Reality Roundup February 2013
So with the Oscars tonight, nothing is on but some cable shows I watch (Shameless, Walking Dead). I’m looking more and more towards covering more cable shows here as they don’t seem to be canceled as quickly. I did decide to pull together a little post covering some of the reality shows I’ve been watching, or flicking on, and my thoughts on them. Much as with current TV, I haven’t been feeling reality TV as of late!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
I really enjoy “Drag Race,” but my current work schedule doesn’t get me home until it’s half over! So I miss all the fun drama. I could watch it on rerun, but so much is on Monday nights that I usually don’t bother. So far I just haven’t gotten into it this season, mostly because of time.
Normally I really enjoy this show, but this season it seems like so many of the contestants are just down right bad! One guy won the first three challenges in a row, and I was beginning to think they should give him the trophy and call it quits. Really I think in the end the whole competition will come down to two of the guys (whose faces I can see, just not their names). Everyone else on the show kinda blows . . .
I adored the Runway All Stars 2 that just aired, and I am HATING this season so far. The team aspect just killed it for me, along with the 90 minute format. I love “Project Runway,” but this 90 minutes is overkill! As for the teams, I think too many crapy designers got through only because of their teams, and the expense of others who shouldn’t have gone home honestly. Now they are in teams of 2, I’m sure eventually they’ll be on their own.
I don’t even know why this show is still on the air to be honest. I tried to watch some of the auditions and vegas and hollywood rounds. It’s just bad. Kill it! Take it off! How many people who have won this have really gone on to be superstars? Their first, Kelly Clarkson, is still the biggest. Second to her would be the country winner. Otherwise it’s people who come in 2nd, 3rd, 4th that make it! Please Fox, just end this show! It hogs too much of the week and airtime as is.
Dancing With The Stars
DWTS will reveal their new cast this week. Who can they get that they haven’t got yet? Unless they managed to score some huge stars, I’m seeing a lot of olympians, football stars, a washed up rocker and reality television stars. With Maxsim out this season, will the ladies even watch?
Project Runway: Over The Ven Show!
This post is just some random thoughts on how “Project Runway” is going so far . . . .
First, I’m so over the Ven show. Originally I loved him and I thought he was talented. Then they had the challenge where they had to deal with real world people, not negative size models. He showed just what an ass he was in how he treated the woman who was nominated by her friend for a makeover. All he could talk about was how fat she was, how he doesn’t design for fat women, that he got the fattest of all the clients and it wasn’t fair. Newsflash Ven . . . she wasn’t fat . . . in fact you are bigger than she is! I wish she had pointed that out to him honestly. He made her and her friend cry on the runway! Then when the judges had him standing up their last . . . after the loser went home and gave him a talking to . . . he complained to the other designers how unfair and mean that was. I can’t stand Ven anymore.
I’m also over the fact that some of the designers are one trick ponies and keep doing the same thing over and over. Christopher and his shredded fabric look. Ven and his draping with the the spiral pattern in the middle. Thankfully Elana has been moving away from the Soviet shoulder pad look the last few episodes!
The latest episode was the “Lord and Taylor’s” challenge where they had to make a marketable and manufacturable dress. Elena was reduced to tears when she was in the top (but didn’t win) . . . as she felt she’d never be in the top. The top two were Fabio and Christopher, and honestly I hated both of their dresses. Well, I didn’t hate them, but I felt others were far superior. I thought the zipper in the back of Fabio’s dress was ugly and distracting. Actually I believe this has been an issue I’ve had with several of his dresses. Christopher’s dress won and . . . okay I hated it. Was it ugly? No. However it was something I could see Nicole Kidman wearing in a period piece like “Australia” or “The Others.” It was not today at all, it just looked old!
In the end, nobody went home this week because they felt there were no real horrid mistakes or stinkers. Next week is a dreaded team challenge though, and it appears the love/truce between Dimitri and Elena will come to and end!
Project Runway: All Hell About To Break Loose?
So we are now three episodes into the new season, and all hell is about to break lose it seems. This week was the first partners challenge. Not only were they randomly paired up, but it was the red carpet challenge, and their clients were former contestants! It seemed the show strived hard to pick a mix of the nicest ones, and then nastiest ones they could. Ironically Irena, who seemed the worst to work for and generally seemed to hate her dress, ended up in the end having one of the top 2 dresses. The look on her face when it was picked as one of the highest was priceless. I don’t think she expected it, and really neither did some of the other contestants!
