Wednesday, April 22, 2009

TV Update: Two Hit Shows Returning This Summer

Things will be heating up this August as two hit contestant shows return to the air. Here are the details:

Philbin to Return with New Episodes of ABC's "Millionaire"

ABC is reviving "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" this summer, with original host Regis Philbin. A decade after "Millionaire" became a smash hit, it will return to prime time as a special event. Eleven episodes will air August 9-23. The quiz show burst on the U.S. scene in August 1999. Ratings slid when ABC aired the show too often, and it was canceled as a series back in 2002. But renewed interest has been signaled by "Slumdog Millionaire," this year's Oscar-winning drama about a young contestant on a version of the show in India.

"Project Runway" Returns August 20 on Lifetime

One of the better reality programs, previously on Bravo, will be back this summer on Lifetime. The legal battle over airing "Project Runway" is finally over, and the season six premiere date is set for Thursday, August 20. Lifetime announced the season premiere of the designer-competition series along with a new companion series, "Models of the Runway." Lifetime says "Models of the Runway," which looks at the reality competition from the models' viewpoint, will follow "Project Runway."

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