"All on the Line with Joe Zee"

 "All on the Line with Joe Zee"

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Learn some life lessons from 'All On the Line''s Joe Zee

Los Angeles gets a thumbs up, but jet lag a thumbs down

 Most people will likely be distracted by the Eastern seaboard being washed away this evening, but for those not watching the Weather Channel (and who still have power), the good news is that the TV schedule just keeps rolling along. Tonight "All on the Line with Joe Zee" (Sundance Channel, Mon. Oct. 29 10:00 p.m.) will wrap up another season, this time with Zee guiding designer Nicole Richie to QVC greatness. It seems struggling designers couldn't have a better mentor than Zee, whose other job is Creative Director for Elle magazine. Here are a few tips on enjoying life (or, if you're a designer, for improving your business) that I gleaned from an interview with Zee during a recent trip to Los Angeles. You're welcome.

 
JET LAG IS FOR THE WEAK
Zee, who has been known to take red-eyes from London to L.A., admits he tends to "catch up on television" instead of sleep in the air. But no matter. "I just pretend not to be jet lagged. Otherwise, I'd never get anything done."
 
PREDICTING TRENDS IS NO DAMN FUN
While some fashionistas like to declare a season as being all about arms or sweaters or whatever, Zee is not that kind of fashionista. "I've done this for so long, that instead of expecting things, show me whatever, then when it's all over I'll distill it in my brain. But I'd rather go to every single designer and be pleasantly surprised, not expect anything, and have no expectations. That's so much more fun for me than saying, oh, this season's going to be about '50s."
 
L.A. IS FASHIONABLE
Having focused on Los Angeles designers for half the season, Zee thinks the change in location for the show reflects a change in focus for the fashion world in general. "Rodarte and Band of Outsider singlehandedly changed the perception of L.A., at least with New Yorkers," he says. "People thought of L.A. being American Apparel and the denim brands. But I think having those different types of designers helped to dispel this notion." 
 
L.A. IS CIVILIZED
In addition to his belief that L.A. has better restaurants, he also thinks it's a pretty nifty place in general. "I'm excited that half of the season is in Los Angeles, because I love, love this town. I love it here... I feel like in L.A., no matter how hard you work, you still feel like you're having a life. In New York, it's just bam bam bam bam bam. I would look at my watch and I'd be coming home at 11:30 at night. Here I can get up early, go to the gym. It's kind of great. I love that everyone here eats early. It's a much calmer way of life. Civilized.
 
DESIGNER SHOULD MAKE BIGGER CLOTHES
And he's not talking about Lane Bryant, either. "I don't know if designers would say they're resistant to it, but it's very hard to find out there… everyone in plus size is hungering, hungering for fashion… and yes, they will spend. They want someone to pay attention to them and they want fashion, and I think that's okay. I'm not sure if designers think it's uncool. I think it's more they don't know how to tackle that space. They don't know how to grade it up, and it's a very difficult thing. With Nicole Richie, what was most fascinating about doing a collection for QVC is that everything had to be able to grade up from extra small to 3X. If it didn't grade up, it didn't exist. So it was fascinating."
 
DESIGNERS NEED TO LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT
Obviously, some designers (think Michael Kors) know how to I say this all the time. My boyfriend is a professor of design at Parsons and we talk about this all the time. I think there's a romanticized idea of what fashion is, and a lot of students approach this as I'm a great designer, I have a great idea for a dress, and you can have the best idea for a dress, but if you don't know how to sell it, it won't matter. You need someone to understand how to market it, you need a business voice as present as a creative voice. 
 
TWITTER IS IMPORTANT
And if not Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and the rest. Not as a time suck, but to grow a business. "Every major brand is on social media. There's a lot of white noise, but if you can do it right there, you can get it out there. But social media is actually free, so start! Just throwing a bunch of stuff out there isn't going to do it, but what are you saying, what are you putting out there that's good for me? 
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"The X Factor"

 "The X Factor"

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Reality TV Roundup: Host kissing on 'Survivor,' divas return to 'Project Runway' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 

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"Brainwashed"

 "Brainwashed"

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'Brainwashed' tries to create a real-life 'Manchurian Candidate' assassin

Hypnotist Tom Silver says the show gets into 'scary stuff'

If you've ever seen "The Manchurian Candidate" (either the original or the remake), the premise seems like pure cinema. Under hypnosis, an otherwise upstanding citizen becomes an assassin, killing while in a trance before forgetting the murder ever happened. But is it possible in real life? In "Brainwashed" (Oct. 28, 9:00 p.m. ET on Discovery), researchers decide to find out.

