'Project Runway' spin-offs in development: Will you be in or out?

Gather ’round, design hounds! It seems the Weinstein Company has realized there could be more to Project Runway than, well, just Project Runway: EW can confirm a Wall Street Journal report that the Brothers W are currently developing two offshoots of TV’s most famous fashion competition. The first, Project Runway: Masters, will pit professional designers against one another. The second, Project Runway: Accessories, is for those who design anything but clothes.

A Lifetime rep tells EW that neither show has been given the green light yet: “There are no deals in place.” But if Models of the Runway could somehow get picked up for two whole seasons, it seems safe to say that one or both of these series will eventually make its way to your TV screen.

So here’s my question: Would you watch either proposed ProjRun spin-off? Personally, I’m pretty excited about the idea of Project Runway: Masters, especially if they manage to rope in a few big names. (My dream contestants: Betsey Johnson, Zac Posen, and Michael Kors himself.) Oh, and as long as they don’t try to pretend that, say, Christian Siriano counts as a “master” designer. Accessories, though, seems a little less exciting, mostly because making a belt doesn’t seem like it would be as difficult and time-consuming as making an entire ensemble. Watching a runway show featuring models who are set apart only by their accessories also doesn’t seem very appealing.

But what do you think? What sort of challenges would you like to see on these shows? If Heidi can’t do triple-hosting duty, would you like to see another model step into her stilettos? And even more importantly, who should be on the judging panel on either spin-off?

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  • Kat

    Accessories sounds boring for the reasons stated above, but Masters could be interesting. Would any real professional designers actually participate in a reality competition show, though? I have a hard time believing they’d get any significant names, so it would basically be Project Runway: This Time, the Contestants Aren’t Totally Broke.

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    • courtney marie

      I think that its about time to produce a show about accesories…!!!!!!!! PR-Clothes are geting very boring! I really hope this show gets picked up, and not by Lifetime. It should be shown on the exact channel as PR-Clothes!

  • whatevs

    Professional designers against one another? Wouldn’t it just come down to taste level at that point?

    It would be pretty embarrassing for a professional designer to get bashed because their hemlines are showing. It seems kind of weird.

    • Duy

      Not to mention once designers get to a certain level, they don’t really cut and sew their own clothing anymore, so the impossibly short deadlines would be actually impossible.
      And really, what big household-name designer would partipate?

    • Ames

      I just can’t imagine estalished designers doing this. Top Chef masters works b/c those people still cook everyday. But at a certain point in their careers, how much do designers actually design vs. run their business and schmooze celebrities? Plus their egos must be unbearable.

      • Gretchen

        I can see watching a designer Masters-type show, but becuase most designer masters don’t know the details of using the current machinery, I wonder if they could or should do this, not with true masters, but with celebrity/designers. You know, like any of those actresses or socialites who put their names on clothing lines? Jacqueline Smith, Nicole Ritchie, etc. It would be fun to see them try to use a sewing machine, and the ridiculous things that keep us coming back to “reality” programming would be all over that one.

        Or Take the real masters and pair them with not only a model, but also a student designer/technical support, someone who could do the machine running & such. We could watch the designers as they instruct a baby-designer-wanna-be in the art of draping and fitting, while not embarassing them… they would not have to expose themselves to the possibility that they’d stumble in the task of threading a bobbin.

        But seeing how they handled the task of sewing an outfit from drug store finds, making an elegant evening dress out of a former bridesmaid dress, or taking $50 worth of fabric and turning it into a 7 piece mix & match vacation wardrobe.

  • Trixie

    I’d watch Masters!

  • DavidJ

    Frankly, after last season, I have no enthusiasm for anything Project Runway-related anymore.

    • Roland

      Agreed. Last season was terrible.

      • googie

        Last season was the end for me so I’m in for Masters.

    • DW

      Last season was AMAZING.

      • AcaseofGeo

        Last season was ehhhOK. But big point: Has anyone noticed that a LOT of runway pics I’ve seen in the news contains designs similar to the much-reviled Gretchen’s designs? When Michael & Nina fought hard for her saying she was “on trend” they were basically right. Just saying….anyone notice?

    • elr

      That’s my take on this news too.

    • mark in nyc

      gretchen’s win was the final nail in the coffin for me. I have already removed it from my dvr list.

    • Rachel

      Agreed! After last season I’ve lost all interest in anything project runway related.

  • kaydevo

    Nah. I’m pretty burnt out on the whole concept, which I’ve watched since the start. Especially after this past season’s debacle.

    • KWo

      Ditto that-I’ve been loyal from the beginning, but after the mess that was Gretchen winning, I’m done with all things PR (although I will miss my Tim Gunn fix)

  • mb

    I like the ‘Masters’ concept but it would be fun to see the pro partnered with a wannabe vs them competing with each other. And I don’t consider Christian a master designer yet either, but he might make an interesting host. I don’t know if the Accessories one could provide enough interest week after week. I think they need to try and redeem themselves after last season. I still get annoyed when I think about it.

  • Alice

    I was done with Project Runway when that beeyotch Gretchen won last time. What a joke.

    • AcaseofGeo

      Alice, read my above post. Yes you say Gretchen winning was a joke, but she does sorta seem to be “on trend” upon reviewing recent runway designs.

  • Michael

    Uh, who would judge Masters?

  • Pam

    Count me in

  • Steve

    This franchise has gone downhill since it left Bravo for Lifetime – should have stuck with Magical Elves. Switching to the same producers as The Real World just put the nail in the coffin. I think I am done. I liked the Masters concept when Top Chef did it, but meh here.

  • Summer

    I would LOVE to see Tory Burch on Masters.

    As for judging… Anna Wintour springs to mind.

  • Mia

    “Masters”, I would watch, but accessories? Not really.

  • Mr. Holloway

    “Project Runway: Accessories”?

    As long as they put the show together thoughtfully and strategically, it might be ok.

  • Heather

    I’d watch if Mondo had his own show!

    • MuzzikLvr

      Mondo and Michael C shot a pilot together for their own series. Word is not out yet if it’s being picked up.

      • Kat

        That could be interesting. I really enjoyed the Santino and Austin series.

    • Rachel

      I would watch a Mondo/Michael C series.

  • Richard

    I think they missed with “Accessories.” The spin-off should be “Project Runway: Men’s Wear.”

    • J

      YES! That would be a show to watch.

    • Tess

      “Men’s Wear” … Now THAT’s a concept!!

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