Lifetime casting, producing seventh Project Runway, second Models of the Runway

Having acquired its dead horse, Lifetime now plans to beat it, starting production on a seventh season of Project Runway before the sixth season has aired. It’s also producing a second season of Models of the Runway, the spin-off that will air alongside the show and follow the models away from the runway.

Project Runway 6 was produced by Bunim-Murray productions instead of Magical Elves, the company that is responsible for the show’s look and feel, so it remains to be seen what the new version will even look like–or if people even care after almost a year and a boring fifth season, although it was the highest-rated overall season yet, despite Bravo’s sabotage.

Anyway, Bunim-Murray is now casting for the seventh season, and applications are due in 10 days (!). The application says applicants need to be 21 by June 14, which may indicate the show intends to start filming on or around that date. Producer Jane Cha told Entertainment Weekly in this week’s issue that Project Runway 7 is “absolutely gonna shoot this year. Full steam ahead!”

They announcement, which is on Bunim-Murray’s crappy web site (the application won’t appear in Firefox until you go to casting > Project Runway), says they’re “holding invite only calls in” five cities, and notes that you should apply only “[i]f you can get to one of the cities listed”: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle.

Finally! Project Runway to strut again this summer [Entertainment Weekly]
Now casting: Project Runway [Bunim-Murray]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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