Bravo announces 'Project Runway 4' to premiere in late 2007
By Steve Rogers and Christopher Rocchio, 04/11/2007
Bravo has announced that the upcoming fourth season of its Emmy-nominated Project Runway reality competition series will not air as part of its Summer 2007 progamming schedule and will instead premiere in late 2007.
Although Project Runway's third edition set all-time Bravo ratings records when it aired last summer, a third season of Top Chef -- the network's ProjectRunway-like reality culinary competition which premiered its second edition immediately after Bravo's October broadcast of Project Runway 3's finale -- will headline the network's summer programming slate.
According to Bravo's press release, Project Runway's fourth season will see "only three finalists... face-off.. at New York Fashion Week" -- a change from the third season format that featured four finalists presenting collections. A Bravo spokesperson did not immediately respond to Reality TV World's attempt to confirm "Fashion Week" will be Fall Fashion Week, the February event that served as the finale backdrop for the Project Runway's first two editions. (Project Runway 3 used New York's Spring Fashion Week, which occurs in September, for the filming of its October 2006 finale.)
Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves -- the same production company that produces Top Chef -- will return as executive producers for the fourth season of Project Runway along with Rich Bye.
In addition to Top Chef's third edition, Hey Paula! -- American Idol judge Paula Abdul's new reality series -- and the third season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List will be part of Bravo's summer broadcast schedule.