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 Project Runway, you are dead to me!

Oh, who am I kidding? I'll probably watch again. They've made dreadful decisions before and I kept coming back.

Or... maybe not. Seriously, it's on Lifetime now so the winner has to be a Lifetime woman? Is that it? 

Completely embarrassing. It's not a show about fashion anymore, it's apparently a show about low-end department store clothes. Do I smell a marketing tie-in? If so, I hope the line goes down in bitter, bitter flames!

Mondo! Jeez. You were so robbed it's not even funny. I hope the show tanks now. And the internet, by the way, is cracking with universal vitriol. I hope Lifetime hears it all... and I hope Mondo hears all the outrage on his behalf. 

Oh, and here's my prediction. Next season, Lifetime will add some sort of a 'viewer's vote,' and they'll delay editing the actual finale until after they see how the public is reacting.

Date: 2010-10-29 11:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prusik.livejournal.com
Seth Aaron is a Lifetime woman?

Date: 2010-10-29 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
You think shows develop their 'voice' in the course of a single season? I don't.

But even at that, to me the show (and the judging) have gone steadily downhill. I thought Seth Aaron's season was pretty abysmally cast, and this cast was worse. I'm not sure even Mondo would have won in a stronger field -- but I'm pretty sure Gretchen would have been out no more than midway in almost any of the earlier seasons.

Date: 2010-10-29 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prusik.livejournal.com
Well, no. It develops over eight. However, if we go with that line of argument, "so the winner has to be a Lifetime woman" really doesn't make sense because if that's true, then you *do* think shows develop their 'voice' in the course of a single season. (cf. Seth Aaron. Also, at 26 when she won, Irina was too young for the Lifetime demographic.)

If the goal is to make the show's target demographic happy, as you said yourself, they've pretty much failed at that. Either they weren't making that sort of calculation, or they were incompetent at it.

(As it turns out, the gender breakdown of the winners is as close to 50/50 as you can get with so few data points. Of course, seeing as there are so few data points, I'm not sure the gender breakdown is all that significant. I do wonder if the winner has to be a Lifetime woman, why the judges spent this season eliminating them like nobody's business? Actually, not just Lifetime women, but women in general. They were very close to having an all-male finale.)

I suspect that neither Mondo nor Gretchen would have survived earlier seasons. That's quite a different statement than "the winner has to be a Lifetime woman" though. Also, I'm not sure now delaying the editing until Lifetime knows what the viewers want is any less manipulative than what you're charging. It'd be better if they just let the judges, you know, judge.

Some of the judging this season has definitely been questionable, especially the winners of certain challenges. In the first episodes though, who they eliminate is more important than who wins. I think they more or less eliminated people whose work weren't up to snuff (if not necessary at the right time). We did get a few episodes towards the end where it sounded like they were genuinely debating the merits of each design. I would have liked to have seen them do that more often.

The show was better, IMHO, when it was more of a design competition than a soap opera. (Yes, there has always been a soap opera component, but it's definitely gotten larger.) I do think the show is getting to be a parody of itself. Poor Tim. It's getting to the point where the designers groan when they see him because more often than not, he has to unveil a "surprise twist."

Date: 2010-10-29 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Actually, I wasn't charging anything. I was questioning -- snidely, I might add, with a snarky reference to Lifetime's own marketing positioning, although they dropped the "Television for Women" tagline officially a few years back.

I'm with you, though, on the soap opera angle. I feel like the show's devolved from Top Chef into Hell's Kitchen.

And I hope Tim picks up his marbles and finds another network!

Date: 2010-10-29 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Holy crap! I didn't see that! Thanks for the heads up. I might have to look into making a drive!

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