Bravo network says it will make ‘Hey Paula,’ a docu-series about Paula Abdul’s life


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Straight up – Bravo says it’s making a TV series about the life of Paula Abdul.

“Hey Paula,” set to debut sometime later this year, will follow Abdul, 44, as she films a new season of Fox’s “American Idol,” works on “Bratz: The Movie” and develops her own perfume and cosmetics line.

“It fits the Bravo mandate to show what’s going on in the culture of the moment,” said Bravo President Lauren Zalaznick.

The pop culture network has hits with “Project Runway” and “Top Chef,” and announced Friday that the upcoming fifth season of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” will be its last. It makes a similar docu-series with comic Kathy Griffin, who mocks her life on “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.”

Besides showing the frenzy of life in Hollywood, “Hey Paula” will offer “an intimate glimpse at the real woman behind the headlines,” Zalaznick said.

Bravo hasn’t decided whether that will include mention of Corey Clark, the 2003 “American Idol” contestant who accused Abdul of coaching him and initiating an affair. Fox, a unit of News Corp., cleared Abdul of any wrongdoing.

“What we want it to be is the current Paula,” Zalaznick said. “We’re not a biographical or historical channel.”

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