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    Cut From Same Fabric As Trump

    June 9, 2005 -- "The Cut" Tonight at 8 on CBS/Ch. 2 * * 1/2

    IN the rag trade, taking someone else's successful design and shamelessly copying it line-for-line is called a knock-off, and is a practice that designers like Tommy Hilfiger spend bazillions trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent.

    In television, stealing another's successful concept is called business as usual, and now even those in the high-end schmatte trade are happy to dip their beaks into this well-used well.

    That is, interestingly enough, just what Hilfiger and CBS have done with their new reality show, "The Cut," which they are promoting like it's the Second Coming and it is. It's the second show just like it to come along. The first one is, of course, "The Apprentice."

    Right off, understand that Hilfiger is no Trump. For one thing, his hair isn't beige, and for another, he's not as believable as the know-it-all, fire-breathing fire mogul.

    Despite the copycat music, the New York City locale, the shared fancy digs and the premise contestants on teams compete in grueling design tasks to win Hilfiger's approval the show still stands up on its own.

    The reason probably has less to do with Hilfiger (at one point he even brings in a gray-haired guy named George to help judge the fitness of the contestants), and much to do with the contestants themselves. They are for the most part weirdoes and half-loony misfits who all think they are incredibly creative.

    They come dressed to impress, but look more like they're dressed to depress, because their outfits are awful and inappropriate. Age inappropriate, gender inappropriate and just taste inappropriate.

    They range (and this is great) from middle-aged to young 20s and from students to boutique owners and one successful athlete/designer.

    The first week's task is to create billboards which are lined up at 90-degree angles to each other in Times Square.

    One team actually paints the billboard freehand from a scaffold, while the other designs and executes their design on canvas, which they then tack up in the howling wind from a scaffold.

    One team decides to recolor the Tommy Hilfiger logo and paint a cityscape complete with a Statue of Liberty, while the other decides to do an abstract painting and spell out the Tommy Hilfiger letters in a typeface that looks like it belongs on the Korean Olympic team's uniforms.

    Despite the fact that "The Cut" is a knock-off, it's still a good knock-off that is lots of fun.

    However, for reasons too stupid to even begin to contemplate, the producers cut off the ending in the tapes they sent out to critics. Oh, please! Maybe they wanted to keep the one thing we haven't seen before a big surprise!
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    At the very begining, I thought it was a 'project runway' clone. i am quite disappointed after watching the show last night. it turns out that it's a lame 'apprentice' copycat. Another thing is, i don't like american fashion and can't stand TH himself. I guess i won't be watching this show anymore.......except i find Wes kind of cute.

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    (at one point he even brings in a gray-haired guy named George to help judge the fitness of the contestants),
    Whaaaa?
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    Very Trumpish. Though instead of the boardroom and everyone sitting, there is the runway and everyone standing.

    I finally watched my tape of the first episode and found I enjoyed it. An interesting mix of cool and loony people with a wide age range. There were a couple of dressed down sophisticates and more than a couple of what-in-the-heck-were-they-thinking? Nothing brings blood pressure up and emotions to a boil faster than trying to create a concept design as one of a group of strangers with a tight budget and tighter time frame. (Hmm- concept - a real circle round would be to feature a Trump building instead of the usual NY skyline.) While I cringed at the billboards, I understood the constraints faced by the contestants. I found it weird then interesting that TH brought along the man (George) who designed his first breakthrough adspace to take a look at the neophytes' attempts. George did a very good job keeping a straight face. Think I'm going to like this show - if I don't die laughing at the GOTHIC elimination chamber. Why the white chair? It deserved at least a throne.

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    It is not clear what kind of job the winner will claim, for how long or at what salary. Their diverse backgrounds appears to eliminate clothing design as we saw in Project Runway. Hilfiger talks up leadership but we don't know why. Will the winner be in charge of a department or project; is he emphasizing this attribute to to mimic Trump?

    If we knew what Tommy was after, perhaps the tricked out car would make some sense. I rolled with the billboard, but it was a stretch.

    I will continue to watch with idle curiosity despite Hilfigers boring clothes line and 4th of July colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbat
    If we knew what Tommy was after, perhaps the tricked out car would make some sense. I rolled with the billboard, but it was a stretch. .

    I think the key is in the opening statement TH makes. He says they will be living his life in fast forward. So, that's why he made them make a billboard first, that was his big break. I'm guessing the tricked out car will be also taken directly from his life. Guess we'll see tomorrow if this is a crazy theory or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by justCoz
    I think the key is in the opening statement TH makes. He says they will be living his life in fast forward. So, that's why he made them make a billboard first, that was his big break. I'm guessing the tricked out car will be also taken directly from his life. Guess we'll see tomorrow if this is a crazy theory or not
    Ah Ha! Ok, that sounds right. I missed that. It would have been helpful to be clear about this but it must be a mystery within the plot. Yeah, that is it, a little Psychic Detective and Monster Garage thrown in. Now see? And they are saying he is copying Trump. pffffffffft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbat
    Ah Ha! Ok, that sounds right. I missed that. It would have been helpful to be clear about this but it must be a mystery within the plot. Yeah, that is it, a little Psychic Detective and Monster Garage thrown in. Now see? And they are saying he is copying Trump. pffffffffft.

    To be fair, if I had not missed the first 15 mins and went back to rewatch it, I'm not sure I would have caught it either. It was combined (for me) first seeing him explain why he was having them make the billboard and later seeing the beginning monologue.

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    justCoz Well sort of like his life if you can compare a bad wardrobe choice for Mick Jagger to a car! So each episode is a lesson. Listen to your client, got it.

    Still I want to know what job he has in mind for the winner. I am begining to think that it will depend on who wins. He will make a job to fit. How can it be any other way?

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    wrong thread!
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