What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the star of this reality show, a high-powered fashion publicist, is a strong, independent female role model who has no qualms saying exactly what's on her mind...and tends to use "f--k" a lot while she's doing it (although that word -- along with others, like "s--t" -- is bleeped). She also talks candidly about the fashion business and the art of selling to consumers, and deals heavily with high-end brand names (including shoemaker Christian Louboutin and couturier Chado Ralph Rucci) in her day-to-day activities. One male employee is openly gay.
What's the story?
Fashion show producer/publicist Kelly Cutrone is front and center in KELL ON EARTH, a reality series about her fast-paced career -- and her second job as a single mom. Most of the action revolves around the day-to-day demands of her New York City PR firm, People's Revolution, but the show also features perspectives from the firm's sizable stable of employees, including Kelly's business partners, Emily and Robyn, and harried assistants Stefanie and Anthony.
Is it any good?
After losing its prized Project Runway to Lifetime, Bravo's finally getting its fashion mojo back with Kell on Earth, a surprisingly riveting -- albeit lamely titled -- look at the people who keep the fashion machine running behind the scenes. As the star of the show, Cutrone is every inch the hard-nosed businesswoman who makes things happen, a reality "character" we've seen many times before (because, frankly, it makes great TV). But the refreshing twist in Kell on Earth is that her no-frills personality actually comes off as genuine and real. She's not putting on a show for the cameras, she's just living her life ... and daring you to keep up.
Of course, there are some things that seem staged, like when Cutrone's friend Ashley Dupre (who played an infamous role in the highly publicized Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal and famously caused a problem for Cutrone at a 2009 fashion show) pops in for a visit right before Fashion Week. And certainly Cutrone is no stranger to reality TV, having appeared prominently on both The Hills and The City. Still, we get the sense that since she doesn't have time to sugarcoat her comments, let alone leave the office to get her nails done, she's hardly got room in her schedule to put on an act for the sake of ratings.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the culture of celebrity. Is it realistic to want to emulate celebrity style? In addition to money, what other types of resources do celebrities have that the average person doesn't?
Do you think Kelly is a positive role model for young girls? Why or why not? Which personality traits have helped her succeed in her field?
Do you think it's really possible for working women to "have it all" -- i.e. a fulfilling career and a family? What sacrifices does Kelly make to try and keep her life in balance?