ENTERTAINMENT news: Project Runway All Stars returns and more

The second installment of Project Runway All Stars begins October 25 on Lifetime and will be hosted by supermodel Carolyn Murphy.  Celebrity guest judges will include Stacy Keibler, Liv Tyler, and Katie Holmes, among others.  Returning designers include: Wendy Pepper (Season 1), Andrae Gonzalo (Season 2), Kayne Gillaspie (Season 3), Uli Herzner (Season 3), Suede (Season 5), Althea Harper (Season 6), Emilio Sosa (Season 7), Peach Carr (Season 8), Casanova (Season 8), Ivy Higa (Season 8), Anthony Ryan Auld (Season 9), Laura Kathleen (Season 9), and Joshua McKinley (Season 9).

In addition to a second Allstars, Lifetime announced a new series called The Houstons: On Our Own, which will follow the family of late pop-icon, Whitney Houston.  The series debuts October 24 with back to back episodes.

This week also marked a renewal point for many hit shows, including NBC’s The Voice, which received an additional two-season order.  In the last couple weeks, it was revealed that the Spring addition of the singing competition would see Shakira fill in for Christina Aguilera (who is expected to make an eventual return) and Usher take Cee Lo Green’s chair.  NBC Universal subsidiary station USA also ordered renewed original hit series’ Royal Pains, White Collar, and Covert Affairs.

Finally, ION plans to begin airing WWE Main Event on October 3.  The show will feature taped matches from the night before.  And in case you’re wondering what’s happening in the flailing world of WWE, tonight’s episode of Smackdown will feature Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya, in their first-ever singles match in their near 10-year careers.  It’s no secret that the women are best friends behind the scenes, but for the camera, they’ve been wanting to face-off against one another for many years.  While a full-blown feud between the two is unlikely, this match finally happens amidst rumors circulating the internet that Beth Phoenix will be leaving WWE in October.

Don’t forget to find your way to the movie theaters this weekend either to catch Joseph Gordon Levitt’s new film Looper, which opens against Adam Sandler’s new animated comedy Hotel Transylvania and the new Maggie Gyllenhaal/Viola Davis drama Won’t Back DownThe films will compete against Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena’s critically acclaimed cop-drama End of Watch and Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve for the top spot, thought Sandler’s animation should easily come out on top.

Click here for my End of Watch review http://asseenby.com/2012/09/22/watch-your-six-in-end-of-watch/

That’s your brief for now,