Project Runway will spin-off Masters and Accessories competitions

If Project Runway‘s desperation to be more like its younger sibling isn’t already evident, the series’ producer is spinning off two competitions: Project Runway: Masters and Project Runway: Accessories. Apparently, someone has seen Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Just Desserts.

Ironically, the Weinstein Company reportedly took Project Runway from Bravo to Lifetime after being irritated over Bravo’s copying of their format. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that the Weinsteins “plan to launch two spinoffs of ‘Runway’ this year: one called ‘Project Runway: Masters,’ in which professional designers compete in fashion challenges to earn money for their favorite charities. Another is titled ‘Project Runway: Accessories,’ where designers create new clothing accessories each week.”

The paper doesn’t say when exactly these will launch, or if they’ll be on Lifetime, but presumably they will be on that network. But it does say that the show “is estimated to generate $10 million to $15 million in profits per year for Weinstein Co,” and of course it makes more on advertising and such for Lifetime.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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