‘Mad Men’ Costume Designer Signed For New Fashion Competition Project

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Costume designer Janie Bryant — best known for Mad Men and her Emmy-winning work on HBO’s Deadwood  – is in development on a new design competition series with E.J. Johnston and James Deutch, co-creators of … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Down, ‘Touch’ Hits Series Low, ‘Fashion Star’ Up, ‘Happy Endings’ Falls, CBS Wins Night With NCAA

By | Saturday March 30, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

After weeks of repeats this month, Shark Tank (1.7/5) returned to Friday night with some new bite. The 9 PM entrepreneurial reality completion show saw an update from a couple who received a deal … Read More »

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Judging The Judges – Nicole Richie, John Varvatos, Jessica Simpson On ‘Fashion Star’

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 3:59pm PDT

If American Idol is the Eden of reality star judgeships, then NBC’s Fashion Star has to be the River Styx and the beginning of the end. For one thing the series doesn’t actually have anyone called a judge on it. Instead Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie are referred to as ‘mentors’. You might not know it but NBC insists that Simpson, Richie and Varvatos are three of fashion’s biggest names. (Anna Wintour might beg to differ.) For the recently debuted Season 2, the ratings demonstrate a show that’s still struggling. Is that why the show slashed the prize contract from $6 million in the first season to $3 million for the second?

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Richie, Varvatos and Simpson are supposed to guide their teams of four aspiring clothing designers to succeed with fashion buyers from Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express. Otherwise, the designers have to face the blink-and-you-missed-it elimination. This results in a muddle of mentor roles. If you ask me, Fashion Star is a cable show that stumbled onto network and can’t compare to the superior Project Runway. So I feel forced to say this: Nicole Richie, you can do better. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ & ‘Malibu Country’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Blue Bloods’, Nikita’ ‘Cult’ Up, ‘Fashion Star’ Even

By | Saturday March 16, 2013 @ 9:56am PDT

In the weeks since Fox’s Touch (0.6/2) returned for its second season on February 8, the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama has had a rough ratings ride. Last night, that ride hit a new bump. The struggling show fell 14% from its March 8th airing to hit a new series low. Fox’s other Friday primetime outing had a softer landing. Hell’s Kitchen returned for its 11th season this past Wednesday slightly down from its previous season debut. Last night on Gordon Ramsey’s other Fox cooking show Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) things also slipped. The reality series was down 8% from its March 8 show. The first Friday of Daylight Savings saw overall TV usage down 5% for the night.

The CW had a very good night Friday with Nikita (0.5/2) up 25% and, in the second week in its new slot, the freshman Cult (0.3/1) surging 50% over its March 8 show. “Sex Sells” was the title last night of the second episode of the second season of NBC’s Fashion Star (0.8/3). The 11 remaining designers were charged with showing their sexiest looks to buyers and judges John Varvatos, Nicole Ritchie and a very pregnant Jessica Simpson. In the end, one contestant went down but Fashion Star’s ratings weren’t. The show was even with last week’s premiere. A week after coming back with its first original since November 16, 2012, Grimm (1.4/5) lost a slight bit of its luster. The procedural fantasy drama dipped 7% from its March 8 show. NBC ended the night with Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/2), which was down two tenths from last week’s show.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fashion Star’ Returns Low, ‘Golden Boy’ & ‘Cult’ Slide, ‘Nikita’ Rises, ‘Grimm’ Dips

By | Saturday March 9, 2013 @ 10:01am PST

It was a fully loaded Friday last night with premieres, both season and time slot. Back for its second season, Fashion Star (0.8/3) kicked off NBC’s Friday primetime. After some labor troubles while in production last year, the reality designer competition series moved from Tuesdays to Fridays as well as adding a new host in Louise Roe to replace Elle Macpherson. Even with judges Nicole Ritchie, John Varvatos and Jessica Simpson back, something about this outfit didn’t work. Fashion Star cratered 50% from its Season 1 debut at 9:30 PM on March 13, 2012. Granted the series had the lead-in of Biggest Loser last year, but it was also down 43% from what Dateline Friday got in the same 8 PM slot last week.

