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Bravo Greenlights Female-Lead Comedy Pilots ‘True Fiction,’ ‘My So Called Wife’

Bravo has continued its push into scripted content, adding the one-hour pilots “True Fiction” and “My So Called Wife” to its development slate. Hailing from Universal Cable Production, both have female leads and are described as dark comedies.

“My So Called Wife” (working title) is written and exec produced by Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein and follows a master-of-disguise con-artist who gets men and women to fall in love with her, marries them and then absconds with their money and just enough dirt to guarantee no legal repercussions. Things get complicated when she falls in love with her latest mark, and three of her recent victims join forces to track her down. Brooks is set to direct.

“True Fiction” (working title) comes from writers and exec producers Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban and is about a novelist-turned-professor so desperate for her next hit that she steals the manuscript of her most arrogant and hated (and most recently deceased) student. Haunted by whether to take credit for his work and finally get her career back on track, she finds out that coming forward will reveal a rapidly unraveling truth that is juicier and more scandalous than any work of fiction. Dannelly will direct.

“Joining Bravo on their journey into scripted programming with ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ has been an amazing experience as we watched the audience connect with characters we love,” said Dawn Olmstead, exec v.p. of development for Universal Cable Productions. “We are excited to partner once again with Bravo to deliver distinctive and thought-provoking storytelling, this time with the stellar teams of Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban behind ‘True Fiction’ plus Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein on ‘My So Called Wife.’”

Bravo saw success in December with the launch of its first scripted series; Marti Noxon’s “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” a show that employed Brooks (directed the pilot), Adelstein (produces and writes for and stars in the series) and Dannelly (directed an episode). It will return for a second season later this year. Bravo also recently announced it is giving a second season to its new scripted comedy, “Odd Mom Out.”

“As Bravo expands in the scripted space, we are committed to exploring worlds and characters that are distinctly different from our established slate,” said Lara Spotts, senior v.p. of development for Bravo Media. “‘My So Called Wife’ and ‘True Fiction’ take us on wild rides as dramatic as they are funny — with one being a quest to uncover the truth and the other a mission to hide it at all costs.”

Bravo also has a project from “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd in early development, called “All That Glitters,” which is set at the heyday of the magazine business in the 1980s. Also in development at the cabler is “White Collar Wives,” which is set in the scandalous high-finance world of New York City hedge-funds.

Elizabeth Wagmeister contributed to this report.

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