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Designer Knockoff: Bravo's "The Fashion Show"

I was curious to see just what Bravo would do to hold onto its fashion-focused audience now that it had lost its protracted legal battle with Lifetime over its brand-defining reality hit series Project Runway . Last night, Bravo attempted to recreate its own success by offering what can only be described as a designer knockoff of the venerable Runway label: the generically titled The Fashion Show , which features hosts Isaac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland and fifteen professional designers vying for a cash prize of $150,000 and the chance to sell their designs... on Bravotv.com. And while it might sound in theory very similar to Project Runway , there's a lot to be said about Runway 's own skin tight format, the wise and knowing presence of mentor Tim Gunn, and the troika of cutting judges Michael Kors, Heidi Klum, and Nina Garcia. In fact, watching The Fashion Show reminds you that there's more to a piece of clothing than just the cloth; it's how it's cut and shaped

Channel Surfing: ABC Family Fires "Middleman," Jenna Elfman and Amy Smart Land Pilots, Sean Gets a Brother on "Nip/Tuck," and More

Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing. ABC Family has canceled quirky dramedy The Middleman , with the cabler confirming that it has "decided not to renew the series for a second season." Fans looking for closure can keep their eyes open for a Season One DVD, slated to be released this summer, and a comic book written by creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach that will tell the story of the original season finale, which was scrapped for budgetary reasons. ( New York Post ) Jason Clarke ( Brotherhood ) has been cast as the lead in CBS' untitled US attorney drama pilot from writer/executive producer Frank Military. Clarke will play "the powerful, charismatic section chief who oversees four lawyers and a handful of paralegals in their overlapping cases." Elsewhere, Jonathan Sadowski, Kevin Simpson, Noureen Dewulf, and Ricky Mabe been cast in FOX comedy pilot Two Dollar Beer and Nick Bishop, Kelli Giddish and Ravi Patel have all been cast in FOX's untitl