Bravo Media continues its push into scripted programming, ordering pilots My So Called Wife (working title) from Adam Brooks (Definitely) and Paul Adelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and True Fiction from Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban (Saved). Both hail from Bravo sibling Universal Cable Prods. My So Called Wife and True Fiction will be looking to join Bravo’s first two original scripted series, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, also from UCP, and Odd Mom Out, both already renewed for a second season.
My So Called Wife is written and executive produced by Brooks and Adelstein, with Brooks set to direct. The dark comedy follows Ava, a master-of-disguise con-artist 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. But things get complicated when she falls in love with her latest mark, and three of her last victims join together to track her down.
True Fiction is written and executive produced by Dannelly and Urban, with Dannelly set to direct. It centers on a once best-selling novelist turned prestigious East Coast college professor who has been struggling with her much anticipated, and embarrassingly belated follow-up book. But the sudden death of her most arrogant and hated student creates an opportunity for her to claim his manuscript as her own. She is haunted by whether to take credit for his work and finally get her career back on track or come forward with a rapidly unraveling truth that is juicier and more scandalous than any work of fiction.
“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, SVP 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.”