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5 Shows After Dark: Phoning It In, Fashionably

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | January 3, 2013 | Comments ()


"Two and a Half Men" on CBS at 8:30pm ET. 10th season winter premiere. We're now at the point where a full one and a half of the original title characters have betrayed some serious mental imbalances. I'm beginning to think Jon Cryer is some sort of dark wizard because either whatever's in the water over there hasn't affected him at all, or he's Imperiused his co-stars to make himself look better. He obviously went a touch overboard with Charlie Sheen. I can't decide which is more likely.

"Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oregon vs. Kansas State" on ESPN at 8:30pm ET. There's an interesting sort of social economic commentary to be found in the names of bowl games and how they change (or don't) year to year. Fortunately, I did not study economics or sociology, so I won't be the one to write that paper.

"Project Runway All Stars" on Lifetime at 9:00pm ET.

"Elementary" on CBS at 10:00pm ET.

"What Not To Wear" on TLC at 10:00pm ET. 10th season premiere. You guys, they could totally make an app that just spits out "Coordinating separates that aren't matchy-matchy!" and "structured pieces that define your shape!" and it would be basically exactly the same as watching the show.

Genevieve Burgess will be writing the date wrong for the next two months.

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  • Nat Kittyface

    Bravo very briefly had a What Not to Wear-esque show with Tim Gunn, and it was soooo much better. He didn't spend half his time mocking the target or bullying them, and instead of just showing them BS examples on a mannequin of what one specific outfit he personally would want them to wear (not terribly helpful), he actually gave them a printout of their body shape and drew different cuts of clothing on it with a sharpie to show them why different shapes and cuts do or don't compliment them and how. Then, instead of just "$5000 to go buy some clothes or whatever," he also gave them a specific list of types of clothes they should own (e.g. a trench coat, a business suit, etc.) to give them a guideline - personal styling after that was totally their call, he just gave them the tools to figure out what their body type is and what that means as far as necklines and hems and whatnot.

    It was bafflingly sensitive, educational, and well-made for a reality show, which is probably why it was cancelled two or three seasons in. They clearly needed room for more housewives.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I actually like both versions, but I definitely miss Tim Gunn who, in all of his interviews, appears to be delightful and the sort of person we need more of.

  • e jerry powell

    As far as more Tim Gunn, clearly not afternoons on ABC, where Clinton Kelly still has a job next to Mario Batali.

  • Slash

    As a semi-regular viewer of What Not to Wear, I can tell you that an app would not be the same as watching the show. Not even remotely.

    That's kind of the beauty of the only decent thing left to watch on The "Learning" Channel.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Plus she missed the fact that last night's show was with Tiffany. Tiffany!

  • e jerry powell

    And Tiffany's breasteses.

    Damn, those things have their own gravitational pull.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    yeah, I actually did mentally note that the one thing she has been shopping for well on her own was bras.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm thinking she may well have had a professional to assist her with that one. Never a bad thing.

  • Orleanas

    I agree. I find Stacy and Clinton to be great, overall, and to be the only makeover folks to consistently lead their "clients" to finding and to wearing clothes that accentuate the best of the body the clients have now. I find their interactions to be very positive and supportive. Their show is the only one I bother to keep track of on TLC (especially since I began watching the show with its first episode with no Clinton) and am quite annoyed that TLC doesn't seem to promote this show as much anymore.

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