During the TCA 2011 Winter Press Tour going on this week, Bravo announced several premiere dates and series renewals on Thursday.
The biggest announcement however came in the form of the widely talked about 6th season of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Bravo confirmed yesterday that it will be returning on Sunday, March 6 at 10pm.
Other big announcements included the return date of Bethenny Frankel’s show Bethenny Ever After (season 2), and the renewals of popular shows The Rachel Zoe Project (season 4), Millionaire Matchmaker (season 5) and Flipping Out (season 5). The recent season finale of Millionaire Matchmaker averaged 2.2 million viewers, the highest ratings ever in the show’s history, so the return is not a surprise.
Additionally, Bravo announced that casting is set to begin on the ninth season of Top Chef and that Top Chef Masters will return later this year for a third season with host Curtis Stone. Other shows renewed include Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. New shows coming this year include Platinum Hit with Kara DioGuardi which will debut this Summer and Rocco’s Dinner Party will air later this year. New series Million Dollar Decorators and Pregnant in Heels are both set to premiere in April.
A list of the shows announced with return dates below -
Million Dollar Listing – February 3 at 9 p.m
The Real Housewives of New York – February 15 at 10 p.m
Real Housewives of Orange County – March 6 at 10pm
Bethenny Ever After – February 28 at 10 p.m
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will also be moving to new nights, Tuesdays and Sundays, though no official date was announced for the move.
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Though the cast information of Celebrity Apprentice 3 had been leaked, NBC is now officially revealing the identities and official cast photo of the 14 celebrities competing on the show’s third season, set to premier Sunday, March 14 at 9PM ET.
Sharon Osbourne, who is arguably the best-known competitor, had previously been revealed to be a cast member. Sharon will be joined by the has-been likes of Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels, Holly Robinson Peete, TV chef Curtis Stone, Sinbad, and athletes Darryl Strawberry and Michael Johnson, among others.
A surprising cast member would have to be Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks, who’s name had not been leaked in previous reports.
The full cast list is below –
• Darryl Strawberry - former MLB all-star
• Bret Michaels – Poison frontman turned VH1 hot mess
• Bill Goldberg - two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion
• Michael Johnson - Olympic track and field gold medalist
• Rod Blagojevich - disgraced former Illinois governor
• Sinbad – comedian
• Curtis Stone – TV chef
• Cyndi Lauper – singer-songwriter
• Sharon Osbourne - first lady of reality TV
• Holly Robinson Peete – actress and children’s book author
• Selita Ebanks – Victoria’s Secret model
• Maria Kanellis - WWE wrestler
• Carol Leifer – comedian, writer and producer
• Summer Sanders – Olympic swimming gold medalist
The above photo of the 3rd season’s cast was leaked back in October, and though NBC has yet to officially confirm the cast, several media reports confirm the new contestants will include Bret Michaels, Sharon Osbourne, Cyndi Lauper, wrestlers Goldberg and Maria Kanellis, “Take Home” chef Curtis Stone, comedian Sinbad, Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, writer/comedian Carol Leifer, actress Holly Robinson Peete, former baseball star Darryl Strawberry and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
This third season of the Celebrity Apprentice will mark the ninth overall edition of the NBC reality competition series.