Project Runway

Project-Runway-logoWith Slingshot openly declaring war on local broadcasters and rights holders by actively encouraging users to access overseas streaming content providers, the New Zealand Herald is suggesting fans of Project Runway will need to do the same if they want to watch a kiwi designer who has landed a role on the show.

A Kiwi fashion designer who grew up watching Project Runway with his sister in rural Taranaki has been picked for the hit American TV show.

Sean Kelly, 25, from Hawera, is the first New Zealander chosen and is competing on the 13th season of New-York based fashion show, hosted by international model Heidi Klum (right).

However, New Zealanders may have to download the show from the internet as TV3 is yet to schedule the series. Continue reading »

9:30pm – Thursday, January 17 on TV 3

Entering its milestone 10 th season, Project Runway returns to our screens on Thursday, January 17 th at 9:30pm on 3. Filmed in New York, Project Runway’s 10 th season will showcase the talent of the designers on the runway and the drama of the competition behind the scenes. Similar to previous years, this season will end with a finale show at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.

The winning designer will receive a grand-prize package featuring $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to start his or her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a brand new Lexus vehicle, a $50,000 technology suite from HP and Intel to create his or her own vision and a business, and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor.

Lord & Taylor will also host a challenge during one of the season’s episodes that will allow consumers to purchase a designer’s work in the store’s Fifth Avenue flagship site. In addition, the model paired with the winner of Project Runway will also appear in the designer’s editorial feature in Marie Claire and receive $25,000.

Make sure not to miss all of this when we get our first introduction to the series’ 16 brand new designers in the Project Runway season 10 premiere, screening on Thursday, January 17 th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Thursday, February 9 on TV 3

Heidi Klum has revealed that Project Runway will open its ninth season this week with a nightwear challenge. The design competition series, which also features Michael Kors and Nina Garcia as judges, returns to our screens on Thursday, February 9th at 9:30pm on 3.

This season’s premiere episode will kick off with a tough task when Tim Gunn gives the designers a very early morning wake-up call and inform them they will be designing an outfit using only the nightwear they are currently wearing for fabric.

“For the first challenge,” explains Klum, “all the designers meet and go back to their apartment and go to bed, then at one in the morning Tim Gunn knocks on the door and says, ‘OK, the first challenge is about to happen right now. You have to make an outfit with your pyjamas’.”

“Some [of the designers] didn’t wear much,” Klum continues. “Some just had little boxer shorts on or a little T-shirt, others had more on. The more they had on the better because they had more fabric!”

“No birthday suits but it teaches you that you better wear a lot to bed,” adds Michael Kors.

In a shock twist for the 20 contestants, they also learn that only 16 of them will be continuing on to the next stage of the competition, meaning it is the end of the road for four designers.

Christina Ricci will join Heidi, Michael and Nina for the first judging, while other guest judges lined up for this season include Kim Kardashian, Zoe Saldana and Malin Akerman.

But before these A-listers make their guest appearances, make sure not to miss your first introduction to all 20 hopefuls when Project Runway returns to our screens on Thursday, February 9th at 9:30pm on 3.

Lost “deleted” scene released at Comic Con

Lost creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse unveiled a so-called “deleted” scene from the series at their Comic Con 2011 panel ‘Totally Lost: One Year Later’ this week. The clip was said to prove that the series was planned all along but in reality it was shot just a few weeks ago as a special treat for Comic Con attendees.

Goodman signs on for Community

John Goodman has signed on to appear in the third season of Community. The Big Lebowski actor will play the vice dean of the school of air conditioning repair on the comedy series.

Kerr lands TV role

Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr has signed on for a role in the Project Runway All-Stars reality series. The role is said to be a springboard or her to break into film acting.

Series regular cast on House

Actress Odette Annable has landed a series regular role on House as a doctor at a prison. Annable has previously appeared in the likes of Brothers & Sisters and the J.J. Abrams film Cloverfield.

9:30pm – Thursday, July 7 on TV 3

Jessica Simpson joins Heidi Klum and co. when the singer turned designer takes her seat as guest judge in this week’s Project Runway season finale, screening on Thursday, July 7 th at 9:30pm on 3. This week’s season eight finale will see the songstress giving her opinions on the colourful creations of the final designers, but according to series host Nina Garcia, this will not be an easy task.

“I voted to have two winners,” Garcia explains about deciding about the series’ four finalists.

Among the final designers is edgy Hawaii native Andy South – “an excellent contender,” Garcia says. “Great with texture, great with innovation. His aesthetic is very modern. Andy’s biggest problem is time management.”

Confidence is no problem for eco-friendly Gretchen Jones. “She thinks she knows it all,” Garcia explains. “She’s great at making cool, relatable pieces, but I don’t think she’s used to hearing criticism.”

Californian Michael Costello has gotten a critical earful – from his peers. “They think he’s not skilled from a sewing standpoint, but his forte is the draping,” Garcia explains. “He’s probably the most classic of the bunch.” Garcia deems quirky Mondo Guerra a true original. “He’s bold and extremely creative,” she says, though admits he can get “costume-y” at times.

Recalling Mondo’s revelation of his HIV-positive status in a recent episode, Garcia says, “It took a lot of courage. This was the first time in Project Runway history that we were so moved.” But the question still remains, which of these four designers will taking home the top prize? Find out when Project Runway concludes its action-packed eighth season on Thursday, July 7 th at 9:30pm on 3.

Cameron Diaz to film Man vs Wild episode

Following the news Jake Gyllenhaal had filmed an episode of Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls, it’s been announced that Cameron Diaz will film an episode also. Grylls confirmed in a recent interview: “She’s agreed to it, which is great. So we’re going to do it in due course.”

