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What You Missed Last Night: Stephen Colbert and the city of the future!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2009 10:32AM
I wasn't sure which segment from last night's Colbert Report to post, but I picked this interview with architect Mitchell Joachim because they talk about The Jetsons, Keebler Elves, and Knight Rider! Joachim wants to rebuild cities, infrastructure, and even cars so they are more human-friendly. At one point Colbert calls these cars "Nerf Cars," which is a very funny visual. I'm not sure how fast you'd be able to go in a Nerf Car though. Wait 'til you see this guy's plan for a future bus.

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Vern Yip comes back for round three of Deserving Design

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 2nd 2008 7:04PM
Designer and architect Vern Yip is back for a third season of HGTV's Deserving Design. The series will continue to focus on people with touching stories who are in need of some renovation assistance. Stories of this season include a couple who has taken in over sixty foster children (they get a much-needed new family room), a young woman diagnose with advanced breast cancer who needs some design assistance with her condo, and an eco-conscious couple who are in need of Vern's expertise.

I'm excited this show is back for a third season. I loved Vern Yip's designs when he was on Trading Spaces. He always did affordable, modern, and clean-looking updates to the participants' homes. Plus this show isn't as flashy as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. And there's no Ty Pennington screaming at you.

The new season starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV. Will you be tuning in?

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Never lend your wardrobe to TLC's design prodigies

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 24th 2007 2:01PM
TLCWhile waiting for What Not To Wear on Friday night, I caught the premiere of TLC's I've Got Nothing to Wear. It's the show in which three up-and-coming designers take various items from a -- let's just say it -- victim's wardrobe and cut and mix and match and sew everything into new garments. The concept sounded fantastic, especially to the artsy-fartsy types like me who love the DIY approach to fashion and enjoy cutting up old raincoats into evening wear or something.

So what's the problem?

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The art of the title sequence - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2007 3:02PM
Desperate Housewives titleHot on the heels of The Onion's list of title sequences that are perfectly meshed with their shows comes this story from the Christian Science Monitor, detailing what goes into creating the all-too-brief title sequences you see on today's shows. Believe it or not, there are still some shows that have title sequences, even though most of them are a minute or less. This article goes into detail about the creation of title sequences for two shows: the new David E. Kelley dramedy The Wedding Bells and Marc Cherry's hit Desperate Housewives.

The detail Garson Yu, who designed the Housewives sequence, goes into about how he created the mini-movie for the opening makes for an interesting read. It is filled with desperate women through the centruies, makes for an interesting read. He took inspiration from Terry Gilliam's animation from Monty Python's Flying Circus, among other influences, and wanted to tell a story about these desperate women. The results, as millions of you see every week, are in the video after the jump.

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Jeffrey Sebelia's slightly disappointing post-Runway life

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 22nd 2007 7:04PM
Jeffrey SebeliaLet me just come right out and say it: Jeffrey Sebelia, winner of Project Runway Season Three, is making costumes for the Bratz movie. Is that really the glorious post-Runway life? The cocky persona that Sebelia took on all season certainly led me to expect him to spend his prize money and fame on jetsetting and more neck tattoos to decorate his massive, massive neck, but, as it turns out, he isn't doing as great as one might expect. Not only is he quite broke, but ... did I mention his post-Runway project is doing the Bratz film? I was quite furious with him when he was on the program, but this article has actually made me -- dare I say it -- sympathize. Maybe he should have taken the Jay McCarroll route and skipped the winning contract to do his own thing.

By the way, I had no idea Season Two's Santino Rice was the one who encouraged Sebelia to audition for the program, let alone the fact that the two are buddies. I guess that's where Sebelia learned that the "cocky bastard" act would pay off.

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Top Design judge's Playmate past

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 20th 2007 4:22PM
Kelly WearstlerWhile this news probably won't affect the show one bit, Fleshbot has uncovered that Top Design judge and LA interior designer Kelly Wearstler was once known as Kelly Gallagher, September 1994's Playmate of the Month. Her stated ambition - to "own my own marvelous design and furnishings business." Way to achieve, Kelly.

Kelly is also turned on by "fabulous, intense minds, honesty, huge smiles and a man with a colossal heart." Her turn-offs include "bad design," but we already knew that. Kelly, I think it's time to pull some strings. I see a Top Design "redesign Hef's grotto" challenge in the works. With the way this clunker of a show is going, It couldn't hurt.

NOTE: Be forewarned. Neither the link to Fleshbot nor Playboy are work-friendly... unless, of course, you work at Fleshbot or Playboy.

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Ugly Betty's design contest winner announced

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 14th 2007 6:33PM
Ashley Jensen DerailedTomorrow night's episode of Ugly Betty will feature a dress designed by one of the show's viewers. Announced a few weeks back, the show held a design-a-dress contest in which viewers could submit sketches of a dress made entirely of office supplies. The winning bubble wrap, newspaper and paper clip confection was created by Ricardo Rodriguez of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ricardo was flown out to LA and attended the taping of "Derailed," the episode which will feature his design.

