or


[09/18/06 - 12:00 AM]
Bravo Inks Deal with Img Media to Produce "Better Half" -- a Six Episode One-Hour New Original Reality Competition Series

[via press release from Bravo]

BRAVO INKS DEAL WITH IMG MEDIA TO PRODUCE "BETTER HALF" -- A SIX EPISODE ONE-HOUR NEW ORIGINAL REALITY COMPETITION SERIES

BRAVO INKS DEAL WITH IMG MEDIA TO PRODUCE "BETTER HALF" -- A SIX EPISODE ONE-HOUR NEW ORIGINAL REALITY COMPETITION SERIES

SERIES TO BE HOSTED BY "CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM" STAR SUSIE ESSMAN

PRODUCTION BEGINS SHOOTING THIS MONTH IN NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 - Bravo partners with IMG Media to bring viewers "Better Half," which was previously announced as a series in development under the title "War of the Wives." Hosted by "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Susie Essman, this new one-hour six episode competition series begins production this month in New York City. The announcement was made by Frances Berwick, EVP, Programming & Production, Bravo.

In each episode, the spouses/mates of two trained professionals, such as chefs, comedians, party planners, hairstylists, square off in competition. The professionals have two days to coach their novice partner to take on their jobs and beat the opposing "better half" in a final challenge for a lucrative prize. Each week, three judges renowned in the featured line of work will assess how well each couple executed the job handoff. Skilled in managing her own "better half," the outspoken and honest Essman will shadow, needle and critique how the couples listen, learn and love without killing each other first.

"'Better Half' puts a new spin on Bravo's reality competition programs that explore creative professions," said Berwick. "It's a fresh perspective to see the process of a specialist teach a novice their trade and see inside of that creative profession. There's also the added drama of the experts training their partners. I don't know many people who like having their spouse tell them what to do. "

Susie Essman has played the venomous Susie Greene for all four seasons of the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm. Susie is the no-nonsense wife of Larry David's cheerful agent Jeff Greene. Essman's streetwise vernacular also suggests the contrast between Curb's L.A. setting and her real life preferred location--New York. The Manhattan-based Essman is a veteran of the world of standup comedy, logging thousands of performances on the Gotham comedy circuit. She has appeared in her own half-hour HBO comedy special, hosted the American Comedy Awards, and performed on Comedy Central's "The Friar's Roast of Jerry Stiller", "Politically Incorrect" and "Latenight with Conan O'Brien". Her other television credits include appearances on "Law and Order", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and "The King Of Queens". Essman has appeared in the films "Keeping The Faith", "The Siege", "Volcano," "Punchline" and "The Man." Her talent and audacity made her a natural choice to perform off-Broadway in the play "The Vagina Monologues." Susie was the voice of Helen Higgins in the puppet animation/crank call series "Crank Yankers" on Comedy Central.

IMG Media also produced "Battle of the Network Reality Stars" for Bravo. Susan Horowitz and Steve Mayer are executive producers and David Snyder is co-executive producer for IMG.

IMG Media produces and distributes over 10,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and children's content annually, over multiple platforms across 200 countries. It also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events. Currently, IMG Media has numerous new programs in development and has produced series that include "Race to the Alter" for NBC, "Ice Diaries" for TLC and "Battle of the Network Reality Stars" for Bravo. IMG Media is well known for its production of "Christmas at Rockefeller Center," "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular," and "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials." IMG Media also produces a complement of sports productions such as "World's Strongest Man," "Battle of the Gridiron Stars" and "ESPN's Tennis Masters Series." For more information visit www.imgworld.com.

Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, entertainment and pop culture with original programming, acclaimed drama series, movies, comedy and music specials, and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 80 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 original programming includes the Emmy nominated "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," 12-time Emmy nominated "Inside the Actors Studio," "The Real Housewives of Orange County," "Top Chef," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program "Queer Eye," and the four time Emmy-nominated hit competition series "Project Runway."

