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Under the Gunn

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Runway spin-off is more of the same for fashionistas.

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Under the Gunn is frank about being derivative: "I've taken everything I love about Project Runway and added my own flair and flavor," Tim Gunn says on the voiceover that opens the show. That flair and flavor, by the way, comes straight from The Voice, itself an American Idol rip-off that adds in mentorship. But no matter, since idea theft is common in the reality world.

The important point here is that if you like Project Runway, you'll like this, particularly if the dapper and gentle Mr. Gunn is one of the original's most potent pleasures for you. Under the Gunn is basically Project Gunn-way, with no Klum or Nina Garcia, and more Tim. There's a workroom, fabrics from Mood, even an accessories wall for the runway show. Having past contestants return to mentor current ones is a bit of a twist, but the basic framework is the same. It'll hold Runway fans over until its next season, anyway, if nothing else.

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