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Biggest Victim of the Project Runway Debacle: Meredith Baxter

OK, so Lifetime doesn't have the greatest reputation. Sure, it's still better known for its women-in-crisis movies than, say, the pretty awesome Army Wives. But can we please stop blaming poor Meredith Baxter (Birney) for the network's less-than-stellar cred?

Ever since Project Runway announced it was leaving Bravo for Lifetime, writers have been searching for just the right phrase to explain Lifetime's image. And so many of them have come back to our poor ex-Elyse Keaton. Witness:

  • This one, calling Lifetime "the 'No. 1 network for women' and made-for-television movies starring Meredith Baxter Birney."

  • This one, stating that when most people think of the network, they think of "melodramatic made-for-television movies starring Meredith Baxter."
  • And this one, which argues that Runway-loving guys are going to have a hard time claiming they just stumbled upon the show because "the only other options on Lifetime are Meredith Baxter TV movies and Your Mama Don't Dance."

Yeah, so Baxter has done . . . let's see . . . a couple of dozen TV movies since Family Ties ended. Sure, she's played every kind of woman-in-distress under the sun. But it's not her fault that she's everyone's first thought when they need a woman to victimize (but always have come out on top). And hey, Dana Delaney was in those shoes once too, and she's real TV again now!

Maybe all this name recognition just means there's something great coming around the corner for Baxter — better, anyway, than being the sole face of "television for women." Right? Who's with me?


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