The good news: Andy Cohen, the executive vice president of programming for Bravo (we have him to thank for “Millionaire Matchmaker” and the endless variants of “Real Housewives”), will take a reduced role behind the scenes of the network next year. The bad news: he’s only doing that because the show he hosts, “Watch What Happens Live,” will start airing five nights a week.
The network will announce Tuesday that Mr. Cohen’s show, which now runs twice a week, on Sundays and Mondays, will extend to five nights starting Jan. 8, with the big wrinkle that its schedule will still include Sunday and eliminate Friday. As Michael Davies, the show’s executive producer, put it, “Sunday night is wide open in late night.” [...]
The show has no opening monologue, more reality TV guests than any other late-night show, and the only on-set bar serving cocktails to guests and audience alike.
In addition to the reality TV stars, especially from Bravo’s own shows (lots of housewives), more familiar names like Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Tina Fey have turned up. [NYT]
Andy Cohen can sometimes seem like a warm, friendly person, so it’s important to remember that he hates the sound of children singing. And after the apocalypse, if any slice of humanity remains, he should be remembered as a key player in the downfall of Western Civilization: in creating Bravo’s massive slate of reality programming, he set the standard for giving reality fame-whores larger platforms and their own shows — and then he made “Watch What Happens Live” as a way to increase those platforms and give himself a slice of the fame. Everything about Cohen and Bravo is parasitic, cancerous, and antithetical to creative television. The world would be a better place if he got stabbed to death by a Filipino vagrant.