Well here it is, the long anticipated “WTF Is Tyra Up To Now?” episode of ANTM. As discussed earlier, cycle 19 is a starting over point, because you know, Tyra is a Harvard business grad now and she has to make important business decisions.
Tyra joins Hillary Duff among the ranks of the prestigious
“I Went to Harvard (but not really)” group.
Anyway, this season, the girls are all supposed to be college edumacated of some sort. Fact: Beauty School is considered college in Modelland.
At beauty college, you don’t intern, you extern!
There’s been some thought that this re-vamp is meant to draw in a younger audience. It kind of makes sense until we talk about the Friday night time slot the new and improved show has been given. I had to skip a friend’s birthday happy hour to watch the show (being the cheap sort with no DVR).
I’m pretty sure the younger sect, who don’t remember Gilligan’s Island (much less, Cycle 1), aren’t going to be sitting around their tv’s on the first night of the weekend.
This is your Friday evening target audience, Tyra.
If I had my Harvard certificate, I would totally have gone with older models and real bodies. I would also have gotten rid of Kelly Hagface Cutrone and brought back Paulina, Carol and Twiggy. You know, people with reputations so established you only have to say their first name to know who they are.
But I’m not Tyra or a Harvard grad, so let’s see how she decided to reboot her brand with her new college smarts, shall we?
The show opens with a little skit Tyra has created to give us a peek into the workings of her mind.
We are very blessed.
Tyra is sitting by a pool with her bestie girlfriend, who I should probably know, but don’t.
Does this person have relevance?
(Other than looking like an overgrown version of our very own J-Mo.)
So Tyra’s lounging by the pool with J-Mo, napping in the sun and she wakes from a horrible dream in which she realizes it’s her 19th cycle and she needs to make it new and different. Fierce and fabulous. “It’s gotta be totally amazing. It’s gotta be…(takes in big gasp of delighted realization)
Tyra didn’t invent this mind-numbingly dumb slang, but it’s clear she’s going to try to push it this cycle. Also, the segment takes place in several locations and Tyra’s got branding shirts on in every scene that promote acronyms of all her famous made up words.
I thought OMS meant Overly Marketed Stupidshit.
Anyway, J-Mo and Tyra explore some fresh ideas of ways to make the show interesting and different. They dismiss J-Mo’s idea of a baby version of the show but it leads Tyra to the realization that she should have college girls this cycle. Somehow this inspires her to create a fourth judge, which will be the audience. It’s all very riveting.
Harvard has an acting school, you know.
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