Frustrated fans sounded off on EW.com, the Web site for Entertainment Weekly. A fan named Beverly wrote: "Do I miss 'Project Runway?' YES!!!...I can patiently wait until summer to see it, but after that, I'm going to be in PR withdrawal."
"Bravo, Lifetime: please work on SOME kind of deal already so we can watch the new season," another fan named dma69 wrote. "The longer this goes on, the less the audience will care when (if) PR finally airs."
Brooks said the battle over "Runway" was emblematic of what he called the new dynamics of television. With more options for viewers, there's more temptation to draw hit shows away from competing networks, he said.
"Because of the fragmentation of television, branded shows become more valuable," he said.
So what does all this mean for the future of "Project Runway"?
"Until there's a home base for the show," Gunn said, "we can't really do anything."