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Has SNL Stopped Sucking?!

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The short answer: not entirely. Since it’s on on Saturday nights, when pretty much nothing else is, and since I have DVR, which means my standards for television are markedly lower than most people’s, I’m actually one of about three people that’s been watching Saturday Night Live in its entirely for the last few years. I had high hopes for this season; after all, the current political environment means comedy shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are flourishing. With a week to prepare each episode (and lately, two weeks, since SNL seems to show a rerun every other weekend), I figured they might be able to knock it out of the park.

Well, not quite. As always, it’s hit or miss. For every well-written adaptation of a weekly news topic, there’s some awkward and half-formed skit that you can just tell seemed funny at 2 a.m. on a Thursday, after 12 hours of work and eight cups of coffee each. Also, I fucking hate Gilly. I HATE HER. Learn to edit yourselves, SNL writers.

So here’s my suggestion: Every week, the group should prepare a 90-minute show, as SNL currently is, and then on Thursday or Friday, knock it back to an hour. Seriously, one hour. One musical performance (i.e. one song) and fewer skits. In 2010, unless it’s a movie, there are very few shows I’m willing to devote more than an hour to (i.e. none). Project Runway, a longtime favorite, is also currently suffering from the delusion that I want to watch 90 minutes each week, and so I’ve found myself fast-forwarding through entire conversations (as well as all weighty pauses before and during elimination rounds) to cut it back down to 60.

Listen TV, you’re surviving, and I’m happy for you. The Internet hasn’t killed you off yet. But our attention spans are getting shorter, or at least mine is. Learn to cull the self-indulgent and keep it snappy.

So here be my curated favorites from SNL this week (So I’m partial to fake commercials. Deal with it).

 
kira

9:45 AM on October 25th, 2010 | 

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I Do My Little Turn On The Catwalk

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projectrunway6For someone whose favorite designer is “The Gap”—and even then, only when stuff is on sale—I find myself endlessly fascinated by Project Runway. Something about the combination of high-drama egos and high-stakes competition, coupled with a sassy gay (Oh Michael Kors, how I’ve missed you) makes this one of few shows that has managed to capture my attention for a full five seasons (I missed the Top Chef season with all the faux-hawks). This is, of course, to say nothing of the sheer awe with which I watch people turn rolls (I know they’re called bolts, but to use that word would suggest some knowledge of garment construction on my part, an untruth made evident by the fact that I’ve never even sewed a button back on) of fabric into beautiful dresses, or piles of trash into chic separates. In many ways, fashion design is like cooking for me: I know the ingredients exist, but put them in front of me and all I can think is “Don’t they sell this stuff, like, pre-made in stores?”

In short, Project Runway Season Six premiered last night, the first episode of the first season since the show’s controversial move to Lifetime, otherwise home to half-baked dramas and made-for-TV movies about domestic violence. Legal squabbling and network preference aside, Runway fans like myself have mostly spent the last year wondering whether moving PR off Bravo would mean changing some of the show’s fundamentals—judges, challenges, Tim Motherfucking Gunn. Those same fans will be relieved to know the answer to all of the above is a resounding no. Read More ›

 
kira

9:26 AM on August 21st, 2009 | 

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Hanging By A Thread

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These sorts of challenges are the reason The Fashion Show will never be as good as Project Runway.

 
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9:15 AM on July 8th, 2009 | 

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Perhaps not THE, but at least A Fashion Show

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fashionshow-335x450Oh Bravo. Poor poor Bravo. 

After more than a year of legal battling over the future of Project Runway, the NBC offshoot officially settled, sending the PR over to undoubtedly excited Lifetime Entertainment and leaving us stalwart Runway fans to wonder: What will replace it?!

Well the day has come - last week Bravo aired the inaugural episode of The Fashion Show, a Runway-knockoff that’s about 89% exactly the same. Differences? Project Runway favorites; judges Michael Kors, Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia, are gone (to be seen again in the August debut of Lifetime’s long-since-filmed PR Season 6), as is designer mentor Tim Gunn, replaced by a subpar cast of characters who don’t even come close to the same level of personality. 

