Project Runway MELTDOWN!

Posted on June 25, 2012

Oh, Jesus. Brace yourselves, PR fans. It looks like we’re going to be treated to a total psych ward of a season.


The New York Post has the details:

“A Psychologist was brought in after one contestant had a meltdown and another dramatically quit Heidi Klum’s Lifetime show “Project Runway” on Friday. Sources tell us one contestant, a male designer, “had an episode as the show filmed at Parsons School for Design. A psychologist was brought in to talk to him, but he seemed too nervous and it was decided he should leave the show.”

Just hours earlier a female designer and contestant disappeared from the set. The source told us, “She just ran off in the middle of the night. The next morning she wasn’t in her bed, her suitcase was gone. Producers went to her home, and her doorman said she was upstairs but didn’t want to see anyone.” The source said she disappeared from the Atlas building in Midtown West, the show’s official accommodations for designers. We’re told the woman was “paranoid” after being placed with the bottom contestants following the last challenge.

The source continued, “We lost two designers in one day. This has never happened. They seem to be under a lot more pressure.” As a result, show judge Michael Kors was brought in Friday to speak to the remaining contestants, “calm them down and give them a pep talk.” One added, “The show is in its 10th season and has been filming for a week, and there is a lot more tension and pressure on the designers.” A rep for Lifetime didn’t get back to us.”

Oh please. A rep for Lifetime clued you in on the whole thing.  Come now, NY Post. Let’s not pretend like everyone involved isn’t LOVING the publicity right now. Of course, this could all be true and there might actually be some people in the cast who, for whatever reasons, should not be subjected to the rigors of a reality TV competition. If that’s true, you can look at it one of two ways:

  1. There are no more talented, non-drama-queen people left to cast in the show, which means it’s going to be all headcases from here on out, or
  2. There have always been headcases on PR. Why should this season be any different?

So, kittens. Does this info intrigue you, entice you, or make you roll your eyes? We have to admit, there’s something HILARIOUS about Michael Kors being the calmest, most rational person in the room. We bet they asked Nina first and she just flipped her hair and said “Oh, please.”

And who among the announced contestants do you suppose they’re talking about?


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  • This makes me feel better about quitting the show.

    •  see, this makes me kind of WANT to watch again… but then I’ll need my own therapy once I start going on about what a bunch of not-so-hot-messes they all are, so really I need an intervention.

      Think that lifetime show Intervention would do an episode about someone being needed to be saved from another of their shows? That’s so META.

      • Think that lifetime show Intervention would do an episode about someone being needed to be saved from another of their shows? That’s so META.”


      • There are SO many reasons why you’re my favorite. 

    • gsk241

       I agree.  My first thought was, “Fascinating.  I wonder if they’ll show any actual SEWING or DESIGNING this season?”  Probably not.  I feel so much better since I gave myself permission to not watch PR several seasons ago.  Now, I just read on TLo and that’s enough for me!

      •  I also went “does this mean no one will break an ankle running a lap around a track?”

    • luciaphile

       Yes. I’ll be here reading the recaps, but I’m done with the show.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Me too – I just can’t with the show.  I’m dreading it before it begins!  But eager for TLo recaps!! 

    •  I haven’t quit the show yet – but this whole deal is a major turn off. I’m not really motivated enough yet to delete the settings from my DVR, but I’m not sure I’ll bother watching anything if it tapes.

    • golspie

      You never quit the show. The contestants can quit the show but not us.

  • xay

    I’m really going to enjoy this season’s recaps. But I’m still not watching the show unless they add the equivalent of “Untucked”.

  • halleygee

    I don’t even care enough to want to guess – huge eye roll from me.

    • Glammie

      Eye roll for me as well.  The drama was fine, but I want to see amazing design and I want to see talent.  But after the last season and All-Stars, I think any designer with talent would run from PR like the plague.  Show’s credibility is totally shot at this point.  

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        After last season I can’t think of any reason why any designer who actually is talented would audition for this trainwreck/clusterf((k of a series.  The idiot challenges such as running laps, the asshattery of the shenanigans, Oy.

        Of course, I’ll probably tune in to the first couple of episodes and hate myself for it in the morning. 

        •  I feel exactly the same way.

        • Glammie

          I think as long as there was some chance that talent might hand you a $100K and a bit of fame, talented designers, with an element of famewhore, would try out.  But after last season’s anointment of Anya, it’s clear talent of the designing kind has nothing to do with it.  And the mess that was All-Stars just clinched it.

          Well, I hope Tim Gunn’s enjoying his money–he’s a sweet guy, he ought to be well compensated for selling his soul.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, I still have such affection for Tim Gunn.

          •  I’d do it just for the STORIES!  You would never be at a loss for cocktail chatter afterward — it’s like the kind of stories you get in a mental hospital (I know, I have them and some of them are AWESOME.)  How could you turn that down?!?

        • CozyCat

          I still think the exposure is valuable for a designer trying to break into the business.  If you can hang around for a few weeks and produce some decent stuff it might lead to some contacts.

          Getting your foot in the door can be so hard.  If the show could help, it would be worth putting up with a lot.

  • miagain

    So, kittens. Does this info intrigue you, entice you, or make you roll your eyes?…YES

  • Which do you think will be better:  the teasers or the actual episode?   I’m betting on the teasers at this point.  Either way, color me intrigued!

  • Imasewsure

    I’m going to read the TLo Recaps like my own personal bible but I’m not going to bother with the show anymore….

  • I’m an ER nurse. If I wanted to see drama and boring clothes, I’d just go to work. I mean, some drama is fun but I want to focus on the clothes, thanks.

    • hillmad

      I love your comment! Amen! 
      And this drama in the NY Post (really?) just sounds like a desperate attempt to stir up interest in this s*#tfest!

      • MK03

        Isn’t shit-stirring the NY Post’s only reason for existing?

        • hillmad


    • understateddiva

      SO. MUCH. THIS.

      • StillGary

         I am missing a cool reference here, I know it! Someone lemme in? 

    • angryparsnip

       please send this comment to Lifetime… now !

      cheers,  parsnip

    • joything

      You win the Internet!

