Everyone at Bravo cried into the lamé scraps of Mood Fabrics back in 2008 when The Weinstein Company decided to uproot Project Runway and send Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn & Co. to Lifetime. It was definitely a blow to the network built upon a foundation of filming gays making over straights, over-serving middle-aged housewives, and attempts at fashion that would send Michael Kors into fits and shrieks of “It’s too pageant!” Welp, nearly ten years later, TWC is broke after the fall of Harvey Weinstein, and Project Runway is strutting back into the arms of Andy Cohen.
Deadline reports Andy was at NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation in New York today and said, “Project Runway is coming back where it all started, it’s coming home on Bravo.” That has to come to the relief of executives over there who were honestly running out of places in the world they could film train wrecks on boats, planes, bars, big houses, little houses, and everything in between. Andy even tweeted a photo from 2006 of him and Tim Gunn…at least, I think that’s supposed to be Andy. It could also just be a Banana Republic employee.
A + E Television Networks, which owns Lifetime, dropped TWC in April after all the accusations against Harvey came out. That left Project Runway without a home. It sounds like Harvey was as angelic as we might expect in dealing with the show. His company got sued by NBC when they first moved to leave the network for Lifetime. When A + E re-upped Project Runway for three more seasons in 2016, they had to also agree to buy a bunch of shitty TWC movies to air on Lifetime. I’m surprised they also weren’t legally obligated to make Marchesa the official uniform of the Lifetime workplace.
Anyway, Bravo is coming back to Bravo, which hopefully will give it a bit of a classier edge than the perpetual shrieks of Vicki Gunvalson we’ve grown accustomed to. Now all they have to do is fill up the rest of the hours of the day with James Lipton interviewing Sharon Stone again for Inside The Actors Studio, and we might have the best network in all of TV!