I thought Bravo was already TV's best choice for can't-miss reality programming. But it looks like they've outdone themselves. Currently boasting among its lineup The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York City, New Jersey and Atlanta; Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List; Work Out; Top Chef; Top Design and Shear Genius, Bravo's execs plucked arguably the most fascinating fringe character from any of MTV's trashy reality series and rewarded her with her own show.
No longer relegated to mere seconds of airtime portraying Whitney Port's hard-edged boss on The City, Kelly Cutrone now has an hour all to herself each week on Bravo. And for audience members who tire of the vapid nature of many of today's reality stars, fear not; Kelly is real and really hardcore.
I've zoned out during many an episode of Orange County and scoffed at the pathetic drama drummed up for ratings. Those ladies may work hard in their day jobs, but their personas wax of worthlessness. That's the beauty of Cutrone. She's a successful 20-hour-a-day fashion PR trailblazer, yet she still finds time to be an adorably loving New York City single mother. And while that may not be the ideal female archetype, she's one helluva role model for women who want it all and make it work.
The plot of her show centers on her firm's fashion show setups, the indoctrination to the process that her underlings and interns go through and the levels of stress the entire staff of People's Revolution constantly endures. At first, it seemed mildly interesting, the kind of show to use as background noise while surfing the Web. But after viewing only a few episodes, I admit, Cutrone's world is addicting.
The nomenclature itself--Kell on Earth--is more than wordplay. It aptly captures Cutrone's pull-no-punches attitude. In just the first two episodes, she had already berated her employees more than once, saved two near fashion show disasters, been fired by one client, lauded by another, reassured an intern's overseas mother by phone, and had several cute, quiet moments with her 8-year-old daughter, Ava, in the flat above her business.
In my opinion, Kell on Earth embodies what reality TV should: the pursuit of persons of substance, people both funny and fun to watch, and those who put even garden variety overachievers to shame. Kelly Cutrone is all of these things, and MTV's minor loss is Bravo's major gain.