(And if you don't watch reality TV, feel free to quietly abstain.)
Okay, 1) I know I mentioned it in the sidebar already, but we have to talk about last night's Project Runway -- the best episode in at least two seasons, maybe more. As far as I'm concerned, it's up there with the Nikki Hilton episode in Season 2 and the wedding dress challenge and Morganza-wrecks-Kevin's-bathing suit episodes in Season 1. For one thing, it was the "why didn't we think of this before?" nature of the drag queen challenge. And seeing the designers set free to take their ids to the limit and be as gaudy as they pleased. And the saga of Suede and Hedda Lettuce (above) was something to behold, truly. You can call Suede many things -- especially "Suede" -- but don't call him too lazy to make sleeves, apparently.
But, as with any truly fantastic episode, it was a culmination of a lot of little moments: like that epic Heidi finger snap. And Leanne (who is slowly but surely growing on me) breaking off a switch and giving Blayne's ridiculous "Licious" fetish the thrashing it deserves. Like Joe's bewilderment and (let's face it) utter fear of the drag divas (there's really "too many queens" now, eh Joe?). Like Terri's ass-kicking Kimono Beyond Thunderdome design. And that's not even getting into the drag names. I thought it'd be super difficult to top Farrah Moans, but Sharon Needles just might have done it.
And 2) is tonight's premiere of Margaret Cho's "semi-scripted" show on VH1. I put "semi-scripted" in scare quotes, because honestly, this is no more scripted than any of the reality shows on, say, VH1 or E!. Faked-up scenarios but real interactions within those scenarios? Real enough for basic cable, I say. It reminds me very much of Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-List," in a good way. They've both got their moms and their gays and their determination to shock people at every turn. Margaret's more upfront about her vulnerabilities, but you find that with Kathy too, you just have to be a little patient. And you totally need to check out the interview(s) with Margaret at FourFour. Her love of Rock of Love's Heather is an example for us all.