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Arena TV Is Rocking It With Reality TV In September

I am seriously hoping to catch the ebola virus for the month of September by the look of what Arena has got on its programming next month.

Top Chef Washington will premiere on Sunday at 7.30pm on the 12 September.  The luscious Padma Lakshmi and hunky Tom Colluchio are returning as hosts of this cooking competition where professional chefs battle it out for the title of Top Chef. If you like Masterchef you will love this. In fact quite a few aspects of the Australian version of Masterchef are taken from Top Chef. Well that is my opinion and I am sticking to it.

Project Runway Season 7 will see the crew returning to New York. This will premiere on September 13, Mondays at 8.30pm. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Neeeeeeeennna Garcia are all returning. This will have to help us get over that there won’t be an Australian version of the show this year.

Models of the Runway, will again follow it on September 13, Mondays at 9.30pm. This is a companion series to Project Runway, which follows the models on the show. I hope they continue to keep it to a half hour show, as this got a bit tedious once all the nuttier models were eliminated last season.

And also one of my favourite reality shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew Pinsky returns for it third season on September 16 at 9.30pm. This is not the Rachael Uchitel one which is currently filming but the series has celebrities Dennis Rodman, Heidi Fleiss, Joey Kovar, Kari Anne Peniche, Lisa D’Amato, Mackenzie Phillips, Mike Starr, Mindy McCready and Tom Sizemore going through an intensive 21-day detox and treatment program.

All-new to Arena is Launch My Line where celebrities will design, cut and stitch their way through a one-of-a-kind creative competition to determine who has the vision to go from icon to fashion star and launch a trendsetting clothing label.

Premiering September 8, Wednesdays at 8.30pm, the celebrity contestants will each be paired with a fashion expert, who will supply the technical know-how to implement the celebrity’s creative vision.

Most of the time I am a bit dubious of reality shows with celebrities in them, Celeb Rehab being the exception, but this is from the Bravo stable which I do worship at the altar of. So will give it a look even though the premise looks a bit spurious.

Another Bravo show that  Arena premiering on September 14, Tuesdays at 9.30pm, is 9 By Design. The series follows husband and wife design team, Bob and Cortney Novogratz and their seven children. Owners of New York based design firm, Sixx Design, this young, hip and artsy couple have developed and designed unique properties in Manhattan, rebuilt entire blocks in the city, and turned funky into fabulous with taste and confidence.

I hope this is more Top Design, than Kate and Jon Plus 8.


1 Culinary Boner { 08.18.10 at 9:19 am }

Mmmmmmm….Padma *drool*

2 Izobel2 { 08.18.10 at 2:46 pm }

And I don’t have Foxtel….. Don’t want it as it may as well be called GolfTel if I got it with my husband around….
But gee RR you’re making it sound tempting!

3 Injera { 08.18.10 at 6:03 pm }

I’m with you, Raver. Maybe I need to buy a Tatts ticket.

4 Injera { 08.19.10 at 8:03 am }

Still no word on when we get more Rachel Zoe, though!

5 Shelsta78 { 10.05.10 at 11:32 am }

I just caught up on 9 by Design – LOVE!

Launch my Line – couldn’t even make it through a whole episode, I’d be surprised if it gets a second run. The only thing I liked was that it had one of the choreographers from SYTYCD on it.

Still haven’t managed to catch up on Celebrity Rehab – just one ep where I saw how scary Heidi Fleiss looked.

Top Chef Washington is great – also heard them mention that Gail will be hosting Top Chef – Just Desserts. I think this is a brilliant strategy for Bravo – Pastry chef’s have such a different skill set and its not accident that the TC Chef’s that make desserts when they’ve had no pastry training always end up getting eliminated.

I also loved this season of Project Runway – which I watched online.

With all of these, Amazing Race, Survivor and some new Housewives on the way soon – it’s a wonder I ever leave the house!