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TV Tonight: Project Runway

Wasn't I just complaining about all the corporate sponsors on this season's Project Runway? When I look back over the season as a whole, it's amazing how many of my favorite designs came from the avant-garde episode — one of the few with no commercial tie-in — than from all the others put together.

So I'm slightly disappointed to find out that when ProjRun returns tonight from a strange one-week hiatus, it will be with another sponsored challenge rather than an open-ended one. That said, the setup might be one of the most absurd in the show's history: The designers will be making outfits for the Divas of the WWE. It's like the figure skating challenge and the lingerie challenge from previous seasons all rolled up into one — but with the addition of clients who could hurl you across the room if they don't like your look.

I hope this challenge will get the designers energized again. They've been looking kind of sad and downtrodden lately, don't you think? To watch a sneak preview of tonight's hot, wrestling-inspired action, just

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Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
jsknutson — that's a good point. I guess there's corporate sponsorship and then there's corporate sponsorship — I know the show has to make money and that's a great way to do it, but for a while there it was feeling like the sponsors (Hershey's, Levi's) were dictating too much about what the designers could make and do.
k1force k1force 9 years
I am not sure Ricki should have made it as far as he did... there were MANY times they gave him a second chance. His "outfit: would make a fab bathing suit though. LOVED what the winner did (I am being lazy with names at the moment), but I did notice that Christopher (is that his name) was upset that he did not win. He needs to grow up and realize that he is not going to win at everything. He should be a tad more humble and learn from what others suggest. He's young so I guess that's why he is the way he is, and he has talent (don't get me wrong); when he grows up and learns some life lessons and industry lessons he will be even better.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I agree. The corporate sponsorship has always been there from Day 1, but it's getting super obnoxious. The WWE? Honestly? I think that 'Project Runway' is in danger of jumping the shark this season.
jsknutson jsknutson 9 years
Avant-garde episode was sponsered by Garnier (I think) they got an ad with the model and product.
bebekeks bebekeks 9 years
i looooved chris march's sparkle lined leopard hoodie. the rest of the outfit was wayyy drag but i guess thats what wrestling attire looks like haha
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
ridiculous! can't wait to see the episode!
Fab84 Fab84 9 years
my thoughts excatly Divinelight!
Fab84 Fab84 9 years
I have been so dissapointed this season with the challenges and it looks like this week wont be any different. I agree that the best challenege was the avant-guard one, if they did more challenges like that we could actually see who has talent and who doesn't.
divinelight divinelight 9 years
Dang it. Ricky might actually be good at this. I really want him to go home.
wren1 wren1 9 years
Yay! Project Runway night!! O Ricky :( This should be a interesting challenge! I wonder how my projected finalists (Rami, Jillian, and Christian) will fare! Can't wait!
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