Bravo orders Top Chef Masters spin-off, artist competition, Project Runway-like Fashion House

Bravo has announced the return of some of its reality series in addition to new shows, including a competition between artists from Sarah Jessica Parker and Magical Elves, and a spin-off of Top Chef. Project Runway isn’t mentioned in the press release, but its influence is clear on two of the series.

First, Bravo is producing a U.S. version of the U.K. series Fashion House, a competition that the network says follows “teams of designers [who] will live together and work to create not just a single item of clothing but an entire, cohesive line.” The show’s similarity to Runway is so clear that the description actively works to distance itself from its predecessor, but also ends up criticizing and devaluing the format (“not just a single item of clothing”) of the show that essentially defined the network.

American Artist, executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, is the working title for the a competition “between contemporary artists who will “create in a range of disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography and industrial design,” Bravo says. In other words, it’s like every other runway clone, just focusing on a new industry. More importantly, it’s produced by Magical Elves, who bailed on their baby and now need a new one–besides, of course, Top Chef.

Speaking of, Bravo has ordered a fifth season of the cooking competition and a spin-off, Top Chef: Masters. The network’s super-vague description says the show “unites some of the brightest stars in the world of food, award-winning, widely-renowned chefs who will compete against each other in a series of weekly challenges.”

Bravo has also renewed Make Me a Supermodel for a second season, which will debut in 2009 and ordered Miami Social, a docudrama that follows “a successful group of friends who are some of the most connected and interesting young professionals in South Beach.”

Bravo Announces Development of ‘American Artist’… [Bravo press release]

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