Is 'Project Runway' making it work?

Timgunn_projectrunway5_240 Amy is feeling a little tvlicious today.

Why is Amy talking about herself in the third person with made upilicious words?

Well Amy has just finished watching the first two episodes of the fifth season of Project Runway. And Amy wants to talk to you about it.

Okay I can't keep this up. It is beyond annoying listening to someone talk about himself in the third person and it really makes me not like Suede -- even though like Natalie Portman I did think his winning dress was "sweet and fun."

But what I really think is happening is that we now have contestants who have been watching/studying the previous seasons too much. So the overly tan Blayne is trying to create a new catch phrase a la "fierce" and Suede is trying to make his personality pop like Jay McCarroll.

What I've always most liked about the show is that it's been more about the talent than the cult of personalities. The clothes have to speak for themselves. Of all the reality shows out there, this one seems in a way the most rooted in real skill.

I kind of think season one would have been a hit with or without "villain" Wendy Pepper. There's enough inherent stress in watching the contestants meet their deadlines and enough shocking moments in the runway reveal.

But so far something seems missing this season and I think it's because we now have contestants too aware of their surroundings and how they may or may not be perceived by the viewing audience. I kind of wonder is someone like Blayne trying to win or trying to guarantee himself a guest spot on Ugly Betty? So far, as Tim Gunn would say, I think this season needs a wow factor.

My early favorites are Joe and Kenley. And I think I've already reached my limit with Stella. How about you? How are you feeling about Project Runway so far this season? Who are your early favorites? Talk about it below. And for a sneak peek at tonight's new episode, click here and here.

Where Have I Seen Them Before?

Melissa recognized Marshall Allman, LJ on Prison Break, as Darren's friend Kevin on The Closer. He was the one who told Brenda about the cherry picking game Darren was playing. Jillian Armenante, Donna Kozlowski on Judging Amy, was the school principal.

Annabethgish_brotherhood_s2_240 Tate Donovan was the husband who hired William Banks on The Cleaner. Donovan is Tom on Damages, Jimmy Cooper on The O.C., and Joshua on Friends. Annabeth Gish (right) was his drug addicted wife. Among her many roles, Gish is Eileen Caffee on Brotherhood, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin on The West Wing, and Monica Reyes on The X-Files. Bianca Lawson was Daniel's blind date. Lawson was Nikki on Dawson's Creek and Kendra on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Fun Link

As you know in last Sunday's season premiere of Mad Men, many characters tuned in to watch First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy give a tour of the White House. When it originally aired on February 14, 1962, three out of four viewers tuned into either CBS or NBC to watch. Now AMC has put the entire special up on their website, got to www.amctv.com to see the legendary television event.

Great TV Debates Continue

Monday we discussed our favorite guilty pleasures. Today I would like to chat about favorite love TV love triangle. As you all know by now, my favorite love triangle is when you actually root for both sides of the triangle. That's why say the Joey/Dawson/Pacey triangle can't be my favorite -- I was always rooting for Pacey.

So I think it will come as no surprise you guys that my all time favorite love triangle is the Brenda/Dylan/Kelly one from 90210. I mean is there a better love triangle moment than when Dylan arrived at Kelly's and announced "I think it's time I started seeing you." Sigh. It really cemented my long running love of Dylan McKay and why I will watch Luke Perry in just about anything (by the way how exciting is it that he's going to be on the season premiere of Law & Order: SVU). Plus it is a love triangle that had a spin-off, Kelly moved on to the Dylan/Kelly/Brandon triangle which led to her defining "I chose me" moment.

What is your favorite TV love triangle? Talk about it below.

That's all for today. I'm back on Friday with quotes of the week. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Or a suggestion for a great TV debate? Write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com.

Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal

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