The show had many glorious advantages: millions of devoted viewers, drama-prone design wunderkinds, Michael Kors's sharp tongue and Tang-colored skin. But the reinvention of Project Runway on the Lifetime network fell flat, gay critics say.
In a Wednesday article on The Daily Beast, writer Choire Sicha plumbs for answers. "Lifetime took us through some scary hole of broken space-time," he writes, "revealing a world with a Project Runway
nearly identical to, yet somehow totally opposite from, the Project Runway
we knew so well from our universe."
Polling a small sample of the show's once-core demographic ("smart, urban-living homosexuals who can afford to both wear clothing and own televisions") Sicha compiles the following blunders as primary reasons for Project Runway
's demise. Among them:
-The show's L.A. diaspora.
"Sun-addled brains made for irrelevant hack design."
-Absence of compelling drama (and competent story editors).
"They signed on people with stories rather then people with personalities. ... Crying is not a story. Go to therapy or drink more or something. It was sooo tiring to see that gay's whinnying and weeping week after week."
"In the end, this was the year of The Heidi. Because of the oft-missing Kors and [Nina] Garcia, her power on the show became as swollen as her belly."
For Sicha's complete litany, click here