The pair partnered to make what looked like two different dresses on the top and bottom, and argued over it throughout the whole process. "I wanted to do a contemporary look, and he was that, 'Well, I really think we should do this,'" said Keeter. "And I had some other idea, and, no, 'this is what we have to do.'" Luna, of course, saw just the opposite, that it was Keeter's obstinacy that was the problem.
The series isn't just getting a new host, it'll also feature a completely different hosting panel and mentor. Although you might recognize some of those folks, it seems the only thing familiar about the new 'Project Runway' season will be the returning cast members.
The judging panel will be comprised of designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, while 'Marie Claire' editor in chief Joanna Coles will advise contestants to "make it work" as the 'All Stars' version of mentor Tim Gunn.
So, just who will these contestants be?
As expected, we got varying degrees of styles, though our personal favorite was Anthony Ryan's bird seed mini-dress. The design work with the seeds not only made it look absolutely delicious to our avian friends, but elegant as well.
Nina Garcia, on the other hand, was all about Olivier Green's creation, which utilized the cushion part of a dog bed for a bodice and then pine wood hamster and rabbit bedding for the skirt. Those crazy eyebrows were just to keep you a little unsettled as you looked at the model.
Four contestants were brutally sent packing right away, but Anya, who only learned to sew four months ago, was not one of them. She was still around in the Top 16 when they got a 5AM wake-up call for their first challenge.
The contestant in question was former Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Anya Ayoung-Chee. "We were a little skeptical when we saw Anya's rack," said Garcia. "Her what?" asked 'GMA' anchor Lara Spencer. "Her rack of clothes," clarified Garcia.
According to MySanAntonio.com, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons have recently been spotted at various restaurants around San Antonio.
The latest buzz is that Pee-Wee Herman will serve as a guest judge. Another TV chef spotted around town? Emeril Lagasse.
With the death of Capt. Montgomery in the 'Castle' season finale (uh, two-month late spoiler alert), the ABC cop-show-with-a-twist is getting a brand-new boss -- a woman.
According to TV Guide, former '24' star Penny Johnson Jerald will head up the 12th Precinct as Victoria Gates, whom the site describes as "a career-minded cop who spent much of her early career in Internal Affairs."
Contrary to Castle's buddy-buddy relationship with Montgomery, the writer and his detective shadow-ee, Beckett, will butt heads with the no-nonsense boss.
In other TV casting news ...
So color me surprised to find I actually enjoyed the debut of 'Love in the Wild' last week and have mentally penciled episode two into my calendar this Wednesday (9PM ET/PT, CTV/NBC). The show definitely hearkens back to the era of 'Paradise Hotel' or 'Temptation Island' but manages to feel like a fresher take on the pretty-people-in-a-hot-tub genre. Basically, it's a blatant attempt to mix 'Survivor' with 'The Bachelor'. The result includes some of the best and worst elements of both of those shows.
According to 'The Hollywood Reporter' Klum chose to strip off during a recent photo shoot for Lifetime's new promotional campaign. However, as she has yet to sign off on a final image from the shoot, it's unclear when (if?) pictures will be released.
Klum's desicion to bare all for her show was announced by Lifetime's President and General Manager Nancy Dubuc, who said that it's part of the network's move to embrace the contemporary woman.
In a break with with some past programming and attitudes, Lifetime is now seeking to promote female characters who are brazen, strong, confident and sexy.
'Project Runway' Preps All Stars Season, Ted Nugent Readies Presidential Run on 'The Simpsons' and More
Lifetime will have eight one-hour episodes of the season with veteran designers. Last time 'Project Runway' assembled past contestants was for the 2009 'Project Runway All Star Challenge.' Season 2's Daniel Vosovic won the 'All Star Challenge.'
In addition to season 9 of 'Project Runway' and 'Project Runway All Stars,' Lifetime has also announced 'Project Accessory.' The new series will follow artists as they attempt to create the newest trend in accessories.
