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Bravo is expanding its slate of original programming with the addition of seven new projects that focus on food, fashion, beauty, design and pop culture, the network announced Wednesday.Fashion Stories Of NYC (working title), one of the series currently in development, follows four up-and-coming fashion design teams who will be mentored by fashion icon (and former Top Model judge) Andre Leon Talley.
Though the lineup leaked months ago, on Thursday the CW confirmed the cast of the upcoming "all-star" cycle of America's Next Top Model (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9/8c). Eight out of the 14 aspiring whatevers are 25 years old or older, which is hilarious since even at a decade younger they'd still be kind of old to be getting into modeling. But America's Next Top Model is not the real world or even the fashion world (which is also not the real world), and creator/host Tyra Banks recently told Good Morning America that this cycle will be about more than just modeling anyway. "I have the girls singing songs, doing music videos, creating perfumes. You can't just be a model anymore ... Now it's about celebrity-celebrity, so that's what I'm doing with my all-stars," she said. Panic attack hits America's Next Top Model Joining her in doing celebrity-celebrity with her all-stars will be the usual motley crew of guest judges. Hilariously...
Dag, Tyra, make up your mind. Are you against bullying or not? Earlier this season, er, cycle, La Banks tackled the headline-dwelling issue of bullying by having her mini-minions photographed with words that hurt painted all over their bodies. Whether or not the concept was hypocritical (after all, this show is all about being judged), props must go to ANTM for at least trying to be part of the solution.Then last night they kind of blew it all to hell. By recruiting a gaggle of professional models to dish out backstage abuse to the remaining contestants during a Zac Posen show, Top Model stooped to just the sort of mean-girl antics that Miss Jay actually told the pros to unleash on the newbies. Did they really need to be insulted, shut down and psyched out like that, right before hitting the catwalk?