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Kell on Earth

Reality series reveals the seamier side of the fashion biz.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show paints the fashion world as a cutthroat environment that requires a killer instinct. ("The fashion industry is a war, which is why we have a take-no-prisoners kind of attitude," says Cutrone.) Stress runs high, and the rare few who can hack it are dubbed "killers" and "slayers." Crying is not allowed.

Positive role models

Although Cutrone gets points for running her own successful business and balancing her professional and personal lives, her survival skills aren't kid-friendly. In Cutrone's world, there's no time for crying or reflecting; there's only time for slaying and punishing. She also has little to no patience for young employees who make mistakes and has no problem swearing them into submission.

Violence

Some verbal sparring between bosses and employees when things don't go as planned.

Sex

Some fashion shows feature skin-bearing clothing or lingerie. There's also some sexual innuendo between characters.

Language

Characters tend to string together streams of swear words, but the strongest words ("f--k" and "s--t") are bleeped. As in, "This is no f--king joke, I am playing for f--king blood, motherf--kers." Audibles include "bitch," "hooker," and "retarded."

Consumerism

The firm specializes in promoting an ever-changing roster of high-end brands, such as Chado Ralph Rucci, Christian Louboutin, and Yigal Azrouel. Other big fashion names mentioned include publications like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style, and Us Weekly.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Ecstasy is mentioned, and one character suggests that a co-worker take the prescription drug Ativan to relax, saying, "Pharmaceuticals really help at People's Revolution ... you're only a pill-popper if you do it when you're not stressed out. During Fashion Week, it's fine." Some social drinking.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

TV details

Premiere date:February 1, 2010
Cast:Kelly Cutrone
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Adult Written byLayneE October 7, 2010

It all depends...

Kelly's business ethic may be admirable, but her attitude is slightly pathetic. She doesn't exactly treat people well.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 5 years old April 14, 2010

Perfect show

Love Kell on Earth!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models