Andy Cohen has inked a deal with Bravo where we will be seeing a lot more of him on air. The NY Times reports, Andy “agreed to a two-year deal to extend his work on Watch What Happens Live (where he also serves as executive producer), while his new production company, Most Talkative, will develop prime-time shows for the network. He will give up his position as executive vice president for talent and development at Bravo, but will remain an executive producer on all the many Real Housewives iterations.”
Andy has been key in developing hit shows on Bravo, including Married to Medicine, Fashion Queens and Shahs of Sunset.
Having a top executive spend his days in the corporate offices and his late nights on live television might have been unusual, said Frances Berwick, president of Bravo, “but it happened gradually over time.” The success of Cohen’s late night WWHL has taken off and he has landed some A-list guests, including Oprah Winfrey and Lady GaGa.
“Andy has influenced the course and the shape of Bravo tremendously over the past 10 years as a production and development executive, and as creator and host of our flagship late night show, becoming the face of the network,” Berwick said. “He has created legions of cultural touchstone programs and left an indelible imprint on the network. We are excited to retain him as a creative force with this new deal, which will also allow him to take Watch What Happens Live and its irreverent, brand-defining humor to the next level.”
Andy and his producing partner, Michael Davies, began the trend of talk shows after hit cable shows with their post-Housewives specials. (Davies produces shows like Talking Dead after The Walking Dead, and Talking Bad after Breaking Bad.)
Even with the new deal and affirmation that he is, as Berwick put it, the “real face of the network,” Cohen said he had no plans to make WWHL a bigger show. “That size is partially our strength,” he said. “We don’t have a shiny floor and a band and 200 people, and I think that helps make us authentic.”
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