"Project Runway" Fans Could Be In For A Long Wait, The Secret Life Of Queen Latifah

By: Gay.com
10.8.2008

Okay, I know season five of Project Runway isn't even over yet. In fact, the two-part season finale starts tonight. But, if like me, you are already looking forward to season six, I've got some bad news: It could be a long wait.

The sixth season of Project Runway was supposed to begin airing on Lifetime this January, however, as we previously reported, Bravo's parent company NBC Universal sued the show's producer, Weinstein Co., to stop the network switch, and a New York state Supreme Court judge recently issued a preliminary injunction preventing the show—or any spinoff—from airing on Lifetime.

Now, The Los Angeles Times reports that barring a settlement agreement, it is "highly unlikely" that Project Runway will be back on the air in January—the show would have to be on by January in order for the finalists to be able to show at New York Fashion Week in February.

So if Project Runway fails to begin its sixth season in January, how long could we potentially wait for the show to strut its stuff again?

Maybe late summer. According to The Los Angeles Times, if this drags on, and the Weinstein Co. is triumphant, Lifetime would have to hold off on running the show until late summer so that the finalists could take part in September's New York Fashion Week.

Late summer? I don't want to wait that long!

That said, if NBC Universal winds up winning its lawsuit, it's not really any better for fans dying for the new season to start because it's not like Project Runway can quickly be slotted on Bravo. Actually, it likely wouldn't even air on Bravo. The Los Angeles Times reports that before the Weinstein Co. ended its negotiations with NBC Universal, there had been talk of airing Project Runway elsewhere within the NBC Universal channel lineup—possibly on NBC.

It's all so complicated.

Project Runway host and executive producer Heidi Klum tells the newspaper that she thinks fans will be "sad" if they have to wait a long time for the show to return.

Uh, Heidi, sad isn't a strong enough sentiment. Try devastated!

Timgunn_2 For his part, Tim Gunn is confident that Project Runway fans will be there for the show whenever it comes back. "Frankly, I've been more worried about having too much Runway, thinking, 'Oh, my God, people are going to overdose on this,' " Gunn tells The Los Angeles Times. "The fans will wait for us. I have every confidence in that."

Is Tim right? Does Project Runway have its audience all sewn up? If the sixth season is delayed six, seven, eight months—maybe longer—will you tune in, or will you have lost interest by then?

The Secret Life Of Queen Latifah

Queenlatifah Queen Latifah will soon be seen on the big screen in The Secret Life of Bees. Meanwhile, she continues to star in what I'd like to call The Secret Life of Queen Latifah offscreen.

For years, there have been rumors about her being a lesbian. But she has continually refused to discuss her sexual orientation.

Still, a reporter for The New York Times Magazine who recently wrote a feature on Queen, dared to inquire, noting that there has been speculation about a romance between the star and a female trainer.

Queen's response?

"I don't have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life," Queen is quoted as saying. "You don't get that part of me. Sorry… I don't feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don't care if people think I'm gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway."

Okay, I'm going to assume that Queen is gay.

What do you think about her refusal to discuss her sexual orientation? If Queen is indeed a lesbian and came out, do you think the revelation would hurt her career, or would all still hail the Queen?

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