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Project Runway Season 6 will be unfashionably late in Canada

In television on 08/19/2009 at 8:46 am

Even I, averse as I am to reality and competition television, was getting excited about Project Runway’s Season 6 return. It’s been 10 months, I’ve been reading in everything from Entertainment Weekly a couple

Project Runways Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn

Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn

of weeks back to the New York Times, since the end of the last season. In the meantime, the show’s producers, the Weinstein Company, moved it from U.S. cable outlet Bravo (not OUR Bravo) to Lifetime and it’s moved from NYC to L.A. A lawsuit followed, from Bravo big daddy NBC Universal, and finally a deal was reached to allow the move to Lifetime.

But whatever. It’s about the TV, right? The competition show in which bright-eyed designers try to be the next D&G or whathaveyou is finally making its Season 6 debut, with hosts Tim Gunn and model Heidi Klum, on Thursday. Except not in Canada, or Montreal at least.

I don’t see a way to legally watch Lifetime in Montreal. And the Canadian broadcaster, specialty cable channel Slice, will carry the show on a three-week delay, starting Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET. And if you don’t subscribe to Slice, you can get it online at slice.ca.

Me? I’m with Laura (scroll down to reader comments), who very reasonably laments back in July that:

“(A) show like Project Runway is impossible to avoid in the media, so we find out who was eliminated weeks before we even watch the episode … I don’t understand why this has to happen – aarrrggghhhh!!!”

Of course, you could always ask your computer-savvy kid or your friend’s kid to show you how to watch the show on the U.S. channel’s website or — if the nuns of your past do not haunt you as  much as they do me — you could download the show illegally. I’m not there. Yet.

Hey Slice! Why the delay? “Fashionably late” is not the way to go here.

— Denise Duguay

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