October 09, 2008 01:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Due to a court’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction preventing The Weinstein Production Company from moving Project Runway to Lifetime, the show may not be able to go forward as planned and debut in January 2009. New York Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Lowe granted the injunction on September 26 in response to a request from NBC Universal, the Bravo parent company that is suing to prevent losing Project Runway to Lifetime.
NBC Universal filed the lawsuit immediately after The Weinstein Company and Lifetime’s April announcement that they had reached a five-year, $150 million deal to bring Project Runway from Bravo to to Lifetime beginning in November. Theyclaim that The Weinstein Company breached the parties’ contract and didn’t give it the right to match Lifetime’s Project Runway offer before reaching signing the deal with the women’s cable network.
The Weinstein company is not interested in filming the show’s sixth season finale in a location other than New York’s Fashion Week which is a semi-annual event held in February and September, so according to the New York Times, missing the season finale in February would mean that the show’s finale would be held at New York Fashion Week’s September event. This would delay the sixth season’s premiere until at least next summer.
Project Runway host and executive producer Heidi Klum told The Times, “I think [viewers are] going to be sad they have to wait and, of course, we will be sad too. But we’re all sitting in the same boat. We don’t really know what is going to happen.”
Tim Gunn, Project Runways mentor is feeling more optimistic about the delay and feels that it will actually be good for the show by keeping it from getting to be too much for the viewers. The show had been on track to premiere three seasons within twelve months.
“Frankly, I’ve been more worried about having too much Runway, thinking, oh, my God, people are going to overdose on this. The fans will wait for us. I have every confidence in that.”
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