Top Design: A Lot Like Top Chef But Not Good
Posted Apr 30, 2007 @ 11:20 PM
Posted May 1, 2007 @ 3:55 PM
Edited by aleeshie, May 1, 2007 @ 3:58 PM.
Posted May 1, 2007 @ 7:31 PM
(I had a similar experience with TAR:AS after I left for a vacation, but that's a whole 'nother thread)
Anyone know if there'll be a TD2?
I doubt I'd watch it though, as I plan to leave behind Bravo reality competitions when Shear Genius wraps up its current run.
Posted May 2, 2007 @ 12:13 AM
I liked it more than the average TwoP viewer (would admit to liking). Plenty of potential to watch and snark in an uninvested way. The world needs more of those kinds of shows. So, yeah, I'd watch a series 2.
Posted May 2, 2007 @ 7:45 AM
Posted May 10, 2007 @ 9:28 AM
Posted May 13, 2007 @ 12:34 AM
Posted May 13, 2007 @ 8:18 AM
My main problem was that I don't want to see slipshod, half-done rooms. I don't understand why the contestants were put on such time constraints. Ideally, I'd like them to have enough time to show enough of their vision that one can really compare competing ideas and styles. The part where some folks flounder --- that's not interesting to me. (I hate the terrible-auditions part of all the Idol-type shows as well.) Why is that necessary in this show? It'd be perfectly fine (in general and maybe even more so here) if everyone did their thing and at the end, some will be ugly to me and some will not. It will still be a contest even if all rooms are more or less complete.
If I were hiring any of these people, then it would be interesting to see if they can complete a job within severe time constraints. But I'm not going to hire these people. All I care about is looking at room design on tv. So all I want the show to deliver is room design on tv! I'm selfish that way. This is such a good example of adapting a format blindly without thinking through the objectives of the show anew. If that part of the contest were fixed, I think the show could be quite entertaining.
Apologies if this has been hashed out on the old thread already. Come to think of it, knowing TwoP, I'm sure it would have been. Oh well - here's another vote.
Posted May 29, 2007 @ 7:16 PM
I didn't act all fangirly, but I did ask him if he was indeed Erik. Of course he said yes, and since he was waiting to get in I didn't want to hold him up by asking him about the show or competitions or judges. Instead I told him I wanted him to win (which I did), and he smiled and said, "So did I." He went in, and I walked away thinking he's even cuter in person...he really is!
Imagine, my first brush with reality showdom, and it's from "Top Design"?
Posted Jun 7, 2007 @ 8:43 AM
Edited by lindseyquinn, Jun 7, 2007 @ 8:43 AM.
Posted Jun 8, 2007 @ 1:12 AM
Posted Jun 11, 2007 @ 4:16 AM
So I would say - More Exposition and Judge Commentary/Reasoning for Season2. Don't just say you hate it. Say WHY (although I have my own theory about visually dominant people and verbal communications, which may have been one thing the producers didn't think through.) And as for the earnings dip, perhaps they just need to do some demographic outreach. Not all of us come only for the snark (although? Snark tastes great and is less filling).
How'd the earnings do with Shear Genius?
Posted Jun 18, 2007 @ 8:02 AM
Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 3:41 AM
Posted Sep 4, 2007 @ 9:54 PM
Oh, Tim Gunn, I knew I loved you.
"I wanted to learn something. That's why I was so eagerly awaiting the show, I was thinking: 'Well this is great. I'll learn something, we'll see all these great interiors – it was a load of crap, excuse me! And I didn't like any of them either, the designers. I couldn't stand Kelly Wearstler (one of the judges). I have to say I like Margaret Russell (editor in chief of Elle Décor magazine, and another judge) a lot, but she looked decidedly uncomfortable in that whole thing. And I love Jonathan Adler personally, but he began to grate on me, too!"
Edited by Orion7, Sep 4, 2007 @ 9:55 PM.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 @ 10:13 PM
And I didn't like any of them either, the designers.
I didn't like any of the designers, either, come to think of it. Those that weren't positively loathsome (Carissa), were boring or invisible and even Goil and Andea were tedious in the end. I must disagree with Tim on one thing, though. Jonathan Adler grated from the very first.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 @ 4:54 PM
Posted Sep 5, 2007 @ 5:26 PM
"I wanted to learn something. That's why I was so eagerly awaiting the show, I was thinking: 'Well this is great. I'll learn something, we'll see all these great interiors...
And my love for the Gunn continues to grow. That was exactly my fundamental problem with Top Design. With Project Runway, Top Chef, etc. I've learned about clothes, clothing design, food, and cooking. I really, really wanted to pick up something about interior design from Top Design, but no. I didn't learn, I wasn't entertained...blerg. It was plainly and simply "blerg". 30 Rock fans, you know what I mean.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 @ 8:42 PM
Dear Tim - you have become Gawd in my eyes. I HATED that ridiculous parody of a ridiculous self-absorbed female human. I read recently in a decorating magazine at the Dr's office a quote by Kelly Wearstler on design, something to the effect of "what's wrong with putting a marble floor in your child's playroom?". Oh. My. Freaking. Tim. Maybe the fact that within two hours of playing the kid would split his/her skull open. Maybe that's what's wrong, Kelly, you unmitigated idiot. If you had an effing clue you might be able to figure that out.
I couldn't stand Kelly Wearstler
That show couldn't possibly have been any worse.
Posted Dec 6, 2007 @ 2:35 PM
Maybe this time they'll, ya know, make something worth watching!
Posted Dec 6, 2007 @ 2:59 PM
I mean ho-lee. I seriously cannot believe there are TV execs somewhere who would resurrect this. It was such a failure on so many levels, editing, casting, reviews, ratings. Except for the concept is it salvageable?
Posted Dec 6, 2007 @ 3:20 PM
Posted Dec 6, 2007 @ 6:25 PM
Actually, I think the Magical Elves resurrecting it makes perfect sense. Keep Russell and Oldham
This was the only saving grace from Season 1.
Top Design could be one of the better shows on TV.
Let's not go too far here.
I would try to cast more interesting designers. And by interesting, I mean people that have a particular point of view in their design. Those who are able to express the why and how.
And please, no drama queens.
Posted Dec 6, 2007 @ 6:51 PM
Posted Dec 6, 2007 @ 9:18 PM
Posted Dec 6, 2007 @ 11:29 PM
I'm hoping that the challenges are much better but Tim Gunn doesn't have much room to complain, because while the first season of this was a knock off of PR, it did follow the form of some of the sillier challenges that PR still indulges in at the expense of credibility and even entertainment for "drama"
What they should really do is declare the first season a miss and instead of calling this season two, call this Season One The Re-Do. And bring back Goil. I for one, never tired of him at all and could go a real season of the show with him involved no problem.
Posted Dec 7, 2007 @ 11:48 AM
And bring back Goil. I for one, never tired of him at all and could go a real season of the show with him involved no problem.
Hey, if PR brought back Daniel Franco, then I'm with you on Goil.