  • EverybodysStarling

    Oh bitch please. It’s gonna be Josh C bitchin and snappin and “He stole my idea!!” all over again. Ugh. 

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      And they’ll have a challenge in which they have to design a casual outfit for Bristol Palin, the Russian Dolls  or the dance moms to wear to generate more interest in their other lame series.

      • teaisbetterthanthis

        I vote for the Dance Moms idea. Either “design for the crazyass mothers” or “design costumes for Abby Lee’s next weirdass dance routine”. With Abby Lee acting as the main client/judge. We’d have at least three more contestants run away crying.

  • Natalie Brown

    If I want to watch dramatic, incredibly uncomfortable meltdowns, I can go look at my facebook feed.  Damnit, I miss the fashion.  Looks like I’m good to skip another season.

  • “Just when I thought I was out… they PULL me back in. ” 

  • SteveKl

    I realize it’s a game show, but I wish they could return to the days of it being more of a design competition than an endurance triathlon. Otherwise, it’s less Top Chef and more Hell’s Kitchen. 

    • AmyAW


    • Frank_821

      Actually Top Chef is less Top Chef these days 🙁

      • Sobaika

        Haven’t seen Top Chef lately, but I really loved Top Chef: Masters. The show had enough respect for the chefs -and they generally had enough self-respect – to prevent it from becoming the hot mess PR is nowadays,

        • Frank_821

          The past season of Top Chef (set in Texas) was barraged with the criticisms that the recent seasons of PR faced. Excess of drama that was milked by the producers, personalities over talent and ridiculous challenges that did not reflect on or accurately assess the contestants’ talents. During the final four the contestants actually had chip away at a block of ice before they could proceed to cooking. 2 of them had to perform the biathalon as part of their challenge

          • Call me Bee

            Oh that’s right.  And having them cook while riding on a ski gondola as well.  Just stupid. 
            Why do producers think we need all that frippery when all we want is to watch people cook/ sew/design/catch crab/create.  That is facinating all on its own.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            And didn’t one challenge involve cooking for PeeWee Herman?

          • MilaXX


          • That one was actually one of the more normal ones, actually. He actually had astute food advice, too. Maybe the PR contestants can design an outfit for PeeWee… that may help the show not suck so much.

          • MilaXX

             my only complaint was that Texas paid for the season and it showed.

      • aeg66

        Which is why I stopped caring about that one too. Frankly Bravos a boring bitchy dramafest & in dying need of a network makeover.

      • MilaXX

         I actually liked Top chef this season with Last Chance Kitchen

  • rolling my eyes. no more tempted to watch this silly charade.

  • Violina23

    I can hear the suspenseful/dramatic music already… 

    I’d love to say I won’t watch, but who am I kidding…  (Such a sucker…)

  • AudreysMom

    I was pretty much over PR until I realized that Raul Ozorio is one of the contestants. Another Mpls up and comer, he’s really quite talented. I’ve never heard anything wonky about his mental state so I doubt if the meltdown was his. All in all though, I’ll just be staying tuned to events and drama through TLo’s recaps. In your own words, I just can’t anymore with the show’s theatrics and irrational judging. 

  • Annie Leung

    It couldn’t possibly DEATHERAGE could it? I can’t wait for the season and your recaps to start!

  • LP

    Wouldn’t Tm be the best calmer-downer?  I mean that’s kind of his thing.

    • Chickadeep

       Maybe Tim called bullsh*t on this big ol’ mess and they had to resort to Kors?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Maybe the producers didn’t have the Timbot 3000 up and running when this drama fest unfolded.

    • rh33

       I agree. If there’s calming to be done, Tim is The Man!

    • I thought the same thing, but then I wondered if a Kors snarkfest didn’t get a bit too harsh in the previous judging session, so they made him come in to say he’s just being an ultra-bitch to boost the ratings.  I could see Tim declaring that Kors made the mess, so Kors can clean it up!

    • formerlyAnon

       That he didn’t means his involvement is more marginal this cycle, I bet. The ghost-Tim that seemed to be in the work room in some episodes last season is perhaps fading even farther out of sight?

  • j_anson


  • Is it wrong that my first thought was, “They hired actors for those two roles?”

    • MK03

      Nope. This crop looks like someone in central casting went through their “quirky designer types” folder and picked 10 at random.

  • michelle shields

    Train wreck! Train wreck! Train wreck!

  • Heidi: just a quick catty comment from a loving friend — if your dress makes a little divot where your belly button is, your dress is too tight or your foundation garments have let you down or you need to work a little bit more on your core strength and suck it in.  Or any combination of the three.

    • SignLadyB

       Yes! I was going to comment on Heidi’s ‘inny” once I finished looking at the comments. But you did a much better job. Thanks!

    •  perfectly said!

  • On the one hand, the meltdowns and drama in season 3 were entertaining (if maddening). It worked because most of the designers were really talented. I’m totally rolling my eyes at this news because I’m thinking it’s going to be more drama in the Josh mode of the last non-all-star season, and I want no more of that.

  • carolynmo

    I’m off the show! As you like to say frequently about a certain actress on Glee–of course.

    The reruns are more than enough for me.

  • francesk

    Boy I miss the good old days when the drama revolved around the clothes, or  you know Kenley sassing Tim.

  • I deeply regretted coming back for S9 and All-Stars. I’ve been fooled one time too many by Bunim-Murray.

  • It actually intrigues me, entices me, AND causes me to roll my eyes all at the same time. PR <3.

  • EEKstl

    I’m already yawning over this pre-fab, pre-season drama.

  • Kathy Schrenk

    We have to admit, there’s something HILARIOUS about Michael Kors being the calmest, most rational person in the room. We bet they asked Nina first and she just flipped her hair and said “Oh, please.” ”

    Can not stop laughing.

  • Amy

    “We’re told the woman was “paranoid” after being placed with the bottom contestants following the last challenge.”

    Awww, that’s really cute that she thought this competition was completely fair and unbiased!

