Taken With Tabatha

January 11, 2012

A killer flu left me unable to do much besides watch TV. I landed on a marathon of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” the Bravo reality show in which no-nonsense hairstylist Tabatha Coffey strides into flailing beauty shops and transforms them from fiasco to fantastico.

I didn’t realize at the time, but this spring, the NewNowNext awards named Tabatha “Most Addictive Reality Star.” How true!

What makes her addictive is that she says what we all want to say to hapless co-workers — and gets away with it because she has cool hair and a slamming black wardrobe. Plus, she is always right. She is appalled by wimpiness, lateness and hooker-like garb. “I’m not a violent person,” she calmly informs an uncooperative owner, “but I want to beat the living hell out of you.” And she does not care WHETHER YOU GET A SMOKING BREAK!

I confessed my addiction to Tabatha when I interviewed her about her new season (Tuesdays, 10 p.m., retitled “Tabatha Takes Over” because she’s not just rehabbing salons anymore). She said in her clipped Aussie accent: “As long as watching made you feel better and you didn’t think about the flu, I’m happy.” Me too!

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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