Bravo will air Hell’s Kitchen clone; CMT following Kinky Friedman’s campaign

The producers of Project Runway are creating a new talent-based reality show for Bravo. The show, Top Chef, sounds like a carbon copy of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Bravo’s press release says it will be “a new reality competition series set in the pressurized environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business” that “will feature twelve aspiring chefs competing for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of ‘Top Chef.'” The series will be hosted by chef Katie Lee Joel, Billy Joel’s spouse; it began production late last month in San Francisco and will air in 2006.

Meanwhile, CMT will air a series following Kinky Friedman’s gubernatorial campaign. Go Kinky follows the comedian and writer as he runs for office; his campaign motto is “Why the hell not?”. Although the show won’t air until next year, the network aired the first two episodes this morning at 1 a.m., when probably no one watched.

Katie Lee Joel to Host ‘Top Chef’ [Bravo press release]
‘Go Kinky’ TV Reality Show Follows Texas Campaign [FOX News]

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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.