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'Project Runway' returns this summer

When "Project Runway" host Tim Gunn and season 8 runner-up Mondo Guerra were tweeting and updating their Facebook statuses with reminders to audition for season 9 a month or so ago, I figured it'd be a long time before Lifetime would have it ready.

So happy I'm wrong! (And the sooner the show crowns a new winner to get Gretchen's victory out of my memories, the better.)

Lifetime announced today that the popular fashion-design competition will be back on the air this summer. Hurrah! The network didn't reveal the exact date, but I'll pass that along as soon as I hear.

But the return of the show isn't the only good news. Lifetime also revealed that it will be introducing "Project Runway All Stars" and "Project Accessory" during the 2011-2012 season. "All Stars" will feature memorable past contestants (Mondo, please!) competing to show that they're still innovative.

"Accessories" will put artists to the test by having them create hot -- you guessed it -- accessories, with the victor receiving a cash prize to launch a fashion accessory business. Both series will consist of eight one-hour episodes. Premiere dates have not been announced.

In case you can't wait until summer for "Runway," get your Gunn fix tonight. The fashion guru will be on "The Biggest Loser" to help give the contestants a makeover.

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