Bravo officially announced the pick-up of their competitive home decorating series, Top Design today, although the news was revealed months ago.
Previously known as Top Designer, the series will be hosted by designer Todd Oldham and judged by Jonathan Adler (in the lead judge role), Elle Decor editor Margaret Russell, and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. The show’s 10 episodes will debut in January, and “[p]roduction will commence this month in Los Angeles,” according to Bravo. The executive producers are Scott Stone and Clay Newbill, the producers of The Mole.
The show will unfold much like Bravo’s other competitive talent-based series, and like HGTV’s Design Star, which, having aired months ago, beat Bravo to the punch. In Bravo’s version, according to its press release, “Aspiring and professional interior design contestants will converge and compete in a series of challenges to create the ‘Top Design’ while living in a decked-out studio loft as they are inspired and critiqued by professionals who are leaders in their chosen field.” They will compete “for cash to start their own design firm and a spot in one of New York’s finest designer showcases.”
The show will debut in the first few months of 2007, probably after Top Chef concludes. With the news that Bravo will now keep Project Runway as a summer series, it seems like a safe bet that Bravo will cycle through its three series throughout the year, debuting one as the previous concludes, although that doesn’t quite fill the year.