Sad news, friends and fellow media rubberneckers: Bravo has canned All That Glitters, their drama about the ’80s-era rise to prominence of Tina Brown and Anna Wintour in the most glorious of Condé Nast glory days.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the six-episode “limited series” (or, fancy miniseries) drama is no more, at least at Bravo:
All That Glitters was announced in May as part of NBCU’s upfront presentation. The plan was for the scripted drama to be based on Thomas Maier’s award-winning book Newhouse. The project was going to explore the true story of Brown and Wintour’s impressive ascents. Here’s the logline: “As they have to fight their way to the top of a male-dominated industry driven by greed and betrayal, they each find new paths to change the world around them — Tina, through the intersection of high-culture and celebrity, and Anna with a gut instinct for high fashion and emerging talent.”
The show looked like a promising route into that sweet prestige limited-run market for the channel, and frankly ideal subject matter for Bravo. Just imagine all the opportunities for juicy visits to the set of Watch What Happens Live! But, sadly, it is not to be. “Bravo did not specify a reason for axing the show though there had been rumblings about potential legal complications that the project was facing that ultimately led to the decision,” according to Deadline, noting Olivia de Havilland’s suit against FX over Feud.
But take heart: Tina Brown’s diaries from the era are still being released as a dishy tell-all—The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992—in November. Give! Us! The! Tea!