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Betsey Johnson and Her Family Get a Show on the Style Network

Betsey Johnson has been staging runway shows for years, but now the iconic American fashion designer is going to take part in a different kind of show — a reality show.

Today, the Style Network unveiled its 2012 development plan, which includes a 25% increase in original programming. Some of the new shows: Built, which follows a crew of male models/handymen that remodel homes with their shirts off (!); a series about the inner workings of Kimora Lee Simmons' offices; and the aforementioned Betsey Johnson show, Betsey + Lulu.

Starring mama Johnson, her daughter Lulu Johnson, and Lulu's two daughters, the foursome live together in a co-op on the Upper East Side, and many multigenerational antics ensue. Which raises the question: what's it like to have Betsey Johnson as a mom? In my imagination, the designer spends her days skipping down the streets of Manhattan in flouncy skirts, playing air guitar whenever she hits a red light. Could you imagine Betsey in pajamas? Drinking tea? Giving relationship advice? I'm going to have to see it to believe it.

The announcement was made over breakfast at Diane Von Furstenberg's studio in Manhattan. Some of the Style Network's current crop of stars were in attendance:

  • Bill Rancic, currently featured on Style's Giuliana & Bill will be getting his own show in the coming year. Pitched as an "aspirational home makeover show," Ultimate Home with Bill Rancic will feature the real estate baron flipping houses on camera. 

  • Tia and Tamera Mowry are gearing up for the second season of Tia & Tamera. They wore matching tangerine dresses and giant smiles because they are sisters, sisters.

  • Pamela Martin Duarte and Hannah Gelbart, the mother-daughter pair of Big Rich Texas.

  • And last, but definitely not least, the very charming Jeannie Mai of How Do I Look? looked great in a fitted floral dress. She told me the dress had actually been her backup: some eyeshadow exploded all over her original choice earlier that morning. From where I was sitting, it looked like a happy accident.

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