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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Reality Show Remodeled Visits St. Louis, Terrible Acting Ensues

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Fisher (right) schools Tucci on modeling.
  • Fisher (right) schools Tucci on modeling.
One of the perils of not having cable TV is that you'll find yourself watching some truly horrible programming because, well, nothing better is on. Such was the case last night when I sat through an hour of the new CW reality series Remodeled on Channel 11.   

The show centers around a guy named Paul Fisher, a supposed hot-shot in the modeling world who claims to have launched the careers of Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and countless other supermodels. In Remodeled, Fisher flies around the nation sharing his vision and expertise with hapless modeling agencies in America's "small towns." In last night's show, Fisher and his androgynous, Goth henchman, Joseph, touch downed at Lambert Field and (after getting lost in an incredibly staged scene in East St. Louis) find their way to Sharon Tucci's Centro Models in downtown St. Louis. 

Tucci's website says that her agency partnered with Paul Fisher in 2010. Apparently in doing so Tucci also had to sign away her dignity. Fisher enters the office as Tucci and her two employees are bitching at each other over some contrived argument. 

Fisher turns to the camera in frustration. No, no, no!  Clearly this will not do. If Centro wants to be a top modeling agency, everyone must get along. Restoring order will be Fisher's first order of business. 

He also needs to revamp Centro's model lineup. Tucci confesses to Fisher that business is down 70 percent since two of the agency's biggest clients left town. (Who those clients are is not said. Though as RFT has reported in the past, Tucci has benefited in the past from when films like Up in the Air shoot in St. Louis.) These days Centro's models are mostly used for shoots involving Anhueser-Busch and Famous Footwear. But good God, exclaims Fisher, anyone can model shoes. And to advertise beer you have to be geezer -- like in your 20s! 

So, after ridiculing Centro's stock of models and dressing down Tucci for being a hapless talent scout, Fisher sets about transforming the agency by concentrating on leggy girls in their teens. Yes, how very model! 

Will he succeed in his makeover of Centro? Of course! You're not "super agent" Paul Fisher and your show is not called Remodeled  if you can't fix a struggling agency in flyover-land. My only wish is that this stinker of a program had a title that more accurately reflected viewer reaction. I'm thinking Project Run Away would work. 

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