Lifetime is taking another step on the catwalk with another “Project Runway” spinoff — this time, with teenage contestants. The cabler has greenlit “Project Runway Junior,” which will debut this fall.
Lifetime has also renewed “Project Runway All Stars” for a fifth season, slated for early 2016.
“Project Runway Junior” will showcase the next generation of designers with contestants ages 14 to 17 competing. The new series will be co-hosted by Tim Gunn and supermodel Hannah Davis (pictured below) with judges Christian Siriano, who famously won season four of the flagship “Project Runway,” and Aya Kanai, exec fashion editor of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine. The new series, which comes after “Runway” host Heidi Klum has expressed interest in a younger version of the show, thanks to her own children, will film this summer in New York.
“Junior” hails from the Weinstein Company, Sara Rea Productions and Full Picture; Bob and Harvey Weinstein are exec producing with Patrick Reardon, Barbara Schneeweiss, Sara Rea, Jane Cha, Desiree Gruber, Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue, David Hillman and Gunn.
“Project Runway All Stars,” produced by the Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray Productions, has been renewed for season five, set to debut early next year. Alyssa Milano will return as host with judges Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and mentor Zanna Roberts Rassi, senior fashion editor of Marie Claire. Harvey and Bob Weinstein are exec producers with Reardon, Schneeweiss, Lehrer, Donahue, Hillman, Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein and Rob Bagshaw.
Flagship series “Project Runway” will premiere season 14 on Aug. 6 with Klum, Gunn, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen all returning.