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The Televisionist, July 31 

PROJECT RUNWAY

Bravo (Comcast Ch. 50)

8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6.

I got tired of reality TV when it became obvious contestants were 'roiding on “Road Rules/Real World Challenge.” I've never watched “American Idol,” “Wife Swap,” “Baby Borrowers” or “Denise Richards: It's Complicated” (I get all the best moments in 30-second bursts of hilarity on “The Soup”). But I'm hopelessly and completely addicted to “Project Runway.” I even cancelled a dudes' poker night this week because it conflicted. Heidi Klum hosts and that helps. Tim Gunn, the on-air mentor, is casually hilarious. Korto Momolu, who's been featured in the Times and has been a part of just about every fashion show in Little Rock for the last several years, is a contestant and possibly a strong one, though Gunn, last week, suggested that her dress was on its way to becoming a “hot mess.” The other contestants, too, have strong, often funny and catty personalities that add to the drama. But more than anything, what sets “Project Runway” apart from the vast, vast majority of reality shows is that the contestants are actually really talented. Even if, like me, your interest in fashion doesn't stretch much beyond your T-shirt drawer, it's pretty amazing to see people, say, fashion a good-looking cocktail dress out of only blue Solo cups.

Lindsey Millar

 

CLICK AND CLACK'S AS THE WRENCH TURNS

AETN (Broadcast Ch. 2, Comcast Ch. 3)

7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6

If you're a regular listener to National Public Radio, their voices will be familiar: Tom and Ray Maggliozzi, otherwise known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers. With their encyclopedic knowledge of cars, booming laughter and tearing-sheet-metal Boston accents, the brothers have become a fixture on public radio over the years, lending a little blue-collar humor to NPR's white-linen world. Now (partially thanks to a scene-stealing cameo they made in Pixar's “Cars”) they're branching out into the world of animation. In their new primetime cartoon show for PBS, “As the Wrench Turns,” the brothers basically play themselves — mechanics-turned-radio-hosts who own a shop populated by an assortment of screwballs. The results are funnier than you might expect. This week, the show is a double feature, with “Pocketful of Motor Oil” and “Outsourcing.” First up, the boys try to help the niece of an employee who has come to believe he's an Ivy League professor. In the second reel, they decide to outsource their radio show to India. It's greasy, good-natured fun.

— David Koon 

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