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Thursday, December 6, 2007

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'Shear Genius,' 'Top Design' Return to Bravo!

Post by: Sal

Source: Zap2It

If there's going to be an influx of reality TV, at least the cable networks can make it stylish.

Bravo announced Thursday (Dec. 6) that its popular reality competition series "Shear Genius" and "Top Design" will both return for a second season in 2008. They join the cable channel's roster of hit reality shows that include the fashion design challenge "Project Runway" and cooking series "Top Chef."

"Shear Genius" offers 12 hairstylists a chance to compete for the coveted title, a styling feature in Allure magazine and $100,000 in seed money. In the first season, hosted by former "Charlie's Angels" star Jaclyn Smith, the competitors had to prove themselves worthy in creative and nerve-wracking challenges that included creating a day-to-evening 'do, straightening African-American hair, perfecting Vidal Sassoon's "Nancy Kwan" bob and using unconventional tools such as box cutters or garden shears to create a stylish coiffure.

The interior design series "Top Design" will be back with its own redesign, thanks to a makeover from Magical Elves, the production company behind "Top Chef" and "Project Runway."

"Like fashion designers and chefs, interior designers inhabit a rich, visual world that attracts fascinating personalities, so we are really excited to take on the challenge of bringing this successful show to the next level," said Dan Cutforth, an executive producer on the series.

On the show, a dozen new interior designers, artists and architects from around the country live in a decked-out West Hollywood loft and are pitted against each other for challenges that will challenge their creativity, aesthetic sensibility, time management skills and patience.

The winning designer will receive a $100,000 grand prize from LendingTree, a brand-new 2007 Acadia vehicle from GMC, an editorial feature in Elle Decor and the chance to showcase their design skills at the magazine's Dining By Design, NYC, a lavish affair where designers, celebrities, and the who's who of fashion convene for a night of style, drama, excitement, and spirited collaboration.

Casting for both series will begin in the upcoming weeks.

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