Lately it seems that Project Runway
is making news more for its possible move to Lifetime than its current season on Bravo. Back in April, The Weinstein Company announced they were moving the show to Lifetime beginning with season 6, but NBC Universal, who owns Bravo, isn't willing to let the show go without a fight. They claim that the Weinstein Company is violating their contract rights, and the two companies have been battling in court ever since.
Last week, NBC Universal scored a major victory in the fight over Project Runway
. TV Guide
is reporting that a New York court agreed to temporarily block the reality series from airing on Lifetime, which has put the network's plans to launch season 6 on hold.
The current season of Project Runway
wraps up October 15, and Lifetime was all set to kick off season 6 in January. The network will now have to scrap those plans and cease all promotion of the show until further notice. NBC Universal released a statement about the court victory, saying, "NBC Universal is pleased that the court granted our motion for a preliminary injunction against The Weinstein Company. The overwhelming evidence demonstrated that The Weinstein Company violated NBC Universal's right of first refusal to future cycles of Project Runway
. After hearing all of the evidence, the court issued an order prohibiting The Weinstein Company from taking the show or any spin-off to Lifetime."
As for Lifetime, the network still claims that their agreement with The Weinstein Company is valid, and they have no plans to stop fighting for the show. "We are disappointed with the court's decision to grant the preliminary injunction against the Weinstein Co.," the network said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that the people hurt most by this ongoing dispute are the loyal fans of Project Runway
As a huge fan of the fashion-forward reality series, I hope this issue gets resolved fairly quickly. I've never been happy with the idea of the show moving to Lifetime, as I have no desire to tune into the network that once labeled itself "Television For Women." Project Runway
is a perfect fit for Bravo, so I'm rooting for the network to win the battle in the end and keep the show where it belongs.
There's no word yet on where or when season 6 of Project Runway
will air, so for now we'll just have to get our kicks watching season 5.
- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: TV Guide
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