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Archive for Monday, August 13, 2012

Gallery interns not worth a dime

August 13, 2012

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The new love-to-hate series “Gallery Girls” (9 p.m., Bravo) features a gaggle of delusional and entitled 20-somethings. These seven young women seek jobs, or rather unpaid internships, in New York’s most prestigious art galleries. Some have to struggle; others use their daddies’ connections. Guess which “Girls” make better interns?

Despite the gallery milieu, the girls don’t talk about art — or culture, books, ideas or anything but themselves. To watch people so young behave in such a selfish, vapid manner is ultimately more depressing than distracting. One girl does admit that she “grew up watching ‘Sex and the City.’” Now that explains just about everything.

• To my surprise, chef Gordon Ramsay’s first rescue mission on “Hotel Hell” (7 p.m., Fox) is much grimmer than I expected and provocatively addicting.

Ramsay travels to Windsor, Vt., and the picturesque Juniper Hill Inn, a place with history and charm. Sadly, its current owners, Robert Dean II and his partner, have run the place so badly that it teeters on insolvency. Ramsay quickly discovers that Dean treats the place like his private clubhouse, festooning the interior with his growing art collection. Local residents feel alienated by his snobbery and his staff hates him, for reasons that accumulate over the two-part premiere.

While some employees quibble that Dean comps his snobby friends, leaving the workers without tips, their chief beef is that he collects art and antiques like a deranged hoarder but often fails to issue paychecks on time, forcing the employees to beg for their salary.

When they complain, he condescendingly snaps, “You don’t have to work here.”

This forces Ramsay into the interesting position of being the champion of the working stiff, or in this case, the stiffed worker.

• “Stars Earn Stripes” (7 p.m., NBC) enlists Hollywood C-, D- and even E-listers to undertake training “inspired by real military exercises.” According to the network, it’s supposed to “honor” America’s armed forces. As if people who risk their lives for their country need the “honor” of a reality game show. Is this the militarization of Hollywood or the Hollywoodization of the military? Or just a really dumb idea?

• Closing time arrives on the series finale of “The Closer” (8 p.m., TNT).

Tonight’s other highlights

• Gordon Ramsay hosts “Hell’s Kitchen” (8 p.m., Fox).

• Burned by a barista on “Bunheads” (8 p.m., ABC Family).

• Nick adjusts to his mother’s return on the season premiere of “Grimm” (9 p.m., NBC).

Comments

Shane Garrett 2 years, 4 months ago

Gallery Girls is having to compete with the popular shows such as Big Ang, a spin off of the mob wives of NYC, and Honey Boo Boo, a hillbilly child star. And don't "forget about it" the real house wives of Chicago. On the other end of the lowering an IQ point per minute there are shows like hillbilly hand fishing and Redneck Island.

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