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'Project Runway' formally announces Tim Gunn's fourth season return


By Steve Rogers, 04/06/2007 

Although the fact that he's already been participating in the show's fourth season casting calls was a pretty strong indication that he'd managed to resolve any lingering contractual issues, Project Runway's producers have formally announced that Tim Gunn will return for the Bravo reality show's fourth season.

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"The Weinstein Company, Bravo, and Miramax are pleased to announce that Tim Gunn will return for [Project Runway's] fourth season,"  The Weinstein Company and Bravo stated in a joint announcement released Thursday.  "We could not be more excited that Tim is back to mentor and inspire this season's crop of aspiring designers," The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein stated.

"I am thrilled to make it official that I will be back in the workroom for season four of Project Runway," Gunn added.  "We're in the midst of casting the designers now and I can already see that it will be another amazing season."

Gunn had already previously confirmed that he would return for the show's fourth season, however a few contractual issues resulted in the delay of a formal announcement.  "People were just asking me, 'Have you signed your contract?'  And my answer -- tersely -- is:  'I'm signing.'  Present tense.  It isn't past tense yet because there are still a few things that we're working out," Gunn had told Entertainment Weekly in early February.

In addition to Gunn's return, Project Runway's producers also formally announced that Michael Kors, ELLE Magazine fashion director Nina Garcia and supermodel Heidi Klum will all also return for the show's fourth season.

Bravo has not yet announced when Project Runway 4 will air, however the fourth season casting application appears to hint that -- similar to last year's Project Runway 3 -- the fourth season will premiere this summer and feature a finale tied to September's New York Spring Fashion Week.  Project Runway's third season -- the show's first summer season -- broke multiple Bravo ratings records and drew 5.6 million total viewers for its October finale, making it the most-watched show in the network's 27 year history.

(Photo credit Bravo)


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