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Lifetime Renews Project Runway & Its Spinoffs

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Project Runway hasn’t even begun production on Season 15 yet, but Lifetime has already given the green light for three more seasons. That extends the designing competition through to Season 18. Tim Gunn and all his catchphrases aren’t going out of style anytime soon.

“Project Runway is a great franchise,” A+E president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said. “It’s got an incredibly loyal audience, it’s a brand unto itself, and it has all these Emmy nominations. We have a great relationship with Harvey, Heidi and Tim, and I’m glad its home will be here for many years to come.”

The flagship series wasn’t the only one to receive good news. Its spinoffs did as well. Find out how many seasons they got below.

find out how many season the other shows get after the jump

Lifetime Gives Tim Gunn His Own Fashion Competition

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After twelve seasons of Project Runway and three All-Stars edition, Tim Gunn is finally getting his own show. Although technically not a spin-off, the premise of his new reality show sounds like a mashup of Project Runway and The Voice. I will say though, Under The Gunn is a cute show title.

Gunn won’t be the only Project Runway alum on the series. It’ll also feature three fan-favorites who’ve competed on the original fashion competition. They will each mentor a group of five up-and-coming designers. After which, the contestants will be critiqued by three notable fashion experts. Find out who the mentors and judges are below.

check out the judges and mentors after the jump

On tonight’s episode of Project Runway, Jesse Tyler Ferguson not only acts as guest judge but also is an integral part of the challenge. The Modern Family actor is on hand to pimp out bowties from his Tie The Knot collection. Shilling his product isn’t completely self-serving. Proceeds from the sale of the neckwear benefit marriage equality. Side note: the episode was filmed before Ferguson married his partner Justin Mikita.

During the runway critique, one particular contestant gets emotional. Not because the judges are ripping apart his design. On the contrary they love it. I do as well. Rather, it’s due to the challenge’s theme. Out of nowhere, Brandon McDonald decides to propose to his boyfriend of 18 years Josh.

Watching judges Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Ferguson clutching their imaginary pearls is priceless. Total saps 😉 Heidi Klum also gets swept up in the touching moment and offers to become a bridesmaid for the newly-engaged couple. Check out the clip below.

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Christian Siriano is arguably the most successful winner from Project Runway. He’s consistently shown during New York Fashion week and had his designs worn on numerous red carpets by Christina Hendricks, Heidi Klum, Rihanna, Maggie Grace, Melanie Trump and countless others. It looks like he’s next major designing gig is to whip up a masterpiece for his very own special day.

The 27-year-old designer announced his engagement to his longtime boyfriend, musician Brad Walsh. He tweeted the news via Twitter and shared a photo showing off their matching engagement bracelets. The two have lived together since 2010 and collaborated several times. Walsh has often created music for Siriano’s fashion shows. Check out the happy couple below, along with a photo of their bracelets.

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Hosting Project Runway isn’t as easy as it seems. Heidi Klum makes it seem like a breeze with her Auf Wiedersehens, short dresses and overall Heidi-isms. Apparently, not all supermodels were created equally.

In the All-Stars format, the show has cycled through three hosts now. Season 1 had Angela Lindvall, but was replaced by Rosie Huntington Whiteley for Season 2. But just days before filming the second season, Rosie bailed and Carolyn Murphy was brought in last minute to fill the position. Murphy was a definite improvement over Lindvall and I’ll miss her. Find out who producers have tapped this time. Surprisingly, it’s not another model but an actress.

find out who after the jump

Project Runway Is Now A Team Sport

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The backstabbing and drama will reach new levels when Project Runway returns for its eleventh season. For the first time in the show’s history, the contestants will be competiting as teams instead of individuals for every challenge. Personally, I think this twist sucks. If you watched Bravo’s lame attempt to duplicate the designing show, you know that The Fashion Show sucked big time. That’s even with the wonderfully snippy Iman as host and head judge.

With that being said, I’m still going to watch it to see Zac Posen’s debut as Michael Kors’ replacement. Based on the newly-released promo, I’m not too optimistic about his addition. I adore Posen but there’s only one short snippet of him in the promo. If his critiques were as hilariously cutting as Kors, I’m sure the network would’ve included a short montage of his best one-liners. Check out the new promo below.

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Michael Kors Bids Auf Wiedersehen To Project Runway

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Say it isn’t so. Michael Kors is my FAVORITE judge on Project Runway. He simply cannot leave. Who else is going to give such memorable one-liners as “Her drag name would be Origami Rose” or “She looks like a pole dancer in Dubai.”? No matter how much I’m in denial, Kors’ departure is a done deal. The designer won’t be a part of Season 11 of Project Runway.

If you think there’s drama behind this, you’ll be disappointed. Reportedly, it was his busy schedule that kept him from signing on as a full-time judge for the next season. Lifetime revealed in a statement that Michael will return to help judge the finale. At least, we’ll have that.

As if Kors leaving wasn’t bad enough, there is another change coming that I’m not excited about in the least. For the first time on Project Runway, the designers will compete as teams and not as individuals. Boo, this is starting to sound like Bravo’s The Fashion Show. Remember their lame attempt to replace Project Runway when Harvey Weinstein moved his show to Lifetime? UGH. Find out who Kors’ replacement is below.

find out who his replacement is after the jump

Project Runway All-Stars Season 2 Cast Announced

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With exception to a couple of names, most of the returning designers don’t deserve another chance to come back, let alone be called All-Stars. Ivy Higa, seriously!?!?!? At least Project Runway Season 1 original villain Wendy Pepper won a couple of challenges. Higa was just a sour beyotch throughout her season. Speaking of Season 8, she’s joined by two castmates (Peach Carr and Casanova) who also didn’t make much of a fashionable impact. That said, there are a couple of designers I’m really happy are back. Joshua McKinley and Uli Herzner were both runner-ups in their respective season and definitely deserve another crack at the grand prize. It’s their competition to lose, IMHO.

Returning to the judging panel are Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman. Joanna Coles also returns as the mentor. After a bit of casting drama, supermodel Carolyn Murphy replaces Angela Lindvall as host for the second season. On tap for guest judge appearances are Katie Holmes, Kylie Minogue, Stacy Keibler, Liv Tyler, Gretchen Mol, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Margherita Missoni, Charlotte Ronson, Rafe Totengco and Elie Tahari. Catch all the designing action when Project Runway All Stars Season 2 premieres Oct. 25 on Lifetime.

check out the contestants my favorite designs from each after the jump

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