A very well-deserved MAZEL to the brilliant and talented Andy Cohen! Bravo announced a few changes today and they all mean we’ll be seeing more Andy. So, mazel to us fans, too!
First, and foremost, Watch What Happens Live will be on the air for at least the next two years!! Andy has agreed to a two-year deal for his work on WWHL. Additionally, his new production company, Most Talkative, will develop new shows for the network. This first-look, multi-year development deal for Most Talkative marks the first deal of this kind for Bravo. Andy will depart his role as network executive but will continue as Executive Producer for the entire Housewives franchise, which he helped launch in 2005. And, don’t worry, he’ll still serve as host for reunions and specials!
“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,” said Frances Berwick, President of Bravo and Oxygen Media. “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.”
“In my 23 years as a television producer, my time at Bravo has been the most rewarding and this next phase of my career is the perfect marriage of everything I love doing — producing and broadcasting,” said Cohen. “Watch What Happens Live’ is the show I have dreamt about hosting all my life – it’s the exact extension of my love for pop culture and fun. I’m thrilled to launch my production company Most Talkative and to continue my role as EP of the ‘Housewives’ – I couldn’t imagine leaving behind women that have become a part of my daily life.”
“Watch What Happens Live” started in 2007 as an online after show for “Top Chef” and the following year for “Project Runway.” After building a loyal online audience, Bravo strategically premiered the show on-air at midnight one night a week and soon moved to 11PM, two nights a week. The only live interactive late-night talk show was then stripped to five nights-a-week in January 2012, and since then has been averaging 942,000 total viewers. WWHL has become so popular, recently, that A-listers have become regular guests. Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Cher and Meryl Streep have all graced Andy’s tiny “clubhouse” studio set recently.
Oh, and, don’t worry about Andy or WWHL getting too big for their britches anytime soon. Andy plans to keep the irreverent, intimate format that the small, closed clubhouse set provides. According to The New York Times, the WWHL studio seats only 22, including cast and crew. “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.”