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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by murgatroyd, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Lifetime's new show Under the Gunn starts tonight.

    From the teasers, it seems to be a cross between Project Runway and The Taste.

    Former Project Runway designers Anya Ayoung-Chee, Mondo Guerra, and Nick Verreos get to see if they have what it takes to be a mentor like Tim Gunn.

    One of the judges is Zanna Roberts Rassi from PR All-Stars.

    A request: can the first person to post about a new episode put the episode title and Air date in the post title or at the top of their post? Thanks!

    P.S. yes, I spoilered the press release's description of the challenges in episodes one and two above because -- as I write this -- episode one hasn't finished airing on the East Coast yet, and hasn't aired in my time zone at all.
     
  2. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Finally got a chance to watch the first episode. This is the equivalent of the audition phase on The Taste, where the chefs/designers are evaluating half of the designers and picking their teams.

    There's an interesting piece of gamesmanship in both shows because the mentors don't see the entire group of candidates at once. So it could be that good designers who happened to be put in the second group won't get picked for the show if the mentors don't already fill up all their slots.

    It was a wow moment to see that one of the designers, at the start of this six-hour challenge, whipped out a lined bomber jacket and was moving on to the task of making the garment that would go underneath it, while some of his fellow designers were still messing about draping stuff on their forms. I haven't seen such an effective way of terrorizing your fellow competitors since Katarina Witt was making up choreography to other people's program music at the Olympics. :D
     
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Truly TCF Club

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    I didn't like that shoulder-padded bomber jacket when it came out on the runway, but being a fast sewer is half the battle on shows like this. I can't believe the dude who made the dress with the hat and gloves was chosen over the cute wearable polka dot skirt and top. I suppose a hot mess makes better TV than a unexciting but cute dress.
     
  4. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    Oh man, I missed the first episode, but have it set up on SP now.
     
  5. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Episode #1 re-airs next week at 8 PM (in my time zone) immediately before Episode #2.
     
  6. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    LOL of course it does! I hadn't checked but that makes sense for these shows. Thanks!
     
  7. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    You might want to wait until after the episode to decide whether you want to thank me or not. ;)
     
  8. Cainebj

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    Actually it reminds me much more of The Voice who stole their format from The X Factor - I don't watch The Taste so not sure who they ripped off.

    My biggest gripe thus far is the mentors don't quite seem qualified to be mentors. I mean Blake Shelton and Adam Levine they are not. I continue my personal dislike of Mondo. Don't get it - don't know why people like him. His style is pretentious and as my mother would say - if he were chocolate he would eat himself. and Oy - those glasses - if that is his big new fashion line - i am mystified.

    Interesting story from Tim Gunn - Lifetime scheduled a season of Project Runway without asking Heidi Klum who said she couldn't do it in their time frame so they asked Tim to do it without her - he said no Heidi no Tim and they came up with this for the interim slot before the next Project Runway.

    and why is this being shot in LA?
     
  9. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    It would be difficult for the show to remind you of another show you haven't seen. ;)

    (I haven't watched The Voice or the X Factor.)

    Good for Tim.

    I missed several seasons of PR because of cablecard issues. I have the DVDs, but I haven't watched them, because Lifetime keeps insisting on having some flavor of PR on all the time, and I don't want to be watching two different seasons at once. So I've only seen Mondo in all the other scenes where he appears, like the audition scenes and things like this.

    But I think the answer to why these three were chosen is in your post. The reason PR works so well is that Tim is so good being the voice of reason in the workroom. We don't know if these three can do it; that is part of the hook for the show, to find out if they can.

    And if you are going to pick three ex-PR designers to put on the show, wouldn't you want to choose the designers who are the fan favorites, or whose choice would cause the most controversy? Clearly Mondo was chosen because either 1) people love him or 2) people are mystified as to why people love him.

    I forget which one of the guys pointed out that Anya had terrible time management and didn't finish any of her garments when she was on PR -- but then again, she isn't sewing, is she? So does it matter?

    As far as the location, isn't this filmed at the school where Nick has been an instructor? The whole thing has the feel of an extended PR-next-gen audition for Nick, to see if he can transmogrify himself into a mentor.

    That being said -- no one can replace Tim Gunn, which IMHO is the reason that so many of the PR-knockoffs (remember Top Design?) failed.
     
  10. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Tonight's episode is showing a new series title:

    The old SP picked it up here (TiVoHD).
     
  11. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    The twist I wish they had done:

    They could have started with 16 designers instead of 15, and had the four eliminated designers mentored by Tim himself.
     
  12. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

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    OOHH! What a great idea-Tim Gunn, are you listening-season 2 idea here! :up::up::up:

    And I cannot BELIEVE they let Isabelle (AKA COO COO BANANAS) through....she will implode soon....
     
  13. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    It's a twist they could only have done once. Oh, well.

    You think Isabelle is Coo Coo Bananas, but she doesn't seem as 'out there' to me as the designer I saw on PR one season who spit on her fabric instead of using more traditional means to mark it.

    I guess I'm just jaded now. ;)
     
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    Regina I've got Jewbs!

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    Yes, I remember her-I called her "COO COO BANANAS" too...there's one every season ;)
     
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    Wonder why Nick isn't more sought after by the contestants. Seems that his background would be perfect for them since more of them think they have the 'vision' thing down more than technical aspects of designing.
     
  16. Cainebj

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    I just caught up - for some reason - even though this is just Project Runway without Heidi, there's something about it that is not catching on for me.

    The 3 mentors are AWFUL and the judges are not much better. I'm not sure why they are allowing the mentors so much time with the contestants - they are interfering more than they are mentoring.

    Brady got robbed.
     
  17. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    I'm behind, too (ditched the first-night airing on this week's episode to make room for the Olympics).

    The thing about this show? It proves that no one can do Tim Gunn's job as well as Tim can.

    I continue to be fascinated (like watching a train wreck) by watching the designers make supremely wrong fabric choices, just as I used to do in high school when learning to sew.

    What did they learn in design school again? You have to understand your raw materials if you want to do this stuff.
     

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