Andy Cohen has been bringing “the 411” on all things Bravo from his boozy late night talk show, Watch What Happens Live, since 2009. But as many a dedicated Housewives fan will tell you, two nights a week of NeNe Lekes is simply never enough. Bravo announced on Monday that beginning Jan. 8, 2012, Watch What Happens will air five original episodes a week, making it the only daily live show on late night television. Fun fact: It is also the only daily live show on late night television that prominently features a turtle named after a perpetually drunk New York socialite.
Season 6 of Watch What Happens will air from Sunday to Thursday, after its successful fifth season delivered a double-digit growth in ratings. “Expanding Watch What Happens Live to five nights a week is the natural progression for this hit interactive show, and a testament to Andy’s enormous appeal,” Frances Berwick, President of Bravo and Style Media, said in a release. “It cements Bravo’s tentpole in late night with this one-of-a-kind live, relatable and truly unpredictable format.”
Past guests have ranged from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey to Cohen’s gang of “Bravolebrities,” including the aforementioned Housewives. New episodes would typically air after the latest installment of a Bravo show, providing plenty of cocktail discussion material for Cohen and his guests. Now Cohen will discuss all areas of pop culture for four live and one live-to-tape episodes a week.
Cohen will also take on the role of Executive Vice President of Development and Talent, focusing on creating new content to add to Bravo’s already expanding roster. He will still serve as exec producer for Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchises. ”In my wildest dreams when I started at Bravo seven years ago, I never imagined that I would end up fulfilling my lifelong dream,” Cohen said. “It’s the perfect storm – I get to do the three things I’m most passionate about – producing, developing and hosting for a brand that I love.”