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Bravo Greenlights Third Scripted Series ‘My So Called Wife’

Bravo has greenlit “My So Called Wife,” an hourlong dark comedy, which marks the cabler’s third scripted series, Variety has learned. The Universal Cable Productions show is set to premiere in 2017 with 10 episodes.

My So Called Wife” follows Bravo’s first push into scripted territory with Lisa Edelstein vehicle “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” and the net’s first half-hour scripted comedy, “Odd Mom Out.”

Starring Inbar Lavi, “My So Called Wife” hails from Bravo’s “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” star Paul Adelstein, who co-wrote the project with Adam Brooks. Rob Heaps, Parker Young and Stephen Bishop will also star.

The series follows Maddie, a master-of-disguise con artist (Lavi) who gets men and women to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee they will never go to the police; things get complicated, however, when her latest victims, Ezra (Heaps) and Richard (Young), track her down just as she eyes her next mark, Patrick (Bishop).

Lavi starred in Fox’s short-lived action drama “Gang Related,” and had an arc on TNT’s “The Last Ship.” Up next, she will also appear in Fox’s hotly anticipated “Prison Break” event series.

“Filled with intrigue and drama along with Bravo’s trademark wink and humor, this series is the perfect addition to the network’s slate as we continue our drive in the scripted arena,” said Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s president of lifestyle networks. “This project builds upon the larger-than-life characters already populating Bravo in our scripted and unscripted fare, but is a world we could never do justice in reality, without the FBI subpoenaing us.”

“As Bravo expands its scripted profile, we’re proud to bring to life a story that is humorous, smart and sexy – the perfect fit for Bravo’s discerning audience. This project has been a longtime labor of love for Dawn Olmstead, who brought it to us before joining our studio. We’re all excited to work with the brilliant Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein,” added Jeff Wachtel, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s CCO and Universal Cable Productions president.

Adelstein and Brooks will serve as exec producers on the series. Brooks directed the pilot.

“My So Called Wife” is the first scripted greenlight for Bravo to be produced through the new NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment unit led by Bill McGoldrick, EVP of scripted content, following NBCU’s recent realignment of executive responsibilities.

Other scripted projects in contention at Bravo are “True Fiction,” which has been formally ordered to pilot and follows 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; “All That Glitters” from Gale Anne Hurd, which is set amid the heyday of the magazine business in the 1980s; and “White Collar Wives,” which is set in the scandalous high-finance world of New York City hedge funds.

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