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"Under the Gunn" will debut in January and feature "Project Runway" favorites Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos.

Lifetime is expanding its fashion empire.

The female-skewing cable network has picked up Under the Gunn, a new fashion competition series hosted by Emmy winner Tim Gunn.

The series, which will premiere Jan. 16 at 9 p.m., will feature Project Runway alums Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos mentoring and managing a fashion empire with 15 up-and-coming designers. Each of the three mentors will have a team of designers to manage, coach, cheerlead and nurture with tough love.

The aspiring contestants will be critiqued by designer Rachel Roy, stylist Jen Rade and TV fashion correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi.

Under the Gunn hails from The Weinstein Co., Bunim/Murray Productions and the producers behind Emmy-nominated Project Runway. TWC's Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Meryl Poster and Barbara Schneeweiss will executive produce alongside Bunim/Murray's Jonathan Murray, »

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