However next week seems to be when it falls apart. At the end of this week Andrea and Christopher were both on the block against some others. Both were safe, but it appeared to be too hard on them. Christopher was devastated, while Andrea took the attitude “well I won’t mind going home to my family and friends.” Then the next morning, all of her stuff was gone. Yup, it seems like Andrea went out the door! Then we got the preview that Kooan is teasing his decision to also leave the show. In this last challenge, even though he won with Gunnar, he felt he was way out of his element as he doesn’t do gowns. Will he leave too? That would probably mean bringing some people back to stretch the season out.
Finally, while he is a great designer, this season is already looking to be the “Ven Season.” How much excitement can there be if he just keeps winning challenge after challenge? I hope the others step it up!
Make It Werk! Runway Returns For Its 10th Anniversary Edition!
‘Project Runway’s’ new season began last night with a celebration that it’s been on the air for ten years now. They celebrated this with a runway challenge and show in Time Square.
Now as usual, I’m not going to remember most of these peoples names until a few weeks in, when we whittle them down. I mean by time the runway challenge came around I found myself saying “Who is that, I don’t remember them until this very moment!”
The challenge involved bringing one pre-made outfit that represented them as a designer, and then having to make a second complimentary one. Several people really stepped it up, and Ven Budha already has a target on his back from several for his ability four coutuuuuuurrrreeee!
In the end it came down to Kooan Kosuke (aka “Crazy Afro Asian” as I kept calling him since I didn’t know his name) and two others, Lantie Foster who was some seemingly stuck up woman who reworked vintage clothing and Beatrice Guapo, a crunchy granola who was way into knit fabrics. Beatrice was out, which I thought was a mistake. I felt Lantie was just naaaaaasty on the runway, and as Michael Koors and others pointed out she just reworked ugly old clothes into ugly new clothes. She should have gone. I’m glad Crazy Afro Asian stayed, because I thought he was hilarious!
From the previews, and previous seasons, we probably have a few weeks of the dreaded team challenges ahead of us. That always brings out the drama, and Lantie is sure to serve it up!
Reality Roundup March ’12
Just some of my thoughts on some reality shows currently airing, or coming up soon!
Tonight is the Season 2 finale of “Face Off” on SyFy. I’m going to miss the show, but Season 3 is guaranteed. I don’t know who I want to win honestly. I think maybe Ian. I am sad that Sue got the boot last week. I like to cheer on the underdog . . . sometimes!
This week is also the first of a two part finale for “Project Runway All-Stars.” I am hoping Austin wins the whole she-band. I love Mondo, but sometimes his designes can be a bit out there. I’m sure we’ll be treated to a whole lot of Michael crying, and Kenley’s insane polka-dots!
“The Voice,” well honestly I haven’t been watching as of late. I’m sure I will get back into it. I just feel like during the blind rounds they passed over so many amazing singers, for ones who sometimes weren’t so amazing. After about an hour of the 2-hour shows I end up turning it off because my ears hurt and I keep wonder “What the hell were you thinking judge?”
I think I can safely say I’m done with “American Idol” for the season. Is anyone still watching? Every week I put it on, and turn it off quicker than “The Voice.” All those contestants and this bunch is who made it through? Some of these kids are just painful to listen to! Oh and can the show please just retire Whitney Houston songs? Randy tells them every year not to do them, and now they seem to want to do them even more!
“Dancing With The Stars” is coming up soon. I’m actually impressed with the line-up this year, they actually have more real stars than silly reality stars. Unfortunately for me, non of the real stars are anyone I care to tune in for. I’ll probably watch it when other shows are repeats . . . .
February Reality Round-up!
Just a “Reality TV” post with some thoughts on what I’m watching . . . or kinda watching.
As of yet, I have not caught “American Idol 11″ fever. I’m sure once we get down to the top 13 or so I will be into it. Right now, I could care less. In fact the shows over the past week really annoyed me, and I feel speak to the desperate situation the show is in to get viewers. An entire Hollywood Week episode without a single performance? It was all group drama! I have always loathed Hollywood Week as is. The show is about finding a solo act, why do they do this? I get it’s a quick way to cut people, but I think they cut too many people who could have gone on to be amazing sometimes.
