Andy Cohen is about to start having less to do with wrangling Housewives behind-the-scenes and a lot more to do with actually being his own reality star! Don't worry we're not about to be treated to an Andy-themed reality show but we are about to get more Andy on the air! And more Andy in charge of making shows for teevee!
Andy has just started his own production company called "Most Talkative" which will develop primetime shows for the network. He also inked a new two-year deal to continue WWHL. Andy will relinquish his title as executive vice president of talent and development at Bravo because he will now be developing his own shows. Luckily, he still remains an executive producer for the Housewives franchise.
Some of the shows Andy has recently been developing behind the scenes are Fashion Queens, Shahs of Sunset, and Married To Medicine. He calls the new job an "inevitable transition," according to the NY Times. Frances Berwick, Bravo's president, says the new move is a good one. “This is sort of freeing Andy from the corporate shackles,” she explained.
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In fact, Andy and his partner Michael Davies are credited with creating the trend for late night talk shows which directly correlate to their primetime counterparts. Meaning WWHL cropped up as a special to discuss what was happening in the wild world of Housewives and then took on its own identity, but it's still basically a show dedicated to talking about Housewives.
Andy says that despite being labeled by Berwick as "the real face of the network", he has no plans to get too big for his britches and that WWHL will remain a small, closed-set show that keeps the intimate zany format that made if famous. It currently draws about 900,000 viewers per airing. “That size is partially our strength,” he says. "I think that helps make us authentic.” I have to say I totally agree.
Oh and don't worry – Andy announced on Facebook that he will continue to host the Real Housewives reunions.
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