    • EveEve

      I see Buffi being the one leaving.  She’s only in NYC temporarily – bunking in with friends in their flat, and seems like a complete dilittante, who mostly parties and does charity work in Dubai.  Lanti actually lives in NYC and has an a working space in her apartment. [Sonjia’s home visit was in Boston, not NYC; her casting video shows some real sass!]  Am I intrigued?  Well Tlo,   if you’re game, I’m game, but if it  devolves into a mess of manipulated drama with the “fix” obviously in, then no, I won’t be watching.

      • formerlyAnon

         Yes, I wondered how anyone who was living permanently in NYC as an aspiring designer affords a doorman building. Or has NYC changed that much?

  • I read this without my glasses and I have to admit I was a bit intrigued when I read, “…another dramatically hit Heidi Klum…”  Then my eyes focused and I was not interested any more.

  • Frank_821

    I can’t help but roll my eyes a bit. There always have been headcases with talent, headcases with lesser talents and talented low-drama contestants. It’s par for the course with any competition show. It’s season 10 and if you are not seriously aware of what you’re getting yourself into by now, then I can’t give much sympathy.

    My partner is a talented designer but he would never audition for the show. He knows he could not handle the stress and demands of the program. However we have a friend who’s a capable designer who we both know can create and function with only limited amounts of sleep and have been able to make things on the fly, the day before. She alas did not make it on the show this year.

    • formerlyAnon

       Even if you have given up the show, if your friend makes it on I IMPLORE you to come here & comment during her season. The difference between the ‘real’ person, the persona they take on (intentionally or unintentionally) during the show, and the way the show is edited to create a persona, fascinates me.

      {Well, since the *work* is less and less compelling and the proportion of single day challenges increases, I’ve gotta have something, right?}

  • Eye rolling all over the place!

  • Lina_bee

    I’m waiting for them to run a “Jump the shark” challenge.

    • You mean the stilts challenge WASN’T?! (OR the fact that it was filmed in front of a live audience…) 

      Of course, they didn’t have to jump the shark, they just too a long step. 

      • Lina_bee

        Oh, I mean something that will make them incorporate trampolines and sharkskin fabric and waterskis. Neoprene and sharktooth jewelry. Stuff that will get PETA all het up.

        • Charis G

          Why not just have them dress the shark itself while you’re at it?  It could be like making the dog coordinate in that challenge from days of yore …

  • This makes me think they’re casting for wacky instead of talent. I know most seasons have a kook or two, but I don’t think having them was the goal… the goal was to find  a new designer (along with a successful TV show). Project Runway is spiraling down the drain.

  • Zippypie

    No more Josh C-style hysterics!  Jesus H.  I stopped watching after that bitch boy continued to be an abusive, milking his mama’s death mess.  I watched All Stars but c’mon.  This sounds ridiculous.  But B/M is dancing with glee, I’m sure.  Frakking idiots.

  • Frank_821

    Forgot to mention. The upside to 2 contestants quitting, 2 less decoy collections! Hurray for small favors

    • formerlyAnon

       ‘Till they bring one back.

  • I’m intrigued to find out just how all this gets spun. Because you KNOW they will milk this drama dishtowel for every moment they can squeeze out of it, and then throw the empty rag at the camera.

  • Call me Bee

    My eyes are rolling so hard it hurts. 
    (Heidi’s bellybutton in that green shiny dress is making them hurt even MORE!) 
    I wonder if it was Andrea, the older woman who, to me, looked a little fragile.

    When does the lounge open?

    • 3boysful

       I was wondering same.  She may have thought she was a goner due to age (we HAVE seen that before), and decided she didn’t need to put up with the wackos and younger designers.

  • Sweetvegan

    I’m watching either way. I don’t care about or care for all the drama. And Heidi, if we can see the outline of your belly button, the dress is too tight. 

    “there’s something HILARIOUS about Michael Kors being the calmest, most rational person in the room.” I wonder if he quoted Chorus Line again. “If you want something, go find a better class. And when you find one, you’ll be a designer…”

  • AmyAW

    All this news did is cement my decision to give up on this show.
    PR is DEAD TO ME!
    (Except TLo recaps, of course)

  • introspective

    Im SO gonna be hate watching this season. Was planning to before, but with this info??? I’ll be cueing up the DVR giddily…

    • formerlyAnon

       I’m praying the hate watching doesn’t turn into boredom, though.

  • ‘there is a lot more tension and pressure on the designers’

    Maybe they’ve moved to filming two separate challenges in one day now…

  • Ann VerWiebe

    My guess is that Andrea is the one who went home in the middle of the night with a “I’m 58 and I don’t really want to make dresses out of garbage bags.” She lives in NYC, so it’s not a stretch. It’s tempting for designers with a specific viewpoint to go on PR, but it never works. The judges hammer anyone who sticks to a single aesthetic, and she seems the type. She would probably be better off on Fashion Star – which turned out to be a fascinating blend of commerce and art.

    • claudemtl777

      Agree with you about Andrea
       However…”Fashion Star” fascinating? Art ?
      All I saw was commerce, commerce, commerce…

    • Thea Churchill-Robson

       That’s what I thought at first, but she has a certain … zen-ness around her.  My guesses were leaning toward what looked to be she-with-crazy-lady-eyes and possible trust-fund-baby, respectively.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I’ll be reading your recaps TLo, but I won’t be watching.

    I promise not to become the PR equivalent of the people who’d post on your Glee threads about how much they hate the show.  If I can’t say anything nice I (mostly) don’t say anything at all.

    • formerlyAnon

       But you can still be *analytical,* right? Pretty please?

    • I’m another that most likely won’t watch (I’ve lost interest since the show has devolved into its current form — oh how I miss the PR of seasons 3 & 4!), but I’ll be here for your wonderful recaps. I do the same thing with American Idol — can’t stand the show, but wouldn’t miss Richard Lawson’t recaps for the world. 

  • i’m betting on one of the two middle-aged women for the walk-out.  i can see someone with a few decades of life experience
    saying “okay, this is bullshit, i’m outta here!”  and they both live in new york, so it would be easy for producers to stop by and talk with the doorman.  as for the meltdown, no clue.  they all look pretty pulled together in their photos, but we all know pictures can lie.

    and congrats on the piss-poor writing, NY post. “they seem to be under more pressure.” more than what?

