A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Some verbal sparring between bosses and employees when things don't go as planned.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some fashion shows feature skin-bearing clothing or lingerie. There's also some sexual innuendo between characters.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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