Bravo’s Project Runway 2 debuts tonight

Last season’s unlikely hit Project Runway returns for a second season tonight at 10 p.m. ET. This season, there are 16 designers, although one, Daniel Franco, is a familiar face (he was the first to be told “you’re ow” last season).

This season starts with footage from the casting calls held around the country. But the 16 who got sent to New York discover that they are not the contestants; they’re semi-finalists, and they’re given two hours to prepare an outfit they’ve been working on for judging. Two will go home immediately, leaving just 14 contestants. While the dress-making provides the show’s center, there’s also plenty of drama from the non-competition parts, such as the designer who tells another, “I don’t believe in fair”–because the other designer simply wanted to share closet space. If you can’t wait until tonight, the show’s site has a preview clip.

How did the series become a hit? In addition to focusing on fashion and talent, the network had a peculiar strategy for airing the show. Bravo’s president, Lauren Zalaznick, tells the New York Times, “The worse it did, the more I played it.” She said she knew that, “If people can just see this show, they’re going to fall in love with it.” They did.

Project Runway 2 [Bravo]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.