Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens: Live” begins its new era tonight, expanding to five nights a week, and the Bravo executive and host has some big things in store for the first few episodes.
“Four words: ‘Ralph Fiennes Pajama Party,’” Andy told reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Session in Pasadena, on Saturday, of the upcoming event, set to air live on January 20. “A week from Thursday we have our first annual ‘Ralph Fiennes Pajama Party.’ We have me, Ralph Fiennes and Holly Hunter in PJs in the clubhouse.”
Other guests lined up for the first few weeks include Rosie O’Donnell and Jimmy Fallon.
The late night Bravo show, which unlike the rest of late night, actually airs in real time (for the East Coast), and doesn’t pre-interview guests, also sets itself apart with its tiny set — The Clubhouse — modeled after Andy’s own den.
The show also serves its guests cocktails.
“We’ve had people who don’t drink and everybody’s welcome,” Andy said. “You don’t have to drink, it’s optional.”
Andy is hoping to expand the type of guests his show attracts now that it’s five nights a week, and his wish list includes St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese.
“He won the world series for us, I think he’s amazing… I think Michelle Obama would be incredible, it’s an election year,” Andy said, adding, “Don’t laugh,” when some of the room chuckled.
“Madonna would be amazing, Diana Ross, some of my diva icons and I love funny people, I especially love funny ladies, so fill the clubhouse with funny ladies and I’m good,” he added.
Sandra Bernhard joins the show as a correspondent, and Andy said she’ll offer her own unique take on current events.
“Sandra’s gonna be perched at the bar and she’s gonna do a live rant about the week in pop culture as only she can do,” he said.
“Watch What Happens: Live” kicks off tonight at 11 PM EST/PST on Bravo.