    • formerlyAnon

       Makes sense. Also makes more sense that they’d be able to afford a building with a doorman. Not the province of the average 20-something who’s “aspiring” in any field, unless there’s family money somewhere.

  • shopgirl716

    I was non-plussed when I saw the pic of Heidi posing in her underwear for a fashion reality show.  Is this a plea for someone to dress her? 

    As for the drama, I kind of think that people freaking out and quitting the show means a few less ugly outfits to endure.

    • MilaXX

       I really don’t understand why Heidi strips every season when the majority of the viewers for this show are gay men and straight women, neither of who care what her tatas look like.

  • Ugh. it sounds like a season with less sleep, tighter deadlines and crazier restrictions in the challenges, which usually makes for plenty of drama on the screen, and not much on the runway. While I like to see what people can do under the gun, I’d rather see what they can do with a little room to breathe!

  • Noshmek

    If I wanted to watch a bunch of queens and divas run around screaming about everything and everyone, I’d watch professional wrestling.  I’ll pass, thanks.

  • SapphoPoet

    Well, that’s one way to weed out the contestants. 

  • minnye

    Sadly sighing. The thing is, I watch so little TV. Netflix and DVD’s are fine, but a lot of the PR fun was clearing Thursday evening for “mommy’s show” and curling up with the boys to tune in. I’ll be there on Thursdays (at first, anyway…) but am feeling pessimistic.  

  • BayTampaBay

    I quit this show two season ago after the Gretchen fiasco. It has never been the same since leaving Bravo.

    I have no desire to watch this show.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Until I read your comment I’d forgotte that Gretchen won Season 8-just goes to show how forgettable the series has become.

  • nannypoo

    I can’t look away.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I just realized I don’t care about Project Runway anymore. Sadz. (Also, I misspelled it as Pooreject Runway the first time. My Freudian slip is showing.)

    Also, Heidi looks ridiculous in that shiny belly-button dress.

    • mommyca

      I have also realized the same thing… I don’t care…. I’ll watch, but my heart will not be in it… 

    • MoHub

      I will likely fall asleep shortly into the broadcast as I have in the past, but this season, I won’t be so anxious to catch the reruns.

  • Sara__B

    Eye-rolling here. But I’ll be watching.

  • mommyca

    I don’t know… it all sounds like publicity to me. Regardless, I can’t get over the sight of Heidi’s belly button peaking through her tight dress… considering she has at her disposal the best clothes ever, why why why would she wear this???? I question her taste level…. 🙂 

  • This show should have called it quits when it was actually worth watching! That win to Gretchen was the biggest JOKE of all time! Adios Project Runway, you wall always be young, you will always be beautiful…

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I was not a fan of Gretchen by any stretch of the imagination, but I will give her credit for being able to construct clothing. She could sew sleeves-and isn’t that a sad commentary on how far this show has fallen from its earlier, more design-oriented days?

      • makeityourself

        Sorry, she had me gagging at “hand-cut chevrons.”  I will never, ever be able to get that out of my head.  

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’d also forgotten the “hand-cut chevrons”….Lord, but Gretchen did take herself soooo seriously.

        • blondie65

          oh … I really had managed to forget that…it all comes screaming back….

  • I think I just sprained my eyes I was rolling them so hard.

  • hmariec19

    *Derisive snort* *eye roll* 

    And that’s about it.

  • I think “Oh, Jesus” pretty much sums it all up.

  • jw_ny

    The producers went to her home…4 of the women live in NY: Andrea, Lanti, Sonjia, and Buffi.  I’ll guess that Lanti got a divatude and quit. 

    The guy with the meltdown…I’ll guess Gunnar.  lol.

    And, no…this doesn’t make me want to watch any or more less. I did roll my eyes, but  I’ll watch this crapfest regardless of whatever shenanigans production and cast pull.  I accept this “reality” show for what it is (note crapfest comment above)  😉

  • Joyce VG

    I don’t want to quit this show but Lifetime may give me no other choice.  I’ll watch it but if I feel like all we’re going to see is crazy drunk people then forget it.

  • T

    I agree that contestants should be aware, going in, that it’s going to be a stressful environment.

    However, I’m disappointed that you would describe people who are clearly under stress as “headcases.” It seems more likely to me, given the timing and the descriptions of the incidents, that the producers are deliberately upping the psychological warfare factor to try to produce more drama. Television or not, letting things get to this level is simply irresponsible (or cruel) on the part of the production team. It’s easy to try to normalize the situation because not all of the contestants quit, but I don’t think its accurate to be blaming the victims. Plural.

  • Thea Churchill-Robson

    Hmmm … Lantie or Buffi for the night-time runaway, Nathan or Gunnar for the meltdown.

    Admittedly, the drama is amusing at times – though mostly downright tacky & cringe-worthy – but it was the design quality that fizzled after the first few seasons that lost my interest.  From truly talented people I can handle seeing them angst’ing over creative blocks.

    Catching the re-caps here is the sanest way to consider myself still vaguely interested.

  • tinyredlocks

    I’ve rolled my eyes so hard that I’ve given myself a headache.

  • cherylmoore

    So Sad. I enjoyed the show so much at one time. Those people that left were probably the smart ones.

  • lordandtaylor

    I’ve rolled my eyes so high that they are stuck somewhere up in my head. So two people left…how will they stretch the show to cover all the episodes? Decide all the designs were so good that no on needs to go home? Stretch out the pre-fashion week preps to 3 or 4 shows?

    How scary is the line “Heidi Klum’s Lifetime show “Project Runway”? The show has been sliding downward lately…well, ever since Hedie became the producer.

    • Frank_821

      heidi’s always been a producer since season 1

  • butterflysunita

    Fie on Bunim-Murray for ruining a once great show.  That is all.  

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      And they’ll ruined with the cooperation of Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and sadly, my beloved Tim Gunn.

