Top Chef renewed, finale expanded, reunion added

Bravo has found another hit in Top Chef, the Project Runway-like show with a host more robotic than Julie Chen on the days before the Chenbot gets serviced. Thus, Bravo has renewed the competition for a second season, and is expanding the first season, much as they did with Runway.

Casting for the second season starts May 11 in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, a reunion will air next Wednesday, May 10, while the finale “will be extended to two hours, airing over two weeks on Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, when the field will be cut from three to two candidates, and concluding with the winner being announced on Wednesday, May 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT,” according to a Bravo press release.

With the news that Runway‘s third season will debut this summer, not next spring, that raises a few questions: Will Bravo alternate the two series, airing Project Runway in the summer and Top Chef in the winter? Or will we get two doses of Tim Gunn ever year, with some chef action in between? At the very least, all this news pretty much assures Bravo is the top network when it comes to competitive reality series.

Bravo Renews Hit Competition Series For a Second Season… [Bravo press release]