“Vanderpump Rules” has a competitor. E!, the cable channel, today announced that it will launch “The Abbey Diaries.” The reality TV show will be focused on the eponymous world famous gay bar and restaurant on Robertson Boulevard south of Santa Monica Boulevard.
In its announcement, E! describes the series as follows: “The staffers wrangle VIP guests and celebrities while dealing with relationship drama, diverse sexuality and the pursuit of their individual Hollywood dreams, all set in an exciting backdrop that is quintessentially Los Angeles. ”
A reality TV show set at The Abbey has been long rumored. TMZ reported last year that the West Hollywood restaurant and bar had a production company at work on a show, and that the production company has lined up a network for it. Employees at The Abbey have told WEHOville they signed up to audition. “The Abbey Diaries” is a working title and a date hasn’t yet been set to air the series
A few hundred feet south on Robertson is the site of another reality TV show, “Vanderpump Rules.” The Bravo series is focused on the fights and sexual tangles among the staff overseen by Lisa Vanderpump, who also is in Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Then there’s P.U.M.P., another Vanderpump restaurant.
E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. David Cooley, founder of The Abbey, which this month celebrates its 25th anniversary, sold the show to E!. The show is produced by Banijay Studios North America. Executive producers are David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard Ray Giuliani and Cooley,