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‘Runway’ will return, but not this summer

Wondering about how a certain reality show pulled something off? Have a question about a certain contestant?

Whether it's "Survivor," "American Idol," "The Apprentice," "Real World" or another show, . Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, MSNBC.com's Television Editor, and Andy Dehnart, creator of ,will try to answer them.

Before you send in your question, — you may be able to get your answer right away.

Q: When is the “Project Runway” season going to start?    —Mary

A: Lots of folks asked us this, perhaps inspired by our list of , which did not include "Runway." That's because "Project Runway 4" is not going to start any time soon. The fourth season is actually filming in New York City right now. Production will likely take most of the month.

Bravo has only said that the show will return this fall, but since it always concludes shortly after one of New York's two Fashion Week events, it's likely that the series won't debut until November or December, just like the first two seasons.

Then it will conclude in time for the final three or four to present collections at Fashion Week during the spring of 2008.

Although he has a new job with Liz Claiborne, Tim Gunn is returning, as are the show's judges and host. Tim helped out with auditions earlier this spring, as did past contestants, and Tim told the Seattle Times, "we found the most phenomenal designers. We could cast three seasons of 'Project Runway' with the talent we saw."    —A.D.

Is your ‘Fifth Grader’ smarter than you?We've often been asked how kids can audition to be one of the smarty-pants schoolkids on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" FOX is now looking for new kids to fill the class, and has already held auditions in several cities. , to be held June 16.

Want more info on shows that are currently casting?   And you can also check , but it was first published in February, so some info is outdated.    —G.F.C.

The MoleFor “Mole”-lovers, there’s good news: The ABC competition series is returning, sort of. The FOX Reality Channel, an all-reality TV cable network, has purchased the rights to air the previously broadcast seasons.

To kick things off, they’ll air the entire first season of “The Mole” starting July 7. Two hour-long episodes will air every night that week at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT, a network spokesperson told me. The other seasons—the second season and the celebrity editions — will air on the network, too, but no broadcast date has been set for any of them yet. And if you missed the series, check it out (it’s also on DVD).

Between Anderson Cooper’s deadpan hosting and the interesting intellectual games, never mind the major twist (one of the contestants is working for the producers, against the rest of the cast), it’s much more entertaining than some of the series networks have churned out recently.

But although fans keep clamoring for more, we have yet to hear of any plans to make new seasons of the show.   —A.D.

Reader comment corner
Not everyone who writes to us has a question. Here are some of your thoughts about reality TV in general.

NO REALITY FAN
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I miss real television with plots and actors. This so called reality TV is most obviously scripted to be sexually outrageous and inane to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Oh to be rid of it. If you like, have at it. But consider there used to be better on television. Why don't you remember and demand that it is returned?"    --Cherry

HASSLING THE HOFF"How can David Hasselhoff possibly be [allowed] to remain a judge on 'America's Got Talent', a family show? he is a horrible example for children. I am contacting all sponsors of that show."    --Mary

'DANCING' FEUD"It appears that Tom Bergeron does not like Samantha Harris, or is he just rude to her?"  --Hope

'BACHELOR' NEEDS DIVERSITY"When will we see an African-American show such as 'The Bachelor.' I am not referring to the 'Flavor of Love' or 'I Love New York' garbage -- something with a bit of dignity and class. I am tired of seeing 1 or 2 African Americans in the crowd for 'The Bachelor' or 'Bachelorette' knowing that they will not get through the first cut."    --Leon

'X' MARKS THE SHOWwas, hands down, the COOLEST reality show I've ever seen. Then again, I'm a mystery buff. I watched it with my nephews, who were 11 and 13 years old at the time. They loved it! We watched every week, taking notes and trying to decipher clues. TV Guide ran a small article with the news of Angel Juarbe's death. The tragedy, coupled with the fact that the show was just TOO cool and TOO smart for TV, told me that it probably wouldn't be back. "    --Denomoto

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is MSNBC.com's Television Editor. is a writer and teacher who publishes , a daily summary of reality TV news.

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