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Some folks are calling it “The Devil Wears Prada” à la reality.

It’s called “Running in Heels.”

The Style Network and the U.S. publication of Marie Claire will debut the new reality docu-series in Spring 2009.

According to Mediapost.com’s Fern Siegel (a very very very reliable source), “Each week, “Running in Heels” will pursue a different Marie Claire staffer, from senior-level personnel to interns. Viewers will watch them execute assignments and cope with success and failure, revealing much of the grit behind the glamour.”

Siegel also says that it will be a true serving of reality.

Private video confessionals will reveal how future fashionistas cope with their jobs, superiors and each other. Joanna Coles, editor in chief, Marie Claire, promises “lots of drama” to interest audiences.

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If “The Devil Wears Prada” were a reality show, it would be STYLISTA.

That’s what the folks at The CW are saying about their new show, Stylista.

The reality flick follows 11 fashion enthusiasts elbowing one another for a coveted job with the Elle mag editorial team.

But the fall-premiering show set to air Wednesdays at 9 is getting a thumbs down from at least one major fashion commentator.

Nymag.com’s blog, “The Cut” gives a scathingly honest review.

In the few clips we saw (you can watch more here and here), it became immediately apparent that Stylista will be carefully constructed to mimic The Devil Wears Prada. Slowey’s office vaguely looks like Meryl Streep’s from the film, and when Slowey enters it, she carelessly flops her coats onto one of two assistant desks outside, just like in the movie.

 It highlights in a painfully obvious way how desperately Elle wants to be Vogue. And it’s uncomfortable.

I’ll admit it, with the promotional spots in full swing on The CW, good reviews or not, I’m still curious about what Tyra Banks and Ken Mok (of ANTM fame) have cooked up for this one in their roles as executive producers.

Be your own judge and watch the preview here.