Fashion Show’s second season changes basically everything

Bravo has announced the cast and format for the second season of The Fashion Show, its Project Runway knock-off that pretty much sucked in its first season.

The Fashion Show: The Ultimate Collection has a new host and judge, Iman (which I first reported in May), and Harper’s Bazaar’s editor Laura Brown has replaced Fern Mallis on the judging panel. Previously, Bravo announced that it had replaced the production company, too.

The new format will split the 12-person cast into two tribes, er, teams, who “must work together, not only to create a cohesive collection each week, but also to produce a live fashion show in every episode,” which includes “the set, to the music and lighting,” according to a Bravo press release.

That does sound like a promising change; at the very least, it is not Project Runway, so perhaps Bravo has finally gotten over its insecurity over losing that show to Lifetime.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.