If Bravo's master of ceremonies, Andy Cohen, were a cocktail, the recipe would go something like this: Mix one part executive (he's the senior VP of original programming and development) with one part on-air talent (since last July, he's hosted Watch What Happens Live, a talk show/post-party hybrid that's airing four episodes this week). Add a generous splash of superfan — Cohen is passionate about the world of so-called "Bravolebrities" to the point of zealotry — shake, and voilà...a bracing, thoroughly meta elixir that simultaneously controls your air waves while appearing on them. TV Guide Magazine sat down with Cohen at NYC watering hole Bedlam for a couple rounds of Maker's Mark-and-ginger-ales to find out what makes him tick...
Ruby & the Rockits
8:30/7:30 CT ABC Family
Imagine that Keith Partridge grew up and was contacted by his long-lost daughter. That's not exactly the premise for this comedy, but it's close. David Cassidy portrays an aging pop star who was once in a band with his brother (played by David's half brother Patrick). His daughter, Ruby (Alexa Vega), shows up out of the blue, and now irresponsible David needs suburban dad Patrick's help raising her. Shaun Cassidy is the show's creator and an executive producer, keeping it all in the family.
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Once The Real Housewives of New Jersey ends, we're betting on NYC Prep (Tuesday, 10 pm/ET on Bravo) to be our next guilty pleasure this summer. On Prep, Bravo gives viewers an inside look into the lives of the privileged teens on the Manhattan prep-school scene — call it a real-life Gossip Girl. How are the two similar? Let's meet Prep's familiar character archetypes and investigate.
PC, The Bad Boy
Who He Is: PC is a popular senior whose sophistication is seen in both his dapper style and in the way he greets friends with a double-cheek kiss. So, he's kind of a d-bag. "There's a huge advantage with having money and being around money in New York City," he says.
Gossip Girl Equivalent: Chuck Bass, the teenaged CEO of Bass Industries, can charm the pants off (literally) any girl. He's a bit of a clotheshorse, and he truly believes that just about anything can be bought in this world.
Kelli, The Follower
Who She Is: Kelli is never alone, except ...
10 pm/ET A&E
"Clean" doesn't always mean "bright" as evidenced by the gloomy second-season opener, which features guest star Whoopi Goldberg. The main story follows William's attempt to help a national-news anchor, played by Gary Cole, who claims to have been clean for years, but William knows better. The irony is that the man is a spokesperson for recovery. There's also little light behind the scenes, with William's troubled marriage and news of a friend's terminal illness.
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