‘Project Runway’ Returns to Bravo After 10 Years on Lifetime
By Antoinette Bueno
Project Runway is returning to its original network.
During NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation on Monday, Andy Cohen announced the big news that Project Runway will return to Bravo, after moving to Lifetime in 2008 following five highly successful seasons on Bravo.
“Project Runway is coming back where it all started, it's coming home on Bravo," Cohen said.
The move comes after A+E Networks -- the parent company of Lifetime -- didn't air two planned Project Runway seasons in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, as the Weinstein Company owned Project Runway and its spinoffs. The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy in March, and Bravo Media LLC and Lantern Entertainment LLC's bid to acquire the assets of The Weinstein Company -- including Project Runway -- was approved by the bankruptcy court in May.
"We are beyond excited to reboot Project Runway at the network where it all began," Frances Berwick, President of Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement. "Leaning into the creative process in an entertaining way has always been part of Bravo's DNA, and Project Runway perfectly captures that. 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."
"I wish I could say that the horrible stories I read about Harvey Weinstein are a rare occurrence in our society, but that is simply not the case," Klum said in a statement. "We would be naive to think that this behavior only happens in Hollywood. This is one example of the more pervasive problem of the mistreatment of women around the world."
"I think it would be hard to find a woman -- myself included -- who has not had an experience where they have felt intimidated or threatened by a man using his power, position or his physical stature," she continued. I truly admire these brave women who are coming forward to share their stories because change can not come unless there is a dialogue and people are held accountable."
Weinstein's estranged wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, also served as a frequent guest judge on Project Runway. Chapman recently opened up about their split for the first time in a candid interview with Vogue. Watch below: