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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Thursday on TV: Do they screen contestants on "Project Runway"?

Project Runway (7 and 11:02 p.m., Lifetime) is a really good reality/competition show. Even if you know absolutely nothing about fashion.

But given the events of the first four episodes of the current season, I can't help but wonder what kind of contestant screening the show's producers and Lifetime do. Because whatever it is, it clearly isn't working.

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In last week's episode, contestant Sandro Masmanidi freaked out. He stormed off the show, smashing a camera in the process.

And it wasn't particularly surprising, given that he's been acting unstable since Episode 1. It seemed more a matter of when than if he was going to get violent.

Clearly, "Project Runway" has always cast contestants because they make good TV, not just good clothes. And crazy makes for good TV.

But unless this was all an act and the show is totally faked, this was not good TV. This was ridiculous and potentially dangerous.

In tonight's episode, the designers work in teams to create mini-collections.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Wipeout (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Former beauty pageant contestants compete.

Big Brother (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The head of household competition.

Motive (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A priest is murdered.

Rookie Blue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Chris' son is kidnapped.

Sullivan & Son (8 and 10 p.m., TBS): Susan helps Carol through a difficult audit.

Hollywood Game Night (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Celebrities, including Kristin Chenoweth, Felicity Huffman, Dominic Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon and Wilmer Valderrama, play parlor games.

Burn Notice (10 p.m., USA): One of Michael's old friends is stirring up trouble.

Anger Management (10:30 p.m., FX): Charlie is caught in a prison riot.

Wilfred (11 p.m., FX): Ryan, Wilfred and an old friend try to outfox each other.

Graceland (11 p.m., USA): Bello's last strike initiates a war.



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