One of New York magazine’s most popular features, the back-page “Approval Matrix“, is going to become a TV series. Michael Hirschorn, a former executive editor at New York magazine and now a TV producer, reportedly sold the show to the cable network Bravo last week. The TV series, to also be called “Approval Matrix,” will feature four “rotating pop culture pundits” debating the week’s “buzzworthy news items.”
Like the magazine feature, the panel decides whether the item is “Highbrow Brilliant,” “Highbrow Despicable,” “Lowbrow Brilliant” or “Lowbrow Despicable.” The “Approval Matrix” feature still appears in the magazine and online every week. It was developed after Hirschorn left New York, according to a Bravo spokeswoman.
Hirschorn, who will co-executive-produce the show under his production company Ish Entertainment, is a former VH1 programming exec who developed “I Love the ’80s,” among other series. While he was at VH1, he oversaw such series as “Rock of Love” and “Flavor of Love.”
Hirschorn’s company continues to produce shows for VH1 and sister network MTV, including “T.I.’s Road to Redemption” and “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF.” All quality programs, as you can see…