Last winter, viewers tuned in to Bravo’s Top Design expecting a Project Runway and Top Chef-esque (read: classy) reality show about home decorating. Instead, they got an hour that was about as thrilling as staring at a beige wall. So if news that the series will be back next year surprises you, take heart: Bravo has hired Magical Elves, the production company behind Runway and Chef, to give Design a head-to-toe makeover. “We want the show to be everything it can be,” says Bravo programming exec Andy Cohen. “It was a show people rooted for — and has a ton of potential.” Elves’ Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz say they plan to feature “more accessible design” in season 2.
They’re about to start contestant casting but have yet to decide if underutilized host Todd Oldham and judges Jonathan Adler, Margaret Russell, and Kelly Wearstler will return. (Says Cutforth: “I’m sure there will be some changes.”) How nervous are they about the new challenge? “Ultimately it’s a simple format,” says Cutforth. “It’s not like the wheel has to be reinvented.” But it could certainly use a new coat of paint. —Jessica Shaw