Freshman police drama Golden Boy (1.0/3) made its one and likely only Friday appearance last night. Originally set to move to Friday nights after two Tuesday preview airings, Golden Boy will remain in the early week 10 PM slot with Vegas relocating to the end of the week. It looks to be a smart move as Golden Boy was down 44% from its February 26 Tuesday premiere and 40% from the February 22 CSI: NY finale in the Friday slot. The CW’s Cult (0.2/1) also took a tumble as it moved into a new Friday 9 PM slot. The series was down 33% from its last original on February 26. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Fashion Star’ Gets Friday Berth

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 3:27pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has put in the last piece in its midseason scheduling puzzle, slotting the second season of reality competition series Fashion Star for a March 8 premiere and a run in the Friday 8 PM time period. The premiere … Read More »

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IATSE & ‘Fashion Star’ Reach Deal; Crew Back To Work Today

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 7:36am PDT

The union and producers Magical Elves reached an agreement over health and pension benefits last night, Deadline has learned. The crew of Fashion Star, on strike since Saturday, will return to work today. There will be no more picketing at Hollywood Center Studios and the producers’ offices. Also, today’s 1:30 PM taping in front of an audience of the NBC reality show will now go ahead as scheduled. The agreement comes after IATSE representatives met with Magical Elves executives Tuesday afternoon to discuss an offer the union put on the table Monday. The union plans to meet with the approximately 70 crew members on the show later this afternoon to brief them on the details of the deal. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Fashion Star’ Producers Call Meeting With IATSE After Union Puts Offer On The Table

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 4:48pm PDT

2ND UPDATE, 4:48 PM: IATSE has been called to a meeting with Fashion Star producers Magical Elves this afternoon, Deadline has learned. The face-to-face comes after the union put an offer before the producers of the NBC reality show to settle a labor dispute that started Saturday. “Talks are ongoing. The ball is in their court,” an IATSE spokesperson told Deadline earlier Tuesday. “We are still on strike.” Fashion Star is scheduled to resume taping tomorrow at 1:30 PM at Hollywood Center Studios. The union began discussions with Magical Elves yesterday. Four days after the crew walked off the job over health and pension benefits, picketing today was mainly centered on the De Longpre Avenue offices of the show in Hollywood. As of Tuesday afternoon, IATSE say they intend to be picketing tomorrow at Hollywood Center and the Magical Elves offices on Sunset. Read More »

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Production On ‘Fashion Star’ Shut Down As Crew Strikes Seeking Union Representation

By | Saturday October 13, 2012 @ 10:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s reality series Fashion Star is scheduled to tape today at Hollywood Center Studios. But I’ve learned the shoot has been suspended after the crew of the show went on strike this morning seeking union representation. The action was organized … Read More »

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Louise Roe To Host NBC’s ‘Fashion Star’

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 8:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Louise Roe Hosting Fashion StarBritish fashion journalist/TV presenter Louise Roe will replace Elle Macpherson as host of Fashion Star during for the NBC reality series’ upcoming second season. In the U.S., Roe, a fashion editor-at-large for Glamour, hosted the CW’s makeover series Plain Jane, which is in its third season on MTV International, and has regular fashion segments on Access Hollywood. She also co-hosted the Royal Wedding for E!, co-hosted MTV International’s live red-carpet coverage from the VMAs, Movie Awards and EMA’s, and co-anchored ABC’s Oscars coverage. In the UK, she hosted BBC’s The Clothes Show. Read More »

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NBC Renews ‘Fashion Star’ For Season 2

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fashion Star RenewedThe network is yet to confirm, but I hear that NBC is renewing freshman reality series Fashion Star for a second season. The series, created by/exec produced/hosted by Elle Macpherson and featuring Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie … Read More »

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NBC Pushes ‘The Voice’ Finale By An Hour

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 1:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Voice Season 2 FinaleThe second-season finale of NBC’s The Voice, originally scheduled to air from 8-10 PM on Tuesday May 8, will instead run from 9-11 PM. Fashion Star, which was to follow The Voice finale at 10 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fashion Star’ Climbs In Week 2, Fox’s Comedy Block Slides

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fashion Star Jessica SimpsonWith CBS’ drama lineup returning to originals, Fox’s comedy block crumbled in its third week, with all four series hitting season/series lows. Raising Hope (1.6/5) was down 11% from last week, I Hate My Teenage Daughter (1.2/4) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fashion Star’ Off To Slow Start As Most Series Decline

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 10:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fashoin Star RatingsThe daytime savings time continues to hammer 8-10 PM shows. Last night TV usage was down 6.5% from 8-10 PM, with the biggest decline, 11%, from 8-8:30 PM. Airing in that half hour, Fox’s Raising Hope (1.8/6) … Read More »

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Ben Silverman “Betting On Bob” To Turn Around NBC: TCA

By | Friday January 6, 2012 @ 1:02pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Ex-NBC programming chief Ben Silverman was back in a familiar spot this morning: At TCA in Pasadena, representing NBC. But this isn’t 2009, and there is a different guy atop of NBC Entertainment … Read More »

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