Monday, July 28, 2008

Top Artist: ART meets reality t.v....really?

Wow, I am...speechless.

Sarah Jessica Parker has pitched a new idea for an art reality show to Bravo. You can see below for the whole astounding story. Despite coming from the woman who played SanDeE from one of my favorite Steve Martin art-themed movies L.A. Story, I am not sure how this will fly (although I will likely tune in just to witness it). Nevertheless, I don't think it can hold a candle to our locally-minted art game show,
Art Show Down.

Be sure to check out some of Art Show Down's past episodes! They are beautifully designed and wonderfully hysterical. Highlights include
Episode 1, with games such as "Auction Price is Right" and "Schmooze and Booze." In the latter, a contestant has to eat as much cheese and drink as much * correction * Tabasco-flavored seltzer as possible while simultaneously talking up and name dropping with a curator (pictured & linked above). Don't miss it!

From REUTERS: LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter):
Sarah Jessica Parker's art-competition reality show has found a home at Bravo.

The network has picked up "American Artist," a "Project Runway"-style series that takes on the art world.

Aspiring artists compete to produce various styles of artwork (painting, sculpting, etc.), which is then judged by a panel of experts. Parker's Pretty Matches production company is helping develop the project.

If ordered to series, the show would give Bravo another skill-driven reality show to its lineup, along with "Top Chef" and "Top Design."

- Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:28am EDT


Kacey3 said...

Where will reality tv stop? this is just downright asinine! I can't imagine the drivel that will be produced in a format such as this.

George Fifield said...

As one of the "curators" that was talked up at Art Show Down, I should remind you that the contestants drank hot chili sauce, not red wine, while eating cheese and smooshing with the curators!

LKB said...

Oh my, chili sauce! Now that's a real test of wills.

Jeff said...

In "Schmooze & Booze," contestants actually drank Tabasco-flavored seltzer -- our own concoction, brewed just before each live episode. Scoring was split between consumption (up to 25 points each for cheese & seltzer) and up to 50 points subjectively awarded by the guest curator based on how well they "schmoozed." It was great to see the contestants develop their own strategies throughout the episodes!