Having rebounded last fall, Project Runway returns for its ninth season

Tonight, Project Runway returns for its ninth season, its fourth on Lifetime. And it will be the second season since the show rebounded last season thanks to several changes, including longer, 90-minute episodes. Will the show stay in fashion?

For a Daily Beast story, I talked to two of the show’s new producers, Jon Murray and Sara Rea, and to judge Nina Garcia, who admitted the show stumbled when it moved to Lifetime. She suggested that the casting was the biggest problem, and said producers have no found “more qualified” contestants.

Among the changes for this season are voting via Twitter for fan favorite; a casting special that airs at 8 p.m. ET tonight, prior to the 9 p.m. premiere; and an outdoor runway show challenge later in the season. Tonight, though, there will be 20 designers who come to New York City for their final auditions, which Nina and the producers said affects the whole season, because for the first time, the judges actually know the designers going into the competition, having learned about their background and abilities via clothing they’ve made before.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.