On Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. Bravo debuts "Dukes of Melrose," which follows Hollywood boutique owners Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver in their everyday lives.
But first, Bravo's "L.A. Shrinks" (10 tonight) may be this year's best new bad comedy series.
Whether the real-life people featured intend to be comedy stars is an open question but one of the three shrinks featured is so over-the-top she's like a cartoon version of a therapist. Or she would fit in just fine as a character on the 2007-09 Starz series "Head Case."
The improbably named Dr. Venus Nicolino, who has a PhD in clinical psychology, even sounds like "Head Case's" buttinsky Dr. Elizabeth Goode (Alexandra Wentworth) during a counseling session when a woman complains her fiancee's penis is too large.
"How big would you describe his penis? 8 inches? 10 inches? A foot?" Dr. Nicolino asks a little too curiously. Later she assigns the couple homework: Record their lovemaking and bring it to her to watch next week. (Why anyone would agree to have their therapy sessions taped for a reality show is beyond me.)
Dr. Nicolino is just one of three shrinks regularly featured as "L.A. Shrinks" adopts a similar formula to other Bravo shows like "Million Dollar Listing." The other two are down-to-earth family and marriage therapist Eris Huemer and psychologist Dr. Gregory Carson, who specializes in anger management. His first patient is a screamer who turns the tables on him -- in a scene that has producers' fingerprints all over it -- asking him questions that draw out the information that he plans to marry his partner who he's been in a monogamish relationship with for 23 years.
"L.A. Shrinks" is another Bravo guilty pleasure show. When the cast members aren't saying outrageous things, it can get kind of dull, but most of the time the dialogue is crazy enough to keep viewers entertained.