  • hughman

    “Your new challenge is to design a strait-jacket. You will be shopping at our new store “Mood Stabilizers”.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      with it’s frighteningly lovable half wolf, half ShihTzu mascot, “ScruffyKnickers”

  • snarkykitten


  • kikisayshi

    Can’t wait!!!

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    I used to like this show when it was about fashion.

    • MilaXX

       or at least pretended to be about fashion.

  • Lilithcat

    Oh, I’ll watch.  Then I’ll grouse about how it’s rigged, and how last season was so much better, and why did they go for kookiness over talent, and the show hasn’t been the same since [fill in the travesty of your choice], and there should be less drama and more Tim  .  .  .

    In other words, just like pretty much every season.

  • CQAussie

    Over this show.  Done with and will not be tuning in.  Except for TLo’s recaps =) 

  • I can’t get past the shot of Heidi’s belly button in that last pic, can you say “go UP a size GURL!”? 

    After this nonsense, prolly won’t watch

    •  agreed. gross. no one wants to see that.

  • Stubenville

    I guess the producers decided to go with drama vortices only casting. Remember when talent was considered to be important?

  • MoHub

    This is almost up to Top Chef: Just Desserts season 1 standards!

    • MilaXX

      Red Hot levels of crazy, right?

      • MoHub

        On the nosey! I’d like to think there’d never be another Seth, but someone on PR may just up the ante.

        No hugs from Elizabeth Falkner, though.

        • MilaXX

          Sounds like Micheal fulfilled Elizabeth’s role this time around.

        • MilaXX

          I just googled Red hots for my mommy and a youtube of Seth’s breakdown comes up number 1. If PR is half as bad as that I may need actual alcohol to make it through this season.

  • juanamom

    So done with this show. I will not be tempted to watch, but I will read TLo.

  • mjude

    to damn funny

  • I am too distracted by the outline of of Heidi’s belly button.

  • belfebe

    This makes me think that they have finally jumped the shark.  Oh Project Runway, what have they done to you?

  • mom2ab

    Sorry don’t care.  Have had enough of the stupification of competition shows – they are all essentially the same trainwreck of contrived drama and I have moved on.

  • MilaXX

    As I read this all  I could think was The red hots are for my mommy. Anybody who watched Top Chefs Just Desserts season 1 knows exactly what I mean.

    I’m guessing Dmitry Sholokhov for the meltdown and Andrea Katz as the one who left.
    It’s gonna be a long PR season.

    • Judy_J

      I remember the red hots incident. Classic reality TV moment.

  • jeannengle

    hehehe…i honestly can’t wait…and there is a little eye-rolling too… 😉

  •  Since Lifetime took over, I believe they have cut costs by making the challenges faster with fewer days off. No wonder they all go wacko

  • Judy_J

    I’m rolling my eyes, and I’m not surprised.  In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that both incidents were scripted.

  • joe_tey83

     I will definitely watch, but more in a watching a train wreck way than a I-like-this-show way. Then again, I doubt the producers care either way. They just don’t seem to care about what the show is about any more as long as they get some drama and ratings.

  • Really surprised this hasn’t happened more often.

  • judybrowni

    lifetime ruined project runway, and my bet is they cynically cast for headcases, and now are milking the drama of melt down for publicity.

    i think, i’m finally done.

    • DonnaL

       By next season, they’ll probably have Kelly Bensimon as one of the contestants.  She can make satchels of gold.

      • And they’ll have that Snooki person as a judge.

        • alyce1213

          Well, they’ve had Kim Kardashian, so I wouldn’t be surprised. 

      • Call me Bee

        Oh NO!   That’s not even funny…to say that.  Out loud.  Not funny at all.  (Heart is pounding…what have they done to my beloved PR…?) 

    • rh33

       Maybe they’ll add a hot tub, red roses and a dress the hooker challenge.

  • they should just stop pretending it’s the same show about art and beauty, more or less, that we enjoyed on bravo and just turn it into a lifetime series starring jaclyn smith and kat mcphee and a bunch of other pretty d-movie types.  they can run around banging doors and throwing scissors and stuff.

  • Synnamin

    Last gasp of a dying franchise. BRING ON THE CRAZY!

  • ShivaDiva

    Well done!  Those two points exactly summarize my thoughts on reading this.  

    Like an old couple who start resembling each other over time, PR and Lifetime are becoming indistinguishable.  This has “Lifetime movie of the week” hysteria all over it.  Next season, a contestant will discover that the man she met and married over the Internet is really a serial killer.  

    Feel free to blog this train wreck, and I’ll be here for the laughs.  Just don’t ask me to watch it myself.  Wild horses and all that.

  • I went back and looked at the profiles.  Let’s face it , it could be any of them. At this point being a contestant is such a beating, with all the arbitrary judging, the ridiculous time constraints, it’s enough to send anyone running for the door, including me. I’ll watch the first couple of episodes, but if it starts looking like a fix, I’ll just read your recaps.(If you can stand to keep doing them) Like you say with ” Michael Kors being the calmest, most rational person in the room.” , there’s some definite wackiness ahead.
     I WILL watch the episode where Michael Kors gives his pep talk for sure. 

  • JMansm

    I am totally obsessed with what you said about Michael Kors being the calmest, most rational one. 

    • MoHub

       Now if Joan Kors were there …

  • ErinnF


    Particularly if the challenges/contestants are going to be mediocre again, then at least BRING THE CRAZY, PR! 😀

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    A rerun of season 1 was on last weekend, and I just loved it.  Kara Saun, Austin, our beloved Jay, and even that horrid Wendy Pepper.  Tim was not regarded as a fool, the producers showed the clothes, the design and construction process, and what drama there was took a back seat to the clothes.  Jeez, I felt nearly homesick.  I won’t say I’m not going to watch this season, because that’s not true, but I really don’t care about the results anymore.  I remember when there used to be pages and pages and pages on TLo discussing the merits of the clothes, etc.  Now, not so much.  I has a sad.

