Project Runway Limps to Season's End

Like the rest of Season 6, finale was a bore
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 2:19 PM CST
Heidi Klum congratulates designer Irina Shabayeva as she is named the winner of Project Runway, Season Six.   (PRNewsFoto/Lifetime Networks/Mike Yarish)
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(Newser) – It was hard to care who won last night’s Project Runway season finale, but it was easy to say who lost: fans. The move to Lifetime—and, probably more important, the switch in production companies—proved disastrous for the once-brilliant reality show, Heather Havrilesky writes for Salon. “The story of Season 6 was that there was no story.” Either the contestants had no personalities or the producers did a terrible job finding them.

“Where were the demented comments and the late-night breakdowns?” laments Havrilesky. Eventual winner—spoiler alert!—Irina Shabeyeva was talented but somehow unlikable. “We don’t really know why, because the show’s producers didn’t find out for us.” Her collection was cohesive but almost entirely black, and "the judges looked pained to give her the prize.” Maybe as pained as the people watching. (Read more Project Runway stories.)