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Breakout Star Membership Has its Privileges

HBO and Bravo are both betting that a bevy of their breakout stars will shine on in new outings coming up in the next year.

Bravo announced they are developing three new projects starring some of their most recent reality stars: Bethenny Frankel (The Real Housewives of New York City), Christian Siriano (season 4 winner of Project Runway) and Fabio Viviani (Top Chef: New York).

The untitled show starring Frankel will showcase her career as a natural foods chef (side note: everyone who is a chocolate or baked good lover MUST try her Low Fat Fudge Chocolate Chip Muffins, seriously to die), as well as the Gotham socialite’s love life. The original fierce fashion-maker Siriano will be featured in his show as he sets up a new shop and markets his clothing line. Viviani will star in “Fabio: A Catered Affair,” which will chronicle the challenges he faces as he and business partner Jacopo Falleni look to expand their restaurant and catering business in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile on the scripted show front, HBO is beginning production on a new series collaboration with Australian comedian Chris Lilley, creator of Summer Heights High which the cabler launched to American audiences and strong critical reviews last November. That show, about life at a public school, starred Lilley as three different characters: Mr. G, a drama teacher; Ja’mie, a female exchange student; and Jonah Takalua, a dancing delinquent.

Unlike Summer, which HBO picked up as a straight acquisition, the channel will be co-producing the new series Angry Boys along with the Australian Broadcasting Co. Lensed in a mock-documentary style and revolving around what its like to be a male in the 21st century, Lilley, will again play multiple characters and promises “lots of surprises for the audience.”

Pre-production on Angry Boys, which will shoot 12 half-hour episodes, begins in Australia this month.

Review: Project Runway Season 6 Premiere Extravaganza

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Project Runway made a triumphant 3-hour (or 3.5 if you really want to give credit to PR‘s models) return this week, and beginning the night with two hours of all-stars was well-played. Within two seconds I felt the warm embrace of an old friend seeing the montage of NYC skyline shots, contestant bios/recaps and of course the reunion of contestants with mentor-extraordinaire Tim Gunn and at-least-she’s-not-as-horrible-as-other-reality-show-hosts-*cough*Samantha Harris*cough* Heidi Klum.

The all-star line-up consisted of all my personal faves and not one of them disappointed in bringing the “character” they were known for in addition to designing talent since all were near or in the finals, three being runners-up and one a winner, in their respective seasons. Giving them a week to put together three cohesive looks, and dropping a fourth challenge mid-way through, perfectly re-introduced PR to the world. Some noteworthy musings:

  • Who knew Santino had another level? He really turned up the all-star cocky on this one.
  • I suppose when one such as Jeffrey adds rockstar to his resume one must add a rocking Vilage People handlebar ‘stache as well.
  • Nicole Kidman and Tim Gunn are besties! Who else really wants to see that spin-off happen?
  • Not to be outdown in celeb BFFs, Chris indulged in some stellar name-dropping – “I took Beyonce’s body mold.” “Prince wore some of my sparkly pants.” “Nikki-K came by for a sleepover.”
  • On the topic of stellar Chris moves, that whole “narcolepsy” thing of his – big time strategy to throw off the competition, even though he’s totally unaware of what he’s doing.
  • Missed the workrooms at Parsons, and Timmy was totally not prepared for the new digs either, that 500 lb door nearly killed him! Someone in the production crew should be reminded that our dear design diva is delicate.

Lifetime sure did pull out all the stops with this re-introduction of PR, displaying huge levels of kiss-assery with “stars” of their original programming welcoming the new (and most popular) kid in town as well as pushing their target-demo appealing shows (okay, so it worked and I will succumb to checking out Drop Dead Diva – did someone know Margaret Cho was on this and forgot to inform me?).

The official season premiere was not without its own new, interesting characters including Ra’mon, a former neurosurgeon student who left his medical studies to pursue his life’s true passion of bringing beauty into the world. Not to cry foul on this backstory, and never denying that I discarded my own pre-med hopes the second year of undergrad, does someone really go so far as to reach the level of “neurosurgeon student” and then completely abandon all of that time/effort/money spent? Also, does that title even exist? Aren’t you a multi-discipline med student first and then become a neurosugeon resident/candidate? Perhaps its a debate of semantics, but I’m quite skeptical of this Ra’mon (if that’s even your real name) and wonder if his penchant for questionable embellishments will translate to his designs.

Also on-deck, but not past episode 1 (sorry, spoilers happen here), was Ari of the Mad Max Beyond Waterworld post-apocalyptic school of fashion. Her “hexagonal tessellation” Mylar mini-“dress” did not win any points with the panel of judges, not even guest judge Lindsay Lohan (when did she become a hyphenate: actress-singer?). And L-squared had very little to contribute in terms of any constructive/interesting commentary, maintaining what she must call a poker face but what I call a longing gaze that screamed, “who’s gonna help me get my next score!”

Overall there were the expected amount of tears, drama and it was all topped off with the best treat – an unfinished product walking the runway. So far no one stands out in such areas like “Most Likely to Waste Time by Complaining or Doubting Yourself Then Sending out a Practically Nude Model,” or “Worst Dressed” (could anyone top tanorexic Blaine’s odd collection) or “Most Likely to Cry at EVERYthing” (ay papi Ricky, nut up or shut up).

Regarding Models of the Runway, after 30 seconds I just couldn’t do it. The first gem of a soundbyte, “It was like something a spaceman from…space would wear.” Snark seems almost unfair.

Couture from the stores department

“Don’t bore Nina!”

Project Runway Season 6

It’s been far too long since last we visited with Klum, Kors and the rest of the Project Runway family, but thankfully the sticky litigation betwixt PR‘s EPs (that’s executive producers in H’woodese) the Brothers Weinstein and NBC Universal has been settled and fashion fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief as the sixth season will premiere tomorrow on its new home, Lifetime.

“Television for Women” is setting its cycles of chic apart from the first five “by Bravo” seasons most notably through inclusion of the new “Models of the Runway” half-hour following every episode, b/c as guru Gunn tells us “Models, this is a competition for you too.” With only 30 minutes to showcase the catwalkers I suspect we won’t be getting any juicy challenges that create the designer drama, but God willing we may get walk-offs here or there, although any head-to-head now pales in comparison after RuPaul re-worked it.

The new season airs every Thursday starting August 20th on Lifetime 10pm/9pm Eastern&Pacific/Central.

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