Top Model renewed for two more years; idea came to Tyra in her kitchen.

Top Model renewed for two more years; idea came to Tyra in her kitchen.
In a glowing Newsweek profile that points out America’s Next Top Model “has single-handedly resuscitated UPN,” the magazine reveals that “UPN has renewed [it] for two more years.” Tyra Banks says, “I was in my kitchen in my underwear looking out the window, and just saw the words ‘America’s Top Model’ in my head. I wanted to do a show where people were striving for a goal, winning something that you’ve worked hard for.” Judge Janice Dickinson elbows her way into Tyra’s profile, saying, “People are comparing me to Simon Cowell.” However, Janice says–get some bleach ready to splash into your eyes to get rid of this image–“I look much better in a thong.”
+ also: the orgy episode has apparently been pushed back a week, as this week’s episode will be “a recap of this season’s first eight episodes.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.