Real Housewives of New York City alum Bethenny Frankel announced her new reality competition series on Wednesday, February 19. HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of The Big Shot with Bethenny, which will give contestants a chance to score a job on her SkinnyGirl executive team.
Competitors will be put through a series of challenges to see who can handle the pressures of working in a high stress environment for the successful brand. Bethenny and her B Real Productions company teamed up on the show with MGM Television and Mark Burnett.
Bethenny expressed her excitement over her new project in a statement to Variety. "Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible. My mantra is to come from a place of ‘yes’ and to find and create the solution. I am an executor of visions, and I share and impart that information to those who work with me. MGM has been neck-in-neck with me with ideas and their execution. I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my longstanding relationship with Mark Burnett on this series and pay this American Dream story forward," she said.
"Bethenny is that rare talent whose creative instincts are equal to her business acumen and working with her to create this series has been an amazing collaboration,” said Barry Poznick, MGM’s President of Unscripted & Alternative Television and Orion Television. “We’re giving fans what they want, access inside Bethenny’s businesses so they can see how she runs her empire, all while offering one fan the chance of a lifetime to join her executive team. We’ve found the perfect home in HBO Max to bring this exclusive opportunity to viewers.”
Bethenny shocked fans when she announced she would not be returning to RHONY for another season in August 2019. She joined the hit Bravo show before its premiere in 2008, left in 2010 during the third season, and returned in 2015.
"I have decided to leave the Housewives franchise to explore my next chapter. It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women. With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have," Bethenny said in a statement to Variety at the time.
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