Project Runway’s results may have alienated the show’s remaining fans

The Project Runway-watching population, or whatever’s left of it, is in an uproar today over the finale of season eight last night, when fan-favorite Mondo Guerra lost to Gretchen Jones.

As Lifetime noted in its press release, Gretchen “ultimately won with her bohemian inspired, fashion-forward collection that won the praise of host Heidi Klum, judges Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and guest judge, Jessica Simpson.” The response was near-universal disappointment, with responses ranging from “NOT HAPPY AT ALL” to “I’m heartbroken. Disillusioned.”

Disappointment in judges’ decision-making is nothing new. But while some people who’ve stuck with the show through its awful first Lifetime season and then through last season’s slight improvement found this season to be significantly better, a disappointing ending may alienate those very people who still care.

As my friend Eric Deggans wrote today, “Runway feels like a boat steaming along without a rudder; unsure of exactly where its fan appeal lies and unable to chart where its new course should go. Handing Jones the crowd may have provided the show with an unexpected ending to please producers, but it may be one insult too many for long suffering fans.”

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.

about the writer

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.