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Entertainment Weekly takes a good long look at the upcoming season of Project Runway, which is the first to air on Lifetime and the first to be filmed in LA. Producers found themselves with two major challenges: Placating an angry Bravo-loving core audience, and organizing a show around Los Angeles traffic. To deal with the latter, they filmed downtown, getting NYC-based Mood Fabric to open a pop-up shop near the designers' HQ and structuring challenges to involve as much walking as possible. To deal with the former, they dragged in guest judges "including Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria Parker, and Lindsay Lohan." But they also made some less obvious changes.
1.) No more Bluefly or TRESmme. We didn't realize how well both sponsors had integrated themselves into the show until we heard they weren't coming back, and felt mildly shaken. (But what about the Bluefly Accessories Wall?) Instead, we'll get Macy's and Garnier.
2.) A new prize. Looks like Saturn is out as a sponsor, as well—this time around, instead of a car, the winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris.
3.) Shifting locales: "Beginning with the seventh cycle, each season will alternate between New York City and Los Angeles," reports EW. After all this hype about the move, it turns out to be temporary? Bombshell!
· 'Project Runway': Inside Season 6! [EW]
· Liveblogging the Shows: Project Runway [Racked]