Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Craft Corner Deathmatch

Bill here.

The NYTimes has a piece on the new Style Network show... (reg. required)

Viewers who have had their fill of the recent craze for crafting and home-makeover shows may be disappointed to learn that everyone comes out alive from the "death" matches. But one contestant eventually is voted out of the cage by three judges, and the winner goes on to compete against a real craft professional, Jocelyn Worrall, who is known on the show as the Craft Lady of Steel and who once worked for - you guessed it - Ms. Stewart.

Dan Taberski and Jo Honig, the show's creators, also enthusiastically pointed out during an interview that on three occasions during tapings of the show in a studio in East Harlem, competitors had given themselves nasty, if minor, cuts. "Which is fantastic," Mr. Taberski said, his eyes lighting up. "The fact that someone drew blood on a crafting show? It's exactly what the show should be."

"Craft Corner Deathmatch" may seem like a blended-by-committee mixture of recent television trends - equal parts "Iron Chef," "Shabby Chic" and "American Idol" - but Mr. Taberski and Ms. Honig, former producers for "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, said the idea came from a game in which they tried to imagine a show based on two elements so disparate that network executives in their right minds would run screaming. For example, they made a pilot for MTV called "X-tremely Old," in which a strike team of elderly women offered romantic advice and other life help to 20-somethings.


Blogger spiritjess said...

I have to say that this is just about the craziest thing I have ever heard of. Craft Corner Deathmatch does have a certain ring to it, though. What I think of when I hear that is a bunch of little old ladies who knit and crochet with acrylic yarn in ugly colors sitting around yelling at each other about who can make better baby booties and lap covers. Scary.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

So, I was kind of excited to see this show. I mean, with a name like craft corner deathmatch, how can you go wrong? well, let me tell you how. You can hire the most awful and annoying host imaginable, and that is just what they did. He is a rip off of Adam Sandler at his very worst. Ugh, he basicaly makes the show unwatchable.

3:33 PM  
Blogger E to the M said...

Mr. Taberski thinks this is what a craft show should be like? Are you sure he's not the one who used to work for Ms. Stewart?

10:03 PM  

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