Thursday, February 4, 2010


So this season's Project Runway seems to be getting its act together - let's be honest, last season's was just one, big hot mess. (Recap: they were in LA, the designers were lackluster, and people were struggling to come to terms with the channel change - when we think Lifetime, we think of Rob Lowe's post-West Wing career. But this is a sidebar.)

The strangest thing about this season, despite the strong talent, is that there's no real standout in the bunch. I know, I know. It's early. It's too soon. But if we think of previous seasons, minus the messes, you can pick out memorable characters - sometimes for their talent, other times for the drama, but that's a whole different kind of post on television. This season, not so much.

If you watched tonight's episode, think of this peanut gallery comment of as a food for thought. Is the show still about design? Ultimately, sure. You think show premise, you know it's all about constructing with a crazy time limit which ends up with someone doing the walk of shame up into the workroom. But has Project Runway lost it spark? Are we excited? It has definitely spawned an entire subculture and set a template for future BRAVO endeavors like this year's Launch My Line (which, wow no) and while I do enjoy a marathon of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, is it time for the design reality show to reinvent itself?

Food for thought.

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