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June 13, 2008

D-list meets A-list


It's The Return of the Human Hair Dress! Aieeeeeeeee!

It's a John Frieda infomercial within a plug for "Project Runway," a Wii Fit promotion within a Chrysler sponsorship, and a skillfully edited Lauren Hutton speech that made her sound not nearly so out of her mind. (Too bad for Tila Tequila that the producers let her blather on, or maybe they snipped her, too, but it just didn't help.)

Those are some of the pieces that made up last night's "Bravo A-list Awards," which, for the first time out, had some real shining moments ushered along by the ever-acerbic and frequently bleeped Emmy winner Kathy Griffin. (She's pictured here at the recent TV Land Awards, but we're pretty sure she rocked the same dress last night on Bravo. Just felt compelled to -- snap! -- point that out.)

Among the high points: Lots of audience shots of "30 Rock's" Jack McBrayer looking embarrassed/confused/shocked, like any good country boy would be in such a gayrific gathering. Griffin's wardrobe malfunction -- an idea whose timeliness is suspect -- was still chuckle worthy, but her "in memoriam" takeoff was priceless. As the screen showed pictures of Ryan Seacrest, the Scientology Center and Dr. Phil, with the somber Oscar-esque music, Griffin tried to clear up any confusion.

"They're not dead. They're just dead to me."


As was the onscreen quick-fire challenge for Tom Colicchio, who looked genuinely stunned to have to toss together some food during a commercial break (with former "Top Chef" contestants set to judge him). Alas, Griffin tripped, dishes flew, and no one tasted, unless you count the bits she picked up off the floor and shoved in her mouth. We'll never really know if it was edible.

Final judgment: worth TiVo-ing so you can skip through the slow parts.



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