Summertime, and the viewing is cheesy – even on Bravo.

It’s what happens when a big broadcast network – in this case NBC – gets its mitts on a once-artsy cable network.

Exhibit A under NBC ownership is the June 30 premiere of “Being Bobby Brown,” an eight-episode reality series that purportedly “allows fans and critics alike to see the real Bobby Brown – as a family man and husband, apart from the headline scandals and allegations that have plagued, and at times overshadowed, the successful musician’s career.”

Wow. And no, the above is not a misprint. Brown’s in-and-out-of-rehab wife, Whitney Houston, also will participate, with Brown’s Brownhouze Entertainment co-producing.

NBC-owned Bravo also will proudly present the six-part “Battle of the Network Reality Stars,” premiering in August. “See stars like Omarosa and Richard Hatch in the dunk tank, try to navigate a kayak race and run a relay race!” says Bravo’s clumsily worded press release.

All this and braying Kathy Griffin, too, in Bravo’s six-episode “My Life on the D-List.” And on “Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance,” amazingly annoying Howie Mandel offers a six-part look at how he creates hidden-camera segments for NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

Bravo? How about boo-hoo.


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