“The Voice” I am of course loving, watching every minute of, and they haven’t gotten out of audition rounds. Fox must really hate that this has become such a smash hit. There is talk NBC may go forward with a fall version given how popular it is. Bring it! I really love that they don’t put age limits on the artists as “American Idol” does. I get the two shows are looking for two differnt type of artists in the end . . . but really in the end it’s all about “The Voice” isn’t it? The one woman on who was in her fifties that Adam referred to as Chakka Kahn . . . she was amazing! She is my favorite so far. She is a true diva!
I have gotten into “Project Runway All Stars,” more than I thought I would given there is no Heidi or Tim or Michael or Nina . . . But I get the idea that the casts need “fresh” judges. As usual though I don’t agree with a lot of their decisions though. How could they send Rami home, he is amazing! Meanwhile Michael should have been sent home a week or so ago for that home-made Barbie doll clothes outfit he made. You know what I’m talking about if you watch the show! I believe it was the “Clothes Off Your Back” challenge. He made what looked like crocheted Barbie doll clothes . . .what Grandmas in the 70s and 80s would make for their grandkids because they were too cheap to buy the real clothes. Or just wanted to be crafty . . . I also thought Jerell should not have been safe in this last “Godspell” challenge because his model did not look rich at all. Austin should have won that one, hands down. Oh and when the hell are we going to send Kenley and those damn polka dots home?
As usual, I’m loving SyFy’s “Face Off.” It’s “Project Runway” meets a horror film. I wish though they’d send that awful Jerry home. Sometimes I think these reality shows keep the huge trouble makers around for the behind the scenes drama they cause . . . and he’s one of them!
I feel that this season’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is basically a total drag. Did they run out of competent Queens to compete? I really have no one on the show I love and am routing for. IF I had to pick I’d go with the Goth Queen (see I don’t even know her name) just because she’s so different and fun. I feel like they scraped the bottom of the barrel here.
Finally there is WE’s “Joan Knows Best.” I watched this last season and laughed my ass off. This season seems to be far more serious given Melissa and Jason’s relationship problems. If you even have seen the cover of a people magazine or have ever turned on “E,” well SPOILER ALERT . . . . you know she and Jason split up last year. Their split is going to be, it seems, the focus of this season. I feel bad watching this honestly . . . but given what Jason does . . . I can’t stop! If you never read the news bits . . . SPOILER ALERT! Melissa learns while she’s away on business Jason made “appearances” on “adult oriented websites.” I don’t know what that means, but my guess is he got caught on a web cam site somehow.
Reality Roundup January 2012
Just a quick post on some shows I’ve started watching (again) but don’t often think to regularly blog about.
SyFy’s special effects show “Face Off” is back, hosted by McKenzie Westmore of “Passions” fame. This show really is a guilty pleasure. It’s “Project Runway” meets sci-fi/horror make-up. I love it, though I often don’t agree with who they send home each week. The show just started back up, you can catch it on On-Demand.
Speaking of “Project Runway,” I was really excited about the “All Stars” series, until I found out there is no Heidi, no Tim, No Nina and no Michael. What’s the point? I haven’t seen it because I’ve been on vacation, but I’m sure Lifetime will have a marathon soon enough.
Over to Bravo is “Tabatha Takes Over.” No longer doing just Salons, she’s expanded to all sorts of businesses this season. I just love her take no shhhhhhh attitude. Love Tabatha!
Starting up soon will be “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” yet another guilty pleasure. Just love how down and dirty these drag queens get.
I only watched a little of the premier of “American Idol” last night. I usually enjoy the auditions, but this year other TV is winning me over. I’m sure I’ll get caught up in Idol-Mania soon enough, only to wonder why yet again. I’m not sure what the point of the show is anymore, as the people who win more often than not don’t go on to great careers . . . .
Project Runway Season 9: Heidi Channels Paula!
“Project Runway” Season 9 began this week, and they did things a little differently. They started off with 20 designers and had to immediately cut 4 in a very “American Idol” like process. The judges sat at a table as the designers showed them their best. Heidi played the role of Paula, and it seemed like she was even drinking some Paula juice!
