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Same Same but different for Season 17 of Project Runway


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Project Runway is back for it’s seventeenth season and while the format is mostly the same, the absence of familiar faces brings about big changes in the design competition show that (mostly) bring a freshness to the long running series.

So what’s different? Former host Heidi Klum and mentor favorite Tim Gunn, two names synonymous with Project Runway, have jumped ship to start their own show on Amazon Prime Video. Hosting duties have now been passed over to model Karlie Kloss while mentorship is now with former Project Runway contestant Christian Siriano (who also takes a judges chair) who has built a rather reputable name within the industry since his stint on the show.

Two new judges are also joining the fold, journalist and Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth along with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell. Thankfully, Nina Garcia has stuck around to keep a familiar face on the show though it feels like she keeps looking around hoping Heidi and Tim will pop out and surprise them all.

The work room has also been given a makeover with the familiar white room now replaced with a more industrial NYC loft feel.

Aside from that, Project Runway moves quickly into its rhythm, contestants jumping quickly into their first challenge, a trip to Mood, a tearful breakdown and designers shining while others fail to micro manage their time well enough to put a garment down the runway. The models, like more recent seasons, are of all shapes, colors and sizes and includes the shows first ever trans model Mimi who has a touching moment with her designer Kovid.

The new workroom and new faces help freshen up Project Runway but the first episode really does suffer from any lack of chemistry between the the judges. That spark between Heidi and Tim just isn’t there with Karlie and Christian, but then again, this is something that could develop over time.

Arena are fast tracking episodes from the USA with express screenings on Fridays at 1:35pm and then again at 8:30pm. Episode one (which has already aired) is available on repeats with episode two hitting our screens this coming Friday, March 22nd.

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Days Of Our Lives Back on Aussie TV Screens

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Jennifer Horton (Melissa Brennan Reeves) NBC

12 months after it was unceremoniously dumped by channel 9, iconic daytime soap opera Days of our Lives is finally returning to Australian screens thanks to a deal between FOXTEL and SONY.

FOXTEL will launch the soap on it’s Arena channel on Tuesday April 15th starting at 12:50pm with episodes fast tracked to our screens only hours after it’s airing in America.

Even better news for fans, Arena plan to air 10 catch-up episodes prior to the April 15th start, each introduced by cast members, to close the gap in story-lines between the soaps last airing in Australia to the current episodes to be screened.

Foxtel’s general manager of entertainment channels, Brendan Moo, described the show as a ‘‘truly iconic television series”.

‘‘[Days of our Lives] has amassed many generations of fans and we are delighted to be able to bring the series back to Australian television.  We’ve also made the decision to express episodes … which means Foxtel customers will be able to watch the show just hours after it airs in the US and take part in the global fan conversation online and via social networks to enhance their viewing experience.’’

Foxtel will also air a weekly ‘‘omnibus’’ of episodes on Sunday mornings on Arena and make the series available to Foxtel subscribers online through its On Demand service, on set-top boxes or the Foxtel Go iPad app.

Days’ Arena screening will be paired with another daytime soap which FOXTEL rescued from axing – The Young and the Restless, which began screening on Arena in 2007 after it’s axing from free-to-air television.

Nine axed Days of Our Lives last April after 45 years on Australian television before finally returning online via Crackle.com.

Days Of Our Lives Returns to Australian TV’s – SMH

FOXTEL to fast track Days of our Lives – TV Tonight