After a curiously low-key kickoff to the latest season of Project Runway, Lifetime appears to be giving Project Runway All-Stars, set to debut later this year, a somewhat bigger push. The spin-off competition’s familiar faces include former contestants like Anthony Williams, Austin Scarlett, Jerell Scott, Michael Costello, Mondo Guerra and Rami Kashou, as well as fan favorite ladies like Sweet P, irritaining villainess Kenley Collins, April Johnston and early season vets like Kara Janx.
And sure, that’s great. Sweet P should be on TV all the time, frankly. Mondo too. But that’s where the fun ends, because according to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are, in the chilly, German-accented vernacular of the show, “out.” Subbing for the bosses are Isaac Mizrahi, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman (also married to Runway super-producer Harvey Weinstein) and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. Meanwhile, hosting duties fall to American model Angela Lindvall.
That’s right, an American.
That means no awesome teutonic takedowns. No more withering Klum-isms like “home-sewn.” No more blithe disregard for sleep-deprived designers. Honestly, it feels weird that they’re even going to bother calling it Project Runway if HK isn’t around. Some of the contestants might not even understand what show they’re on.
Of course, Lindvall could help fill in the affection gap by getting pregnant, but that’s a level of brand commitment she might not be ready for just yet.
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