Project Runway will be combined with Queer Eye for its third season

This satirical story is part of the April 1, 2006 edition of reality blurred.

Bravo is shaking things up for the third season of Project Runway. The network will merge the show with Queer Eye, and the new show will officially be called Project Runway 3: Queer Eyes.

The series still be a fashion-based competition, but the Fab Five will replace Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Heidi Klum. Tim Gunn will remain, however, and will ride shotgun in the Fab Five’s SUV as they pretend to drive around New York City. While the contestants are creating dresses, the Fab Five will give them makeovers and interrupt their work with comments that objectify them and make them self-conscious about not being superficial enough.

“After all these years of success, it’s time we started acting like a real network and fucking things up,” Bravo’s president said in a statement. “Plus, when we looked at season two, we realized that it just wasn’t as gay as we’d like it to be. I mean, this is Bravo. Also, we still can’t get over how fast Queer Eye exploded and then crashed and burned, and rather than just give up, we’re going to wreck another show too.” One producer told reporters, “In season two, our insecurity and lack of trust in ourselves led us to use editing, voice-overs, and twists to manufacture drama. This is just the next logical step.”

Asked for comment, Tim Gunn said, “We’ll make it work, people. We’ll make it work.”

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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.