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Project Runway Moves from Bravo to Lifetime

Whoa! Project Runway Dumps Bravo for Lifetime

Without question, Project Runway is Bravo's biggest hit. So it's nothing short of shocking that come this Fall, the show's going to be airing on Lifetime instead.

Yup, the show that helped make Bravo a household name is jumping ship, with a new season set to begin airing in November on Lifetime. According to Lifetime's press release, the move is part of a deal that will give the show a home on Lifetime for the next five years.

A couple of curious things:

  • The press release talks about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn moving along with the show, but there's nary a mention of Michael Kors or Nina Garcia.
  • The press release is all about the sixth season starting in November. What will happen to season five, which Bravo apparently has the rights to air? Will Bravo somehow squeeze in another season before the jump? Or could both Bravo and Lifetime's versions of the show air at the same time, as one writer speculates? Open auditions were already being held in New York over the weekend
  • Will this actually hold up? NBC has filed a lawsuit to try to stop the move, which the Lifetime statement acknowledges.

What a coup for Lifetime — and what a loss for Bravo! What do you make of the news? Do you care where the show airs, just as long as it's on? And would you be bummed if Kors and Garcia were done on Runway?

Photo courtesy of Bravo

luxforsoul luxforsoul 9 years
I love this show! As long as Tim and Heidi are still there i'm in...I strongly dislike Nina and Michael.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
This just brought all kinds of "EEEEEGADS"
Wicked Wicked 9 years
Project Runway on Lifetime? Lifetime should stick to stupid made for tv movies.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
(quoting anniekim): "thank you for putting it so well" Anytime!
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
Oh, suckbags -- I totally overlooked the loss of high-definition presentation in this switch. Double-bummer.
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Like most, I'm shocked. I really enjoy the promotion and interactivity of the PR section on the Bravo website.. I hope Lifetime can keep these things alive.
Califlygirl Califlygirl 9 years
NBC is suing to keep the show, and supposedly the 5th season will still be shown on Bravo. But if Lifetime does wind up getting it, I agree with the earlier comment that it'll be available in HD :)
SDTransplant SDTransplant 9 years
I already watch a few shows (not their made-for-TV movies; those make me gag) on Lifetime (including What Not To Wear) and some of them are already in HD. I don't hate on Lifetime as much as other people here, but PR does seem like an odd fit for the network. Does that mean shows like Top Chef might move too? Like Ilana, I don't know if I can imagine myself watching several more seasons of this in the years to come. ANTM is getting so old now that it's in its 8th or 9th or 10th or whatever season and I don't know how much longer they can keep it around. Will the same fate meet PR?
anniekim anniekim 9 years
duck duck goose--thank you for putting it so well--I was getting all riled up at rosa. You difused things so nicely.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that's really interesting to hear about this. to be honest, i can't imagine watching this show for another 5's like ANTM - it's on it's 10th sesaon and it's just too much already. they've done everything that they can do for shoots - they've gone to soo many different's just too much. how many new design challenges can they come up with? they are going to be scraping the bottom of the barrel. i guess if heidi is able to make $$ off selling the show - and tim is able to continue to get paid to be the in-workroom guy then more power to them i guess.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
Hopefully Lifetime will move to HD before this.
XpsX XpsX 9 years
love this show
Gamine Gamine 9 years
I'm sure the same people who produce the show for Bravo will produce the show for Lifetime; they're looking at five more years of making money and they don't have a brand image to protect or commercial interests involved. Replacing Michael Kors might be more difficult if it's perceived that the rabid, irrational hatred for the Lifetime Network displayed here is endemic to the marketplace. However, I don't think the population at large gets lathered over the existence of a distasteful tv channel and if Kohl's (which is dreadful) can have collections by Vera Wang then Kors can be easily replaced. I have never cared for Nina Garcia or her taste so good riddance I say. I also hope this move means the end of the ever-increasing product placement or, more realistically, a reduction. This is actually a great opportunity for fashion to showcase some of its younger talent by using a younger designer, editor, or stylist to fill these vacant spots. American fashion needs successful young blood to keep it going as so soberly stated by Anna Wintour in the documentary, "Seamless." Maybe that's why "Project Runway" has yet to launch anyone's career--the judges don't have the freshest ideas in their industry anymore.
EllaDee EllaDee 9 years
I don't like this deal. I have an awful feeling that Project Runway could be seriously delayed while everything is figured out. I do think that people would follow it to whatever network.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
You tell 'em duck duck goose. Um, also I heard Lifetime will no longer air The Golden Girls! It's moving to WE, which I do not get. I LOVE the Golden Girls.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Lifetime is aiming to get more of the gays to watch.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
Oh and, by the by, Heidi Klum is a mother. (Perhaps you were unaware, considering she was able to tear herself away from watching Lifetime movie marathons long enough to throw together a decent outfit and host a successful television show.) :p
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
((quoting)): "LIFETIME IS FOR OLD WOMEN AND MOTHERS !! THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT STYLISH !" Pause and reflect, rosa -- your ignorance is showing. (No worries; we forgive you.) Most mothers who visit the Sugar Sites (I imagine) will *not* agree with your assertion that motherhood creates hopeless fashion victims, nor would they appreciate your (barely implicit) characterization of them as staunchly devoted Lifetime watchers. Perspective (and a pinch of reality) -- it'd do ya some good. ;)
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
LMAO @ CaterpillarGirl!
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
why?? Is anybody really gonna watch it on Lifetime?? Now I know Lifetime is trying to do Army Wives and How to Look Better Naked, and all that stuff but honestly most of their original programming is crap. I think Lifetime is gonna bring Project Runway down to its level instead of Project Runway bringing Lifetime up to its level. I like Lifetime-- when I want to see those moment-of-truth movies, and stories about domestic abuse and sad stories like that. I don't watch Project Runway, and I definitely would not on Lifetime.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
Lifetime is a fine channel, why the hate? I get my Reba reruns on every night! I love PR and if anyone leaves Michaels Kors will be missed more than Nina Garcia. Interesting news considering I read Garcia was putting noses out of joint at Elle for her "celebrity" on PR.
RosaFeuille RosaFeuille 9 years
kitten6500 kitten6500 9 years
I agree with Mulva- WTF?!? Move to Lifetime? Isn't that like an old lady station that runs lame straight to tv movies? Do I even have Lifetime? I love Bravo and all the great shows they air... I really hope NBC wins in court!
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