Picks and Pans Review: Shear Genius
Bravo (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET)
Jaclyn Smith, a woman who hasn’t had a bad hair day since she starred in Charlie’s Angels three decades ago, is the host of this salon-based knockoff of Project Runway. I like her: Slim and unemphatic, she approaches the task with a chic maternal gravity that’s attractive if faintly ridiculous. You could imagine her being sent out as an ambassador for Elizabeth Arden.
The show, which comes with a $100,000 prize, puts a group of stylists through typical reality challenges. A model can expect her hair to be teased, twisted and tweaked in an attempt to evoke Marie Antoinette as a bride. If anything, the result looks like a tornado at Versailles. The show’s equivalent of Tim Gunn is a handsome Danish stylist, René Fris, although he doesn’t have Gunn’s mix of chipper efficiency and sympatico charm. In the premiere, when René asked a contestant named Paul why he’d created a hairstyle suggesting a tree, Paul answered, “Some people would see a crown, some people would say texture, some people would say fire.” His parting shot: “You’re out of your league, René.” They all get a bit, you know, snippy.