'Project Runway' Season Premiere Moved to January
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Previously slated this autumn on its new home at Lifetime, its new network pushed the premiere of Project Runway's sixth season to January in order to, according to them, give it more time to promote the show.  Originally, Project Runway was to premiere on November.

"With this move, the series will resume its traditional cycle of two seasons per year," said a Project Runway spokesperson.  "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.”

There are others who are not too keen on believing this version of the story, however.  For one, NBC Universal has filed a lawsuit against Project Runway producer Weinstein Co for allegedly violating its rights by making the deal with Lifetime.  In a statement, NBC said, "NBC Universal has continuing rights related to Project Runway, including a right of first refusal to future cycles of the series, which the Weinstein Company unfortunately has refused to honor."

NBC Universal is likewise attempting to stop Lifetime from marketing future cycles of Project Runway.

On the other hand, there are parties that believe that the reschedule had little to do with the legal hurdles and more on Lifetime's inability to finish production in time for an autumn premiere.  Magical Elves used to produce the show but it left when the show moved networks.  Right now, the company behind The Real World took over production for Project Runway.

For its part, a Lifetime insider claims that everything is going smoothly and within schedule. In fact, the source said, the new cycle has already been cast.

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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