Using Tom Silver, a hypnotist with over 28 years of experience who has put people under on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," "The Doctors," "The Ricki Lake Show," the show put a group of volunteers through a series of increasingly difficult tests to see if any one of them might emerge as a potential killer. And the goal isn't just theory and conjecture -- the show created a scenario in which a hypnotized person would be given a real gun (filled with blanks) and a mark to shoot at close range, fake blood splatter and all.

I spoke to Silver about the show, and while he was unwilling to discuss whether or not the test worked (you'll get no spoilers from me, but you really do need to watch the show), he did talk about implanting memories, using hypnosis for either good or evil and why Taiwan hired him to pull secrets out of imprisoned colonels and generals. 

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Courtney Love

 Courtney Love

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10 musicals we'd like to see before the story of 'Nirvana' on Broadway

Courtney Love is allegedly working on a show, but we have other ideas

So, this happened. While testifying against Britney Spears, manager Sam Lufti revealed he and Courtney Love are working on a "possible motion picture or Broadway musical based on the Nirvana catalogue, based on her life and Kurt Cobain's." It's not a huge leap of logic, as musicians ranging from Green Day to ABBA have all gotten their very own musicals. Still, given Cobain's fears about selling out, this could be problematic at best, and we're a little worried a musical about Kurt and Courtney will come across like "Sid and Nancy" with songs.  

But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of other acts out there deserving of the Great White Way treatment. Or, if not deserving, maybe they're car wrecks we wouldn't  mind seeing. In any case, some existing musicals could even be tweaked slightly to squeeze in a star or two, so development would be a snap! Here are a few suggestions. Producers, take notes!

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway All Stars' recap: 'Redemption on the Runway'

Wendy Pepper, Ivy Higa, Josh McKinley and Casanova return to battle
It's another all-star season, and we get a new host in Carolyn Murphy (let's face it, Angela Lindvall was no Heidi Klum), a lot of prizes and a bunch of designers who, if this episode is any indication, are oddly well-behaved. But I'm sure that won't last long. I mean, Wendy Pepper, Josh McKinley and Ivy Higa are in da house. Blood will be drawn!
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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'The Rager'

Elena's having a problem keeping down this vampire thing

Though I had initially thought Elena's transition into vampiredom would be pretty easy -- she knows the right people, for crying out loud -- I'm beginning to have my doubts. The girl who spent so much time in previous seasons either being depressed or guilty or suffering over some fresh nightmare now has a new lease on life (or unlife, I guess) and it's not going so well. Vampires feel everything more strongly than mere mortals do -- and it was only a matter of time before all the big, bad feelings Elena was supressing came bubbling to the surface like black goo in the LaBrea Tar Pits. This week, Elena gets to do battle with her anger, which she was too nice to get out of her system back when it could have been neatly handled with a visit to the local gun rage or a good jog. No, now Elena has bloodlust and a taste for murder to deal with, and it's just a whole lot messier. 

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

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'American Horror Story' recap: 'Tricks and Treats'

Sister Jude and Sister Mary Eunice are no match for a man possessed

While I'm still not entirely committed to "American Horror Story," I have to give the show credit for one absolutely brilliant move: no matter how ridiculous it gets, I'm not sure anyone will ever be able to say it's really jumped the shark. This show pretty much kicked things off from day one with Fonzie zipping around on the waves, merrily water-skiing right past logic and subtlety, splashing us with copious quantities of homage until our heads hurt. It's not for everyone, granted, but it's definitely a wild ride.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway All Stars' mentor Joanna Coles expects to get auf'ed

She says she's different than Tim Gunn in one key way

Joanna Coles will be back for another season of "Project Runway All Stars," but don't expect her to stick around for much more than that. In a conference call with journalists, the fashionista talked about why her recent exit from Marie Claire makes it likely that she'll be auf'ed -- and she totally gets it.

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"Nashville"

"Nashville" 

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'Nashville' recap: 'Someday You'll Call My Name'

Rayna isn't the only one with big problems this week

It seems that this week everyone's either facing their demons or avoiding their demons. In either case, there are demons, so maybe this is more of a Halloween episode than I was expecting. 

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"Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's 'Gangnam Style' on the dance floor

The final four couples perform their guilty pleasure dances

So, this is really Monday part 2 -- four couples will perform and we get the Team "Gangnam Style" dance, too. And it's only an hour! I could get used to this, couldn't you? 

For some reason, Kelly looks mad as the camera pans over the crowd. Or maybe that's not anger, but worry. She was at the bottom of the leader board this week. Or maybe Val made a crack about her age, or the love isn't there when cameras aren't rolling. 

In other news, I'm still looking forward to Team "Gangnam Style"'s performance. I know someday I will get sick of that song, but it hasn't happened yet. 

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