The Hottest New Show on Television

Alison Morris -- April 1st, 2009

Good news, everyone – I’m headed to television! Bravo is piloting a new reality TV show called Project Publishing, and they’ve asked ME to appear on the panel of judges (which is why they’re allowing me to announce the big news right here)!!!

The format of the show is going to be very much like Project Runway, hence the name. (Though I should point out that the Weinstein Company is the owner of Project Runway, whereas Project Publishing will belong to Bravo and hopefully therefore won’t get caught up in any network tug-of-war.) Each week talented would-be author/illustrators will compete in various writing and illustrating challenges. At the end of each episode they’ll appear before the judges to share their work with us and then (based on our assessment of their work) we’ll decide which contestant will be eliminated that week. This will continue until the final episode, in which one author/illustrator will be selected as the winner and awarded the prize of a big chunk of money plus a contract with a major publisher!

As a big fan of Project Runway and Top Chef, I feel so honored to have been selected to what is an  incredibly prestigious panel of judges!! Sitting beside me on the judges’ panel will be Leonard Marcus, Maurice Sendak, and the show’s host, Anita Silvey. (I can’t wait to see what hat Anita picks to wear for the show each week!)

Wait’ll you see the challenges the producers have planned for the contestants! Things like "Anything but the Great Green Room" in which contestants will be asked to reimagine Goodnight Moon in a new setting and illustrate it as a graphic novel, or "Sabuda MacGyver," in which contestants will have to create their own pop-up books using nothing but string and chewing gum. Contestants will be sharing housing in vacant stacks at the New York Public Library.

As for when the show will air, I’m afraid you’ve got a while to wait. We haven’t started taping yet, so it’s going to be many months before you’ll be able to see my smiling face on your TV screens. At this point, the best guess is that you might be able to tune in by this time next year, on APRIL FOOL’S!!!!!!!!!

Oh how I wish this wasn’t a joke! ; )

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