World of Wonder will produce 'Showdog'

Bravo is going to the dogs.

Cabler has greenlit “Showdog Mom & Dads,” a canine take on the channel’s reality series “Showbiz Moms & Dads,” while picking up a second cycle of the latter.

Bravo is expected to announce the series orders today during the cable portion of the television critics summer press tour.

World of Wonder (docu “Inside Deep Throat”) will produce both shows for the cabler. WOW’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and David Perler are exec producers on “Showbiz.” Bailey and Barbato will also exec produce “Showdog.”

Both shows are looking at a premiere some time during first-quarter 2005.

The eight episodes of “Showdog Moms” will focus on the passionate owners, breeders and trainers of showdogs prepping for competition.

New set of parents

The second season of “Showbiz Moms,” meanwhile, will further delve into the day-to-day of Hollywood’s real-life stage parents and their fame-hungry children. Bravo topper Lauren Zalaznick added that the episodes will feature stories from a brand new set of parents.

Zalaznick said the “Moms & Dads” franchise was one worth expanding into the puppy realm — sister net USA has already found success airing the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Bravo is contemplating ways to tie in the series with USA’s coverage. And USA is developing a Westminster companion of its own called “Mutt Makeover,” a canine “Queer Eye,” with Gay Rosenthal (Daily Variety, March 4).

“Everyone wants to pitch ‘Showdog Moms & Dads’ as reality TV’s ‘Best in Show,’ but I have to say the beauty of World of Wonder’s perspective on canines is (different). There is no implicit mockery,” Zalaznick said. “These people feel this way, and here’s a window into why.”

Ready to go ‘Blow’

In addition, exec was enthusiastic about doing a second season of salon-set reality skein “Blow Out.” Although no decision has been made, Bravo is working out the financial model for another cycle.

“Blow Out” started slowly, but ended on an up note, breaking 1 million viewers.

World of Wonder’s recent TV credits include “Flops 101” and “The Golden Globes: Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret” for Trio.

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