Forget Fashion Week: Liris Crosse is the real winner of this season’s Project Runway 

As Project Runway concludes its 16th season, it’s not uncommon to find yourself disagreeing with the judges’ final pick. I still think last season’s winner, Erin Robertson, was more of a stylist than a visionary, someone who really knew her way around a glue gun. But what makes this year’s finale unique is that, even…

Project Runway given three more seasons to reach maximum ridiculousness

At a certain phase in a long-running reality competition show’s lifespan, the thing that drew people to the show in the first place—loud people making pretty and/or delicious things, generally—starts to lose its luster. So, in desperation, you start leaning on the big personalities that are instinctively drawn to such…

Pirate Master, we hardly knew ye: 24 short-lived reality competition series

Because unscripted programming is relatively inexpensive—and because networks never know which crazy reality competition concept will catch on—TV has seen a steady stream of elaborate game shows, many of which stumble along for a season or two before disappearing with little fanfare. The cancellation of just about any…

Project Runway’s kids’ spin-off is stifled by helicopter parents

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MasterChef Junior should have more imitators by now. Fox’s curmudgeon-proof cooking competition has connected with audiences and critics, proving the viability of a kid-focused reality show. Given TV networks’ history of borrowing each other’s reality concepts, by all rights, MasterChef Junior should have a glut of…

The worst TV of 2014

This year, The A.V. Club’s TV writers nominated more than 90 programs for our year-end best-of list. But if we’ve learned anything from watching that much TV, it’s that there is no protagonist without a villain; no altruistic, kindhearted twin without an evil double; no Simpsons without Family Guy. And it’s in that…

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