Bravo’s new fashion show leads Weinstein Co. to return to court over Project Runway 6

Bravo’s announcement of its four new fashion-focused reality shows has led the Weinstein Company to ask a court to reverse a decision that will prevent Lifetime from airing the show in January.

The Weinstein Company is “seeking to dissolve the injunction issued Sept. 26 by New York Supreme Court Richard Lowe” because “the switch’s delay will permit Bravo to get its own new fashion-reality show ready,” Multichannel News reports.

The court filing said the judge’s preliminary injunction “was entered in contradiction to the undisputed facts and based on incorrect readings of law” and “there has been a dramatic change in circumstances.” Those circumstances: Bravo’s new shows, specifically Fashion House, which of course was first announced in July.

Still, they claim that Bravo “only now unveiled their intention to use the period while The Weinstein Co. is enjoined from airing Project Runway on Lifetime to produce, promote and potentially air their own fashion-design reality show, Fashion House, free of any competition from the established, but now preliminarily enjoined, Project Runway,” and the network’s “attempt to misuse the provisional shield of a preliminary injunction as an improper sword to drastically alter the status quo and gain an unjust competitive advantage over The Weinstein Co. and Lifetime warrants an order of this court dissolving and vacating the preliminary injunction.”

NBC Universal responded that this was “a ploy to shop for a different forum after the State Supreme Court appropriately issued an injunction” and promised to continue the legal wrangling.

From watching Santino Rice imitating Tim Gunn to watching two companies fight over a child that neither really seems to want, considering what they did to it during its fifth season: What has happened to Project Runway?

Weinstein Asks Federal Court to Lift Injunction Barring ‘Runway’ Move to Lifetime [Multichannel News]

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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.