Top Design: The Blogs vs. Top Design: The Show
Top Design's website features not 1, not 2, but 7 blogs. Each of the judges and host Todd Oldham keep a blog. The guest judges keep a blog. Designer Bryan Thompson keeps a blog. Even one of the show's production assistants keeps a blog. Bravo has taken the Rashomon approach to Top Design's online presence. With seven different people holding forth on how they really feel about the weekly results and on their behind-the-scenes experiences, readers are treated to a no-holds-barred look at the show and at television production in general - what's real, what's fake, what hits the cutting room floor, why that freaking yellow pepper keeps showing up, etc.
Head adjudicator Jonathan Adler, who appears oddly-mannered on television, is a far more compelling personality online. He's part-bitchy queen, part-cultural literati with a lack of pretension. Too bad the producers haven't allowed his sensibility to inform the actual show. The same goes for the production assistant, who some commenters have called mean-spirited, but I think is pretty damn funny. Let that kid run the show. Seriously, I never thought I'd see the day when a show's extraneous, promotional material was more entertaining than the show itself, but at least that means Top Design achieved something other than introducing the phrase "see you later, decorator" into the vernacular.