- Thursdays, 9|8c, Lifetime
Apart from the finale, the unconventional challenge has to be the most anticipated episode of each 'Runway' season. Trash turns to treasure, or in the case of episode two's task -- candy turns to couture. Like a mad pack of Veruca Salts in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, designers pillaged Dylan's Candy Bar for their fashion ingredients. With a budget of $250 and prices slashed by 50%, there's enough candy to outfit all of New York and guarantee cavities for life.
No stranger to fashion herself, the owner of the shop is Dylan Lauren, daughter of legendary designer Ralph Lauren. So it makes sense that Dylan was also asked to help judge the sartorial sweets. Weaving magic from jumbo shark gummies, ropes of licorice, crushed sugar crystals and foiled chocolate balls, designers created wearable eye candy that had judges drooling.
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- Wednesdays, 10|9c, Food Network
Like the Michael Clayton of restaurant dining rooms, Willie Degel swoops in to struggling restaurants to fix what ails them. Unlike Gordon Ramsay of 'Kitchen Nightmares,' who focuses on the chefs, Willie turns his hidden cameras on the managers, waiters and barkeeps to see what and who he needs to whip into shape. Who does he think he is? Restaurateur, owner of Uncle Jack's Steakhouses in New York, and possessor of a very persuasive brand of Long Island charm.
Degel has helped restore the luster of eateries like Bar+Bistro in Las Vegas, and Willy Parker's in New York. In the hotseat for the new season is Trends on Staten Island, where everybody's named Mike, the head waiter lazes at the bar, and the owner's son spends more time texting than earning his place in the family business.
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- Wednesdays, 10|9c, TLC
Doesn't a place called Piggly Wiggly make you want to go there no matter what's inside? Don't let the silly name fool you. The southern grocery chain packs some serious savings. Mama June and 8-year-old Honey Boo Boo (aka Alana, a former contestant on 'Toddlers in Tiaras') are well aware of this, and recently hit up their local Piggly Wiggly for some extreme couponing. As Mama June says, "it doesn't take a rocket scientist to coupon." Maybe so, but still, they're pretty adept: With coupons she was able to whittle a $130.02 grocery bill down to $27.40.
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Show Businesses: Project Runway
Just how much reality goes into reality television is sometimes questionable. Yes, some people are out for the publicity, and their "unscripted" lives are anything but. Fair enough.
But for every drama queen or king, there is the hardworking professional looking to launch their big idea, or the chef worthy of cooking your last meal. Show Businesses spotlights intriguing real-life businesses and cool finds popping up on the tube. Top chefs, gifted carpenters, designers who weave miracles with a fabric swatch. Delicious restaurants, specialty stores, and services you never dreamed you'd need.