Networks Wrangle Over Project Runway

Show's switch is Buffy all over again
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 12:24 PM CDT
Project Runway Judge Heidi Klum attends Bravo Networks "Project Runway" final runway show during Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in New York.    (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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(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 is suing the Weinstein Company, which produces the fashion reality show.

But maybe Heidi Klum's TV home is cooling off anyway, says Wallenstein. "It's worth considering that Runway already has four years under its belt, and unscripted shows often age faster than scripted," he writes. Meanwhile, Scrubs may also be on its way from NBC to a Disney property (in this case, ABC) next season.