Remember when makeover shows were the hot, new thing in reality TV, and TLC’s “What Not to Wear” was at the head of the class?
TLC announced Wednesday that it will close out its longest-running prime-time show at the end of its coming season, which is set to premiere in July, running Friday nights.
TLC General Manager Amy Winter said Wednesday that she thought it was “the right time” to end the show.
“This show changed me and the trajectory of my life,” weighed in star Stacy London, who’s done more than 325 makeovers in the course of the show’s run.
Her co-host, Clinton Kelly, joined her in its second season, after first-season co-host Wayne Scot Lukas was not brought back.
No matter. Celebrity stylist Lukas went on to bigger and better things, being the guy who famously found the sterling sunburst nipple jewelry for client Janet Jackson, who used it to adorn her right breast for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show — which those fashionistas at the Federal Communications Commission dismissed as a “classless, crass and deplorable stunt.”
In the 10 years since “What Not to Wear” debuted on TLC, the network has become home to programs about hoarders, Honey Boo Boos, large families, little people and strange addictions, leaving the style-makeover show looking quaint and out of place.
But in the series’ last batch of episodes, TLC promises we’ll see more-dramatic transformations, bigger ambushes, shopping sprees on a grander scale and special guest appearances.
CMT announced a new start date for its delayed series “Guntucky,” about a family that runs a gun range in Knob Creek, Ky., where customers can try out, purchase and sell everything from machine guns to cannons.
At its so-called “upfront” presentation to advertisers Tuesday, the Viacom-owned network said that it will premiere “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” — that new show featuring the former “Dog the Bounty Hunter” stars — April 21 at 8 p.m., followed by the series premiere of “Guntucky.”
“Guntucky” originally was set to premiere Jan. 26, but that launch got scrubbed in the wake of the December school shooting of 20 elementary-school students and six educators in Newtown, Conn.
At the time of the postponement, CMT execs said they were delaying the premiere out of respect to those slaughtered in Newtown but that they still stood behind the show “100 percent.”
To those not familiar with Knob Creek, it’s famous for its Machine Gun Shoot, held twice a year, in which participants shoot at appliances, vehicles, pyramids of tires and barrels of fuel with pyrotechnic charges attached, among other activities. The nighttime shoot involves gas-filled metal drums and explosives.
Pyrotechnic charges are painted orange, for easy spotting by shooters, and they’re set off by the impact of the bullets, “creating fiery mushroom clouds and fireballs from hell,” the range’s Web site says. “The objective is simple . . . destroy everything down range.”
Admission is $10 a day, and $5 for children younger than 12.
Well, that didn’t take long. CNN announced Wednesday that its new Jake Tapper program, “The Lead,” will debut March 18.
The former ABC newsman’s program will be telecast weekdays at 4 p.m., cutting into Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room” by one hour.
CNN announced in December that Tapper was jumping to the network from ABC News, where he was senior White House correspondent. He was the first major on-air personality switch named under new CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who himself was officially named to the gig in only late November. Zucker didn’t assume his post until the end of January.
MSNBC’s Federico Quadrani is exec-producing Tapper’s new show. Before MSNBC, Quadrani was an Emmy-winning producer for NBC’s “Today” — a program that also served as a springboard for the J. Pierrepont Finchian career of Zucker at NBC Universal.
Zucker is also working on that new morning show for former ABC News “20/20” anchor Chris Cuomo, who will be partnered with Erin Burnett.
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