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‘Project Runway’ will return in fall

Will "Project Runway" return? How about "America's Next Top Model"? And the numerous seasons of "Making the Band" have one viewer confused. By Andy Dehnart and Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
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While we receive a variety of different questions each week, we also get a lot of repeats. Sometimes those are questions we've recently answered in the column, and if the questioner has left a valid e-mail address, I try to send them a link to the answer.

But for those who don't write in but may have the very same questions, here are links to our most popular recent answers.

Many readers ask when "Big Brother" will return. The short answer? July 7. The long answer? Here you go.

Many also ask if "The Mole" will ever return. Some ask about its step-sibling, the less satisfying "Celebrity Mole." This was one of the first questions we tackled, and while we both loved the show, we doubt it will be back. Here's more on that topic. And fans should know that the first season of "The Mole" is now out on DVD.

Now on to some new questions.

Q: I loved "Project Runway," especially the fact that quirky Jay won instead of predictable Kara Saun. Will it be back in the fall, hopefully without Heidi Klum?    —Sherry

A: “Project Runway” will indeed return to Bravo this fall. After an exponential increase in viewers, and the biggest critical buzz for a reality series since the first season of “The Apprentice,” “Runway” was basically a sure thing for renewal.

In addition to guiding the contestants, Heidi Klum is one of the series’ executive producers and creators, so she’s an integral part of the show, and will return as host. (Incidentally, the show is headed to the UK, where Elle MacPherson and Liz Hurley are reportedly fighting to host the series.)

Bravo has not yet announced a specific debut date for season two, but production will take place this summer following the end of casting late last month in Miami. That was the fourth city, and participants are only being accepted via open casting calls.

I sat in on the Miami casting, where prospective contestants brought clothing they’d designed in front of a panel of judges, which included “Runway” mentor and Parsons School of Design fashion design chair Tim Gunn and, in each city, a different first-season cast member. Robert showed up in Miami, and Jay and Austin appeared elsewhere.

Designers faced the judging panel with cameras rolling for inclusion in season two. Since “Runway” is a series where talent reigns, not many made the cut, but those that did know what they’re doing. And even those that didn’t — or especially those that didn’t — will certainly make some interesting TV.    —A.D.

Q: Will there be another season of "America's Next Top Model"?    —Miche

A: Yes. To the joy of those of us who consider this show our favorite guilty pleasure, the Tyra Banks-hosted reality show will be back for at least two more seasons. But there's sad news too: über-judge Janice Dickinson will not be back. 1960s model Twiggy will attempt to replace here, but really, can someone noted for her scrawniness ever deliver a line like "You're fat, I'm fat, we're all fat," as Janice has? Judge Nole Marin, the annoying little man with the everpresent tiny dog, is also out, though some fans are near-joyous about that one. He'll be replaced by the lively "Miss J" J. Alexander.

The next show has already been cast, and "America's Next Top Model 5" will stay in its same time slot come fall: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET. Think you have what it takes to be the next Adrienne or Yoanna? You can already download an application for "ANTM 6."

The application notes that wannabe models must be between the ages of 18 and 27 and at least 5' 7" tall. It also claims "however, the producers are looking for a variety of models, including plus-size models." That sound you heard was Toccara, the popular plus-size model who was unceremoniously kicked off the show, laughing bitterly.     —G.F.C.

Q: On MTV there is a reality show Making the Band 3 - but isn't this really the 4th Making the Band? There was a girl group — a boy group — a rap group — now this one is another girl group? What happened to all these groups? Did they make it anywhere?    —Nichole

A: "Making the Band 3" is the third incarnation of the series, even though there have been multiple seasons of each show. The series started five years ago on ABC with the formation of a boy band called O-Town, which broke up in October of 2003 after shooting three seasons of the show.

P Diddy formed the hip-hop group Da Band during the second cycle of the series, but it broke up about a year ago after three seasons of its show aired. For "Making the Band 3," P Diddy wanted to put together an all-girl group, but didn't like his choices. So, in the season finale, he announced that he'd start over again, casting an entirely new group of people. He let Aubrey, Aundrea, and Malika stick around, but they'll have to compete to stay on the show just like everyone else.

If you think you have what P Diddy is looking for, MTV is currently casting at open auditions across the country.    —A.D.

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