Bravo unveils broad slate

Alda to host 'Influences'

NEW YORK — Bravo has announced a new original weekly series, “The Museum of Television and Radio: Influences,” to launch during its upcoming season.

Skein was unveiled at the Bravo upfront presentation for advertisers Tuesday in New York, where execs at the arts cabler also announced two new miniseries and a slew of special events.

Documentary-style

The documentary-style, half-hour “Influences” will explore early experiences and influences in the lives of showbiz figures such as Tracey Ullman, Roseanne and Mandy Patinkin. Co-produced by the MTR and hosted by Alan Alda, “Influences” joins “Aria & Pasta” as series premiering this season on the net (Daily Variety, April 7).

Two-part miniseries “Balzac: A Life of Passion,” starring Jeanne Moreau and Gerard Depardieu in the titular role, will air in October. The two-part “Hollywood, D.C.,” focusing on the relationship between politics and the entertainment industry, will premiere in November.

Ongoing series

Among ongoing series, new season of “Bravo Profiles” will include episodes featuring Goldie Hawn, Drew Barrymore, John Leguizamo, John Lithgow and Carly Simon. “The Awful Truth,” hosted by Michael Moore, will launch its second season with four new correspondents, including former MTV veejay Karen Duffy.

Special events will include a telecast of the Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards in September and the U.S. television premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, “Dralion” in December.

Bravo is in its fifth consecutive quarter of ratings growth, up 46% in primetime ratings over the first quarter of 1999.

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