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3 items from 2011

'Real Housewives' and more Bravolebrities turn out for Bravo upfronts

31 March 2011 2:19 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Bravo, you've come a long way baby. The network celebrated its upfronts presentation to potential advertisers on Wednesday (March 30) in a big way with a bicoastal bash and by announcing it had picked up 11 new series for its 2011-2012 schedule.

At the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, the network hosted an intimate gathering to watch the "Top Chef: All Stars" finale live and proudly paraded its stable of Bravolebrities at the same time.

All smiles (for now) as "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has officially been renewed for Season 2, it's Kim Richards, Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Taylor Armstrong, and Lisa Vanderpump with mini-bravoleb Giggy.

Blond and buxom as per usual, "The Real Housewives of Orange County's" Peggy Tanous, Vicki Gunvalson, and Tamra Barney.

New Bravo golden boy, Brad Goreski, may have left Rachel Zoe, but he has a new series on Bravo and obviously knows who he should buddy up to. »


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TV Writer Atluri Loses Cancer Battle

12 January 2011 11:03 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American TV writer and producer Padma Atluri has lost her battle with cancer, aged 39.

She passed away on Saturday night from leiomyosarcoma, a rare type of smooth muscle connective tissue tumour. She was diagnosed early last year.

Atluri began her writing career at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and eventually made her move to the entertainment industry in 1999, joining HBO network as manager of Awards & Festivals.

In 2006, she began TV writing, and landed gigs on series comedy Men in Trees and drama 90210 - the modern revamp of 1990s programme Beverly Hills, 90210.

90210 executive producer Rebecca Sinclair has led the tributes to Atluri, calling her "an extraordinary woman", adding, "She was a terrific writer whose scripts bristled with vitality. She was an excellent producer whose incredible charisma and good humour endeared her to every single member of our cast and crew. And as a friend, she was peerless. Generous, gregarious, brave and hilarious, Padma was a great writer and a truly good person. Padma was special. She was incandescent. We miss her terribly and will be inspired by her forever."

Atluri's final episode of 90210 is scheduled to broadcast in America on 21 February, and will be dedicated to her memory.

She is survived by her mother Hyma Atluri, a sister Jyothi, a brother Bob, and her niece, Shivani. »

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R.I.P. Padma Atluri

10 January 2011 3:39 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TV writer Padma Atluri (90210) died on Saturday night from leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. She was 39. Atluri, a 1995 Boston University communications graduate, began her writing career at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A year later, she made a move to the entertainment industry, starting off as an assistant in the current department at Fox. In 1999, she joined HBO as manager of Awards & Festivals, position she held for 7 years. Then in 2006, Atluri, who grew up as a fan of I Love Lucy, Mary Tyler Moore, 60 Minutes, Family Ties and Growing Pains, made another career switch, to TV writing. She landed a gig on ABC's dramedy Men in Trees, followed by a writing job on 90210 on which she worked until her death. 90210 executive producer Rebecca Sinclair called Atluri "an extraordinary woman."  "She was a terrific writer whose scripts bristled with vitality. She was an excellent producer whose incredible charisma and good humor »


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