Bravo has picked up its first two scripted pilots, to begin
production in early 2013 as part of its strategy to expand its programming
beyond unscripted fare.
Rita, from Fox
Television Studios, and The Joneses,
from ABC Studios, both focus on the dynamics of modern families. Bravo plans to
debut its first original scripted series in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The Joneses, which
is a remake of the 2009 indie film, follows a seemingly perfect family that has
just moved to an upscale neighborhood and must hide the fact that they aren't a
real family from their friends and neighbors. The series is from Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected) who will produce with
Gary Fledger and Mary Beth Basile from Mojo Films and the feature's producers Echo
In an adaptation of the Danish format of the same name, Rita follows an outspoken private school
teacher who is struggling to raise her three teenage children while dealing
with the bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school. Krista Vernoff
is writer and executive producer with Mikkel Bondesen and Henrik Bastin serving
as executive producers for Fuse Entertainment 2.0.