Tim Gunn will call your friends and tell them to “gather round,” “carry on,” and “make it work”

Lifetime is promoting the upcoming debut of Project Runway by allowing you to have Tim Gunn to call your friends, saying their name, your name, and his catchphrase. It’s the same thing The CW did to launch itself using Tyra Banks, although your friends will probably be much more impressed by a phone call from Tim, or at least less frightened.

On Lifetime’s web site, you can send a personalized message from Tim Gunn. After entering names (if a name isn’t available because it’s uncommon, you choose a nickname instead) and selecting several options like their favorite designer, you enter a phone number.

The site will call it immediately, using your phone number as the “from,” and electronic Tim will work his magic. You can also have the site e.mail a recording of his message if you think someone won’t pick up or won’t appreciate the joke. Of course, there’s also a promotional message at the end about watching the new season.

This proves how cool Tim Gunn still is, both for the reaction he gets–I tested it on my sister, who reported that at first, she almost wet her pants because it was very realistic phone call, and a TV critic colleague, who exclaimed, “He said my name!”–and because Tim recorded probably hundreds, even thousands of names to make prank calling you friends possible.

Tim Gunn Phone Call [Lifetime]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.