Another scissor-sister reality show hits the airwaves. How gay is that?
Earlier this year, Oxygen aired “Tease,” a hairstyling competitive game show. And molded in the reality-TV tradition of “Project Runway” and “Top Design,” Bravo recently served up “Shear Genius,” where a dozen hair engineers vie for a $100,000 prize and the opportunity to style hair for an Allure magazine feature.
The idea for “Shear Genius” is so insipid and superficial, you just might like it. That is, if you like sitting around with your friends and ridiculing the hapless contestants who think duplicitous backstabbing is justified over hairdos!
But the show may have cultural interest for the sapphic minded.
For years, Sandra Bernhard has woven monologues about her old Valley Girl girlfriend, Sally: the time Bernhard overdosed on hashish while visiting Amsterdam with Sally; how Sally wants to start a new jeanswear line (as if the market wasn’t already clogged).
Well, the lead judge of “Shear Genius” is Sally herself Sally Hershberger. She’s one of the most influential and sought-after hairstylists in Hollywood just like the andro-vixen Shane from “The L Word,” whom the shaggy-haired Hershberger is said to have inspired.
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
Queer Eye guy’s 2nd wind
Remember the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” phenomenon? Well, the last tszuj has been tszujed since Bravo isn’t picking up the show any more. And the Fab Five are already busy hunting for new projects.
Interior-design-doctor Thom Filicia is the first one out of the gate. His new half-hour series, “Dress My Nest,” just started airing on the Style Network. Each episode, Filicia works with hardcore dwellers a Hello Kitty fanatic; a vintage shopaholic; a woman who’s dangerously Cyndi Lauper-esque. And Filicia works magic improving their homesteads without making them sacrifice their weird senses of taste.
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on the Style Network.
Leave it to Henry Rollins to make rock “‘n’ roll history. Elctroclash bad-girl Peaches is so infamous that she’s never performed on an American TV show. Networks are too afraid that she’d let her nipple slip or much worse! But this week, the bisexual rocker is busting her TV cherry: Peaches performs the song “Hit It Hard” on “The Henry Rollins Show” on Friday. And Peaches rocks it especially when she kicks her panties off to reveal she’s wearing a second pair underneath.
April 13 at 10 p.m. on IFC.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 13, 2007