Question: What do you think of such shows as Kill Reality and Battle of the Network Reality Stars, or whatever it's called? Do you think with the recent slump in reality programming (Who Wants to Be a Hilton, The Cut etc.) that networks need to cut us a break and let these so-called reality stars just fade into the abyss?
Answer: Oh, this isn't even a fair question. For which I thank you profoundly. There is nothing more pathetic, even if the goal is only to be silly and cheesy, than the recycling of reality "stars" in these dull, disposable and brainless formats. It almost makes me sorry that I ever said anything nice about Charla from The Amazing Race, she has become so ubiquitous (but still not as obnoxiously ever-present as Omarosa). Reality TV isn't going away — that much is clear — but even E! and Bravo need to wake up to the fact that the people who emerge on these shows almost never have a shelf life that deserves to extend beyond the season finale ...
Want to work for Tommy Hilfiger? Many people do. And in his new Apprentice-style show, The Cut, 16 clotheshounds fight for a chance at a job with a $250,000 salary while designing their own collection under the Tommy Hilfiger label. Hilfiger took a break from running his "global lifestyle brand" to talk about his latest venture.
TV Guide: Why recruit designers through a TV show?
Tommy Hilfiger: It's a fun idea. A lot of people think [what I do] is just about fashion design. It's much broader than that.
TVG: Some people might think you ripped off Bravo's Project Runway.
Hilfiger: [That show] was coming to fruition as we were filming and everybody said, "Oh, they're stealing your idea." In fact, we are so different, it's night and day.
TVG: How so?
Hilfiger: We're not just about designing clothes. It's about business acumen. It's about social skills. It's about dealing with celebs.
TVG: Will any of your
Attention aspiring fashionistas! Designer Tommy Hilfiger is looking for a few good trendsetters. On his upcoming reality show The Cut, the rag-trade veteran will give some lucky rookie the chance to design a collection for his label. He's humbly dubbed himself the "mentor, host and judge" of the contest, which will debut mid-season on CBS.
Auditions for The Cut started last weekend in Los Angeles. "We're looking for all different kinds of people from all walks of life," he explains. "It's accessible to everyone — a housewife, a design student or a surfer with good ideas. And this is not just about designing clothes, it's about having a sense of style and a good sense of pop culture. They have to convince us that they could be the purveyor behind a global lifestyle brand."
Obviously, Hilfiger hasn't time to judge every applicant himself, but he will see a certain number who make it past the initial tryouts. Casting