via press release:
BRAVO MEDIA CROWNS A WINNER ON SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH NEW SERIES “GAME OF CROWNS” PREMIERING JULY 13 AT 9:15PM ET/PT
“Game of Crowns” Will Return to Regularly Scheduled Time on Sundays at 9pm ET/PT Starting July 20
NEW YORK – May 21, 2014 – Sunday nights on Bravo just gained some sparkle when “Game of Crowns” premieres Sunday, July 13 at 9:15pm ET/PT immediately following the supersized premiere of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” at 8pm ET/PT. Then the following week on July 20, the series will begin airing at its regularly scheduled time on Sundays at 9pm ET/PT. Bravo’s newest docu-series follows six pageant wives competing on the “Mrs.” circuit whose lives revolve around glamour, perfection and winning at any cost. From career women to pageant moms, these ultra-competitive ladies share their love of the game and will stop at nothing to win local and national pageants for beauty queen status. In each hour-long episode, the ladies will compete to snatch the spotlight while viewers watch their intense preparation that includes obsessing over the perfect swimsuit, working tirelessly with trainers and honing their interview skills with coaches—all while being dedicated mothers and wives. For a taste of pre-season pageant action, tune in to a preview special on Sunday, June 1 at 10:30pm ET/PT after “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” preview special at 10:00pm ET/PT.
In the premiere episode of “Game of Crowns,” fitness model Lori-Ann Marchese is preparing for Mrs. America after she entered Mrs. Connecticut America on a whim and won. With help from Shelley Carbone (Mrs. America 2011) and Vanassa Sebastian (a 2012 Mrs. America semi-finalist), Lori-Ann hopes to get the professional advice she needs to take the crown. Meanwhile, pageant lifer Lynne Diamante helps the reigning Mrs. Rhode Island America, Leha Guilmette, prepare for Mrs. America as well. The competition continues off stage when pageant newcomer Susanna Paliotta wears the same outfit as Vanassa on the way to the pageant. Do New England’s best have what it takes to win the mother of all pageants, Mrs. America? For a sneak peak at the episode, visit www.bravotv.com/game-of-crowns/season-1/videos/the-red-robin-looks-like-a-stripper
Meet the Mrs.:
Shelley Carbone– Shelley boasts many impressive titles, but her most valued are “mother” and “wife.” The blonde beauty lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut with her husband, John, and their four children: Clay, Mia, Madilyn (Maddy) and Trey. Shelley is a registered nurse, but taking care of her family is her full time job. Shelley fell into pageantry when her mother secretly registered her for the Mrs. Connecticut America pageant without her knowledge or consent. Shelley initially had no interest in competing, but she ultimately decided to enter to show her children they truly could be whatever they wanted to be — and that she could do something other than cook and clean. The pageant natural won Mrs. Connecticut America 2010 and went on to win Mrs. America 2011. Shelley admits she knew nothing about preparing for pageants, so she traveled without a glam squad and wore the same gown from the state pageant at nationals – both considered taboo by many in the pageant world! Shelley is passionate about health and wellness and utilizes her “voice” given to her through pageantry to encourage others to make healthy choices. She is involved in various charities and enjoys writing when she can find a spare moment. For more on Shelley, visit http://www.bravotv.com/people/shelley-carbone/bio
Lynne Diamante– Pageant queen Lynne has mastered the art of having it all. As the CEO and founder of OPTX Rhode Island, a luxury sunglass and eyeglass retailer, Lynne styles and consults for celebrity clientele and industry elite. Lynne is also an attorney, with the distinct privilege of being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court Bar and the U.S. District Court. Lynne is an avid traveler whose favorite hobby is traveling the world with her husband Giulio and daughter Giulia, a pastime she inherited from her late father. Lynne and Giulio, an eye surgeon and ophthalmologist, have renewed their wedding vows 15 times in their 16 year marriage, most often in Las Vegas. In her free time, Lynne enjoys cooking, shopping (she has a self-proclaimed shoe and purse addiction), modifying and driving sports cars and supporting philanthropic causes in her community. Lynne is a pageant-lifer who is known for her signature blue hair tips. She is a former Miss Rhode Island USA and proudly represented Rhode Island at the Miss USA Pageant in 1991. For more on Lynne, visit http://www.bravotv.com/people/lynne-diamante/bio
