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At Last, 'Project Runway' Moves Forward

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  April 1, 2009 04:14 PM

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After a yearlong battle, the fate of "Project Runway" has finally been settled. The show, formerly on Bravo, will officially make its new home at Lifetime. The design contest had been tied up in a legal struggle involving NBC Universal (which owns Bravo), the Weinstein Company, and Lifetime.

Lifetime is saying that the delayed sixth season of "Project Runway" will begin this summer. And Bravo plans to launch "The Fashion Show," its successor to "Runway," on May 7.

The dispute started last April when NBC Universal sued the Weinstein production company (which owns "Runway") after it made a reported $150 million deal with Lifetime for the series. Weinstein will pay NBC an undisclosed fee, acknowledging it improperly sold the show to a competitive network without giving NBC a chance to match the offer. According to an NBC statement, "All parties are pleased with the outcome."

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10 comments so far...
  1. Auf wiedersehen Bravo! I'm with Tim and Heidi

    Posted by Kenley's Cousin April 1, 09 05:43 PM
  1. Lifetime is the most expensive channel for cable companies to carry because no one watches it and advertisers won't pay as much for ads that no one sees. Way to step up your game, Lifetime. Maybe my cable bill will go down? If not maybe they show "I Know My Name is Steven" a little less this year? Either way I win.

    Posted by Kenley April 1, 09 07:36 PM
  1. Oh, you mean I'm supposed to care?

    Posted by Jay April 1, 09 07:49 PM
  1. Finally! I've never been a fan of bravo you can't hear anything but the commercials on that channel. Volume up when commercial ends, volume down when show breaks. That's only the top complaint with Bravo! Lifetime may be less common but the quality is phenominal. Trust Heidi and Tim to supply the world with the best!

    Posted by malinda April 1, 09 08:51 PM
  1. This show is, in a way, rigged. In what competition other than the Bravo reality shows are the judges allowed to collaborate before giving their scores (in this case, opinions)? How often do you hear the project runway judges disagree in any substance? Rarely ever. Because, dear friends, that would expose them and their whole bizz for the frauds that they are, since then they'd likely disagree as often as they agreed, leaving one to realize that fashion is an opinion more than it is a creative art form.

    What a scam.

    Posted by ahy nonimous April 1, 09 08:57 PM
  1. Just give me the show!!!!! it is great.

    Posted by Bev russell April 1, 09 09:34 PM
  1. Well, since my cable company dropped Bravo from it's "basic" cable three episodes from the end of the last season, now that it is on Lifetime, I'll be able to watch it again.

    Posted by kiki322 April 1, 09 09:51 PM
  1. I wonder if Tim said to the Weinstein's and Jeff Zucker. "Make it work."

    Posted by Stu April 1, 09 09:56 PM
  1. i missed seeing the show so yeah, I'm happy

    Posted by chocgirl April 2, 09 06:22 AM
  1. At #5 "This show is, in a way, rigged. In what competition other than the Bravo reality shows are the judges allowed to collaborate before giving their scores (in this case, opinions)? "

    Try any reality show out there. I've worked in some reality TV and those that have some kind of judge based winner function this way. The show's only goal is to raise ratings and viewer count. Unseen integrity and honesty isn't really important . They put together a story line just like any other fictional show. The difference being that they piece it together with fragments of a much larger picture in order to tell a story that isn't necessarily true within its original context.

    Posted by Brad April 2, 09 07:58 AM
 

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