TCADeadline__140109155905“I’m going to be completely transparent — I thought the same thing!” Tim Gunn said of rapper Macklemore guest judging on Gunn’s new fashion competition series Under The Gun.” That in response to a WTF kind of question about the guest judge choice during the TCA press tour.gunn

“He was fabulous,” Gunn insisted. “He is so knowledgeable about fashion.”

“He was extremely articulate, he was a blast,” chimed in executive producer Sarah Rea.

In November, Lifetime announced it was further expanding the Project Runway franchise with Under The Gunn, a 13-episode new fashion series starring Project Runway co-host Gunn, produced by Runway‘s Bunim/Murray and The Weinstein Co. , featuring Runway alumni, and debuting January 16. Gunn, who a couple months earlier had won an Emmy with Runway co-host Heidi Klum, will carry on with his duties on the mothership competition show. This marks the third Project Runway offshoot on Lifetime, including Project Runway All Stars, now in its third season, and Project Accessory, which ran for one cycle.

In the new series, Runway alums Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos must prove they have the vision and business savvy to operate a fashion empire with 15 up-and-coming designers under their watch.Each mentor will have a team of designers they will manage, coach, cheerlead and, when necessary, knock down with tough love in order to lead them to success. Contestants will face the critiques of designer Rachel Roy, celebrity stylist Jen Rade and Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi.