Thursday, March 22, 2012
Programming note: Bravo! starting tonight at 19:30 on kykNET is another attempt at a local entertainment news magazine show.
Bravo!, another new local weekly entertainment news magazine show starts tonight at 19:30 on kykNET (DStv 111) and whilst publications who don't care for facts says Tammy-Anne Fortuin will be a part of the show, I can tell you she won't.
Precious little information about Bravo! exists although it starts today - is the show another rush job in a notoriously difficult TV genre to do and do really well? Henre Pretorius, Hannes van Wyk and Tracey Lange from Good Hope FM are the three main presenters; experience and history indicates that it might change and sooner than viewers might think, as the show evolves.
The Afrikaans half hour Bravo! which I was told a few months ago is basically replacing Glitterati on kykNET as a new attempt to bring some much-needed glam content to the channel, is produced by Homebrew Films also responsible for the similar weekly All Access Mzansi on Mzansi Magic (DStv 107).
It used to be that red carpet interviewers and presenters doing profile pieces had some pedigree - not anymore with Bravo! which just like Flash! on SABC3 and the horrid string of SABC1 also-ran'sseemed to have picked people that makes you shake your head in confusion. Only Henre Pretorius has bona fide experience within this genre as the first co-presenter of the youth magazine show Jip.
Insiders gave me several names of people who auditioned for the presenter role that eventually went to Tracey Lange. Tammy-Anne Fortuin is busy studying and networking in New York and won't do inserts for the show sources tell me.
Also as per usual and although it exists, specific episode information - let alone the latest real actual announcement that Bravo! is starting - isn't/wasn't send to the press. The first episode tonight as far as I can tell will feature inserts of the new magazine launch of Grazia and the recent Fiestas where the Bravo! cameras were seen.