Eventually the competition got underway, with them having to make an outfit out of only their bed sheet and their pajamas they wore the night before. It was an interesting challenge.
Some of the outfits were great, some were horrific. They guy that was sent home I felt bad for, because Tim told him that he was an “on the fence” add by the judges. I think that completely killed his confidence.
One girl came claiming she had just learned to sew in the past 4 months. I was shocked when they let her into the competition, I felt like this was going to be a disaster. She almost won! She made a great outfit.
It looks like it’s going to be a good season with a lot of drama based on the previews!
Gretchen Wins Project Runway 8, Twitter Explodes, Crunchy Granola Coming To A Walmart Near You
So Gretchen won this season of “Project Runway.”
I . . . was . . . so . . . angry! I stayed up late to watch the rerun and felt I had not only wasted those 2 hours, but waisted time this entire season.
I completely expected Mondo to win, and I think he deserved to win. I just DIDN’T understand their crappy judging this season, especially from Top Designer Michael Korrs and Neeeeenaaaa Gaaaaacccciaaaaa.
I loved Heidi trying her best to argue for Mondo at the end. Nina and Michael were all about Gretchen’s “wearability” and “sale-able” to the mainstream woman. I feel like in the past they have marked people down for designing clothes just like that. Suddenly that was in, cutting edge was out.
I also felt Gretchen’s clothes were just, as they constantly said, crunchy granola boring. How suddenly did her clothes, as Korrs put it, become what America wanted. He said she had her finger on the pulse of fashion, that she was what was now in.
I was just overall frustrated. Some people do like Gretchen and feel she did deserved to win. One of those being Gretchen. Her lack of humility also irked me. The day after many TV/Fashion sites had interviews with her and she point blank said not only did she deserve to win, she EXPECTED to win.
I hope Gretchen did not go read Twitter after the episode, because it exploded with love for Mondo and disgust for Grouchy Gretchen.
Oh and it was sweet to see her former girl BFFs on the show turn on her at the reunion after watching the seasons episodes and seeing how nasty Gretchen was in all of her confessional interviews!
Project Runway: Karma Is A Bitch!
Last night’s “Project Runway” was pretty epic. In fact I got two amazing chuckles.
In an episode where Heidi was the client, past contestants were brought back to work with current ones to help them with the challenge. Poor Michael C said he’d rather have worked on his own because everyone of course hates him.
Unfortunately one of the people brought back was Ivy. Ivy then proceeded to accuse Michael C of cheating in one of the challenges. She, and others, even said they went to the producer the next day with the claim, but by then it was too late. Their claim was that he apparently used some kind of tape to put together his outfit. He had said to the camera (interview) that the model used the tape on some sticky-boob cup things, and had he taped his outfit together he would have not left evidence around.
Okay first, am I watching the right show here? Because I know damn well I’ve seen outfits go down the runways AND be called out for being stapled, safety pinned and every other form of last minute screwed up construction! So what if he used tape?
Tim basically put Ivy in her place for this accusation, and then so did the universe (probably with some editing help). She went on this rant about how Michael C was a horrible person, his family should be ashamed to watch him on this show, and she believed Karma would get him. Then we saw her sewing machine attack her and nearly put her eye out! . . . . . . I know one shouldn’t laugh at a serious accident, but Ivy is nasty and it was funny (and I suspect good editing).
The other amazing part of this episode was when Heidi basically called Gretchen out on the runway for being completely unable to take criticism. She even did this hilarious impersonation of her as a grumpy gorilla! Gretchen was convinced Heidi hates her. Hey Gretchen . . . . don’t look on twitter cause it’s not just Heidi! She is just as nasty as Heidi and I really wish she was sent home last night.
Unfortunately Christopher was sent home. I think Gretchen should have gone, in part because of her horrid attitude this whole season, but she brings the drama and I think the show likes having that.
I also found myself once again NOT agreeing with the judges. The contestants were supposed to be making active wear for Heidi’s line, but in fact this is not really active wear people are working out in. It’s “throw this on and look trendy running errands in” wear. The judges thought April’s outfits were great, though she didn’t win. I thought they looked like lingerie personally. I thought for sure she’d be in the bottom, but she wasn’t.