Exclusive: Season 6 of 'Project Runway' pushed to January

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In a surprise development, Lifetime has confirmed that it won’t debut the sixth season of Project Runway until January so it has more time to promote the show that it swiped from Bravo last spring. It had been expected the show would debut on its new network sometime this autumn. “With this move, the series will resume its traditional cycle of two seasons per year,” according to a Lifetime spokeperson. “We look forward to ringing in the New Year by giving Project Runway loyal fans a superlative season six with Heidi, Tim, Nina, and Michael. The new date and time will be announced soon.”

The news comes as a lawsuit over the rights to Project Runway continues to wind its way through the New York courts. Bravo’s parent company, NBC/Universal, is alleging that the Weinstein Co. shopped Runway to Lifetime before giving its home network first refusal. NBC/Universal also is attempting to block Lifetime from marketing and promoting future cycles of the show.

One source familiar with the lawsuit believes the delay (the show had been set to debut sometime in late fall) has less to do with the ongoing litigation and more to do with Lifetime’s inability to get the production together for an autumn start. Bunim-Murray Productions, the company behind The Real World, is now producing Runway since Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves left the show when it moved networks. A Lifetime insider, however, says production is on schedule and the new cycle has already been cast.

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  • walkingfree

    I am beginning to believe that NBC stands for “Nothing Beneath Consideration” when it comes to corporate greed.

  • lalala

    ^^

  • Owen

    From what I hear its getting harder and harder to find worthy designers…which seems to be clearly reflected in the talent of this season’s contestants…

  • Harry

    It would be so cool, if Bravo got to keep the show. Talk about greed from the Weinstein’s part. ‘Walkingfree’ get your facts straight or else just keep it to yourself.

  • GARTH

    Greed will bring this show to it’s fashionably attired knees.

  • flicka

    GO BRAVO! FIGHT!

  • artemis

    Lifetime had better step up and make a big splash or else. I think marketing strategically held back the season to give enough of a break from Season 5 that people would be hankering for a new seaons. I am not sure the demographic who loves PR will be able to tolerate the Lifetime station. I for one, will struggle with it.

  • Bunim Murray

    As a fan of the show, my big concern is the switch in production company. Bunim-Murray Productions is a second rate sausage factory. They were no doubt the lowest bidder among many contenders. When they sink their cleavers into “Project Runway”, the end product will unwatchable.

  • A reader

    “From what you hear…”? Who are you?

  • Tim hesse

    When the bloody h%&#@ll did they have auditions for this season six? Did they hold them at the same time as season 5? Is that why they have such crappy talent this season – they had to split it between 2 seasons being filmed back to back. I really want someone to clear up the line that the sixth season is alrready cast please.

  • jodi Saenger

    yes, please answer the questions everyone is asking.
    when is the next legit audition?
    is number 6 all done?
    when can i audition?

  • debrarae

    Bravo has no one to blame but theirselves for losing PR.
    I am sorry however that PR has lost the magical elves, and instead has gained the Real world producers.
    WHile I fear for the intergrity of the show, I will continue to watch as long as Tim Gunn is on.
    Once the Gunn is gone, SO AM I.

  • Bri

    Season 6 was cast in July. They accepted tapes ending July 9th, then had call backs from July to August. I totally missed it too……

  • TheBookPolice

    I’m confused. This post is almost a month old, and the court just announced that it was issuing the injunction NBC/Bravo was after. Lifetime cannot air Season 6 so long as this injunction is in effect (although, neither can Bravo). Jossip’s got a good breakdown of what the injunction means. Let’s see if this link will post.
    http://www.jossip.com/what-the-project-runway-court-injuction-means-for-everybody-20080929/

  • Trixie

    hahaha “A Reader”… you nailed it.
    I love how so many people speak as if they have the inside scoop, the behind-the-scenes dirt. When in reality, they’re just board bloggers who search the net for info.
    From what I hear… they’re full of it.

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