Bravo renews Top Design and Shear Genuis, but fires Top Design’s producers

Bravo has renewed Top Design and Shear Genius, the bastard offspring of Project Runway and Top Chef, but will make changes to the former.

As acknowledgment that the first season pretty much sucked, Bravo says Top Design “will get its own makeover for season two,” and has dropped first-season producers Stone & Company Entertainment. They’ve been replaced by Magical Elves, the company that’s behind Runway and Chef. In his press release quote, executive producer Dan Cutforth said, “we are really excited to take on the challenge of bringing this successful show to the next level.”

Bravo does also not mention first-season host Todd Oldham nor head judge Jonathan Adler, the assclown responsible for the show’s terrible send-off line, so perhaps they’ve both been dropped, too.

Shear Genuis isn’t getting a makeover; Reville will continue to produce the series, which is hosted by Jaclyn Smith.

Meanwhile, Bravo has also ordered a pilot called Hey Bitches following walking stereotype William Sledd, the YouTube star who Bravo bought earlier this year to air his “Ask a Gay Man” videos on its OUTzone.com site. “The pilot will follow Sledd as he contemplates making the leap from his hometown of Paducah, Kentucky, to the world of high fashion in New York,” Bravo said.

Bravo Greenlights Sophomore Seasons of “Shear Genuis” and “Top Design” and William Sledd to Star in Bravo Reality Pilot “Hey Bitches” [Bravo press release]

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