July 13, 2006 11:28 PM by Joe Blackmon
NBC will air the first two episodes of the third season of Bravo’s Emmy nominated series reality series "Project Runway" on Monday, July 17 and July 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, it was announced at a presentation for television critics in Los Angeles. Featuring a new cast of fifteen talented fashion designers selected from thousands of hopefuls, the designers will compete for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show in the world-renowned Bryant Park tents during New York’s Fashion Week. Critics have touted the third season premiere of the series, which aired July 12 on Bravo, as "tantalizing", "engrossing" and a "piece of new pop culture obsession with the world of fashion."
"Project Runway" provides an opportunity for these budding designers to break into the notoriously exclusive fashion business. The wildly successful competition reality series has proven to be one of television’s most talked-about shows and produced some of TV’s most memorable personalities and unforgettable moments.
Bravo President Lauren Zalaznick added: "At its core, ‘Project Runway’ is nothing if not great storytelling. We are thrilled that NBC has chosen to air episodes one and two and believe that their support will embolden this franchise tenfold in the weeks to come."
The success of "Project Runway" is underscored by the performance of the program’s second season finale this past March. The highly-anticipated episode was seen by an audience of over 3.4 million making it the most viewed single telecast in the 20-year history of the network.