Project Runway All-Stars 2: T’is the Season to be Designing…

Last week, on Project Runway, the designers had to make red carpet looks out of environmentally friendly fabrics.  Laura won and Althea was sent home.

The next morning, the designers go to the South Street Seaport to meet Carolyn and a special guest, Fawaz Gruosi, the founder and president of De Grisogono, which makes fine watches and jewelry.  Gruosi is offering one of these watches as a prize to the winner of the challenge, which turns out to be the ever popular “unconventional materials” challenge.  As Carolyn admits, the challenge is popular with the viewers, but not the designers.  Both Emilio and Casanova groan upon hearing what the challenge entails, since both of them had crashed and burned during the “unconventional materials” challenges of their seasons.  Emilio’s washer and pink string bikini is probably one of the more infamous designs in Project Runway history.  Since every season has this type of challenge, every designer has faced it, and some have happier memories of the experience than others.

Carolyn then tells the designers they will have a budget of $350.00 plus thirty minutes to spend in a so-far-unnamed store.  She also tells them the guest judge will be Kylie Minogue, an Australian performer.  Some of the designers practically swoon upon hearing this.

After following Carolyn’s directions on how to get to the mystery store, the designers find themselves at a shop that sells… Christmas ornaments.  Carolyn confirms that they will indeed be making clothes out of Christmas ornaments, and she warns them that the results shouldn’t look “Christmassy.”  They’re to make fashionable clothes, not costumes.  Anthony Ryan admits to being apprehensive about the challenge, since he hadn’t won it during his season, either.  Laura wants to make a 60’s mod dress out of every silver ornament she can find.  Emilio decides to avoid typical Christmas colors like red, green, and gold.  He ends up getting a lot of purple.

Back at Parson’s the designers take the usual thirty minutes to sketch.  Casanova and Ivy do even this together, and Uli comments they seem to be like “one person with two bodies.”  Joshua finds that the pretty royal blue fabric he’d grabbed wasn’t the roll of fabric he’d been hoping for, but a casing for a truly tacky Hanukkah decoration.  Ooops.

Uli decides on an “embellishment only” dress, with lots of silver and gold.  Emilio talks about how he considers the “unconventional materials” challenge to be his Achilles’ heel.  He knew there would be one, and he’d been dreading it.

Joanna comes in to make her rounds and starts with Joshua, who is making a red, blue, and gold “bra-let.”  Casanova tells Joanna that he is “building a dress.”  Emilio is using purple and pink materials to avoid any hint of Christmas in his look.  Anthony Ryan is using a lot of silver and mirrored glass to create a dress with a wintry look.  Uli is making a structured dress and Laura is using a lot of sparkly materials.  Joanna notes that the “girls” seem to be ahead this time.  Ivy is using garland to make a fringe for her look and Joanna wonders if she has enough.

After she leaves, Casanova decides to start over– even though he has only three hours left.  The models come in for their fitting.

The next morning, Emilio, realizing he’s behind, dispenses with any sewing and starts gluing his dress together.  Casanova, who is working on his third dress, begs his peers for materials he can use, and they give him some.  Joshua works on yellow and green shorts made out of ribbon.

The models come in for their final fitting, plus hair and make-up.  Joshua realizes his shorts are hideous– but hopes his top will be enough to save him.  Emilio also isn’t happy with his work and hopes to be safe.

On the runway, Carolyn introduces the guest judges, Kylie Minogue and the actor/producer LaLa Anthony.

Anthony Ryan is up first.  He made a sleeveless, sparkly dress of every silver and gold ornament he could get his hands on.  As usual, his outfit exposes a lot of the model’s back.

Ivy made a yellow dress with a gold fringe decorating the skirt.  The long sleeves and shoulders are made of a sheer yellow fabric, and there’s a keyhole in the front.

Joshua needs to stay away from shorts.  He made a pair out of sparkly, striped gold and light green material.  They are very abbreviated to the point of looking like swim suit bottoms or underpants.  In the back is a sort of tail.  There are large gold buttons across the front.  The model’s top is a multicolored “bra-let,” which looks like a bikini top  It is mostly gold and silver and studded with colorful jewels.

