Bravo adds 4 new shows; Syfy tackles 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'
Bravo is adding four new series to its lineup of originals this year, expanding its first-run programming by 20 percent. The cooking competition "Rocco's Dinner Party" and docu-series "Million Dollar Decorators" and "Pregnant in Heels" will launch in April, and the music competition "Platinum Hit" debuts in the summer. The cable channel has also picked up "The Rachel Zoe Project," "Flipping Out," "Work of Art" and "The Millionaire Matchmaker" for new seasons and will stay in business with Bethenny Frankel with a show called "Bethenny Ever After." [ Bravo]
"Caprica" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" veterans Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg are teaming up for a new pilot at Syfy. They're adapting the British series "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)," about a detective whose dead partner appears to him as a ghost and helps him solve cases. [ Syfy]
The new season of "Tosh.0" scored its biggest audience ever with its Season 3 premiere. Tuesday's (Jan. 11) episode drew 3.6 million viewers, a third higher than its previous high of 2.7 million, and also set series-best marks in adults 18-49 and men under 35. [ Comedy Central]
Syfy has promoted Mark Stern to president of original programming. He's been with the channel since 2002 and was previously an executive vice president. He's also the co-head of Universal Cable Productions and will be the creative head of the newly formed Syfy Films. [ Syfy]
"The Wendy Williams Show" will be back for a third season. Syndicator Debmar-Mercury has cleared the show in more than 70 percent of the country; the new season will start in September. [ Deadline]
Add one more name to the mix to replace Andy Whitfield on "Spartacus." Former "Prison Break" star Dominic Purcell has reportedly done a screen test for the part, although Australian actor Liam McIntyre is still a contender too. [ TVLine]