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.





  [september 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BATTLE OF THE NETWORK REALITY STARS (BRAVO)
· BETTER HALF (BRAVO)
· CRANK YANKERS (MTV2)
· CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
· KING OF QUEENS, THE (CBS)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (USA)
· RACE TO THE ALTAR (NBC)











[08/26/14 - 07:49 AM]
"The 66th Primetime Emmy(R) Awards" Posts NBC's Highest-Rated Monday in Metered-Market Households, Excluding Olympics, In Seven Years
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, August 25.

[08/26/14 - 07:01 AM]
Little Big Town Joins Darius Rucker to Announce Final Nominees for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" on ABC's "Good Morning America"
"The combination of Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announcing the final nominees for the 2014 CMA Awards is something you don't want to miss," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

[08/26/14 - 06:15 AM]
CNBC Renews "Restaurant Startup" for a Second Season
10 original hour-long episodes will premiere in January 2015.

[08/25/14 - 08:01 PM]
66th Emmy Awards Winners List
"Breaking Bad" was honored as Outstanding Drama Series while "Modern Family" was named Outstanding Comedy Series.

[08/25/14 - 01:04 PM]
"The Kelly Cutrone Project" Premieres Saturday, September 6 on CW Seed
"I wanted to create a show that would thrive and live on the internet that spoke directly to young people, and CW Seed was the perfect place to open that discussion," says Cutrone.

[08/25/14 - 12:30 PM]
New Era of "Doctor Who" Begins with Highest Rated Season Premiere Ever on BBC America
BBC America spins the numbers for Saturday, August 23.

[08/25/14 - 12:24 PM]
China's Dragon TV to Air 10 Episodes of The Goddesses' New Clothes Based on NBC's "Fashion Star"
The 10-episode series, "The Goddesses' New Clothes," premiered on Dragon TV on Saturday, August 23.

[08/25/14 - 12:05 PM]
"Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend" Arena Tour Teams with Discovery Education and Step Up to Provide Tickets for Outstanding Educators, Mentors and Mentees Across the U.S.
In each of the eight U.S. cities the tour will visit this fall, pairs of tickets will be distributed via Discovery Education and Step Up.

[08/25/14 - 10:13 AM]
The Fourth Season of the Hub Network's Emmy(R) Award-Winning Series "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series" Returns with Outstanding New and Returning Guest Stars, October 4
China Anne McClain, Sean Giambrone, Mason Cook, Luke Benward, Nolan Gould, Joey King, Freya Tingley and Margot Kidder are among those on tap.

[08/25/14 - 09:48 AM]
Animal Planet's Going Into Labor This Holiday Weekend with the "Labor Live" Multimedia Event
Plus: look for the return of "Mud Lovin' Rebels" this Sunday beginning at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/25/14 - 09:46 AM]
Destination America Dares to Find the Most Petrifying Beasts in America in the All-New Series "Alaska Monsters"
The network's latest entry bows Friday, September 12 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/25/14 - 09:42 AM]
Last Night's "Big Brother" Is the Biggest Brother of the Summer
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, August 24.

[08/25/14 - 09:25 AM]
We're Not in Kansas Anymore: ID's New Series "Dead on Arrival" Features Big City Dreams Turned Deadly Nightmares
The newcomer launches Wednesday, September 3 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[08/25/14 - 09:19 AM]
Lifetime Orders Glen Mazzara's "Damien" Straight to Series
Based on the classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him.

[08/25/14 - 09:16 AM]
All Facets of the World Wide Web Will Be Explored and Exposed When "Tosh.0" Returns with New Episodes Debuting on Tuesday, August 26 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
In addition, "Tosh.0" checks in on a few people from past "Web Redemptions" and "CeWEBrity Profiles" including X-12, Antoine Dodson, Bad Finger and of course, Fanny (a.k.a. Risky Business Girl).