Andy Cohen's 'Watch What Happens Live' gets new digs, title for 2017 (EXCLUSIVE)

Bravo's late-night talk show "Watch What Happens Live" is getting a makeover in the new year.

The freewheeling chatfest hosted by Andy Cohen will move to a significantly larger studio starting Jan. 3. In a nod to the host's longevity, the half-hour show's formal title will be changed to "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."

The new set, which will remain at the show's existing West Village studio facility, will retain the "clubhouse" look and feel that has been Cohen's signature since the program began in 2009 as a weekly series focused on the antics of Bravo's "Real Housewives" personalities. "WWHL" quickly expanded to a twice-weekly format and then to a nightly Sunday-Thursday schedule in 2012.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Andy Cohen attends the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Sarah Jessica Parker (L) and Andy Cohen attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Andy Cohen attends the 'Mad Men' New York Special Screening at The Museum of Modern Art on March 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 23: Andy Cohen attends Gilt City Celebrates The Launch Of Andy Cohen's New Book, The Andy Cohen Diaries on November 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Gilt City)
HE VIEW - Andy Cohen guest co-hosts; Queen Latifah (The Queen Latifah Show); Cheryl Hines (ABCs Suburgatory); Whats Trending Now? with an up-to-the-minute look at what everyone is talking about online today, Monday, January 13, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) JENNY MCCARTHY, ANDY COHEN, SHERRI SHEPHERD
HE VIEW - Andy Cohen guest co-hosts; Queen Latifah (The Queen Latifah Show); Cheryl Hines (ABCs Suburgatory); Whats Trending Now? with an up-to-the-minute look at what everyone is talking about online today, Monday, January 13, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) ANDY COHEN
HE VIEW - Andy Cohen guest co-hosts; Queen Latifah (The Queen Latifah Show); Cheryl Hines (ABCs Suburgatory); Whats Trending Now? with an up-to-the-minute look at what everyone is talking about online today, Monday, January 13, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) JENNY MCCARTHY, ANDY COHEN
HE VIEW - Andy Cohen guest co-hosts; Queen Latifah (The Queen Latifah Show); Cheryl Hines (ABCs Suburgatory); Whats Trending Now? with an up-to-the-minute look at what everyone is talking about online today, Monday, January 13, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, BARBARA WALTERS, CHERYL HINES, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ANDY COHEN, JENNY MCCARTHY
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"Our new clubhouse is the perfect upgrade for us because it won't lose any of the intimacy or lunacy provided by our current home," said Cohen who is also an exec producer. "We're going from an audience of 22 to about 50, plus we have roof access and a whole lot of new surprises. It's like moving from a Tic Tac to a studio apartment."

The new set will feature a built-in performance space for musical guests. The 11 p.m. show is the only nightly late-night entry to air live (on the East Coast). From its inception, "WWHL" has embraced the two-way communication with viewers facilitated by social media, allowing fans to guide the direction of the show virtually in real-time.

"Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" hails from Embassy Row with Cohen Michael Davies and Deirdre Connolly serving as exec producers.

Cohen spent 10 years as a producer with CBS News before moving to the now-departed entertainment cabler Trio in 2000 and to Bravo as a development executive in 2005.


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