The conceit of the episode is that Christina only has a few hours to create a dress for a prominent celebrity, but a blizzard prevents her from the leaving the office for fabric. Fortunately, she's a crafty lady and, like Scarlett O'Hara, Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews before her, uses whatever is available to whip up a celeb-worthy creation.

WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD

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Crank up the creativity, Stella fans

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 28th 2007 2:03PM
stellaDo you love Stella, the odd little comedy trio featuring David Wain, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black? If so, you'll be interested to learn that the guys are looking for someone to design a logo for new Stella merchandise. It's time to get out your crayons and glitter and see what you can come up with. Just don't use anything from their Comedy Central series or any related promotional images, that's not allowed. You can submit as many times as you wish, as long as you get your entry in by February 16. The guys will vote on their favorite and announce the winner on February 23. More details can be found on Wain's MySpace blog and the Stella Merchandise MySpace page.

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Ugly Betty turns Project Runway with designer challenge

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 15th 2007 9:02AM
Ashley Jensen Christina Ugly BettyUgly Betty is playing Project Runway with its design-inclined viewers. Between now and January 28th, you can submit a dress design to be used on an episode of the show. If you impress Betty's costume designer Eduardo Castro and the cast, you'll be flown out to watch a taping of the show featuring your design come to life. Of course, there's a catch. This design contest requires a little "Sister Maria tears down the curtains for playclothes" ingenuity.

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Goodbye Queer Eye

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2007 6:45PM

Queer EyeQueer Eye For The Straight Guy, the once hugely popular makeover show on Bravo, has been canceled by the network. The series will have one last season coming up (titled Queer Eye: The Final Season). Design guru Thom Felicia gets his own show on the Style Network later this year.

This isn't a big surprise. Not only had ratings been dropping the last couple of years but the "buzz" that this show once had vanished completely. Personally, I got sick of all the "theme" blocks of episodes they did, like when the went to other areas of the country or did weddings. Nothing bores me more than planning a wedding, which I'm sure will thrill my fiancee in the future.

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Top Design sounds very familiar - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 1:30PM
paint bucketAlthough Todd Oldham said, at the TCA panel for Bravo's Top Design this morning, "Copying is boring, but reinventing is quite interesting" ... which really doesn't explain why we have another reality show about home makeovers, ack! It's invasion of the paintbrush wielding contestants this time, with no end in sight.

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Project Runway: Reunion

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 5th 2006 7:57AM
Project Runway(S03E12) Another season, another reunion episode that attempts to re-ignite flames from drowned embers. Could they have been any more desperate to start shit again? Seriously. Heidi and Tim were practically begging for Keith to have an embarrassing freak-out... for Angela and Jeffrey to throttle each other's throats... for Malan to get really self-conscious about his funny little laugh and shoot somebody in the face. (Un)Fortunately, none of that happened. There was a wee bit of heated discussion, but I didn't think it really lived up to the drama the previews promised.

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Project Runway: What the ELLE?

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 28th 2006 8:06AM
Project Runway(S03E11) Final challenge before Fashion Week, kids. The heat is on!

The designers met with a very orange Nina Garcia at ELLE to talk about their final challenge. She introduced them to ELLE's feature "First Look" and instructed the final four to create an outfit to convey their point of view as designers. They were also told to choose three words to describe and accompany their imaginary collections. Later, there was a not-so-surprising "twist" when Tim told the designers that the winning outfit would be featured in "First Look". O RLY? The designers were given a shortened deadline (six hours short!) and the task of photographing their models to go with their three words. Goodness.

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Project Runway: Black and White

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 14th 2006 6:57AM
Project Runway(S03E10) Damn those Project Runway producers. Damn. Them. To. Hell. How dare they bring back Vincent and Angela?... In the same episode?! I almost threw up on myself, I was so furious. I thought my Runway-related anger was ready to retire, but I guess it was too soon. No. The producers just had to make my blood boil one more time and now I've learned not to trust them. I'm ready for absolutely anything now... Go on, producers. Do your worst. Bring Wendy Pepper back and stick her in the final challenge.

I take that back. Please, please, please, for the love of everything that is good and holy, do not bring Wendy Pepper back.

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Welcome sister site StyleDash

by Michael Canfield, posted Sep 13th 2006 4:30PM
Project RunwayWhy sit around listlessly waiting for a new episode of Project Runway tonight? PR viewers, fashionistas, and celebrity watchers can now check out all thing style-related with the launch of our sister-site StyleDash, where the team of bloggers includes TV Squad's own beloved Annie Wu, Deidre Woollard, and others. Good luck guys, looking good!

Right now, StyleDash has some juicy stories about Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, and the answer to the question, "What is size 0X?" All this and the ten best bras ever. When you're done here, head on over to say hello, make some new friends, and see what you can do to spruce yourself up a bit.

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