'Project Runway' Season 11 Expanding in Final Three Episodes

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Kors especially loves when actresses appear as guest judges on the show.

"We had Natalie Portman for the organic challenge," he says. "At first she didn't want to be critical, and I said, 'You dont have to be critical. You have a point of view.' The next thing we knew, she started speaking fluent fashionista.'"

Lifetime, which will air two-hour installments leading up to the April 25 finale, also has set a reunion special for May 2.

Project Runway is getting supersized.

Lifetime said Wednesday that it will air expanded two-hour episodes leading up to the season 11 finale April 25 (that's a half-hour expansion over the typically 90-minute first-run episodes).

Additionally, a reunion special, hosted by Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi, will air at 9 p.m. May 2 ,with all 16 designers taking part.

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As previously announced, Michael Kors -- who sat out as a judge this season due to other commitments -- will return as a judge for the finale alongside Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, who replaced Kors this season.

Two-hour episodes will air from 9-11 p.m. Thursday for three straight weeks starting April 11, when John Legend serves as guest judge and helps decide which designers get to show collections at Fashion Week. That episode also will see the remaining designers travel to Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and London to get inspiration for the final challenge.

The two-part finale, starting April 18, will again see mentor Tim Gunn travel to the designers' hometown to offer guidance on their collections. The final runway show at Lincoln Center and naming of the winner will air the following week.

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This season’s victorious winner will receive $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris to start his or her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, a 2013 Lexus GS 350, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor.

This week's episode, meanwhile, will feature Dallas star Jordana Brewster as guest judge. The designers are tasked with an creating editorial-worthy look for Brewster to war in the May issue of Marie Claire.

Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Co., Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment.