Though Bravo will be losing Project Runway
to Lifetime after the current season ends, the network still has a huge arsenal of reality shows on tap for the next year, including several new and returning competition series.
Among the new entries are two new seasons of Top Chef
, four different incarnations of the Real Housewives
franchise, two new competition reality shows and sophomore seasons of two Bravo reality shows.
Later this year, Top Chef
season 5 will show up, this time set in the food haven of New York City. Additionally in 2009, the show will offer a spin-off called Top Chef: Masters
that brings together professional chefs, some of whom have been guest judges on the original Top Chef
, to compete in their own season.
On the Real Housewives
front, the new Atlanta series premieres Sept. 16 at 10pm and is set apart from the previous incarnations because of the diversity, with four of the five women being African-American. Two of the new Housewives also have athlete husbands who play for the NBA and NFL.
The fourth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County
will air later this year while season 2 of NYC will start in 2009. Meanwhile, there is still no word on when the New Jersey season will premiere. Later this year fans will also get to see a second season of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style
and in 2009 fans will get a second season of Make Me a Supermodel
The void left by Project Runway
will be filled with an eerily similar new show called Fashion House
, based on a British reality series that features clothing designers competing, the slight twist being that they design clothing lines, not single items.
The other new competition series is being executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker. Currently called American Artist
, the show features visual artists competing in a series of challenges for the chance to win a gallery show and cash prize.
Check back with BuddyTV over the next week for more updates and scoops live from the TCA press tour.
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