21
Aug
09

How we have missed you, Tim

Can I just take a moment to express my gratitude that Project Runway, which has finally returned to the air waves (er, the cable wires), hasn’t really changed a bit. Sure, it’s weird having L.A. as a backdrop, but all the crucial elements are still there, a least judging from the season premiere.

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I almost forgot how delightful Tim Gunn can be and he’s back in top form, whether giving paternal yet no-nonsense encouragement to dispirited former meth-head Johnny; expressing his ever-present “concern” to designers in the workroom via pithy comments; or just being his fine, dignified self. Like past seasons, we get to see some of the actual work involved in creating the garments (red carpet frocks, this episode) and hear just enough from each contestant to get a sense of what they’re about.

Glad to have Nina Garcia and Michael Kors back in the judges’ chairs. And Lindsay Lohan as guest judge not only made the designers giddy with excitement, she was a good choice for this challenge, whatever the hell is going on in her personal life (I haven’t been paying attention).

And Heidi was Heidi.

Thanks, Lifetime, for not screwing up a good thing. Didn’t really expect them to since this is the best show that’s ever happened to the network as far as many of us are concerned.

Didn’t watch any of the other Runway-related programming (“Models of the Runway” seems particularly uninspired), so I can’t comment on that. But after Bravo’s blah Runway ripoff “The Fashion Show,” the real thing is even sweeter.

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