Bravo moves Project Runway to 9 p.m. for its July 16 debut

Project Runway 5 has a debut date, and it’s July 16. For its final season on Bravo, the show is being moved to 9 p.m., an hour earlier.

There’s no explanation for the timeslot move, which will place the show in competition with the performance episodes of So You Think You Can Dance, the summer’s number-one reality show. Maybe Bravo’s trying to kill the show off before it leaves for Lifetime?

Bravo officially announced the return of the four main cast members–Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors, and Nina Garcia–and promises that “viewers can expect to see top names in fashion and design guest star as well as surprises and twists along the way.”

The network seems to be phoning in this season, judging by the press release alone, which of course is a bad thing to judge by. In any case, it includes this awful sentence: “Returning to the runway, host and supermodel Heidi Klum heads a panel of industry luminaries, including judges, top women’s and men’s wear designer Michael Kors, and fashion expert Nina Garcia, as they decide who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out.'” Whoever wrote that sentence: auf wiedersehen.

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