'Project Runway' episodes to be supersized!

project-runwayImage Credit: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime TelevisionIt’s not just a stunt, like Tim’s tired encouragement to please use the Bluefly.com accessories wall thoughtfully. Each episode of Project Runway‘s season 8 (premiering July 29 on Lifetime) will be 90 minutes long. They’ll start at 9 p.m. ET instead of 10. This is excellent. Heidi Klum also told the AP via NYTimes.com that season 8 contains ample tears and that three contestants collapsed on-set. It couldn’t get any better!

In addition to the obvious demand — longer runway shows — we’re going to need much more workroom footage. I want to see craftsmanship, awkward initial fittings, the contestants freaking out under pressure, the contestants bitching at each other under pressure, fabric disasters, and especially tears. I’m going to need a zoom-in on the tears. I also love close-up shots of the sewing machines, even though I feel like they only do that to show the brand name. What it basically boils down to is that I like to watch people work while I relax. Ahhhhhh. Seth Aaron’s jackets.

I’m trying to find out from Lifetime if Models of the Runway will just blend into Runway now. (Tragedy! It’s my favorite poignant reality show!) I’m pretty sure Austin Scarlett and Santino’s half-hour reality series will accompany Runway at 10:30 instead. I’ll update this post if I find out.

What do you want to see more of during Runway‘s extra 30 minutes?

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  • Bobby’s Robot

    Sounds like too much of a good thing. Hopefully they’ll use the time for the more creative aspects (more runway time!) and not more manufactured drama.

    • FanC

      I agree totally with Bobby’s Robot. Please let us see more of the finished clothes and far less drama.

      • Jen

        I want to see more of the judging! It does go on for hours … I’d like to see more of what it is they agonize over.

    • mary q contrary

      Honestly, I’m not completely opposed to the drama, as long as it’s genuine, like that of Wendy Pepper. I have a feeling, though, that the move to Lifetime has ruined the show forever, and that this is just one more step (hello, Models of the Runway) in their slow decline. Give it a few seasons, and it will be just another disingenuous, disgustingly fake reality shows. I have always loved PR for the fashion, but also for its ability to maintain an air of sophistication, while all the other trash on tv sank into the bowels of Bachelor-style famewhoring. The move to Lifetime scared me, and now I know that I was probably right to be.

      • Michael

        Last season was the best in a while. The contestants were IMMENSELY likeable(except for that d-head from NYC), they had a very good chemistry and produced many great designs. I’m not as jaded as you, I guess.

    • allie

      I agree. 90 minutes is fine occassionally but I think there will be way too much drama included to fill the time – unless they are somehow blending in Models of the Runway and calling it one show. I already watch both but don’t see myself wanting to spend two hours a week watching a supersized catty PR plus the already catty MOTR.


    Did they squash Models of the Runway then?

  • Sam

    Is this going to be a mix of Models of the Runway and Project Runway. I think that might be interesting. I always want them to ask the designers why they dissed certain models.

    • Annie Barrett

      I’m trying to find out from Lifetime if Models of the Runway will just blend into Runway now. (Tragedy! It’s my favorite poignant reality show!) I’m pretty sure Austin/Santino’s half-hour show will accompany Runway instead. I’ll update this post if I find out.

    • Ally

      I have a feeling that is exactly what they are doing. Probably weren’t getting the raitings for MOTRW (sorry, Annie, it was awful and kind of made me hate the models). Ugh.

      • Faialchick

        Amen. Did not like MOTR much, they are pretty vapid.

      • JellyBone

        Please please please don’t incorp. MOTR into PR anymore than it already is.
        I like that PR can be relatively drama free except for what’s organic and not fabricated, and that MOTR could be used as a vehicle for all the vapid, useless drama to be showcased.

        Fashion models are nothing but hangers and PR needs to respect that, like they did the first few years. Like Gunn said, ‘people need to see the designers getting proverbial and literal blood on their hands’ because that’s authentic in the fashion industry and that’s why the show works. Models aren’t a part of that other than to be the hangers.

        I’m sure it might be more wishful thinking on my part because of all of what I said above but I think that the extra half hour (about 18 mins. in reality) is going to be devoted to longer runway judging segments and more work room critiques.

        XXFingers CrossedXX

  • Kate

    Uh, I wonder if my DVR will do this for me or if I have to reset? I am fascinated with Persons Unknown this summer and NBC just keeps moving it around, but my DVR keeps following it.

    • DF

      Agreed on Persons Unknown. I was worried I missed it last night but my super-smart DVR recorded it for me. DVRs are pretty good at catching the first run only programs. You just have to be careful if something else is in that time slot that you have been recording for a longer time.

    • Bernice

      OMG Kate I felt like I was the only one watching that show. Its so good and driving me nuts all at the same time. This past monday’s episode was great. Oh yeah I think you might have to reset your PR on your DVR.

      • Michael

        We’re the only 4 people watching the show. The ratings plummet from one week to the next.

  • cameobrooch

    More of the adorable Tim Gunn, please!

  • Icon

    I just watch the revelation of the challenge and the runway show and judging parts, so whatever.

  • Diane

    Please God don’t add any more on the constant sniping and wangsting in the work room. I always watch the challenge and then get turned off by the freaking out and general bitchatude, wind up play on the computer until the runway show and the judging. More runway, more judging. Less wangsting. That’s what I say.

  • Scooter

    isn’t it “use the Bluefly wall thoughfully”?? if they used it liberally, who knows how many more hot messes they would send down the runway!

    • Tanz

      LOL that was my immediate thought as well. “Liberally” just felt so wrong. “Thoughtfully” on the other hand – ahhhh, that’s so right.

    • Roland

      Didn’t Tim say the same thing when they had male models for the menswear challenge in season 4? Males in high heels and matching purses? Must have missed that one! XD

  • DF

    Why doesnt Lifetime have an HD channel, this is the only show I can think of that I cant watch in HD and yet one that would benefit the most from the high-def.

    • Jen

      I agree! I’d much rather have Lifetime go to HD than an extra 30 minutes. If Models of the Runway gets incorporated, it needs to be like the show was in season 1. Morgan!

      • mary q contrary

        Haha! You mean “Morgaaaanza”. I miss the models who actually had personality, though I guess I wouldn’t really know if they do now, since I refuse to watch Models of the Runway on pure principle.

    • Mari

      It does. My cable picked it up in the last month.

  • Molly

    supersized attitude and bad clothes – ugh just what we need -NOT

  • Lesfull

    It’s use the bluefly.com wall THOUGHTFULLY, Annie. It’s important!

  • peh

    Thank god they’ll have it on at 9. I could never stay awake for the final runway show! Hopefully some additional action will keep upi the pace!

  • JenD

    Annie, you’re hilarious :)
    Yes, better shots of the runway (especially b/c the name of the designer always cuts off the bottom half of the outfit!), more of the fittings, maybe even more of the designers talking about what the heck were they thinking with whatever whack design. Should be fun. I *heart* project runway!

  • Zazazing

    I can’t wait until it starts up again! I wish they would show more of the creation process and less of the back-stabbing. As a non-sewer, I’m fascinated by how they put things together.

  • Zazazing

    I also hope they have more challenges with unusual materials or funky themes. Don’t really need to see another red-carpet dress. And, I hope, hope, HOPE…they have great designers.

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