On The Fashion Show, designer Isaac Mizrahi and former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland take on the dual roles of mentors and judges: though Mizrahi makes a bonafied effort to fill the “I make snarky gay comments” role previously mastered by Kors, he alone cannot compensate for the utter borefest that is Kelly Rowland, whose contributions to fashion-related discussions are things like “Let me just say, I would never wear that.” At least Heidi Klum made a living wearing clothes (read: underwear). Joining the duo at judge’s table is IMG senior vice president Fern Mallis. Despite the fact that Mallis is responsible for Fashion Week, it’s pretty obvious why Bravo only used her as a stand-in judge during past PR seasons: she has the personality of a mannequin. Read More ›

 
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10:10 AM on May 12th, 2009 | 

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Get Real

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So it’s been about a thousand years since my last post, and despite Aaron’s uncanny ability to pick up the slack when I’m sucking wind, I know in my heart of hearts that you all missed me. Similarly, I know by now that you are undoubtedly going through some sort of prolonged withdrawal from reality television coverage, a sobering process that involves no shortage of tremors and migraines, to say nothing of your reluctant need to find reading alternatives — things like “newspapers” and “books.”

Worry not, dear friends, I have returned - and with me (thanks to having cable installed literally as I moved into my new apartment) a smattering of reality updates, which should not only make up for lost time but leave us in a good position to weather the dearth of TV options available to us come spring. Ready your DVRs.


thumbkenley-100x100Project Runway: In case you don’t take a daily gander at the cover of the New York Post, former Project Runway finalist Kenley Collins was arrested this week for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend in the middle of their raucous breakup — with her cat. Yes, she threw her cat at him. Ironically the charge is for possession of a (feline) weapon, and not animal cruelty, and I’m all the more disheartened to find that coverage of this little spat made the front page, while the tragic death of Natasha Richardson was relegated to page 5. Although I guess the headline “Pussy whipped!” was too good to pass up as front-page fodder.


thumbtoughlove-100x100Tough Love: This “He’s Not That Into You”-esque VH1 venture premiered this past week, to the chagrin of anyone who thought the channel would ever stop creating celebrities out of idiots. The premise of the show is a second-generation matchmaker, who looks exactly like the lame kind of guy your parents would want you to bring home, helping eight women discover what it is they do wrong with men, and how to fix it. The first episode includes two different instances of the ladies being forced to watch “objective” males denigrate their physical appearance and pass snap judgments on their character, which is apparently supposed to help them understand how to become better. (Lesson No. 1: Lose 20 pounds?) Having just seen the actual He’s Just Not That Into You, which was both guiltily awesome and completely hypocritical (a ludicrous number of happy endings), I suspect this show’s shelf life is about the same as that of the movie: two hours.


thumbjersey-100x100The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Against my better judgment, I’ve been devouring the latest New York incarnation of this show; class wars, Long Island-accented gossip and all. So you can imagine my elation upon discovering that the much-anticipated New Jersey season is both real, and imminent. Debuting May 12, TRHOFNJ includes the typical mix of stay-at-home moms (read: perpetual shoppers) and self-righteous employed women, whose businesses are generally financed through whatever more lucrative profession their husband occupies. But considering the New York ladies are, both in character and geography, only a hop, skip and jump away from what I’d consider Jersey trash, I can’t even begin to fathom what women actually from the Garden State will do — but I suspect it will involve lots of hairspray.

 
kira

9:28 AM on March 19th, 2009 | 

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Project Runway finale: Faux fur, real tears

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pr1Project Runway’s Season Finale Part 1 aired last night, effectively reminding four million viewers that the best way to gain public sympathy is to cry on camera while discussing your difficult past. I don’t know if PR has started to include “rough childhood” in its audition requirements, but it seems an increasing number of contestants have some version of the requisite sob story, which helps Bravo drag out its two-part finale while simultaneously convincing sappy viewers the world over that growing up poor means you’re entitled to win reality television shows. Read More ›

 
kira

10:33 AM on October 9th, 2008 | 

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