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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    Something of interest from today's Los Angeles Times:

    Weinstein promises 'servitude' to make up with Zucker
    02:22 PM PT, Apr 14 2008
    NEW YORK—Producer Harvey Weinstein doesn’t appear worried that he made enemies at NBC Universal by moving his hit show “Project Runway” from NBCU’s Bravo over to Lifetime.

    NBC Universal Chief Executive “Jeff Zucker has been a friend of mine for many years,” Weinstein said today at a lunchtime programming presentation hosted by Lifetime Networks at a posh midtown Manhattan restaurant. “Over the next three years, once I finish my servitude of cleaning his house, driving him to work every day, baby-sitting the kids and taking [his wife] Karen shopping, I think we will be friends again.

    “And when I come back in my next lifetime, the years that I want to be single and have fun again, I want to be Ben Silverman,” a grinning Weinstein added for good measure, referring to the notoriously fun-loving NBC Entertainment co-chairman.

    NBC Universal filed a lawsuit last week against the Weinstein Co., claiming the producers violated Bravo’s right of first refusal by signing a five-season deal with Lifetime beginning this November.

    In the claim, NBC cited a promise Weinstein made to Zucker over lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills in January 2007, when he allegedly told the network honcho: “You can only have in your life five true friends, and I consider you one of my five friends. And I’m telling you, I will not embarrass you.”

    Weinstein declined to comment on the suit Monday, but said, “I don’t think there’s anything to worry about.”

    “As I’ve said before, Jeff Zucker has been one of my best friends for many years,” he added. “The show was never going to be renewed for Bravo anyhow. . . . We wanted to grow the show; we have the rights to leave.”

    The “Runway” team appears onboard with the move to Lifetime. Weinstein said that designer Michael Kors will be returning as a judge, and he hopes to also bring back Elle’s Nina Garcia, though he noted that he needs to meet with the magazine about reports that Garcia has lost her position as fashion director there. (Women's Wear Daily reported today that Garcia has been offered a smaller consulting role at the magazine.)

    At the lunch, “Runway” mentor Tim Gunn remarked on the welcome from the network, saying “the warmth, the grace with which we’ve been embraced by Lifetime is simply phenomenal.” (When asked whether he would be attending a Tuesday programming breakfast hosted by Bravo, which still plans to air one more season of “Runway” this summer, Gunn said he wasn’t invited.)

    In a video message, “Runway” host Heidi Klum said, “Fashion is about change, and ‘Project Runway’ moving to Lifetime is an awesome change.”

    “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out. And Lifetime is definitely in,” she added, giving a thumbs-up.

    Beaming Lifetime executives said the arrival of “Runway” would help make reality programming a central part of the network’s lineup.

    “As a pure fan of the show, I could not be more excited and thrilled,” said Susanne Daniels, Lifetime’s president of entertainment. “I’m tempted to get Tim Gunn’s autograph today, that’s how bad it is.”

    “I believe Lifetime is in some ways going to be a better home to ‘Runway,’” she added, as Weinstein applauded. The network is available in 7.5 million more homes than Bravo and has more female viewers. “We really believe we offer the perfect environment to grow this hit show, and that’s what we intend to do.”

    Lifetime also announced today that it has picked up two pilots that are under consideration to be paired with “Army Wives,” the hit drama series that returns to the network June 8. “Mistresses” is based on a BBC series about a group of longtime college friends, while “Drop Dead Diva,” from “CSI’s” Josh Berman, is about a beautiful actress who dies and is reborn as a brilliant but awkward attorney.

    The network has two comedy pilots in the works. “Rita Rocks” stars Nicole Sullivan as an overloaded mom who starts a garage band. “Libertyville” features Christine Ebersole as a divorced mother trying to venture back into the dating scene.

    Not included in Lifetime’s official announcements were two other Weinstein shows the producer said have been picked up by the network: “Models of the Runway,” a “Runway” spin-off that will air with the fashion competition in November, and “Project Pygmalion,” a “My Fair Lady” competition that will launch in 2009.

    Well I'm very glad that Tim Gunn will be going. I guess it remains to be seen regarding Nina Garcia. I think Heidi's quote summed the whole thing up rather diplomatically, although Weinstein seems like the ultimate putz.
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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    Heard this on E News Weekend.

    Caught the part where they said it would be season six on Lifetime. Was still scratching my head when they continued and said "but season five will still air on Bravo this summer"

    Does that mean we will be treated to new episodes relatively soon - or are they talking more about the auditions?
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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    Nope, auditions have been going on for a few weeks around the country. They'll start filming in May, and Season 5 starts on Bravo in July.

    I would guess Season 6 for Lifetime will start filming in July/August, since they can only use Parsons during the summer break.
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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    Apparently to ease our PR fix, Bravo will be giving us this

    The Dish: Bravo's Entertainment, Celebrity News, and Gossip Blog - Official Bravo TV Site

    The woman who helms every major look in Hollywood is coming to Bravo! The Rachel Zoe Project will follow Rachel and her team as they juggle taking on a new design business while still maintaining her A-list stylist services. Who knows, maybe some of her celebrity clients will make a cameo.
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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    I know wikipedia isn't the most reliable source, but according to them, Season Five will be airing in July of this year and Season Six will air in December (on Lifetime).

    It mentions Tim Gunn was present during auditions and that Jack Mackenroth auditioned in April in New York.
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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny555;2926145;
    Apparently to ease our PR fix, Bravo will be giving us this

    The Dish: Bravo's Entertainment, Celebrity News, and Gossip Blog - Official Bravo TV Site
    , that's one way to torture its audience.

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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    Beaming Lifetime executives said the arrival of “Runway” would help make reality programming a central part of the network’s lineup.
    From one of the articles, I think it could be a good thing and I'm willing to go into it with an open mind. From what I'm reading it looks like Lifetime is using this as an opportunity to change their focus and that could wind up being a very good thing (or a bad thing...ok...so I'm cautiously open minded).

    I think I'm a pretty average viewer in that I could care less what network a show is on, I just watch the show and if I like the show? I'll follow it to its new home. I'm sure I'm not alone in that respect.

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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    If Lifetime was looking to improve its image, I have to wonder why they think becoming another "reality" channel is the way to do it.

    Other than Bravo, the genre has turned most other channels like VH1 and MTV to garbage. And even Bravo has been hit or miss.
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    Project Runway Season 5 in the Media

    I read that 2008 will have 2 seasons, season 5 in July airing on Bravo, and season 6 in November airing on Lifetime. And that Jack Mackenroth was seen auditioning for season 5 ala Daniel of season 1 and 2.

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    Re: Project Runway runs away to Lifetime. Bravo is not pleased.

    I was reading a fashion blog this morning (don't know if i can mention it on here), but they claimed in a sidenote that PR was moving to LA for season six! PLEASE say it ain't so!!! Ugh.

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