Bravo’s Project Runway debuts tonight.

Bravo’s Project Runway debuts tonight.
Bravo kicks off its fashion designer challenge Project Runway tonight at 10 p.m. ET, further solidfying its position as the most fabulous network on TV. Executive producer and host Heidi Klum, who if she’s like the slew of other celeb reality show hosts of late will be on screen for maybe three minutes all season, tells the AP that the show is a documentary, not a reality series. “We’re going to show the public what it’s like to be a designer. I think people will be interested to see what it’s really like, how talented designers are.” Still, the 12 amateur designers will be competing for $100,000 to start a fashion line, and will be eliminated one by one–which, of course, generally happens on documentaries. They’ll compete in design challenges, such as creating an evening ensemble with $50 that they can only spend at a grocery store. The winner also gets “mentorship from the Banana Republic Design Team” and their “designs will be photographed for Elle by the magazine’s world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon.” The New York Post says that “even though most reality shows have become as boring as six-hour community board meetings, occasionally one can still break the cycle by, well, copying the best of them,” and this show is one of them. Linda Stasi writes that the show “works despite the unpersonality of supermodel Heidi Klum, whose delivery is flatter than Kate Moss’ chest.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.