Runway producers stick with NBC

The Lifetime Channel is probably still popping the champagne and throwing confetti around the office after last month's major business deal that will see Project Runway sashay from Bravo to the female-centric cable channel.

The move sparked outrage from NBC (which owns Bravo), as Runway is not only cable's biggest reality program, but is also an Emmy Award nominee and critical favorite. NBC even filed a lawsuit against Runway production house The Weinstein Company to try to keep the show in the family.

Now NBC is attempting the next best thing to mine Runway's talent. The network has announced that it has signed a first-look deal with the show's producers, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves. The deal keeps Runway's creative team at the network and means they won't be following the show over to Lifetime. It also means that NBC's suite of properties, including online ventures, will get first shot at gobbling up anything else the producers come up with.

Cutforth and Lipsitz have put their time in with NBC, working on Last Comic Standing, Project Greenlight, and Top Chef. The duo will continue to work on Runway's next season, the final edition to appear on Bravo before it moves to Lifetime.

Project Runway's fifth edition is scheduled to debut this summer, and the sixth (and first on Lifetime) is slated for November. Host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn will both move over to Lifetime for Project Runway's sixth edition.

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Jun 23, 2008
The show is now officially screwed.
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May 09, 2008
@beachfront: Since when do the American care what the rest the of the world think of them? And in case you didn't notice the rest of the world is totally capable of seeing the difference between showbiz and the "real Americans".



and btw for gods sake at least this time vote someone who is more representable and respectable.

Your current president... i dont know... seriously?!
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May 08, 2008
Really not into fashion! But if the others like this show, then ok, that is good for them.
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May 07, 2008
Why must every job interview these days be turned into a contest and broadcast to the world? What's next? America's top grocery bagger? How about Project Cellphone Salesman? Not to mention all of the gameshows meant to celebrate America's dumbest people (that Howie Mandel attrocity).



What ever happened to celebrating intelligence, hard work and education? A documentary is one thing, but these contest shows are getting out of control. A little mindless entertainment is fine, but it seems that it is all that is being produced these days. With hundreds of tv stations available to watch these days, I can count all of the shows that I consider to be smart entertainment on my fingers. That just isn't right...



I had a roommate who was studying fashion design. He said that this show is an embarrassment to his profession. I tend to agree. But that is just my opinion (and his...)
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May 07, 2008
nice move NBC kind of conniving but very clever
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May 07, 2008
"shows like this are how people think of us."

For that there's MTV and it's teenage drama.
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May 07, 2008
Personally, I love this show. Takes me 'away' for an hour-- that's what I need. I think it's a nail in the coffin though, with Magical elves going. Sigh. Oh, well, there's always BRYANT PARK! woot!

beachglass, lighten up--there are plenty of gory, sad news stories to go around!
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May 07, 2008
I can't believe this show is still on.
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May 07, 2008
to BeachfrontGlass: dude have you even watched this show? im not american and this show has nothing to do with the "world hating america" (try looking to your foreign policies and your current president).

as for the show i kinda like it, im not into fashion but i like to watch what they come up with to stay in the "game" also a bit of drama is always nice ;P plus there are far far worse reality shows out there so go whine about those.
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May 07, 2008
This show stinks and Beachfrontglass your comment is very powerful in meaning.
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May 06, 2008
Who needs this show? Just another model/reality show with nothing to offer. No wonder the world hates us, shows like this are how people think of us.



Change the channel over to the news once in a while.
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May 06, 2008
what ever
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May 06, 2008
i guess that is one way to do it
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May 06, 2008
Big mistake, Weinstein's. Big mistake.
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