Monday, January 20, 2014

Under the Gunn

Given my love of Tim Gunn and "Project Runway" I checked out the first episode of "Under the Gunn" last week.  It was interesting, although at this point all they did was make the first selections, so it's hard to tell how this will work going forward.  I'm certainly interested to see how it goes, so there's that.  The basic premise is that there are three mentors (all former "Project Runway" contestants) and 15 contestants.  They were divided in half and then the first half did a challenge.  The mentors visited the workroom partway through and also looked through the contestants portfolios.  There was a runway show, and then the mentors went in order making selections.  If another mentor also wanted a contestant the mentor who's turn it was selected, they could also make a case, and then the designer could decide.  This was pretty interesting.  A lot of the deisgners who had a choice went for Anya or Mondo over Nick.  I'd be curious to know if it was age (nick is a smidge older), the contestants had only watched more recent seasons, or design aesthetic. Admittedly, all these folks are unproven as far as being mentors in this show, but I was surprised given Nick's background that more people didn't seem excited about that.  Of course, given the division, it may just be that the second batch is more his type.  (They may have to be given Anya filled 3/4 of her roster already.)