    • Call me Bee

      I fondly remember Season 1 as well–but remember–it had its share of drama as well.  Wendy made to look like a villian when all she did was say what everyone was thinking.  Little Nora having her crying fit and Kevin calling her out on it.  Vanessa pretty much taking herself out of the running cuz she can’t sew.  Fragile Starr on the verge of burtsting into tears–all the time!  Wendy vs Jay and Kara in the finale. 
      There was drama–but it always took a back seat to showing the process of creating clothing in the worst possible situations–tight deadlines and sillly challenges.   They had more emphasis on the work-room and how the designers were inspired to come up with all of their ideas.   That’s what I miss–watching the process.  It was all so new back then…
      There was drama–but it never took over from

    • alyce1213

      Great season. I LOVED Kara Saun. 

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Sigh-remember watching Jay McCarroll’s final collection, and what a thrill that was? That was the moment that hooked me on PR.

    • piperkitty

      memories, misty watercolor memories, of the way we were….

  • Jessi03

    So glad I quit the show.

  • If a woman who wears a dress so tight that her belly button is on display is a judge in a fashion show, it means the show is on it’s death bed. 

  • I think Lantie Foster left the show with dignity, Gunnar Deatherage had the meltdown, and Fabio Costa will win it all. How’s that for decisive!

    I think at this point some people see the judges don’t get them, and would rather just give up than risk having negative critiques on a national stage.

  • I feel like once I’ve accepted that a show has gone completely crazy, it actually presents a huge opportunity for unending hilarity. I purposely watch things like this *because* they’ll be ridiculous. I get all the snark out of my system in a single hour! 

    • alyce1213

      I know, straight-up laughs.

  • Melissa Brogan

    Well, whichever woman ran off probably lives in New York, else the producers wouldn’t have bothered turning up at her doorstep unannounced to see what happened. Which means it was Andrea, Buffi, or Lantie. It’s a total guess, but I’m going to say it was Lantie. As for the dude who needed an emergency psychologist-slash-Duchess intervention, who knows.

    I probably won’t watch as it airs, and this isn’t changing my opinion. I’m also going to get pretty bored if it’s a blatant dramafest this year with little regard for the fashion. If I wanted to watch a soap opera, I have a lot of better options…

  • jens20

    makes me roll my eyes.  and less likely to watch. it’s supposed to be like top chef, no hell’s kitchen.  i want confident, creative people at the top of their game.  not whiny, overly dramatic teenagers.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    I’ve sworn off everything about PR except your re/screencaps, which, most bitter kittens agree, are now vastly more entertaining than actually watching the show itself. Except for Tim. 

  • Mariah J

    Not tuning in when the press is about the meltdowns and not the challenges or at the very least the completely unqualified celebrity guest judges. No thank you. If I want to see crazy people I can watch one of the HUNDREDS of shows about crazy people. Doomsday Preppers sounds pretty great…

    • Mariah J

      P.S. Heidi: Go up a size

  • BradWatson

    I had the same thought about the Duchess doing the pep talk, and not Tim. Hmm.  Ohhh, PR, I wish I knew how to quit you.

  • So sad, this used to be my favorite show. Oh, and Heidi’s dress is not very flattering, yikes. 

  • I see that PR is still ALL about the DRAMA!  If I want to see headcases compete to see who’s altered mental state can get the biggest amount of attention, I’ll watch Real Housewives.

  • unbornfawn

    Shouldn’t Tim being doing the pep talk?

    • golspie

      That’s what I thought. I wonder what they’ve done to him.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Miss Heidi, that dress is tragic. 

  • MK03

    My bet is that the one who has the psychological break is the little Asian afro-elf. I cannot be bothered to look up his name.

    • golspie


  • Deb Oswald

    Bring back the fashion and design and sewing…………….PLEASE!!!

  • Pamela Erbe

    Oh, here go hell come…

    • alyce1213

      wrong show, right quote!

    • MoHub

      Oh, where is Calvin Tran when we need him (other than appearing in Art Institutes of America commercials)?

  • joything

    I’m thinking TLo will need a Bitter Intern to watch this season for them.

  • If we lose Gunnar Deathrage again then i am calling shenanigans, although the guy you’ve captured giving some crazy eye in the thumbnail looks to be a pretty good bet too.

  • PaulaBerman

    I would like to comment on the nutballs on the show, but I am too fixated on what Heidi is wearing in that last picture. I can see her navel! Ugh.

    • alyce1213

      You can also see her mons pubis. So vulgar.

  • Just looking at the cast photo makes me not want to watch. Add news about meltdowns and I’m already making a mental note to take it off the DVR.  They’ve ruined a great show.

  • formerlyAnon

    My eyes are rolling.  After all, if you cast for emotional acting out, you might eventually get it.  As long as no lawsuit-eligible blood is shed, Lifetime can be nothing but thrilled.

    I wonder if the two bailing contestants, having cancelled all their commitments for several months and put their lives on hold, now owe the production company their first born children or 10% of their lifetime net income for breaking the terms of the contract.

    Not that I view the machine behind this show dimly, or anything.

    And there’s NO WAY I could guess the contestants. There are just too many likely ones to choose from.

  • kmk05

    HAHA! Definitely an eye roll from me, and a huge desire to read your review when this finally airs. As for actually watching it… Please. Since season I-cannot-make-sleeves, I’ve washed my hands of the whole thing.

  • greyhoundgirl

    NEVER in the HISTORY of Project Runway has ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPENED!!!!!

    • Truly_Outrageous

      It seems like when anybody from show begins the sentence like “Never in the history of Project Runway…” the concept of whatever they are talking about will end up being just shitty.

  • altalinda

    Roll my eyes.

  • asmith

    I’m with Nina on this one.  (Flips hair, rolls eyes.)
    All the delicate artistic snowflakes gather ’round and repeat: “Lighten Up, It’s Just Fashion.”

  • granddelusion

    Oh, jesus. At least I don’t have to brace myself, because I’m not watching anymore. And Heidi, you can put your belly button away. We all know you have one.

  • not watching, not interested. 😉

  • Pennymac

    My eyes rolled so hard I just made myself dizzy!

  • jmorino08

    Insert eye roll here…

  • Louise Bryan

    These problems seem to be cropping up on reality shows.  Biggest Loser had one competitor quit one season, and three quit in the last season.  Only a couple of people have quit Survivor, but it’s not like they can run down the street to their own apartment.

