From Top Chef to The Real Housewives of Orange County to Project Runway, reality programming has been Bravo's strong suit of late. The network just announced a winter lineup chock full of what it does best, and it's also bringing back two of its attempts to clone Runway — Top Design and Shear Genius — for another round. Some of the highlights:
- Top Design, the seriously lackluster interior design show that I watched faithfully every week despite its mediocrity, is getting another chance — but not without a makeover of its own. Magical Elves, the folks behind Runway, are taking over the production on the show. No word on whether Todd Oldham and Jonathan Adler are returning.
- Shear Genuis, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be getting any major changes for its second season, and that's just fine with me. Despite my initial resistance, I loved this show's over-the-top craziness, not to mention Dr. Boogie's booties.
- Bravo has two new reality shows scheduled to start in January: Millionaire Matchmaker, a Flipping Out-style show focusing on high-end matchmaker Patti Stanger, and Make Me a Supermodel, a modeling competition hosted by Niki Taylor and Tyson Beckford. Supermodel will air Thursdays at 10, while Matchmaker will take over the Real Housewives time slot after its season finale.
- Bravo also has a pilot in the works for Hey B*tches!, a show based on YouTube video blogger William Sledd and his "Ask a Gay Man" show. The potential show would focus on his move from Kentucky to New York City.
Want to know what Sledd's all about? You can watch a clip of his YouTube show if you
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