‘Project Runway’ returns

Posted Aug. 13, 2009, at 6:29 p.m.

It’s catwalk time for reality TV as the summer lineup nears its end with the premiere of season six of “Project Runway,” now on Lifetime, and a new spinoff of the show that also debuted Thursday night.

“Models of the Runway” takes a different look at the world of design by turning the cameras on the models rather than the designers who create their looks.

There was some drama surrounding both shows as “Project Runway” made the leap from Bravo to Lifetime, and it was unclear who the judges would be and when the show would air.

Now that all the details have been ironed out, I think I’m likely to become more addicted to the spinoff show than the original.

“Models of the Runway” features 16 models who are keeping blogs of their experience and competing for cash and a photo spread in Marie Claire magazine. Thursday night offered intros of the models (some with more attitude than others, which is sure to cause drama), and the show’s Web site has tons to offer in case you missed the premiere.

There’s commentary, the models’ blogs and plenty of surveys and games to keep you busy.

Dare to Wear lets you vote on whether you’d wear the outfits of celebrities. Dress Up Challenge offers a makeover creator and fashion maker where you can test your skills. And for those who can’t get enough runway and red carpet hair, check out Hair’s the Scoop.

So check out the second episodes of both Thursday on Lifetime.

And I have to make one “America’s Got Talent” mention. Piers Morgan called Wednesday night’s elimination of singer-musician Charles Dewayne the biggest scandal in the show’s history.

While Dewayne is talented, there’s too much singing competition to go around this season and The Man on the Couch and I were disturbed to find that it appears Dewayne already had developed an ego so early in the season.

I don’t think Tony and his dog Rory will make it to the finals, but I’m excited to see what else they can do. After all, the show is about giving a stage to all different kinds of talent, not just musicians.

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