Designing Another “Project Runway”

Bravo announced today the return of Project Runway for its fourth season, premiering November 14 at 10pm ET/PT. Heidi Klum returns as host, with judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, and “mentor” Tim Gunn. The series also promises to include guest stars from among the biggest names in fashion, sports and design.

This season’s fashionable competitors:

Carmen, 37 – Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.; Resides in N.Y.
Chris, 44 – Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.; Resides in N.Y.
Christian, 21 – Hometown: Annapolis, Md.; Resides in N.Y.
Elisa, 42 – Hometown: El Paso, Texas; Resides in Santa Fe, N.M.
Jack, 38 – Hometown: Seattle, Wash.; Resides in N.Y.
Jillian, 26 – Hometown/Resides In: Selden in Long Island, N.Y.
Kevin, 30 – Hometown: Fairfield, N.J.; Resides in N.Y.
Kit, 26 – Hometown/Resides in Los Angeles, C.A.
Marion, 39 – Hometown: Tyler, Texas; Resides in Dallas, Texas
Rami, 31 – Hometown: Ramallah, Jerusalem; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Ricky, 35 – Hometown: Escondido, Calif.; Resides in N.Y.
Simone, 32 – Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Steven, 30 – Hometown/Resides In: Chicago, Ill.
Sweet P, 46 – Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.; Resides in Glendale, Calif.
Victorya, 34 – Hometown: Seoul, Korea; Resides in N.Y.

Read bios of the contestants and find out other “secrets” of the new Runway season here.

* Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? How about putting on a shirt, for starters. In the time that Cops has been on the air (the pop-culture staple has been on 20 years, and it’s going to hit its 700th episode in November!), it’s certainly become a running joke to audiences that more often than not a perp is nabbed wearing either no shirt, or a ripped, food-stained tank top or tee of some sort. And 99.9% of the time he certainly does not have the physique to support such a look.

You’ll have the chance to reminisce about many such idiots this Saturday, when FOX airs Cops: 20 Years … Caught on Tape, airing at 8pm ET/PT. In addition to replaying classic chases and run-ins with super-inebriated suspects, the producers have determined that some of the losers encountered over the years have stood out enough to get special mention here. Like:

  • The stoner who denies he’s driving under the influence, despite the joint clearly visible behind his ear
  • The male cross-dresser wearing simply a leopard-spotted one-piece
  • The python hiding in a residence that officers have to wrestle with
  • The suspect who is so intoxicated that when he gets out from behind the wheel of his car, he promptly does a spectacular face plant

And who says Saturday is the slowest TV night of the week?

* Ready to go mental? NBC is bringing together famed illusionist Criss Angel and discredited … er, renowned … “mentalist” Uri Geller (of spoon-bending fame) in the new series Phenomenon, which is seeking the next great mentalist. It’s a live series, airing Wednesdays at 8pm ET/PT for five weeks starting October 24, with a special two-hour episode on October 31. To prove that Americans don’t just steal TV show ideas from Britain, this show is based on an Israeli version that also involved Geller. Contestants will compete against one another in a “wide spectrum of mystifying talents,” with the ultimate $250,000 winner determined by you viewers at home. I guess we should be grateful for a TV show that at least involves some sort of use of the mind.

*Chris Rock, co-creator, executive producer, narrator and sometime director of Everybody Hates Chris, makes his first guest acting appearance on that series when it returns for a new season October 1 at 8pm ET/PT on The CW. The episode is called “Everybody Hates the Guidance Counselor,” with Rock playing said counselor.

* On Saturday, all of the Nickelodeon networks will go off the air between noon and 3pm ET/PT in celebration of their fourth-annual signature event, Worldwide Day of Play. It’s meant to get kids to fight against obesity by actually turning off the TV and getting out and playing.

* This Sunday, Disney Channel is airing High School Musical and High School Musical 2 back to back, starting at 6pm ET/PT. And, as if our troops overseas aren’t seeing enough horror, America Forces Network will be airing HSM, HSM2 and HSM2 Sing-Along for them on October 5.