Tuesday Morning Update

Real Housewives of Orange County: (SPOILER) Gretchen’s fiance, Jeff, passed away in September, after filming for the show ends.

Real World: Brooklyn: Check out these amazing pics of their loft.

America’s Next Top Model: Judge Nigel Barker has a baby.

Whitney Port/MTV

Whitney Port/MTV

The City: More on Whitney’s fake job.

The Rachel Zoe Project: After interview in which Rachel says she doesn’t think she’s too thin, now comes this alarming photo.

American Idol: Fantasia Barrino, former Idol winner, faces foreclosure…Depressed Paula Abdul fan had previously tried to commit suicide in front of her house.

The Amazing Race: Nick and Starr say half of the race is pure luck.

Random bits: Bravo renews Million Dollar Listing, Rachel Zoe, and Flipping out. (Yes!)

Monday Morning Update

America’s Next Top Model: Recently ousted Brittany Rubalcaba reflects on her Top Model experience. She also has some regrets for things she said on the show.

Project Runway: Lindsay Lohan to guest judge on next season’s premiere episode.

Dan Gheesling/CBS

Dan Gheesling/CBS

American Idol: David Cook has a release date for his album.

Big Brother: Dan Gheesling discusses his $500,000 win

Meet the Barkers: Travis Barker seriously injured in jet crash along with his friend DJ AM.

Kathy Griffin My Life on the D-List: The show might leave Bravo.

The Hills: It’s true, Audrina did move out.

The Biggest Loser: The first couple booted off says they are still losing weight.

Random bits: Find out which reality shows scored an Emmy last night.

Tuesday Morning Update

The Bachelorette: DeAnna and Jesse visit Ohio. Jason Mesnick says he was forbidden from talking to the other bachelors. Jeremy Anderson is dating Chelsea, the Bachelor finalist Matt Grant rejected.

The Bachelor: New York Post’s Page Six reports that Shayne Lamas has dumped Matt Grant over the telephone. 

Top Chef: Bravo may create a Top Chef: Masters.

Project Runway: Is Bravo trying not to promote Project Runway on purpose? A profile on Season Five designer Korto. Now Bravo wants to create a similar reality show called Fashion House. A nice write-up on Jerry Tam, the first designer sent home last week, and why he was the unlikely choice to be sent home first. Heidi Klum says she’s not distracted by the move to Lifetime. What’s up with the former winners of Project Runway?

The Biggest Loser: A family edition of the show premieres Sept. 16.

America’s Next Top Model: The show returns on Sept. 3. Women in Tallahassee audition for the show.

The Hills: Was Lauren’s house investigated for code violations?

Real Housewives of Atlanta: The show will debut Sept. 16.

The Mole: Clay left after getting the lowest score on a quiz.

Random bits: Sarah Jessica Parker’s production company wants to create a reality show about…art? Bailey from Legally Blonde on MTV is dating Dave from Real World. Janice Dickinson reality show to premiere this August.

Tuesday Morning Update

Top Chef: The scoop on the finale, which is taping this week.

Project Runway: More drama in the battle between NBC and Lifetime.

American Idol: Can you accurately predict a winner? Paula Abdul should leave the show, Web site says. Simon says apology from Paula not necessary.

The Mole: Bumped a week, and ABC reveals four of the contestants.

The Bachelor: London Calling: Robin tries to explain herself during Women Tell All. Read a summary of Women Tell All if you missed it.

Bravo: The network will start selling cookbooks,cruises and workout videos.

New Reality Shows: MTV’s Legally Blonde the Musical show to debut June 2.

ON TONIGHT: Work Out, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars

Bravo’s attempt to reach affluent women

The New York Times had an interesting article today on Bravo TV’s attempt to reach affluent women through its television programming, primarily reality TV.

The article discusses how Bravo went from a channel best known for the hum-drum “Inside the Actor’s Studio” until 2003, with the hit of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” followed up with the almost-wasn’t-a-hit first season of “Project Runway.”

Now Bravo produces some of the better-known reality shows that exist today.They include “The Real Housewives of New York City,” “Millionaire Matchmaker” and Top Chef.”

I found the article interesting because Bravo was hardly on my radar a few years ago and now it’s the first channel I go to when I’m relaxing at home. However, I hardly fit in their demographic sweet spot of upper-income women or gay men. 

What do you think of Bravo’s strategy and of its choices in reality TV programming?