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I didn’t forget about the HDU…okay maybe I did. Better a little late than never.

Also, since I’m tired and this made me smile today, here’s a special non-TV related treat.

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Last week, Gawker posted this handy spectrum of the most Liberal and Conservative shows on television. I thought it raised some interesting questions based on some curious assumptions.

  • 30 Rock is arguably the most liberal show on television, there’s no disputing that. If there were any doubt, take another look at the liberal-tastic episode, “Hardball,” and Bush-bashing season finale, “Cooter.” The show is the wet-dream of what television-smarties like to call the slumpie audience. Slumpie is an acronym for socially-liberal, urban-minded, professionals. NBC was a network by and for slumpies in the mid-to late ’90s (think Mad About You, The Single Guy, Friends, Will & Grace) and to some extent, it’s Thursday night line-up still is.
  • Anyone else curious as to why The Hills made it so far to the right? The Gawker folks apparently stuck it there because there Heidi Montag supports John McCain and because of the show’s lack of ethnic diversity and gay people and it’s general themese of excess. I suppose that makes sense but that seems like an awkward fit to me. If I were a conservative I’d balk at the implication.
  • As far as patterns go, I think in general, Gawker got it right. However, the task is relatively easy when you’re only listing a few shows.

So my questions to the peanut gallery:

  • What does it mean for a show to be liberal/conservative? Is it in the content, the characters, the topics, the dialogue? Or does it start at the top with the creators and the network?
  • Where does your favorite show fall on the spectrum and do you think its audience falls in the same place? For instance, 24 is one of the my favorite shows but I would put myself on the far left of the spectrum. Curious no?
  • And what can be said for reality competitions? Do they have a place at all on the chart? Is Project Runway more liberal than The Biggest Loser ?

It’s things like this that keep me up at night.

Image: Gawker.com

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It’s Friday and boy am I ready for the weekend. Nothing kicks off two days of bliss better than a hot new dance groove inspired by Jerell, my new favorite Project Runway personality. He gave Kenley the what-for by saying he wanted Korto and Leanna with him “…at da teyents.” It was a funny little accent, trust me you had to see it…and you can...right here.

So the folks at BestWeekEver.tv took the time take that sweet little phrase and turn it into the new autumn jam. There’s even a dance. I’m tickled pink.

Photo: BravoTV.com

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Drag Queen night on Project Runway : Broadway Night on American Idol

What’s with these shows this season? Week after week you berate your contestants for making their clothes too costume-y, too drag queen-y and then you give them an entire Drag Queen challenge? The same thing happened on Idol this season during Andrew Lloyd Weber night. It just doesn’t make sense.

On a positive note, it is wonderful to see Chris March again. I miss his laugh and wacky style.

That’s my two cents.

Photo: NYCblog.Citysearch.com

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So I have a few TV tidbits on my mind. Let’s dish.

  • Despite the fact that the designers are more annoying than a giant tag on a t-shirt, it’s wretched timeslot and the fact that Bravo is trying to run it into the ground, the 5th season of Project Runway is boasting an 18% boost in total viewers compared to last season. WTF? Suede probably fucking loves this. How do I know? He told me: “Suede loves this news.” Third person is about as appealing as the Clap.
  • Yesterday I Tivoed the entire season of The Secret Life of An American Teenager. Before you take my DVR privileges away from me, hear me out. Okay, you know what, never mind. The show is pretty shitty. Unlike its network counterpart Greek, the show isn’t funny, the drama seems contrived, most of the acting sucks (newcomer Shailene Woodley is one of the exceptions). Why do I watch? The commercials look appealing and I am curious to see how ABC Family plays this. Will she keep the baby? Will she keep dating this do-gooder Ben? Will the baby always be the focus of the show? It’s like getting involved in Lost; if I’m not in on the ground floor I will never be able to catch up.

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This is kind of an interesting tidbit:

Fashionista and resident cliche abuser Tim Gunn, worked for free on the first season of Project Runway. True story! He didn’t earn one nickel for shelling out all of that advice, introducing the challenges, or breaking up fights between Wendy and Kara Saun, etc.

To the credit of the money-hungry producers, Tim Gunn had a real day-job as the chair of the Fashion department at the New School. And who knew the show would take off like it did?

During season two he earned $2,500 an episode, a siginificant increase but a paltry sum by reality show standards.

But I’m sure there’s no love lost between Gunn and the Weinstein folks. He’s parlayed a moonlighting gig into a book deal, spin-off TV show, and a cushy exec job at Liz Claiborne.

Oh, and since Bravo is done trying to get you to watch Project Runway, don’t forget that it’s on tonight at 9/8 central.

Photo: http://www.realityonbravo.com

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Got a spare $520 burning a whole in your cashmere lined pockets?

Then this puffy shirt can be yours. You saw how well it worked for Seinfeld.

Wanna guess who designed it? Your favorite designer and mine, Mr. Christian Siriano.

His first collection is for sale on Bluefly and most of the pieces already sold out.

It’s pretty solid and the stuff looks like a lot of the work he did on the show; sharp, tailored, black.

It’s nice to see he’s doing so well so soon. What have you been up to Jay McCarroll?

Photo: Bluefly.com

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