Lifetime sets its 'Project Runway' premiere

Third season of 'Army Wives' starts in June

The long-delayed sixth season of "Project Runway" will premiere Aug. 20 on its new network, Lifetime.

The announcement was made at Lifetime's upfront presentation Tuesday in New York, where the cable network also unveiled a development slate that includes drama series based on the movies "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Mystic Pizza," an original movie exec produced by country star Garth Brooks and the J.D. Roth reality show "Deadbeat Dads."

"While 'Project Runway' might be 'fashionably' late in getting to Lifetime, some things in life are worth waiting for," Lifetime Networks president and CEO Andrea Wong said.

"Runway" originally was slated to make its Lifetime debut in November, but that was put on hold because of litigation between NBC Universal and the show's producer, the Weinstein Co. A lawsuit was settled this month, with the series' former home Bravo allowed to launch its "Runway" replacement "The Fashion Show" in May, three months ahead of "Runway's" return.

On Lifetime, "Runway" will be joined by half-hour spinoff series "Models of the Runway," which will premiere Aug. 20 following "Runway." The companion series, a look at 'Project Runway' from the models' perspective, was part of Lifetime's deal with Weinstein Co. for "Runway."

At the upfront, Lifetime also announced premiere dates for Season 3 of "Army Wives" (June 7) and the new comedy "Drop Dead Diva," starring Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho (July 12).

Drama projects in development at Lifetime include:

-- "Mona Lisa Smile," based on the 2003 feature, from Warner Horizon;

-- "Mystic Pizza: Another Slice," a two-hour, backdoor pilot based on the 1988 film exec produced and penned by the film's co-writer, Amy Holden Jones;

-- "Marry Me," a limited-run anthology series that starts with a couple who meet in the pilot and concludes with a wedding in Episode 13. The project hails from "Judging Amy" creator Barbara Hall and former Lifetime entertainment president Susanne Daniels;

-- "Queens of the Rodeo," a comedic drama set against the backdrop of the rodeo circuit, from writer/exec producer Sara Goodman and exec producers Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon;

-- "The Fallen," based on T. Jefferson Parker's novel, from exec producer McG and exec producers/writers Ed Decter and John Strauss;

-- "Murder in Suburbia," based on the British series, written and exec produced by Jon Maas.

On the comedy side, the network has three pilots in contention: the previously announced "Sherri," starring Sherri Shepherd; "Alligator Point," starring Cybill Shepherd; and an untitled project starring Valerie Bertinelli.

In longform, Lifetime is developing "Unanswered Prayers," a movie based on the hit Brooks song. He will exec produce.

Unscripted series in development include:

-- "Camping With the In-Laws," a one-hour, closed-ended format in which engaged couples and their future in-laws face off in challenges. Clay Newbill and Spike Jones Jr. exec produce,

-- "Deadbeat Dads," originally developed at Fox, follows National Child Support founder Jim Durham as he tracks down and confront dads who don't pay child support. Roth exec produces.

The network also has picked up to pilot the Engel Entertainment-produced "Multiple Mayhem," about four New Jersey families with multiples, and the Left/Right-produced "Real Women/Real Lives," a doc series with each episode following three women sharing a similar experience, including infertility.
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