Uli made a sleeveless gold and silver dress decorated with every gold or silver embellishment that Uli could get her hands on.  The sides of the dress are sheer and look a bit like translucent chain mail.  She used a gold garland to decorate the collar.

Emilio made a sleeveless dress apparently made out of woven ribbons.  The dress is metallic and a very bright red-purple.

Casanova made a sleeveless, yellow-orange dress.  The top portion looks as if it were made of braided or woven yarn.  It’s attached to fabric of the same color, while the folded skirt looks a bit more orange.  In both the front and the back, Casanova added a pale yellow, crystal-studded band of fabric going down the middle– which just makes it look as if he’d run out of something else.

Laura made a sleeveless, sparkly white dress.  It’s decorated with what appears to be tinsel and the same brightly colored jewel pieces that Joshua used.  It also has a plunging back.

Carolyn then calls Casanova, Emilio, and Ivy and tells them that one of them is safe.  That fortunate turns out to a very relieved Emilio.  The other two have to face the judges along with their fellows.

The judges start with Anthony Ryan, who says he wanted to make a stage look that could be seen from the cheap seats.  Isaac says it looks expensive and he likes the color.  Georgina likes the embellishments– and the fact that he had “pauses” between the embellishments, that keep the dress looking clean and uncluttered.  Kylie assures Anthony Ryan that his dress would indeed be visible from the back of the theater.  LaLa, however, dings Anthony Ryan for using a giant snowflake in his look, saying that “reads Christmas.”

Laura tells the judges that she loves beading.  Kylie likes the pockets, but says some of the jewel droplets look “thrown on.”  Lala and Carolyn like the dress, but Isaac thinks the cut and proportions make the model look fat.

Casanova tells the judges about his struggles:  He’d gone through three designs and wound up borrowing material from his peers.  Georgina says she likes the dress even more now that she knows the story behind it.  She says he could tell that he’d made the best of a bad situation.  Even so, the dress feels heavy and the bust is a little too high.  Isaac advises Casanova to consider the age of a likely client and says the dress “goes very old lady.”

As for Joshua, Isaac says he wants to both congratulate him and slap him on the wrist.  He considers the top half “divine,” but says he could see inside the shorts as the model walked the runway.  Ooops.  “It doesn’t work to show your privates on the runway,”  Isaac tells him.  Kylie likes the top, but also dislikes the shorts.

Ivy talks about how she’d used garlands in her look.  Georgina likes the 60’s vibe of the dress, but thinks the proportions look boxy.  Carolyn says the look has no wow factor, while Isaac says it looks “junior.”

Last up is Uli, and Isaac calls her look “magic.”  Carolyn likes the “sneak peek” on the sides.  Georgina says it is a smart use of gold and silver, but dings Uli for the visible seam down the see-through sides.

The judges then have their chat, starting with the designers they’d liked best.  Anthony Ryan’s dress looks expensive and cool.  Uli’s dress has excellent proportions.  Laura’s dress seems to weigh the model down and makes the top three simply because it’s not as bad as the looks produced by the bottom designers.

Speaking of the bottom designers, Ivy’s dress is simply too safe and not very creative.  Joshua made a spectacular top– and awful shorts.  Casanova’s look is simply ill-conceived, and his problems were largely self-inflicted.

Carolyn then announces the judges’ decision.  Laura is safe.  Carolyn then asks Kylie to announce the winner, and it’s Uli.  Anthony Ryan is also safe.  Backstage, Fawaz Gruosi presents Uli with the luxury watch she’s just won.  Carolyn tells Joshua that he’s safe, leaving Ivy and Casanova in the bottom two.  Ivy is in and Casanova is out.

I think it’s safe to say that Ivy and Joshua will be the next two designers out.  Anthony Ryan and Uli all but have a lock on two of the spots in the finals, while Laura and Emilio are duking it out for the third spot.  The top four designers have all won at least once, while Joshua and Ivy have not.

Next week:  The designers confront a fashion face-off.

Interview with Killer Karaoke Host Steve-O

Steve-O became a household name back when Jackass started running on MTV and quickly worked his way into our hearts with his crazy antics. Now, however, the tables are turned in the new show Killer Karaoke, which is on TruTV every Friday night at. If you missed the first few episodes, make sure to catch it! The show is the perfect blend of American Idol and Jackass. Now, it's time to hear what the host, Steve-O, had to say in my exclusive interview about the show.

