Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Andy Cohen Takes Trip Back in Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Andy Cohen Takes Trip Back in Time

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Andy Cohen realizes that people who know him mostly from "Watch What Happens Live" and "Real Housewives" reunions on Bravo might be a little surprised to hear about his new show.

"Then and Now," arriving Sunday on Bravo, is a three-part interview series looking back at three pivotal years in recent history, exploring events that turned out to be major influences on the world today.

"It's definitely my most journalistic endeavor since I left CBS News," Cohen says.

The St. Louis native (Clayton High School, Class of 1986) grew up wanting to work in media. Before he even graduated from high school, he spent time on the assignment desk at KMOV (Channel 4). At Boston University, he turned an internship at CBS News into a 10-year gig with the network, including a long tenure with "48 Hours."

"Weirdly, I've used what I learned during that time much more than people would think," Cohen says.

As recounted in two memoirs (2012's "Most Talkative" and last year's "Andy Cohen Diaries"), Cohen moved from TV news to behind- the-scenes and then on-screen success at Bravo, producing popular series and hosting his own, the nightly chat half-hour "Watch What Happens Live." Two years ago, he left his executive role at Bravo, while retaining "WWHL" and other ties, to form his own company, Most Talkative Productions.

Most Talkative's first program to air on Bravo is "Then and Now."

"It's a trip down memory lane," Cohen says of the show. "Two of the years we cover, I was at CBS. I was actually at the Olympics in Norway in 1994 when the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan thing happened and became such a big story."

So was Connie Chung, who was covering the Lillehammer Olympics for CBS when a man struck Kerrigan, the lead skater on the U.S. team, in the knee with a pipe. With the benefit of distance, Chung offers sharp commentary on the incident in the first episode of "Then and Now," which airs Sunday and covers 1994 from the birth of the Internet to the O.J. Simpson case.

Cohen describes himself as "a student and enthusiast of pop culture," a passion that dates to childhood.

A look-back series seemed like a natural, and Bravo thought "this would be a great limited series for the holidays," Cohen says. …

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