Runway' needs a fresh design

'Project Runway' needs a fresh design
The fifth season of "Project Runway" returned under a cloud. In April, it was announced that the series was leaving Bravo for Lifetime, and that the network's fake oakleys parent company, NBC Universal, was suing to stop it from leaving.
Just as Magical Elves defined a new subgenre of reality programming with their cleanly produced, sharply edited fashion design competition, "Project Runway" essentially defined Bravo even more than "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," which preceded it by a few years and helped give the cable network new direction.
Ultimately, "Project Runway"'s influence and example has been excellent for Bravo, good for the rest of television, but bad for itself. And as it limps through its fifth season, that's become painfully clear.
"Project Runway" mentor Tim Christian Louboutin Replicas Gunn, undeniably the show's break out star, spent last season repeating his catchphrases. Although he's less robotic now, he seems listless. He's had great moments when he offers critiques of designers' in progress work, but appears to be affected by the diminished energy level in the workroom, like it's been filled with lethargy inducing gas.
Some of the designers have talent, but they are (or are edited to be) more one dimensional and one note than ever before. In other words, they're terribly boring.
Not everyone can be a Santino Rice or Christian Siriano, who are both over the top characters and talented designers, but an edge to the new group's personalities would be nice. Blayne's adding of " licious" to the end of every available word in the English language does not count.
Up until the drag queen costume challenge last week, the actual competitions have been on the dull, uninspired side. More significantly, two of the first three "Project Runway 5" challenges were just repeats of earlier season challenges. That could have been interesting, a way to challenge the designers to bring their best to enhanced versions of challenging tasks from the past. Instead, recycling challenges just came off as lazy, as if the producers are simply going through the motions, or worse, trying to sabotage their own series.
On a similar note, Bravo has, cheap oakleys outlet on some level, not treated the show well since the move was announced. hour.
In addition, before the season started, the network didn't release information about the cast, insisting that it wanted to protect the "secrecy" of the series. Then, days before the fifth season's debut in July, Bravo sent out a press release that revealed (or spoiled, depending upon your perspective) nearly every challenge and guest judge for the entire season.
Despite all of this, ratings have increased, both week to week and since last season, so it's not like viewers aren't tuning in. And the show remains watchable, with moments of the greatness that made "Runway" stand out and gave life to previous seasons. While that appears to be a strength, it rapidly became a weakness, especially when Bravo aired back to back seasons of the show. Season five followed four months after season four's finale, while there was a thirteen month gap between seasons three and four.
With a show that essentially doesn't change season to season, the longer wait allows anticipation to build and makes inevitable comparisons less likely, since the previous season is more of a memory. "The Apprentice" burned itself out by churning out back to back to back seasons, while "Survivor" continues to do well with just a short gap in between its seasons, thanks to key format changes.
Bravo's carbon copying of the format has been a bigger problem, however, and is one of the reasons cited by "Project Runway"'s owner, the Weinstein Company, as to why they are taking the show to Lifetime. The network now airs a number of series that mimic the structure and style of "Project Runway," weakening the original's status as a one of a kind program.
The format copying clones include "Top Chef," "Top Design," "Shear Genius," and "Step it Up and Dance," and some of their seasons have managed to eclipse their ancestral relative in terms of drama, raw talent, and entertainment.
"Top Chef" had an awkward first season and a, but eventually found its voice. Despite its limitations viewers inevitably can't judge the work, food, in Christian Louboutin Sale the same way they can judge clothing it has become the more compelling show.
Maybe what "Project Runway" really needs is to borrow from "Top Chef," which has called a Louboutin Replicas new city home each season. Maybe it needs Los Angeles, new producers, and a new network to reinvigorate it.
Unless an unscripted series can reinvent itself slightly each cheap oakleys season, while holding on to the elements that make it different and recognizable, it will inevitably weaken, losing viewers, buzz, and even its credibility. The show that brought credibility to reality television talent competitions does not deserve that kind of conclusion.