fate of the show has been in doubt. The dissolution of Armstrong’s marriage as said to be a central plot point of the upcoming season. To what extent are Bravo executives willing to exploit his death for profit?

That remains to be seen. Today the network announced that the second season will air, but with unspecified changes. Bravo president Frances Berwick told Variety, “Contrary to what is being reported, we have not made a decision to change our original premiere date but we are in the process of re-editing the show.”

Will the edit will mean less of Russell Armstrong, or more? The network declined to give any details. The lurid public interest in Armstrong’s suicide will certainly draw viewers.  Just how far Bravo is willing to push the boundaries of taste for ratings, and how much the public will tolerate, may well set standards for reality television in the future.

Bravo Denies Explosive Real Housewives Claim

In what is already one of several such allegations, a friend of apparent suicide victim Russell Armstrong has told the LA Times that the estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong requested not to be filmed for the final portions of the second season, which is scheduled to debut next month.

In the Wednesday article by Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal, acquaintance William Ratner claims the deceased 47-year-old was told something not altogether surprising when he expressed his desire to be off-camera:

“He said the producers at Bravo told Russell and Taylor that they picked them as the ‘disaster couple,’ and if they weren’t going to have drama in the second season, they would cut them and replace them with someone else.”

Asked to respond to Ratner’s assertions, a Bravo representative said “Production has assured us that there is no truth to these claims.”

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Frances Berwick Promoted to President of Bravo and Style Media

Frances Berwick, a 15-year veteran of Bravo Media, has been promoted of president of Bravo and Style Media. Salaam Coleman Smith will continue as president of Style and will report to Berwick.

In her new role, Berwick will maintain Bravo Media’s day-to-day
operations but she now will partner with Coleman Smith to help drive Style’s
overall growth. Berwick will put a special focus on identifying cross-platform synergies
and capitalizing on company-wide opportunities organic to Style’s core
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Bravo Media Promotes Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development at Bravo Media. Cohen has been with the company since 2005, and under his previous position as Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, oversaw such programs as “Top Design,” “Blow Out,” and “Queer Eye.”

Bravo Media’s President, Frances Berwick had this to say about the news:

Under Andy’s leadership and industry expertise, Bravo has enjoyed record ratings and an increase in original programming while attracting the most affluent and educated audience in cable entertainment.

Cohen, in addition to his duties of managing production for over 24 shows, will continue to host his popular “Watch What Happens: Live” weekly talk show.

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