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Salon's guide to what to watch on Wednesday: "Project Runway" fans won't want to miss the debut of "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style."


Salon Staff
September 5, 2007 2:30PM (UTC)

Prime Pick

Photo: Bravo

If your favorite thing about "Project Runway" has always been the effete exclamations of style aficionado Tim Gunn, then you shouldn't miss the premiere of "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style." (Update: Premieres 10 p.m. EDT Thursday on Bravo.) Although it starts out feeling like just another wardrobe makeover show, through some combination of psychobabble and well-meaning cattiness (Gunn looks genuinely sick as he calls one woman's dress "so egregiously bad"), the proceedings move quickly from run-of-the-mill closet-purging to genuine Fashion-Fueled Self-Actualization. Naturally it all ends with the requisite "Queer Eye" flurry of champagne toasts and teary supportive friends and family, few of whom seem unconvinced that trading in those mom jeans for some updated, flattering designer denim is tantamount to scaling Everest in a day. Gunn's choice of guinea pigs is laudable, though, from earnest-but-clueless Rebecca to smart-but-slutty Karen. And the heart of the show shines through the most when Gunn and co-host Veronica Webb make Karen throw out her favorite 20-something party dress, and then once they see that she loves it for sentimental reasons, they give it back to her in a keepsake box at the end. The message is clear: This isn't just about style, girlfriend. It's about celebrating you at your best -- minus those awful shoes.

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On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

David Duchovny, Jimmie Johnson

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Clive Owen, Tim Gunn

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Faith Hill, Robin Roberts

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

The 64-Year-Old Grandma Who Posed Nude, Tim Gunn (repeat)

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Bill Frist, Cokie Roberts

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Former President Bill Clinton

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Sen. Barack Obama (repeat)

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Richard Branson (repeat)

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Danny DeVito

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Dr. Phil McGraw, Jerome Bettis, Travis Tritt

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Jerome Bettis

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Kristin Gore, Will Forte, Vanessa Hudgens, Rilo Kiley

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Clive Owen, Alan Alda, Dinosaur Jr.

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Drew Carey, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Tom Snyder tribute

Contributors: Matthew Fishbane, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter


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