Designerssss…get your tampons out, we’re going to make earrings
So, the rumors are true. Project Runway is leaving Bravo and going to Lifetime. Season 5 will still be on Bravo, however, season 6 (Nov. ’08) will go to Lifetime (as they signed a 5 year deal). This is insane news considering Project Runway is Bravo‘s flagship show, and has basically made a huge name for the network. NBC Universal is filing a lawsuit against the Weinstein Co. (who produces Project Runway) saying they didn’t have a fair chance to make a counter offer and that the Weinstein Co. has violated NBC‘s rights by making a deal with Lifetime.
The Weinstein Co. lawyer said, “We believe that this lawsuit is without merit. While good for the market for lawyers, it is always unfortunate when parties try to win in court what they have lost in the marketplace.”
While NBC Universal issued this statement, “NBC Universal has continuing rights related to ‘Project Runway,’ including a right of first refusal to future cycles of the series, which the Weinstein Company unfortunately has refused to honor.”
Either way, the show is off Bravo whether they like it or not, but this is HUGE for Lifetime. For some reason Lifetime will always remind me of Sunday afternoons at home with my mother obsessing over a made for TV movie while sipping on Diet Coke and eating junk food. Project Runway is all she needs to complete her favorite network…and now she’ll never even have to change the channel.