Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Suede by Barbara Nitke/Bravo Photo Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Suede by Barbara Nitke/Bravo Photo

NBC Universal won a crucial battle Friday in its bid to unravel Project Runway's deal with Lifetime.

A New York court agreed to temporarily block the Emmy-nominated reality series from airing on Lifetime, which inked a five-year deal with the show's producer, The Weinstein Co., earlier this year.

Runway, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, was set to air a new season on the women's network beginning in January. The fifth cycle ends Oct. 15 on Bravo.

Bravo's parent company, NBCU, claimed its rights were violated by Weinstein's deal with Lifetime.

"NBC Universal is pleased that the court granted our motion for a preliminary injunction against The Weinstein Company," the media conglomerate said in a statement. "The overwhelming evidence demonstrated that The Weinstein Company violated NBC Universal's right of first refusal to future cycles of Project Runway. After hearing all of the evidence, the court issued an order prohibiting The Weinstein Company from taking the show or any spin-off to Lifetime."

Lifetime said its agreement was valid and would continue the fight for the show.

"We are disappointed with the court's decision to grant the preliminary injunction against the Weinstein Co.," Lifetime said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that the people hurt most by this ongoing dispute are the loyal fans of Project Runway."

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