CW backtracks on one Top Model this year, will air season with British and US models

America’s Next Top Model will debut its 18th season later this month, and bring in all-star contestants from the British version as part of the cast, even though The CW said it was going to give the show “a rest” midseason. Meanwhile, Kell On Earth star Kelly Cutrone will join the judging panel, replacing Andre Leon Talley.

At the Television Critics Press Tour in early August, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said Remodeled would “come in for midseason. We’ll probably use it to give America’s Top Model a rest.” But Remodeled, from Big Brother producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, has had dismal ratings, and episodes of it are still scheduled for Feb. 29 and March 7, the exact same time that the new season of Top Model will air its first two episodes. (However, there was word last fall, when Cutrone was hired, that the show would return this spring.)

The new season will be subtitled “British Invasion,” and include contestants from Britain’s Next Top Model and brand-new contestants from the United States. So, it’s kind of half all-stars, but with people who haven’t been on TV. It will also include new judge Kelly Cutrone, along with Tyra “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME” Banks and Nigel Barker.

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