The cable channel announced Tuesday (April 21) that its first season of “Project Runway” will debut Thursday, Aug. 20. The companion show “Models of the Runway” will also premiere that night. Host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors will all make the move over from Bravo.
“I am a huge fan of ‘Project Runway’ and could not be happier that season six will be premiering on Lifetime,” Lifetime president and CEO Andrea Wong says. “The talent in this all-new season is nothing short of amazing, and I can’t wait for all of the fans to see the incredible work of these brilliant designers.”
Sixteen designers competed in season six, which has already filmed. The show took some extra security measures when the designers presented their final collections at New York’s Fashion week in February so as not to tip its hand about the finalists.
Lifetime snagged the rights to “Project Runway” in the spring of 2008, but an injunction by Bravo parent NBC Universal held up the premiere date for months. The two sides settled their dispute a few weeks ago, clearing the way for the show’s Lifetime premiere.
The show has also gone through some behind-the-scenes changes, with Bunim-Murray (“The Real World”) taking over production duties from the Magical Elves company, whose partners opted to stay with NBC Universal.
“Project Runway” will premiere at 10 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 20. It will be followed by “Models of the Runway,” a half-hour show that looks at the competition from the perspective of the designers’ models, who are competing for a prize of their own.
Lifetime also announced at its upfront Tuesday that the third season of “Army Wives” will premiere Sunday, June 7. New series “Drop Dead Diva,” about a smart, plus-sized lawyer who finds her body inhabited by the soul of a recently deceased model, will debut Sunday, July 12.