2006_12_timgunn.jpgMay the television gods hear our and others' pleas! Last month, the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan broke the news that Tim Gunn was not signed for a fourth season of Project Runway:

Will he be back? Ever the modest one, he would only say he "makes no assumptions," but he would come back "in a heartbeat" if asked. There's no official word, by the way, that there will be a fourth season, but it seems more likely than a supersize season finale of "Grey's."

Gunn, who was in Chicago for an appearance at Macy's Thursday, said that filming most likely would not commence until Parsons The New School of Design, where the show is usually shot, has finished up its academic year in May. "Parsons pays my bills," said Gunn, who is chair of the school's fashion department. If the show wanted to start up before then, "Good luck to you," was Gunn's reaction. He also noted that the school just wouldn't have room for "Runway" filming until the academic year was over.

Today, the Daily News reports (per an Entertainment Weekly story) that even though Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia had been signed, Gunn still hasn't been signed for the fourth season. The producers say they will "find a way to work around everyone's schedules," but one would also suspect producers want to fast track production to get another season on the air quickly. Let's hope this is off-season drama that's being created to make us excited for a new round.

Gothamist on Project Runway. Blogging Project Runway has Tim Gunn's advice column from O magazine, including what to do when someone is talking on a cellphone loudly! And we love Tim Gunn so much that we waited on line for hours to see him. Also, his middle initial is "M" ("M" for "Make It Work"?).