The reviews are in for the new Bravo TV series, "The Fashion Show
" -- and, predictably, I've yet to see one that doesn't
call it a knockoff. Apparently Bravo's initial reaction to the departure of "Project
Runway" for the Lifetime channel was to sue
, and its current response is simply to try and
recreate its previous success as closely as possible without incurring more legal fees. Among the critics' better lines:
Entertainment Weekly: Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but boy can it make for some lousy television.
Chicago Tribune: Knockoffs are the bane of the fashion industry, and they're certainly not unknown in the reality television genre. But in a weird turn of events, Bravo is ripping off its own former flagship series.
NJ Star-Ledger: We would not be surprised to learn that knock-off king Allen Schwartz is a producer on Bravo's "The Fashion Show"...
L.A. Times: As a mad scientist remakes a dead lover from her remnants or a man
marries a replica of his first wife, so Bravo -- the network "Project
Runway" left for Lifetime -- has created a new series in the image of the departed old.
Time: I don't hate The Fashion Show; it's not really distinctive enough to be
worth hating. It just feels like the TV equivalent of a fake Louis
All of which made it that much more amusing to watch the preview clips from future episodes, which include a much affronted and very dramatic Isaac Mizrahi advising, "Don't insult us with a mere knockoff!" At least the show's editors have a keen sense of the ridiculous.