Tim Gunn gets crazy power on Project Runway 12

Project Runway‘s 12th season will give the series’ breakout star, Tim Gunn, more power than he’s ever had before: a role during the judging, including the ability to rat out the contestants’ behavior in the workroom, and the ability to save one contestant at some point.

Lifetime announced that “Gunn will join Klum and the judges to watch the runway show, answer questions the judges have about what transpired in the workroom and give them an opportunity to physically examine the workmanship of each design,” in addition to getting the power “to ‘rescue’ one designer during course of the season he feels deserves a second chance.”

In addition, the 15 cast members will be joined by either Ra’mon-Lawrence Coleman (from season 6), Valerie Mayen (season 8), or Kate Pankoke (season 11) who was chosen by viewers.

The press release does not mention the team format introduced last season, so perhaps it has been abandoned.

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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