Watched the premiere last night with one of the show's contestants, Louise Black. Unfortunately or fortunately, she was one of the ten "safe" contestants in the final runway, which means they pretty-much ignored her throughout the episode. Oh well. It was still awesome to watch with her; she's very, very sweet.
Either Lifetime or the Weinsteins seem to be purposefully diluting the brand. There are two other shows on with the Project Runway label attached - Models of Runway, about just that, and Project Runway All-Stars, which I'm actually interested in.