Behind the songs, behind the dance, the spotlight, and far away from Simon Cowell
, there's the real woman behind the headlines: pop icon Paula Abdul
Kicking off Bravo's third night of original programming on Thursday, June 28, with back-to-back episodes from 10-10:30PM ET/PT and 10:30-11PM, the 30-minute docu-drama series "Hey Paula" provides an unfiltered, real-life look at the "American Idol"
judge, entrepreneur, choreographer and multi-platinum artist, giving insight and context to Abdul's much-reported on professional and personal life. "Hey Paula" will air regularly every Thursday, from 10-10:30PM ET/PT.
"Hey Paula" paints a three-dimensional portrait of Abdul and her "Crazy Cool" world from the stressed celebrity and tough business woman to the comedic prankster. Viewers will see Abdul up close 24/7 as she battles insomnia during the much-talked-about "American Idol" satellite media tour interviews; bumps heads with QVC execs; develops her own fragrance and plays practical jokes on her assistants. Through it all, Abdul has a knack for being able to laugh along the way. On her singing career, she quips, "Last time I had a hit record, Bill and Hillary were having sex - that's a long time ago." And Abdul jokes about Cowell with a QVC security guard, "If someone comes that has dark hair, that looks like Beavis and Butthead
haircut and has a tight shirt and he has a British accent, do not let him in."
Additionally, the seven-episode series features the posse of people essential in keeping the Abdul empire running smoothly. The "Hey Paula" players include Daniel, her hairstylist and BFF, who always promises a good time; Jeff, her longtime (and now former) publicist of seven years, who protects her like a sister; Kylie, her full-time wardrobe assistant, who keeps Abdul looking her best; and Abdul's kidsher four Chihuahuas Bessie Moo, Chomps, Thumbelina and Tulip.
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