[10/11/05 - 12:00 AM]
Bravo's "Party/Party" Reveals the Roller-Coaster Ride 16 Families Take to Plan Perfect Parties Resulting in Domestic Drama and Lasting Memories

[via press release from Bravo]




NEW YORK � October 11, 2005 - Bravo celebrates good times as the eight-part, one-hour series "Party/Party" follows the dramatic lives of 16 diverse families as they put major time, energy, and cash into the planning and preparation of the party to end all parties. Viewers will see a five-year-old's $10,000 princess party complete with a horse drawn Cinderella carriage, the inspirational wedding ceremony of childhood sweet-hearts reunited after years apart, as well as the most the most magnificent Bat Mitzvah this side of Jerusalem. The premiere episode of "Party/Party" will be the "Graduation" episode on Tuesday, December 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Each one-hour episode will explore the contrasting ways in which two very different families celebrate similar events. The common bond is each family's wish to throw the best party ever to create the most memorable event possible for the guest of honor. What each episode unveils is the nonstop mania over the smallest details � from the invitation list, to the most impressive venue, to the ideal party attire, to the right selection of tunes. Coming to final decisions between parents, children, spouses, party-planners and anyone else who desires to throw in their two cents can be quite the challenge. Hopefully, the end result will be a night to remember.

Among the 16 families "Party/Party" follows, the Karkoska's live a carefree life in Laguna Beach. Daughter, Kacey, is turning five and a $10,000 "princess party" where all the guests will dress as royalty only seems fitting for their little girl. The guest of honor will make her grand-entrance in a horse-drawn "Cinderella" carriage.

The Lewis family is throwing a b'nei mitzvah (double Bar Mitzvah) for twins Dustin and Benjamin. Their mom has been saving for this day since they were born and wants the party to be unforgettable. Unfortunately, with six kids in the house money is tight, so mom will have to beg, borrow and beg some more to get everything she wants...and she wants a lot!

Celebrating a similar occasion, the Swartz family isn't cutting corners as they plan a $200,000 Bat Mitzvah in New York City for daughter Annabel. Mom is a high-society Manhattanite and a professional party planner who is flying in a dance troupe from Martha's Vineyard to perform a hip-hop dance routine. The Cortese family is also featured in "Party/Party" as they bring "Club Samatha" to life in celebration of their daughter's sweet 16. The party will include bouncers, poker tables, and an oxygen bar. Viewers will see the private clashes and frayed nerves of these folks and many more as "Party/Party" shows the behind the scenes of pulling off the ultimate event.

"Party/Party" is produced by World of Wonder ("Showbiz Moms & Dads," "Showdog Moms & Dads", "Sports Kids Moms & Dads") for Bravo. Executive Producers for World of Wonder are Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Todd Radnitz is the supervising producer.

Most recently World of Wonder produced "Sports Kids Moms & Dads" and "Showdog Moms & Dads" for Bravo, as well "Show Biz Moms & Dads, and "A Christmas Special Christmas Special," which also aired on Trio along with their award-winning doc "Gay Republicans." Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey recently wrote and directed "Inside Deep Throat," a feature documentary about the classic adult film, Executive Produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. Based in both Los Angeles and London, World of Wonder is best known for award-winning films and documentaries such as "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," "Party Monster" (both Sundance Film Festival favorites) "Monica in Black and White" (HBO) and "The Hidden Fuhrer" (Cinemax). They Executive Produced "The RuPaul Show" which ran for 100 episodes and put VH1 on the map. They've also created a host of documentaries for Trio from "Brilliant But Cancelled" to "Epic TV: the Top Ten Miniseries of all time." World of Wonder has also produced and created numerous documentaries and non-fiction programs for Court TV, VH1, AMC, MTV and A&E in the States, as well as BskyB, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV in the UK. More information about World of Wonder can be found on the WOW Report daily blog, www.worldofwonder.net.

Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, culture and pop culture with original programming, movies and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 79 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes "Inside the Actors Studio," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," "Project Greenlight," as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." The network's other hits include "Project Runway," "Blow Out" and "Being Bobby Brown."

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been a NBC Cable Network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information visit www.bravotv.com.

  [october 2005]  


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