Persian-American Stars of ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Will Be Fresh Faces For TV Says Bravo Boss Andy Cohen [AUDIO]
Andy Cohen called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Wednesday to announce Bravo’s newest show, address rumors that he’s filling Regis Philbin‘s soon-to-be-vacant seat, and what we can be able to expect in “The Real Housewives of New York” season finale.
Andy gave us details on the news that broke earlier this morning, of Ryan Seacrest Productions’ partnership with with Bravo to develop a new reality series “Shahs of Sunset” which is currently in development.
“The series follows a group of young Persian-American friends — and this is a community that exists all over the place, but if you live in LA you know that the Persian-American community is really strong,” said Andy, who called from New York. “It’s really family oriented. It’s really affluent. This is a really cool, fun, funny group of people you brought to us Ryan, and I’m hoping that this is going to be our next big docu-series, and something that we’re going to be doing for a while!”
Ryan interjects, “These men and women are hysterical. They grew up together, and are living in Southern California, and they’re trying to balance their social lives and work lives. Some of them are hot, and some of them are not so hot, but funny.”
Andy continues, “They also spend a lot of money. You know its great because Bravo is always putting a spotlight on different affluent lifestyles. This is a group of people that doesn’t exist on television anywhere, and thats another reason that I’m excited to do the show. Its new, and different.”
When can we expect to see “Shahs of Sunset”? Andy deflects says “That’s a good question. If I knew the answer I would tell you! Actually I wouldn’t, because we haven’t announced it yet. We’re very tight lipped about this stuff.”
Andy went on to gush about Bravo star Bethenny Frankel saying, “I think she was well on her way. I think she’s a bullseye. A ‘Bravo-lebrity.’ She’s so funny, and really sharp, and really tough which makes her unpredictable, but there is a vulnerability about her that helps people root for her. She’s kind of an interesting blend of personalities.”
When questioned if Andy is interested in taking Regis Philbin spot he countered saying “Ryan, whats funny is that I heard that you are up for the gig. I have two jobs which is my issue, and Ryan has 18 jobs. You know what, I’m pretty happy right now. I have to tell you!”
Andy recounts that ‘The Housewives’ got started as “an idea that we cooked up when we saw some women from Orange County whose boobs were bigger then most, their hair was blonder, and they lived in big houses behind gates. We just thought there’s something interesting here with the women, and it was a modern day docu-series soap opera. We’ve certainly been been able to do it now in six cities where the cities are definitional, and the women certainly are as well. Its just funny. Its guilt free and dramatic!”
But who is his favorite, “Oh, my Lord. Are you kidding me? I would have to tell you then open my window and just jump out.” Who does he dread hearing from, “I love hearing from all of them!”