I’ve decided to break up with one of the few television shows that I watch on a regular basis. From the beginning I was a fan of Project Runway. It seemed like it was the perfect blend of fashion, creativity, fun, and yes, drama.
I’m not going to pretend that the show has just recently started playing up the drama. From the very beginning, the delicate balance of personalities has played a major role in the program. But underneath it all, there was the knowledge that the people involved were there because they wanted a career in design. Sure, there was bad behavior, but it was mostly due to competitiveness, not diva-ness.
This season, the show has up-played the drama to the point that it is now the main focus of the show. I might as well be watching housewives battle it out, or the guys on World Wrestling Smackdown with their trash talking attitude. The truth is, I don’t hang out with nasty divas in real life, so why would I be interested in watching them on TV.
The last few episodes, I’ve felt like the passerby looking at the car wreck victims being loaded into the ambulance. It’s fascinating, for sure, but ultimately it just leaves you with a sense of shame for being so curious about another’s misery.
Besides the insane amount of drama, I sense that the hand of the producer is overly heavy. The rules and standards are like a moving target. This garment is too commercial, that garment is not commercial. This garment is too literal, that garment does not reflect the challenge. One person will be praised for the very same thing that gets another criticism, and after a while you reach the conclusion that you, like the designers, are being played. And poor Tim Gunn needs to be replaced with a person who delights in pulling the rug out from under people, instead of Tim standing there uncomfortably relaying yet another pointless (except to the producers) twist in the plot.
So, I’ll not be watching the final episodes; in fact, I didn’t watch all of last evening’s show. At the point where it became obvious that an energy-sucking drama queen was once again to be rewarded for his bad behavior, I realized I’d had my fill.
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