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Todd Oldham to host Bravo's Top Design

by Brett Love, posted Oct 24th 2006 10:33AM
Todd OldhamBravo seems to have found something of a niche with the reality programming. Top Chef has been well received, and Project Runway was nominated for an Emmy. With those successes under their belt they are ready to go it again with Top Design. The show will task twelve competitors with creating the best interior design each week. At the end of the ten episode run the winner will receive money to start their own design firm and a spot in a New York design showcase.

Todd Oldham will host the show. He got his start as a fashion designer and you may remember him from Todd Time on MTV's House of Style. Since then he has moved into other design arenas including his own line of furniture, Todd Oldham by La-Z-Boy. He also designed The Hotel in South Beach. Oldham will be joined on the show by a panel of judges including interior designers Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler, as well as editor in chief of Elle Decor Margaret Russell.

If you are one of those that look at the continuing trend of reality programming as an abomination, I don't think Todd is going to swing you. However, if you enjoy Heidi's funky German way, and are amused by the fact that people actually use the term "auf'd" for getting kicked off the runway, this one might be worth a look. Oldham is an engaging guy and the Bravo team has a good track record.

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I think this could be another solid show for Bravo, if they keep the quality in line with the other two shows. Todd Oldham has a very appealing, affable way about him, with the added benefit of being really quite talented. There's definitely a lot of potential here.

October 24 2006 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hopefully it will better than HGTV's similiarly-themed "Design Star." The idea has merit -- there's an actual product to critique -- but its the execution that will make or break it.

October 24 2006 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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