It’s a homecoming for Project Runway. The designing reality competition is stomping back to Bravo where it all began. Andy Cohen made the announcement during NBC Universal’s Upfronts presentation on Monday.
“We are beyond excited to reboot ‘Project Runway’ at the network where it all began. Leaning into the creative process in an entertaining way has always been part of Bravo’s DNA, and ‘Project Runway’ perfectly captures that,” said Frances Berwick, president of Lifestyle Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “This franchise will be an important cornerstone to complement Bravo’s original premium scripted and unscripted slate, and we expect it to drive the same level of fan-dom and passion as we experienced last time it was on Bravo.”
Project Runway began on Bravo in 2004 where it aired for the first five seasons. It then moved to Lifetime after a legal battle where producer Harvey Weinstein had to pay money to NBC for the right to change networks. It appears legal issues are once again the reason why it’s moving.
“Lifetime had renewed the series for three additional seasons in 2016. But after only one additional season had aired, A+E Networks scrapped plans to air the remaining seasons. The move came in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, as the Weinstein Co. owns “Project Runway” and its spinoffs. In a court filing, A+E alleged the Weinstein Co. had failed to operate a workplace within the bounds of the law, failed to notify A+E of potential legal claims, and failed to abide by A+E standards and practices.
“Project Runway” returns to Bravo through an agreement between Bravo Media LLC and Lantern Entertainment LLC, whose bid to acquire the assets of The Weinstein Co., was approved by the Delaware bankruptcy court on May 8. The deal is subject to Lantern closing that acquisition,” according to Variety.