In other TV news ...
• Ted Nugent is running for president ... on 'The Simpsons.' The conservative rock star/hunter will lend his voice to an episode of the Fox series next season. [Entertainment Weekly]
• Comedy Central has renewed 'Workaholics' for a season 2. "It's not only gratifying to know the audience for 'Workaholics' has grown week-by-week, but also rewarding to see how the show is changing the way people live and work," Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production at Comedy Central, said in a statement. "Pretty soon, our national productivity will be so low, we will all have more leisure time." [Deadline]
• Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the Tony Awards. This will be his second time as host. [Deadline]
According to Variety, the Oprah Winfrey Network has shut down a daytime talk show that was being developed by reality guru Mark Burnett.
OWN executive Christina Norman made the decision, saying the network is focusing more on its primetime slate of programing. The talk show was going to have multiple hosts, similar to 'The View' and 'The Talk.'
This isn't the end to Burnett and OWN's partnership. Burnett is executive producer on 'Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star.'
In other TV news ...
• Gloria Allred has gotten her own courtroom TV show. The lawyer to the stars will serve as judge in 'We the People With Gloria Allred,' set to debut in syndication and cable this fall. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Sonya Salomaa will guest star on 'Supernatural.' The 'Watchmen' actress will play a tough angel named Rachel. [TV Guide]
• Two 'Project Runway' spin-offs are in the works. Besides the previously reported 'Project Runway: Accessories,' 'Project Runway: Masters' is being developed. The new project will pit professional designers against each other. [Entertainment Weekly]
Reality TV -- with all its challenges, critiques, eliminations and votes -- is bound to create friction between judges and contestants. And after looking back at the year that was, it's clear that Simon Cowell wasn't the only snippy judge in the land of reality-TV competitions. We've found several other examples of testy critics, and their victims aren't always quietly stoic, either. Check out our video playlist of berating judges and cocky competitors. Which judge or contestant do you think was the most out-of-line?
Leighton Meester is ready to leave The CW drama -- in two years. Meester told E! Online she's sticking around, well, "because we're under contract." But, does that mean the series will end when the contracts are up? "I don't know," Meester said, "but I think there's that old saying about wanting to go out on top."
Meester, who can be seen in the upcoming 'Country Strong,' said the show has been flexible with the stars and their movie projects.
The CW series peaked in ratings during its second season, sometimes bringing in more than 3.5 million viewers. Now in its fourth season, the series barely cracks 2.0 million viewers.
In other TV news ...
• Harvey Weinstein has sold 'Project Runway: Accessories.' The spinoff project presumably features designers creating accessories in a similar fashion to garments on the original 'Project Runway.' [Deadline Hollywood]
• 'The Transporter' TV series will start filming in early 2011. EuropaCorp has been working on the 12-part series and said a major US network is on board. The project will reportedly have a $4 million/per episode budget. The company is also mulling a TV version of 'Taken.' [Deadline Hollywood]
• 'Saturday Night Live' got its best ratings since the season premiere. It pulled in a 3.0 million share in the 18-49 demographic. [TVbytheNumbers]
He'd already endeared himself to viewers as the one guy who wasn't picking on fellow designer Michael Costello for most of the season and as the one guy whose fun, colorful frocks stood amongst the sea of -- literally and figuratively -- beige.
But Mondo also gave the season some unexpected emotional heft when he revealed his HIV-positive status to his 'PR' brethren and to viewers, which included his family, who had been unaware of his health woes.
Check back Monday for our chat with runner-up Guerra, and read on for our post-finale conversation with Jones, who designed her winning collection after returning home to Portland and learning that her boyfriend had moved out of their shared home and that she wasn't going to have a place to live much longer.
She tells AOL TV that her personal life has calmed down a bit, that she was confident about the competition all along and that, yes, she's well aware of how she was perceived on the show ... and she's OK with it.
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