  • Rolling all my eyes, including my third eye.  Will still watch, but will probably change the channel as soon as the alleged meltdown starts.

    Though, really, since PR moved to Thursdays a few seasons ago, I’ve only been watching the repeats, so I’ll already know when to change the channel once it rolls around.

  • LittleKarnak

    Rolling my eyes and glad I deleted this from my dvr list.

  • Very exaggerated eye roll…  No thanks-I’m done w/ PR.  Glad I missed last season & I’m sure I’ll be equally glad when I don’t waste any time over this dramatic clusterfuck.

  • aeg66

    No matter how much they fake hype this show, I’m done with it & they know their ratings suck because otherwise they wouldnt be pulling this crap.

  • music52809

    laughing, laughing, guys!  too funny…  especially ‘looking at it’ the ‘two ways.’  Both views — hysterical.  And yeah, that M. Kors is the ‘calmest’ and ‘most rational’ one in the room…  laughing, laughing.  i was excited to hear that they’re actually …filming… again.  thought the show had ‘left the planet!’  after all, since we don’t have Mad Men, now, for a while, good to hear that p-r- will be ‘visible’ again, in the future…  Thanks, as always, for your GREAT WRITING and your KEEN OBSERVATIONS!  Love you guys!  .sb

  • another_laura

    That picture of Heidi?  Good lord, I’m surprised she let that one get used for publicity.  The dress is awful and is hitting her in the wrong places.

    • formerlyAnon

       Yeah, she is a producer. If I had higher opinion of her taste, I’d guess that somebody’d get called on the carpet for o.k.’ing the use of that photo.

  • I know it’s like calling the sky blue, but Heidi’s dress is tighter than usual.

  • Joshua

    I have to roll my eyes, though I couldn’t guess who the two designers would be. The show lost any last threads of being a remotely relevant Christmas jumper last season, and with news like this, I’m seriously considering just giving the whole series a miss. Well, I will probably watch it, but with all that inane drama, I might not admit it. I hope you boys give it The A-List treatment it deserves, if you can be bothered.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I think that maybe it’s time for reality show contestants to go through psychological testing before they go on a show, and not just for, “Who’s most likely to give good drama?”  It’s not good drama to watch someone actually break down.  It’s just sad.

    • golspie

      I disagree. An explosion in a mental ward of drag queens? What’s not to love?

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I lived with a crazy person for a year and a half (financial reasons, no connection to her).  I don’t really want to watch a show about her, though I can imagine the cameras lovingly lingering on the kitchen during a long paranoid rant, while the other designers carefully barred their doors.

        • formerlyAnon

           Agree on all counts. (Except having a crazy roommate. Never been trapped like that, thank goodness.)

      • CarolinLA

        Well, the fact that they all have scissors might be a drawback.  

  • Kthrow

    Whew, I wanted so much to be excited about this season, but seriously??  And that dress Heidi is wearing, I mean here belly button is showing.  So sad … PR has officially jumped the shark:(

    • Kathleen Gillies

       Seriously, If I can see the contours of her belly button in a dress…. maybe too much negative ease there Heidi– it’s a dress, not a bathing suit.

  • Anne Atwell

    I had quit the show after the dismal and boring past two seasons. I admit that this tempts me to watch, but I’m not going to succomb. Away temptation, behind me Satan!

  • Don’t have any guess who quit; don’t care.  Clearly, any hope that the show would get back to its original premise will remain unfulfilled.  Perhaps if they’d gone back to giving the designers longer than a nanosecond to complete the challenges, meltdowns would be less likely to occur.  Until that happens, displays of talent, taste and execution will continue to take a backseat to the drama scenes and queens. 

  • If they cry, it’s ok, but they need to cry and cut. 

  • LinXGUA

    Wow. They just have been filming for a week. Desperate attempt to catch viewers, isn’t it?
    Who i’m kidding, i’ll watch. Or at least i’ll read your reviews.
    Where’s my hobo boy Fabio? Oh, there he is … wearing a suit? What is this madness?
    Also: I’m loving that close-up of Raul.

  • GTrain

    Publicity.Stunt. and I’m still not watching.

  • Judih1

    The dress Heidi is wearing is one of the worst – short, tight, shiny dresses I have seen her wear in a while. You can see her navel and her outline of her legs.

    I stopped watching project runway consistently after the season Laura Bennet was on and stopped watching it totally after Anya won

  • glennethph

    This reminds me of Seth from the first Top Chef: Just Desserts. 

    • Jane_Lane

       That is exactly what I was thinking. Red hots for my mommy all over again.

  • Bozhi

    I want drama and fashion.  Is that too much to ask!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    As to whether or not I’ll watch?  Of course I’ll watch.  PR, Design Star, whatever.  (And, God, how I wish for blogs on DS other than their official ones–think of the amusement value of a designer saying, straight-faced, “At last, I’m given a chance to work with someone who is on par with me” or “I’m a HAAAH-END designer!  I like CULTURED things.  I’m just the right person for designing the Kardashians’ office!”)  I keep hoping the producers will lose their crazy vibe, or at least that I’ll see creative work around the corners while the cameras aren’t focused on it,  but I’ll keep watching anyway, which I suppose makes me part of the problem, since they don’t see their audience bleeding away.

  • But can we talk about seeing Heidi’s belly button through her dress?

    • Twinzilla

      And the visible pubic bone is not so sexy either.

      • pdquick

         I think that’s her lady forest. Germans.

  • Surely they’d be bringing in the psychologists for the contestants who stayed? The ones leaving are probably the well-balanced individuals…

  • nancylee61

    When you cast people for their drama potential, rather than their talent, this will happen. No shocker here. Lifetime sucks.

  • Truly_Outrageous

    Im rolling my eyes.

    Oh and I would’ve LOVED to see Nina flip her hair and say “Oh please.” 

  • guest2visits

    Let the Hunger Games begin, apparently.  Which of the judges is Caesar, Effie ?

  • Charles Barthelme

    Is it just me, or does the guy with the vest and light long sleeve shirt look like he’s going for a Han Solo look? 