Leha Guilmette– Leha prides herself on being the down-to-earth gal next door. Leha lives in Cranston, Rhode Island with her husband of eight years, Nick, a police officer, and their two children, Nicholas, 8 and Sophia, 3. Family is the most important part of Leha’s life, and they enjoy countless traveling adventures together. Leha’s family combines two of their favorite activities – owning horses and charity work – in their support of therapeutic riding organizations. Leha has a full-time job as an account manager and recruiter working with several Fortune 500 companies. As if that was not enough of a competitive culture, Leha also competes in beauty pageants. However, she took a break from pageants to focus on her job and raising her children, but returned to the circuit after a 70-pound weight loss with the goal of empowering women to step out of their comfort zones one stage at a time. Having won her first major state title as a teen to most recently being crowned Mrs. Rhode Island America, she is determined to set big personal goals and dream even bigger! For more on Leha, visit http://www.bravotv.com/people/leha-guilmette/bio
Lori-Ann Marchese– Lori-Ann is a fitness consultant/trainer and cover model who owns Body Construct LLC, a workout facility where she trains women, and she recently launched her own line of Body Construct Nutrition Supplements. When she is not training others, Lori-Ann competes in fitness pageants, interviews professional athletes on red carpets, and models for fitness magazines, workout videos, infomercials and more. Always up for a challenge, Lori-Ann decided to enter a beauty pageant and won Mrs. Connecticut America 2013. She missed the fitness pageant world and recently made a comeback as a Top 3 Champion Finalist in the International Montreal Bikini Pro Championship. Lori-Ann and her husband John have one dog and two cats. Lori-Ann’s titles include Mrs. Connecticut America, Miss Bikini Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini New England, Miss Model Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini Fitness Atlantic WBFF Pro and Miss Summer Nationals. For more on Lori-Ann, visit http://www.bravotv.com/people/lori-ann-marchese/bio
Susanna Paliotta– Susanna is a successful entrepreneur, business woman, author, pilot and more. She is the co-founder of Bound by The Crown Couture, a stylish lifestyle clothing brand for children. Susanna attributes her love of animals and flying (especially a Cessna 172) to her late father who was an engineer and a professional jockey. Susanna is married to successful construction entrepreneur Antonio and has two daughters, Victoria, 21 and Isabella, 7. Susanna became a strong anti-bullying advocate after almost losing Victoria in a horrific teen bullying incident and vows to help others through her story and the Stop, Think, Feel Pledge. Daughter Isabella is a star in her own right as a model, actress, singer and pageant champion. Susanna is the former Mrs. Nations USA and Mrs. Massachusetts Perfect Woman. She is the current Mrs. Rhode Island United States and looks forward to nationals in July when she and fellow cast member Lynne Diamante will compete at the nationally televised Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas. For more on Susanna, visit http://www.bravotv.com/people/susanna-paliotta/bio
Vanassa Sebastian-Complete with her “tell it like it is” personality, Vanassa is the total package made up of brains, beauty, ambition and a splash of sass. In addition to being a pageant champion, Vanassa is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who administers anesthesia in the operating room. When she gets out of her scrubs, this fun-loving diva enjoys the finer things in life, especially high-end fashion and couture clothing. Vanassa is from the Passamaquoddy Tribe and carries on the tradition of a culturally rich heritage. She hit the jackpot in more ways than one when she married the love of her life Brian, who along with his family owns one of the world’s largest casinos, Foxwoods Resort & Casino. She and Brian, who is also Native American, have a 24-year-old daughter, Tyah Marie. Vanassa is very supportive of multiple breast cancer foundations, a cause that holds a special place in her heart after her own bout with breast cancer. Vanassa has previously held the title of Mrs. Connecticut America 2012 and went on to compete at Mrs. America, where she placed in the top 10 and won most original costume. For more on Vanassa, visit http://www.bravotv.com/people/vanassa-sebastian/bio
“Game of Crowns” is produced by Shed Media US with Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon, Dan Peirson and Tess Gamboa serving as Executive Producers and Nadine Rajabi as Co-Executive Producer.
Shed Media US is the American production arm of the global media giant Shed Media Group (now majority owned by Warner Bros. Television Group), which consists of several of the top production companies in the UK: Ricochet Television, Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Renegade Pictures, Watershed, Yalli and Headstrong Pictures. Shed Media US boasts a prolific and diverse slate of series ranging from docu-soaps to entertainment formats. As of May 2014, the company is producing 14 series across nine networks and will deliver more than 150 hours of finished television programs throughout 2014. Series produced by Shed Media US include The Real Housewives of New York City and Game of Crowns for Bravo; Atlanta Exes, Hollywood Exes, Basketball Wives Los Angeles and Basketball Wives Miami for VH1; Eric & Jessie: Game On and Escape Club for E!; APB with Troy Dunn for TNT; My Dysfunctional Family for CMT; Child Genius for Lifetime; and Who Do You Think You Are? for TLC, among others.