All reality, all the time: What Bravo will bring to NZ television

By Siena Yates

Publicity image, featuring (from left to right) Reza Farahan, Asa Soltan Rahmati, Mike Shouhed, Sammy Younai, Mercedes Javid, and Golnesa Gharachedadhi in Bravo's new TV reality series "Shahs of
Publicity image, featuring (from left to right) Reza Farahan, Asa Soltan Rahmati, Mike Shouhed, Sammy Younai, Mercedes Javid, and Golnesa Gharachedadhi in Bravo's new TV reality series "Shahs of

Mediaworks has teamed up with NBC to bring you a version of the US network's channel Bravo, so what does that mean for the rest of us?

NBC's US version of Bravo is bulging at the seams with a number of reality TV shows like Thintervention, Styled to Rock and Pregnant in Heels - all of which are pretty much exactly what they sound like.

A lot of the channel's shows will migrate to New Zealand following Mediaworks' push toward reality TV given the success of The Bachelor.

You've got cooking shows, fashion shows, travel shows, and a whole host of shows about rich families a la the Kardashians.

So here's what's coming and why you should actually care (or not). Note: videos may contain sexual references and strong language.

Real Housewives of Literally Anywhere

We've got Real Housewives of Dallas, Real Housewives of Potonac - which is a small town outside of Washington (because why not?), and let's not forget the freshly commissioned Real Housewives of Auckland.

Speculation is rife over who might be in the Auckland show - Louise Wallace is tipped to be in the cast - but until then you've got more Real Housewives than you ever thought existed.

Should you care? Nope. Call me cynical but it seems like once you've seen one lot of real housewives, you've seen 'em all.

That said, the New Zealand version is bound to gain the same kind of popularity that The Bachelor did, because we do seem to love watching our fellow Kiwis on screen.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Shahs of Sunset, Southern Charm and Real Housewives spinoff Vanderpump Rules are all joining the Bravo lineup.

For the most part, Shahs and Southern Charm look an awful lot like Keeping Up With the Kardashians - well-off folks living their daily lives in front of a camera just because.

Shahs follows an Iranian-American family in Beverly Hills, while Southern Charm follows a group of American socialites in America's southern states.

Meanwhile, Vanderpump rules just follows Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Should you care? Only if you aren't bored to tears of watching other families live their lives. Turn your chair away from the TV and watch your own family for a while, and the concept will likely lose its appeal.

But if you like the Kardashians, you may well go in for this lot too.

The British way

If you're going to watch rich people navigate their first world problems, then at least give Made in Chelsea a shot before yet another Beverly Hills narrative.

Think Geordie Shore meets KUWTK.

Should you care? It's pretty much the same as the others, but at the very least, the Chelsea crew gives you a look into the elite life in British style so you get something culturally different to the US reality shows TV is already saturated with.

What Happens on Tour

Tour Group looks like it might actually be quite good.

It follows a group of 11 strangers as they go on tour with three expert guides leading the way through destinations from Rwanda to Tokyo.

They get to see the sights but they also get to do a bunch of cool activities and we get to watch them all struggle under the pressure of travelling. It's a win-win.

Should you care? If you like travel shows and you also like a bit of reality TV drama, then absolutely, yes.

Upstairs, downstairs

Apres Ski and Below Deck: Mediterranean provide a look into the lives of the crew that work where most people play.

Apres Ski documents all the fun and debauchery taking place at a luxury ski resort in Whistler, Canada, while Below Deck takes a look into the lives of the crew on board a private luxury yacht.

Should you care? If the phrase "work hard, play harder" means anything to you, then yes. But also this one's cool because you get to see the lives of the rich from the point of view of people who are just like you. Oh, and don't forget said debauchery.

Other shows coming to Bravo include cooking show Top Chef, and real estate shows Million Dollar Listing and Flipping Out.

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