AT THE Envelope and, indeed, the Los Angeles Times, we love television so much that we track its every move. When shows peak and plummet, when they inspire and when they disappoint, we chronicle their progress. We love them all -- dramas, comedies, reality TV . . . ah, reality TV. That's where our passions really flare, and where the arguments can get ugly (in a good way). Here, some of our Show Trackers defend their favorites against the competition in our first Envelope Reality TV Smackdown.
Claire Zulkey: It must be nice covering "Project Runway," which has spanned only four measly seasons. Try taking in the lessons, laughs and fierceness of 10 cycles because "America's Next Top Model" is not for the faint of heart. "Top Model" recently selected a full-figured model as its winner. The models on "Project Runway"? So skinny!
Margaret Wappler: In four "measly" seasons, "Project Runway" has emerged as a sophisticated, substantive riposte to such reality TV trifle as "ANTM." "Runway" has weight to it, like a good Louis Vuitton purse that can be swung at the face of a mugger. "ANTM," I'm afraid, is like a cheap pair of hoop earrings that would barely attract said mugger's eye. Why the mugger talk? Because while "ANTM" did come first, "Project Runway" has stolen its thunder. Heidi Klum doesn't waste time pretending to care about her contestants' traumas like Tyra Banks does. Epiphanies are welcome, but only if executed in gold lame.