By Michael Slezak
Updated January 12, 2007 at 12:00 PM EST

Project Runway

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This just in from the Department of Yin and Yang: Bravo has picked up a pair of new reality series — from the opposite ends of the taste-sanity spectrum.

On one hand, there’s Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, in which the natty Project Runway guru (pictured) will be sort of a one-man Queer Eye, bringing chic and elegance to the sartorially challenged. (This is appropriate, seeing as Bravo also announced Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will end its run this summer; no word on whether the network has decided to play it smart and pay Gunn whatever the hell he wants to return for season four of Project Runway.)

And then — brace yourselves — the network has also said yes to Hey Paula, a crazy-eye view of American Idol judge Paula Abdul at work and play. If you haven’t yet seen Abdul’s recent televised appearances to promote Idol, click here and here. Girlfriend does more (actual) bobbing and weaving than a badly bruised boxer in the tenth round, and with her speech slurred, her wig askew, and her facial expressions ranging from “la-la!” to “mommy-the-bad-lady-scares-me!,” Paula comes off more like the deranged drag queen you try to avoid on the sidewalk on Sunday morning than a panelist on America’s highest-rated television series. But, as Paula slurs it herself, “Any publicity is good publicity! You gotta learn to eat it up and embrace it!” (TMZ, by the way, got an unintentionally hilarious explanation from Paula’s rep: The Seattle station had “technical problems with the satellite and her sound was dropped not once but twice. Paula was in a small room by herself with only a cameraman. Paula was distracted and confused by the station dropping the sound. She did not know what was going on,” he said.)

In other words, this is going to be the best TV show in the history of ever. Especially if there are scenes of Paula in a small room by herself with a cameraman. And her sound gets dropped. And she doesn’t know what’s going on. In fact, I call dibs on the TV Watch right now.

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Project Runway

Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano guide undiscovered designers through the harrowing rites of fashion.

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