What to make of Shear Genius, Bravo's attempt to do for hairdressers what it's already done for dressmakers? The first episode aired last night. Some first impressions:
The stock characters are nearly the same as those on Runway. Bitchy homos, kind homos, outrageously confident homos, closeted homos...and then a bunch of women with varying levels of talent.
There may be some lezzies among them (the angry Tabatha, perhaps?)
Tabatha, Dr. Boogie
The most interesting of the 'mos goes by the name of Dr. Boogie. He wears an incriminating Carrie Bradshaw-style blossom on his breast but suggested he was straight when introduced to the (arguably) hunky stylist/consultant Rene Fris:
"I'm not gay or anything like that but I don't have a problem complimenting someone. Rene's GORGEOUS!"
C'mon, Boogie. We'll call you doctor when you recognize your condition!
The producers made a terrible mistake when they allowed the judges to eject Paul-Jean, a snotty French import who promised to be the show's most entertaining cast member (he was the winner of the viewer poll on who was most likely to become Shear's drama queen).
Jaclyn Smith, Sally Hershberger
We fear for the show's host, Jaclyn Smith. Not only does she not seem to know much about hair, she also who sits next to Sally Hershberger (the inventor of Meg Ryan's trademark 'do). Jackie has been out of the public eye for a very long time now, and has come dangerously close to parodying herself, Valerie Cherish-style:
"THAT looks like it took more than two hours to create!"