Guest stars confirmed for new Gervais comedy

Sting, Steve Carell and Johnny Depp have all been officially confirmed to appear in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s new comedy series Life’s Too Short. The trio will appear in cameo roles on the sitcom that centres on the life of dwarf actor Warwick Davis.

Project Runway guest judges announced

Kim Kardashian, Christina Ricci, Zoe Saldana and Malin Akerman have all been confirmed to make guest judging appearances on the new season of Project Runway. 

Smallville actor jailed

A former Smallville and ER actor has been sentenced to one year in prison for his role in a drug ring. Sam Jones III pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell large quantities of the painkiller Oxycodone.

Project Runway all-stars announced

An all-stars season of Project Runway has been announced that will see previous contestants having another crack at the fashion design reality show. 

The Situation signs MTV deal

Jersey Shore cast member Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino has signed a development deal with MTV. Sorrentino is said to be finalising the concept of a new show to be shot and presented in pilot form to the network later this year.

Colfer sells Disney Channel pilot

Glee’s Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt, has confirmed he has sold a pilot to the Disney Channel called The Little Leftover Witch. The project focuses on a witch who joins a family after crash-landing into their house.

Glee 3D film on the way

Fox has announced it will be releasing a Glee Live 3D film that will feature footage taken from this American summer’s live Glee tour. The 3D film will spend two weeks in cinemas.

Altiyan Childs broke

X Factor Australia winner Altiyan Childs told an Australian current affairs show last night that he is broke and considering a return to his old job as a forklift driver. Childs said he was a victim of his former manager Steve Gold who has not paid him for album royalties.

GLAAD honours TV shows

Modern Family, Glee and Project Runway have been honoured at the recent GLAAD Media Awards (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in Los Angeles. Modern Family and Glee were jointly named ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’ while Project Runway picked up the ‘Outstanding reality Series’ award.

Jersey Shore house up for rent

The house in New Jersey where MTV reality series Jersey Shore is filmed is up for rent over the US summer, allowing fans the opportunity to stay there for $US2,500 a night.

Pia never a frontrunner

American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has stated that recently eliminated contestant Pia Toscano was never a frontrunner for this year’s title despite the public outcry following her departure.

Carell’s exit gets extra 20 minutes

Steve Carell’s upcoming exit from The Office will be extended by an extra 20 minutes, making his final episode an hour long.

9:30pm – Thursday, April 7 on TV 3

It’s a return to the style tests and garb digs when the perfect-fitting Project Runway premieres its highly anticipated eighth season on Thursday, April 7th at 9:30pm on 3.

Not only does this week see the return of Project Runway, but to celebrate the series’ eighth season, Hollywood actress Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions) will be joining supermodel Heidi Klum, fashion designer Michael Kors and fashion magazine editor Nina Garcia on the judging panel!

“We’ve been wanting to have Selma Blair on Project Runway for a while. She is so chic and has great individual style,” explains executive producer Jane Cha.

And Blair will help make a crucial decision for the series’ premiere episode.

With 17 designers, instead of the typical 16, the first challenge of season eight will serve as the final part of the show’s audition process. Contestants will have five hours to design a garment, using a signature piece from a competitor’s luggage.

“Blair ended up being a perfect guest judge for our first challenge – super knowledgeable about fashion and the show, because she’s a fan,” Cha continues.

“She had some hilarious observations, including a comparison to Romy and Michelle shopping buddies!”

Make sure not to miss Blair, as well as your first introduction to the 17 new contestants when Project Runway premieres its brand new season on Thursday, April 7th at 9:30pm on 3.

Glee, Modern Family and Project Runway were among the TV shows recognised in the nominees for the annual GLAAD awards which honour the portrayal of gays and lesbians in the media.

Ricky Martin’s coming-out interview with Oprah is also up for an award as is Greek, The United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie.

Th awards will be handed out during gala dinners in New York on March 16, Los Angeles on April 16 and San Fransisco on May 14.

The complete list of TV nominees are below.



Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

Degrassi (TeenNick)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)

True Blood (HBO)



Glee (Fox)

Greek (ABC Family)

Modern Family (ABC)

Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

United States of Tara (Showtime)



(in a series without a regular gay character)

“Escape the Castle,” Bored to Death,  (HBO)

“Innocence,” Law & Order (NBC)

“Klaus & Greta,” 30 Rock (NBC)

“Queen of Mean,” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)

“Samaritan,” Law & Order: UK (BBC America)



8: The Mormon Proposition (Red Flag Releasing)

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Sundance Channel)

Prodigal Sons (First Run Features)

Sylvester, UnSung (TV One)

Out: The Glenn Burke Story (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)



The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green)

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (Sundance Channel)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo)

Transform Me (VH1)



“Constance McMillen,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

“Neil Patrick Harris,” The Talk (CBS)

“Rebuilding Home After Tragedy: The Seth Walsh Story,” The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated)

“Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad,” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

“Transgender Kids: Too Young to Decide?,” The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated)



“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

“Gay Teen Suicides,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

“Katie Miller: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Outside the Lines (ESPN)

“Olson and Boies on Same-Sex Marriage,” Bill Moyers Journal (PBS)

“Transitions,” Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)



“Don’t Ask…,” CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)

“Fort Worth Speech,” The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC)

“Gay Teens Talk Their Truth,” CNN Newsroom (CNN)

“Images of Protest,” ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC)

“Mom, Dad… I’m Coming Out,” Today (NBC)