Thursday, March 09, 2006

Reality TV Induced Coma

"I feel like a penis with ears." - Kathy, America's Next Top Model 6

Oh that pretty much sums up last night's onslaught of reality TV. A bit ridiculous but somewhat enjoyable. Between America's Next Top Model, American Idol, Project Runway, Black/White, and Top Chef my remote control got a workout.

First, the new season of ANTM. Tyra, Miss J. Alexander and Jay Manuel are all back. Jay Manuel looked like an Oompaloompa who got stranded in a Sephora store. Girlfriend was wearing lipliner and gloss!

Anyway, the finalists selected are all unique looking which I like. Thank god the immature, young, and ignorant Dani did not make the final cut. The fact that she said she didn't like gay people was completely ignorant and HELLO you want to work in the fashion industry. But let's talk about people I like. Nnenna seems to be the front runner. She is FLAWLESS. I also like Jade. I want her cheekbones.

One of the challenges in the episode was a mock press conference - and Janice Dickinson was there! Yay! I'm glad we didn't have to wait until the middle of the season for Janice time. Also on the mock panel was Trey Smith. I'm pretty sure he's Will Smith's oldest son but they did not mention that. I guess he's trying to "make his own name." I think this will be an interesting season.

On to Project Runway. **SPOILER ALERT**I got it wrong. I predicted Santino would win because I had seen picture stills of his collection before last night's episode. I found his clothes to be pretty and akin to something Lindsay HoHan or another starlet might wear. I found Daniel V.'s line to be a bit boring and there was no real cohesive theme. Although the bags he made were kick-ass. Chloe's line was pretty as well and I liked the color scheme, but I thought it looked very ready-to-wear-Tarjay like. Nothing wrong with that of course but I would expect something more from America's next big designer. But she does cut a mean dress that fits a woman's curves - thus Chloe was picked as the winner of PR2.

Now that PR is over, Bravo is unrolling 2 new reality shows, one of which came last night. Top Chef is a competition for chefs and culinary mavens and looks to be intense. I haven't decided if I'm going to invest time in this one, but something one of the chef's did last night bothered me A LOT. While working the line in the kitchen he was instructed by the hardcore French chef to taste a sauce before drizzling it over a dish. The chef then proceeds to dip his bare finger into the pan, lick his finger to taste the sauce, and continue cooking. EWW EWWW EWWWWWW. The French chef gave him hell about that and later he was eliminated from the competition. Now, I've worked in restaurants as a waitress and I know things like this happen, but you just don't want to see it. And especially because these contestants are supposed to be top chefs one would think they would follow the strictest rules of sanitary and professional guidelines. It made me not want to go out to eat!

Last show I want to discuss is FX's Black/White. The show's premise is to take one black and one white family, use professional Hollywood makeup to make them into another race and then see how their views on race relations change. I didn't watch much of the show but what stuck out the most is how the make up did not really do a good job of changing the person's race. The white dad who was made into a black man looked just like C. Thomas Howell in Soul Man.

(Horrible movie and totally unrealistic make up job to turn C. Thomas Howell into a black man so he can get a college scholarship.) I think if I saw the Black/White families out in public I would do a double take and comment on how peculiar they look. Maybe I'm just extra observant... did anyone else watch this show?


Blogger I-66 said...

I'm pissed.

I'd heard about Black/White and saw a preview for it talking about "premier tonight on FX" so I was all paying attention and then it said "tonight at 10"

Did I mention it was 11:15 at the time? No? Oh. Well it was 11:15. A little late, clowns.

10:48 AM  
Blogger michelle said...

I got sucked into ANTM. I'm glad Dani didn't make it, but it would've made for an interesting season! That southern chick was so cute with her slow talk and goofy "drop it like it's hot" dance movies. She would've made great entertainment too. I'm not really a fan of Jade, she is way to cocky. Sounds like someone who is way insecure is trying to overcompensate. I'm glad there's an asian chick on there (represent!) but she is so weird! I swear it's like verbal diarrhea with the stuff that comes out of her mouth - that and her strange facial expressions.

Black/White sounds interesting. I'll have to check that out.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Heather B. said...

I was watching a CNN special on Black/White and also noticed how ridiculous they looked. The black mom who turned white? I would've been scared shitless if I saw her in person.

But I am a total sucker for ANTM. That Jade is going to make for an interesting season.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Betsy & Arlene said...

We were really stressed out last night because the DV-R will only tape 2 shows at a time... anyway... there were too many things on last night, between American Idol, One Tree Hill (I don't watch it, but Arlene does), ANTM, then Runway... it was really overwhelming. But Idol wins out for us. We saw a little of ANTM... and then the pictures today - some of them looked amazing! we're going to have to sacrifice one of our shows next week so we can keep up with it! (But not AI!)

12:38 PM  
Blogger VP of Dior said...

I-66 - I'm sure FX will re-run the hell out of it.

Michelle - Welcome! I was also glad to see an asian contestant along with other racially diverse people.

Heather B - Jade is very interesting...but I think she might be too old to "start" her modeling career now.

B & A - you're lucky to have DVR :)

2:14 PM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

I watched Black/White. The white dad annoyed me! The little white girl seemed to be the only one open to the experience. It should be an interesting show to watch over the next 5 weeks.

As far as Project Runway, I actually liked Santino's line and although Daniel's line wasn't that awesome (although still good)...I think he should have won. However, I do LOVE I was happy that she won.

5:16 PM  
Blogger JordanBaker said...

I had serious anxiety for awhile during ANTM, thinking that they'd let Dani on just to create controversy.

And I've decided that while I liked this season of PR more, last year's finale was better.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Diane Mandy said...

I didn't see the show and after your review, I'm sort of glad I missed it. PS. I agree with your thoughts on Soul Man -- horrile movie that oly got worse with age!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Great Dani quote from ANTM: "I'm glad I can get back to cheerleading, which is, like, my life."

It wasn't even intentional, my watching of ANTM, I was just flipping channels and kept coming back to it.

10:38 AM  

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