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Rachel Zoe's Fashion Line and Show in Trouble

Stylist almost certainly going 'bananas' over this...

(Newser) - Rachel Zoe is probably "dying" over this news, and not in a good way. The celebrity stylist's fashion line has apparently "peaked" and is no longer performing well at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and the like, sources tell the New York Post . Zoe's partner in the line,... More »

Jewel to Host Idol-Like Show on Bravo

'Going Platinum' nabs Kara DioGuardi as a Judge

(Newser) - Bravo is making its entry into American Idol waters next year, reports Entertainment Weekly . Going Platinum has two notable names attached so far—Jewel will host and former Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will be one of the judges. One big difference: The audience will have no say in which of... More »

Oops, Bravo Gives Away Top Chef Winner Online

Clip shows victor before finale airs on TV

(Newser) - A clip posted on Bravo.com today has the new winner of Top Chef: DC being congratulated and talking about the keys to victory. Big problem: The clip got posted hours before tonight's TV finale. (The reveal comes almost immediately, so avoid if you'd rather watch the show.) More »

Colbert Reenacts Housewives Catfight

We'd pay to watch a Housewives series starring him

(Newser) - Whether you love the Real Housewives and Stephen Colbert…or hate the Real Housewives and love Stephen Colbert, you should appreciate this clip. Last night on the Colbert Report , Stephen and Bravo exec Andy Cohen hilariously reenacted one of the melodramatic season 2 fights between New York Housewives Bethenny Frankel... More »

Scott Brown to Kathy Griffin: Lay Off My Daughters

Senator furious over 'prostitutes' remark

(Newser) - Scott Brown is fuming at comedian Kathy Griffin over a crack she made on TV about his two daughters being "prostitutes." (See video here .) The Massachusetts senator (who embarrassed the girls during his victory speech by joking they were "available") fired off an angry statement... More »

Food Industry's Loveliest Ladies

Padma Lakshmi tops list; Food Network faves score

(Newser) - Of a piece with the site’s list of the hottest men in food , Slashfood presents its top women:
  • Padma Lakshmi: “Calm, collected, and poised, the host of Bravo’s Top Chef is possibly the hottest woman on television,” John Devore writes.
  • Giada De Laurentiis: The Food Network
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Party-Crashers Got Close to Obamas Before

Photos show them in inaugural box; Secret Service admits mistake

(Newser) - The Secret Service admitted the obvious today, saying that security measures “weren’t followed” at Tuesday’s White House dinner, which a Virginia couple auditioning for a reality show crashed. And, the Washington Post reports, it appears the couple got pretty close to the president-elect during inauguration festivities, even... More »

Project Runway Limps to Season's End

Like the rest of Season 6, finale was a bore

(Newser) - It was hard to care who won last night’s Project Runway season finale, but it was easy to say who lost: fans. The move to Lifetime—and, probably more important, the switch in production companies—proved disastrous for the once-brilliant reality show, Heather Havrilesky writes for Salon . “The... More »

Real Housewives Spawns Fashion Line

Plus, NeNe Leakes calls out co-star Kim Zolciak for stealing her song

(Newser) - Not sure what to wear as you lounge around in your fancy house, engaging in catfights with your neighbors while your reality TV show's cameras roll? Never fear: The Real Housewives fashion line hits a store near you this fall. The collection, inspired by Bravo’s franchise, will consist of... More »

Runway Still Chic on Lifetime

(Newser) - Project Runway is back after an interminable absence on a new network in a new city, but critics agree the fashion design reality show has kept all its charm intact.
  • PR has "hopped channels from Bravo to Lifetime with none of its appeal damaged in transit," Troy Patterson
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Real Housewife's Dark Past Comes to Light

Danielle Staub has a felony on her record

(Newser) - The shocking reveal is a reality-TV staple, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey has a doozy—cast member Danielle Staub has a criminal past. Even on a show that trades in bad taste, Staub sticks out for being its first felon, reports the New York Post. In last week's... More »

Off-Screen Bickering Spoils Project Runway

No designers at Friday's finale as 6th season stuck in court

(Newser) - Cattiness on Project Runway is part of the show's distinctive flavor, but it's legal wrangling between networks and producers that has kept the whole 6th season off the air. As a result, the finale, a live event tomorrow at New York Fashion Week, will be completely anonymous: Designers will be... More »

'Real-Life Gossip Girl' Heads to Bravo

(Newser) - Bravo is making a reality show focused on New York private school students that insiders are calling a “real-life Gossip Girl,” Broadcasting & Cable reports. The show will employ the format used in webisodes the network produced featuring kids from its hit The Real Housewives of Orange County.... More »

Costello Show Peeks Into Rockers' Heads

New talk show is heaven for music obsessives

(Newser) - On most talk shows, musical guests are relegated to the end of the program, with only a word or two of interview after a performance. But this week Bravo is premiering a new talk show hosted by Elvis Costello that takes another tack: It places musicians front and center, chatting... More »

NBC Stalls Runway, Readies Copycat

Lifetime switch stalled as Bravo launches Fashion House

(Newser) - NBC is using its legal muscle to keep Project Runway from airing on Lifetime while it launches a copycat show on its Bravo channel, reports the New York Post's Page Six. Details about Fashion House in Cragslist casting calls make it sound like a replica of the fashion original. The... More »

Bravo Adds Parker's Reality Art Show

SATC star to produce Runway -style competition

(Newser) - Bravo has picked up a Project Runway-style reality art show produced by Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, the Hollywood Reporter writes. American Artist is slated to feature competition between up-and-comers in varying media; it will be co-produced by Magical Elves, the skill-driven reality TV experts behind Top ... More »

Can Bravo Survive Award-Show Malaise?

As network launches first ever awards show into a crowded market

(Newser) - Though 2008 has seen awards shows take an historic battering in the ratings, Bravo will try to reverse the trend tonight with the launch of its own contender. The A-List Awards—centered on fashion, food, and design and hosted by in-house celeb Kathy Griffin—might take a similar ratings hit... More »

Networks Wrangle Over Project Runway

Show's switch is Buffy all over again

(Newser) - The upcoming switch of the smash hit Project Runway from Bravo to Lifetime could be Buffy the Vampire Slayer all over again, Andrew Wallenstein writes in the Hollywood Reporter. Buffy's switch from the WB to UPN "spelled the death knell for a once-mighty brand." Meanwhile, Bravo parent NBC... More »

Housewives Get Sweaty for 'Work Out' Star

Women love lesbian trainer's savvy, abs, and Bravo show

(Newser) - Jackie Warner seems unlikely to spark suburban housewife crushes. And yet the star of Bravo’s “Work Out,” about the lesbian trainer’s elite Los Angeles gym, is much-loved by straight ladies. “I have women that send me photos of themselves with their husbands and three teenage... More »

NBC Looks to TiVo to Help Sell Clients

Network is hoping to corral ad zappers by tapping DVR data

(Newser) - NBC Universal will begin using viewership data gleaned from TiVo digital video recorders beginning in January, making it the first of the major networks to have access to second-by-second ratings of programming and commercials from TiVo, reports the Wall Street Journal. The network hopes TiVo will help it develop effective... More »

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