Among the television spawn of the reality genre, there is none so compelling or mind numbing (depending on your point of view) than the competition program.
Shear Genius aired on Bravo from 2007 to 2010. Hosted during the first season by Jaclyn Smith and by Camila Alves (the other half of Matthew McConaughey) during the final two seasons, the purpose of the competition was to find the best hairdresser among the contestants. Each week, the contestants were challenged to create a unique hairstyle, but were forced to do so under restricted conditions. At the end of the reason, one contestant was named the winner.
Looking back, Shear Genius was not all that great. It was just another reality competition program where the competition was set in the world of hair styling. The only bright was Tabatha Coffey, who was named as fan favorite and had her own spin-off show, Tabatha Takes Over.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
For many, the allure of running your own business and being your own boss seems like a dream come true. But underneath that allure is hard work. It has been said that more than half of all new small businesses close within a year of opening.
Tabatha Takes Over (originally titled Tabatha’s Salon Takeover) aired on the Bravo network from 2008 to 2013. Tabatha Coffey, a successful hair stylist, originally worked solely with the owners of hair salons in the first three seasons before expanding to other small businesses in the final two seasons. Her goal is figure out what is keeping the business from being successful. Working with the owners and the employees, the hope is that by the time Tabatha is finished, the business will go from floundering to successful.
Some might have said that Tabatha is well, a b*tch. She is direct, in your face and has no problem telling a business owner what they need to do to keep their business from going under. But, the format worked. About half of the businesses are still open today. Unlike other programs of this nature, it didn’t feel like the average reality show. I think that is because Tabatha was playing a character or a version of herself, she was being who she is and made no bones about it.
I recommend it.