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Another fashion reality show?

Posted by Christopher Muther  March 17, 2011 09:26 AM

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"The Fashion Show" mean girl Calvin Tran, shown here plotting world domination. Photo from Bravo.

Despite my love of both trashy reality shows and fashion, I'm torn over news that NBC is developing another fashion competition show. Don't get my wrong, I'll watch pretty much any fashion reality show that is broadcast on basic cable. I'm fairly convinced that I'm the only one who sat through the entire season of the fascinating muck known as "The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection" (aka "The Calvin Tran and Iman Show") and I've stuck by "Project Runway," despite the fact that watching it now feels similar to watching a geriatric cat trying to unsuccessfully jump on a sofa (it's sad and tired, but you can't stop looking and rooting for it).

So news that NBC is now scouting for fresh faces for "The Fashion Project" ("Project Runway" + "The Fashion Show" = "The Fashion Project"!) is perplexing. But perhaps they have developed a fresh formula to inject new life into this sagging genre. Overweight designers who need to lose 100 pounds to fit into a line of clothes that they design themselves? Fashionistas competing to see if they're smarter than both fifth graders and models in a battle of wits and design savvy? C'mon NBC, dazzle the trousers off of me.

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