Aw, like you need another reason to look forward to summer. Well, how about two of ’em?
Just when its fans — and even its hosts — were losing hope that the long-wrapped sixth season of Project Runway would ever be cleared for takeoff on its new Lifetime Network home, NBC Universal, The Weinstein Co. and Lifetime jointly announced today that they have settled the lawsuit that threatened the show’s future, and that of a planned spin-off, Models of the Runway.
Under the terms of the settlement, The Weinstein Co., which produces the show, will pay NBC Universal an undisclosed amount to release its interests in Runway, clearing the way for a summer Lifetime premiere.
Said Andrea Wong, President and CEO of Lifetime Networks in a statement to the press, “I couldn’t be more excited that Lifetime will bring its viewers an amazing, all-new season of Project Runway this summer. As the highest-rated cable network for women, Lifetime is the perfect home for this outstanding program, as well as its companion series Models of the Runway. All of us at Lifetime are thrilled to move forward with Heidi, Tim, Nina, Michael, The Weinstein Company and the entire Project Runway team. We are proud to add these shows to our growing slate of original programming, including the hit series Army Wives, the all-new upcoming series Drop Dead Diva and our top-rated original movies.”
Models of the Runway — also a Weinstein creation — will give viewers a fresh look at the reality mega-hit from the contestents’ perspective.
Make it work, Lifetime. Make it work.