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.

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.