There's no better way to start off a Monday than forgetting your interview with Steve-O and getting the call when you're out and about. Needless to say, I was prepared anyway. Steve-O described Killer Karaoke as people, “attempting to sing while doing dumb shit.” When I asked Steve-O if it was a relief to see other people doing dumb stuff for once, he gave me this excellent simile. “It's kinda like an erection lasting more than 4 hours. In the beginning, you're like, 'Woah! This is awesome!' But afterwards it's just unnatural.”

Being the Steve-O Fan that I am, I made sure to bring up Amy Schumer's comment from the Celebrity Roast on how Steve-O was the one we all hoped would have died instead of Ryan Dunn, wondering if he was as shocked as his fans. He went on to say that, “She was one of the funniest people there, but that joke I didn't find funny.”

Also, as any true fan would, I brought up his Mötley Crüe story from his documentary, The Early Years. At the age of 13, Steve-O hunted down Mötley Crüe, harassed the manager, and was able to create long-lasting friendships with the band. I asked if he was planning on bringing out any Crüe songs for the show, which he then said he probably wouldn't, but if he did, it would be Wild Side, because that song means something is about to be awesome.

Next I had to ask about what is surely the biggest thing with our new host, his sobriety. Having my own problems, seeing someone like Steve-O drop the drugs and still be awesome, well, it means a lot to me. I made sure to mention this to him and see what he thought about the sobriety originally. “In the beginning, I did it to have this big impact on everyone, to be people's hero. On the way, I found out that I had to do it for me and no one else. That's the only way I was gonna do it right.” After this, I told him that he should be an inspirational speaker, in which he, in different words, responded with no way.

One thing you may not know about the stuntman is his credentials for being a stuntman. Steve-O graduated from Ringling Bros Barnum and Baileys clown college. I asked if our new show was going to have any clown skills, in which he said, “Yeah, I'll show off a little bit.”

If you've already seen part of the show, like myself, you may think that our host seemed a little out of his element. Steve-O explained that the show is scripted, but he gets the chance to change what he says for the TelePrompTer.

The final thing I asked our star was if he ever saw himself returning to tv on a game show. “While I didn't plan to be a game show host, I never ruled out anything as a possibility with me.” So, see if the possibility is good or not. If you have a heart, you'll think the show is funny! It seems to draw all crowds, so what are you waiting for? Go set that DVR!

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What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – Paul McCartney on SNL

Paul McCartney is the musical guest on Saturday Night Light this weekend. He's joined by Martin Short coming back to the show as guest host. Will we see Ed Grimley? Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It's the Christmas special that makes being a dentist and having a red shiny nose cool. Tell the truth. How many of you are singing the song right now? 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. Last Man Standing. Mike wants to give Vanessa a holiday without family for Christmas, and Ed shoots a bald eagle accidentally. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. Kitchen Nightmares. Chef Gordon Ramsay revisits prior restaurants he helped to see if they are still following his advice. 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Football. NCAA FCS Division I, First Semifinal. Georgia Southern at North Dakota State. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

6. Malibu Country. Kim is chosen instead of Reba to sing a Christmas service solo, and June discusses her crisis of faith with Cash. 7:30 PM CT ABC

7. Yes, Virginia. An 8-year old girl in 1897 tries to figure out if Santa Claus is real or not, writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Stars Alfred Molina, Beatrice Miller, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 8:00 PM CT CBS

8. Take It All. The fifth night of Howie Mandel's new game show. 8:00 PM CT NBC

9. Fringe. Walter tries to recall a plan to defeat the observers, and Peter and Olivia follow a signal to the woods and find a gruesome scene. 8:00 PM CT Fox

10. Joy Behar's Comics with Benefits. Larry David, Andy Borowitz, Wendy Williams, Colin Quinn, Sherri Shepherd, Dee Snider, Darrell Hammond, Susie Essman, Judy Gold, Mario Cantone, and John Fugelsang make appearances. 8:00 PM CT Current

11. Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. The sister of the brides wants the bridesmaids wearing form-fitting dresses, and another bride argues with her mom over the necklines of the dresses. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. Ghost Adventures. The most terrorizing hospitals, sanitariums, and asylums. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. Restless. Following the collapse of a crucial mission, Eva Delectorskaya is in jeopardy. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

14. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story. Chippey the elf helps a boy who finds it hard to believe in the magic of Christmas. 8:30 PM CT CBS

15. CBS News Special Report. The latest on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. 9:00 PM CT CBS

16. Dateline NBC. The latest on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.s to an investigation that moves from the widow to a possible serial killer. 9:00 PM CT NBC

17. 20/20. The latest on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. 9:00 PM CT ABC

18. Haven. Audrey and Nathan take a look into the past after Duke is mysteriously transformed into a teenager. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

19. Brides of Beverly Hills. In the first half hour, Hollywood body double helps her besty find a dress, and a master chef finds her dress. In the second half hour, a bride gets a lip procedure and finds her gown just before her wedding, and a bride admits to being pick, yet falls in love with every single dress. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. The Dead Files. A restaurant owner's wife is attacked by evil entities. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

21. NBA Basketball. Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets. 8:30 PM CT ESPN

22. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests are Bette Midler, Judd Apatow, and Pentatonix. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Saturday

1. College Football. Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Arizona vs. Nevada. 12:00 PM CT ESPN

2. College Football. NCAA Division II Final from Florence, AL, Valdosta State vs. Winston-Salem State. 12:00 PM CT ESPN 2

3. College Basketball. Crossroads Classic from Indianapolis, Butler vs. Indiana. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. Golf. First Day of PNC Father/Son Challenge from Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, FL 3:00 PM CT NBC

5. Boxing. Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alberto Guevara. 3:30 PM CT CBS

6. College Football. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Toledo vs. Utah State. 3:30 PM CT ESPN

7. College Basketball. Crossroads Classic: Notre Dame vs. Purdue. 3:30 PM CT ESPN 2

8. Elf. I caught this for the first time just a few years ago, surprisingly enough. I was surprised to find a really cute family holiday flick with Will Farrell. 7:00 PM CT CBS

9. Transformers. Blockbuster starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, based on the popular toys. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. Cops. Season premiere. A woman claiming she was threatened by her boyfriend wielding a knife, a loose zebra, and a suspect chasing a man with a rock and a stick. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. Help for the Holidays. Although she loves Christmas, Santa’s elf Christine wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole. When Santa receives an emergency wish, he puts Christine on a special assignment to give the VanCamp family a holiday wake-up call. While the parents run their booming holiday store, the kids are often left unsupervised, yet long for a true family Christmas. Christine becomes the kids’ new nanny, hoping to secretly transform their sad Christmas spirit into a loving family celebration. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

12. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. In the first hour, Miss Robbie and the others share a behind-the-scenes look at the show, and in the second hour, Robbie arranges a tutor for Andre, the liquor license is set, and the Veteran's Hospital could be taking land away from Upper Crust. 8:00 PM CT OWN

13. Too Cute! A toyger kitten making friends with a larger animal, British shorthairs trying out to work the door at a vet's office, and a RagaMuffin gets out of household chores. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

14. College Basketball. Winter Hoops Festival, Michigan vs. West Virginia. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

15. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera: Unveiled. Season finale. Big Brother and The Amazing Race alums Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas finally tie the knot in an extravagant celebration organized by the one and only David Tutera. The nuptials will feature helicopter entrances, light shows, and circus acts. 8:00 PM CT WE

16. College Basketball. Kansas State at Gonzaga. 8:00 PM CT ESPN 2

17. 21 Jump Street. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this movie based on the Fox series, They're young cops who get sent undercover in high school to bring down a drug ring. 8:00 PM CT Starz

18. CBS News Special Report: Newtown. The latest updates in the Connecticut school shooting. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Wedding Band. Tommy's father makes an announcement about his upcoming sixth marriage, and Rutherford is shadowed by a blogger. 9:00 PM CT TBS

21. Six Little McGhees. Parents raising six toddlers. 9:00 PM CT OWN

22. Marry Me in NYC. Series premiere. A wedding under the Brooklyn Bridge and a rooftop wedding. 9:00 PM CT WE

23. College Basketball. Florida at Arizona. 9:00 PM CT ESPN

24. Saturday Night Live. Martin Short guest hosts, and Paul McCartney is the musical guest. 10:30 PM CT NBC