Remodeled

 
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Model agency makeover show has lots of yelling, cursing.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights some of the things that make a modeling agency successful, as well as how hard it is for a model to be successful in the industry. For a modeling show, there's not much discussion of beauty or bodies.

Positive role models

Fisher is often off-putting and arrogant, but his ultimate goal is to help agencies be successful in the business and make money for themselves and The Network.

Violence

Fisher loses his temper easily and constantly yells and screams at people. Occasionally things are angrily thrown on the floor or destroyed.

Sex

Modeling shoots feature young women in sexy bathing suits and other outfits, while male models are often shirtless.

Language

Words like "ass," "crap," and "hell" are frequently audible; other curses are bleeped, with mouths blurred.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for The Network. Models audition for clients like Paul Mitchell, Custo Barcelona, and Tommy Hilfiger. Fashion magazines like GQ, Seventeen, and Vogue are referenced. Non-fashion related brand logos for things like cars and computers are blurred.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine is sometimes visible with meals.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this modeling agency makeover docuseries features lots of yelling and iffy language ("hell," "ass"; stronger words are bleeped, with mouths blurred). While the show is mostly focused on the industry side of the business, it also manages to incorporate story lines about aspiring models. The show references fashion magazines like GQ and Seventeen, as well as designers like Tommy Hilfiger. Some modeling images feature women in sexy bathing suits and men without shirts, though there's a surprising lack of discussion about body type, beauty, or other issues normally associated with modeling.

What's the story?

REMODELED is a reality series in which modeling industry insider Paul Fisher attempts to change the modeling world one agency at a time. The industry veteran has linked 50 small agencies from around the world to create The Network, which Fisher hopes will help keep the agencies from losing their successful models to large New York or Los Angeles firms. It also helps aspiring models from the networked agencies with their careers. Each week Fisher, The Network's \"New Faces\" assistant Anna Alschbach, and Fisher's snarky driver/administrative assistant Joseph visit one of the networked agencies to evaluate its business strategy and give it a much needed makeover. Meanwhile, V.P. Olga Tavarez and J.T., The Network's \"New Faces\" director, work with aspiring models handpicked from the network of agencies to help jump start their careers. It's tough all around, but Fisher and his team are committed to creating the next generation of supermodels while changing the way the modeling industry currently does business.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Remodeled highlights what it takes to have a successful modeling agency, including knowing all the details of the fashion industry, preparing models for castings, and keeping bookable models from signing on with their competitors. It also shows some of the pressures that models face when trying to break into the business, like being prepared for constant rejection.

Unfortunately, the parts of the show that focus on Fisher's attempts to "remodel" the agencies suffer from too much repetition and too much unappealing attitude from Fisher. The parts that target new models going on calls to designers are more interesting, but they don't go into too much depth. Still, viewers entertained by the modeling and fashion world will no doubt find at least portions of this voyeuristic look into the modeling world worth watching.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the modeling business in the media. Why are people interested in learning more about the modeling industry? What makes modeling an appealing topic for a reality show? How realistic are these shows in depicting the modeling industry?

  • What kinds of messages are shows like this offering about what makes people attractive? Are these looks realistic for most people? Parents: How can we talk about media images and positive body image

TV details

Cast:Joseph Villanueva, Olga Tavarez, Paul Fisher
Network:CW
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byLovelyPixxie January 30, 2012
 

Boring show, okay for most kids, except for swearing.

There is a lot of swearing, and it's all about modeling. I suppose you could get a positive message out of it- Never give up. But, it is not a very interesting show to watch. I don't see a problem with kids watching it, but before they do, remind them that swearing is unacceptable, and they do not have to look a certain way, which, the show makes it seem like they should.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byKayalish January 28, 2012
 

Remodeled is the best!

This show gives the perspective from an industry point of view and allows aspiring models and do gooders to follow their dream and you can accomplish anything if you have the goals and ambition to do so.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byCanadian Parent September 7, 2012
 

A dose of reality

If you think modeling is 'fun' or a 'really easy way to make money' then you NEED to see this show. Yes, Paul is abrasive, but guess what? The modelling industry is rife with people who are going to take advantage/abuse potential models. Paul is giving a glimpse of the tough world that it really is. Yes, the series could be more polished, Paul could wear his 'nice' face - but that ain't modelling. This series takes the bloom off the rose. Bottom line, don't model unless you are very secure and can handle a tough, tough business.

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