  • bluefish

    This is great publicity for watching the show!  I’m now even more in than ever.  Sickness.  PR has been skirting Real Housewives territory for awhile now — Looks like the merging has taken place.

    And what’s up with HK’s belly in the green satin?

  • lill5

    I dunno. I’m high-strung with meltdowns. I’m still not interesting TV. If they aren’t going to focus on the clothes, which they aren’t, I need more than emotional breakdowns. I need a stabbing or something. Perhaps an arsonist.

    • formerlyAnon

       I am not a good person. I am chortling with laughter at how PR might handle an arsonist. After all, if “NEVER BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF PROJECT RUNWAY has Michael Kors had to ignore a ragged hangnail in order to complete the judging” rates its own teaser ads, I can only imagine how the involvement of the NYFD might play out.

  • Eyeroll.  Since BM & Lifetime discovered that exploiting dead relatives is passé, they probably figure that driving contestants totally insane is the new pink.  I suppose killing them would be going too far.  Too many legal issues to make that profitable. 

    • pdquick

      But I’m sure if they think of it, they will pencil it out, just to make sure.

  • I may be silly, but I watch PR for the designs. I hate when the drama overshadows that.

    •  Me too.  Often I skip straight through to the runway part, less painful that way. If Tim’s not on it anymore I’ll lose 50% of why I watched it in the first place.

  • TaurusKW

    That’s the last straw.  I’ve decided it’s time for me to divorce PR.  I’ll always have the memories of when she was bright and full of talent and promise, but now she’s a sloppy, bitchy mess.  I’m going to delete it from my TiVo right now.

  • Valdri8

    Nice belly button on Heidi – please tell me how she can judge anything

  • CarolinLA

    I blame Gretchen.  Ever since the ratings for the show rose so significantly when Gretchen created all that drama during her runway excuse dance, Lifetime feels it has its formula – Nutcases with Scissors.  In fact, they should rename the show Nutcases with Scissors.

    • I think if we blame everything on Gretchen — including Greece, unemployment, Anne Curry’s career, global warming — we’ll all begin to feel better.

  • TomBord

    I had to stop watching the show because those poor young designers are put into such a  exploitive pressure cooker that I found it too unhealthy and exhausting to watch.  Plus, when you throw in the now known sad reality that winning means pretty much …….?? 
    So, my guess is some peeps get there  and realize they’ve made a grave mistake. 

  • hello, green belly button!

  • Heidi, your dress is too tight.  I can see your belly button and underwear.

  • kaycem

    i don’t even care a little, and it’s getting major eye rolls from me… they probably started giving the contestants 4-6 hours to complete challenges in order to illicit this exact response.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    There no person in the world who can talk a truly paranoid person into ANYTHING.  Michael Kors’ peptalk won’t take the place of a good psychiatrist. 

  • blondie65

    Well…damn…not only did they not give a rat’s ass what we had to say about the Clinique & the girl who could not sew season, they doubled-down.  What a sad, sad end to what was a really innovative concept and truly the only ‘reality’ show worth watching.   They are now truly equal to  the ilk of shows like Jersey Shore, Mob Wives and whatever Housewives show is on now.  Tim Gunn…really…you are still sticking with this?  I’ll just be in the corner watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory. 

  • GorgeousThings

    The words “What. Evs.” come immediately to mind.

  • Adella Thompson

    I may record then wait a while, check the TLo recaps and see if it’s something I want to get bogged down with again. I am so torn because I miss me my Tim Gunn and don’t want to let go of the show as it was in its finer moments, but he was barely there last season regardless and last season just left me so emotionally dead. It wasn’t the poor calls, but the extremely poor editing that killed it for me. I don’t mind getting infuriated over Wendy Pepper or Gretchen Wretchen, but it was so painfully obvious that Anya had been finger picked to win and they went so out of their way to create this triumph story for her that it sucked the joy out of it for me, despite actually really enjoying Viktor’s aesthetic.  

  • miatamam

    oh.  i just can’t.

  • KathKo

    I put bets on Katz and Sholokhov.
    Please please please let it not be Gunnar !
    Well, I’m afraid that if Lifetime feels the need to tip the press about dramas happening in the show, then season 10 is bound to be boooooooooring.
    I mean, in season 8 they all but made us believe Ivy was about to DIE…

  • ElitheMonkey

    I just can’t quit this show! It’s an abusive relationship*, and I keep going back hoping that THIS TIME it will be different.

    *Disclaimer: I’ve been in an abusive relationship

  • Vic

    I don’t know about the contestants, but, Heidi, that’s not your dress. Your belly button’s popping out and I can see the outline of your undies.

  • pdquick

    Any similarity to tweakers is strictly coincidental.

  • bitterk

    What can I say.  I complain throughout the season, boycott the finals and immediately look forward to the next season.  I am addicted.  

  • dbsewer

    Oh, good grief. And to think I entertained the hope that we’d actually see some designs. Now we get drama, clown suits and shredded dishrags that pass for garments. And home sewing as an insult. Really? I’m a home sewer and my clothes look a crap load better than some of the poc’s the designers turned out last season. If one more contestant uses “home sewer” as an insult, I’m going to bitch slap him.

  • Pupioso

    Rolling my eyes. You know they picked some of these people exactly because they were in fact head cases and would make for the drama type atmosphere that PR has become. yes it has always been there to some degree but it has accelerated under Bunim/Murray. I guess we can either watch or not watch. I’ll watch and just roll my eyes.

  • Phil Brown

    I find it hard to believe that the producers had no idea these things would happen.
    I was a mixer on Big Brother and even on that show-with the producers and cast physically separated-the producers were very involved with the cast. On this show I’m sure they’re talking to them all the time. Remember it’s all about making good TV. 

  • elikit

    I think the midnight runner is going to be Lantie. Woman looks fragile as all fuck.

  • Oh wow. I actually had forgotten about Project Runway until my mom (ever the reality show junkie) reminded me that a new season was on. I’m good friends with a person who writes for The Post- I’ll have to get some inside scoop!!