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September 12, 2006
'Fashion' faux pas?


OK Sacramento, I need your help. Could someone other than me tune in for at least one episode of the outrageously campy TV show "Fashion House"? The local ratings for the My58TV (Channel 4) deluxe drama are abysmal. The other night, it only got a 1 share. That's according to my media colleague Sam McManis.

It got beat out by "According to Jim," "House" (with angry doctor), a rerun of "Veronica Mars" and an ancient "Law & Order" on TNT.

Sam doesn't watch. Neither does TV Columnist Rick Kushman. But because I cover fashion, I felt a need to at least catch one episode - the opener last Monday. So the acting is sketchy (I didn't recognize anyone other than Bo Derek), and the script is, well, sketchy. But I tuned in every night (it's on Monday through Friday) and found myself loving the fashion shows and the clothes.

It's sort of "Queer Eye" meets "Dynasty" with a slight hint of "Project Runway."

My58TV is pairing "Fashion House" with another show called "Desire." "Fashion House" is at 8, "Desire" at 7. It's dubbed "passion in primetime."

"Fashion House" promised some sort of altercation between divas Derek and Morgan Fairchild, she of "Knots Landing" fame (natch). Anyway, I don't want the show to end until one of them puts the other's head in that cake (shown above). I know it's going to happen. Thus far, the only sighting of Fairchild I've witnessed are her lips moving as she talks over the phone. She's up to something! I have to know what it is.

I also must find out if the young, impressionable fashion designer (Michelle) realizes her sketches have been copied by the desperate Derek, who must save her company from an evil empire.

Great shoes, great cheekbones, nasty models, catwalks and catfights. What's not to like? Check it out. Please.

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