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Primetime Show Reviews
"The Fairy Jobmother"
review by Suzanne
Airs Thursdays 9/8 c on Lifetime
The idea of this show is that the host, Hayley Taylor, finds out-of-work people and helps them clean up their lives so that they can find jobs. It's kind of like that show Hoarders, in many ways. If you have ever watched that one, they find these mentally disturbed people who live in filth and help them clean up their homes and their lives. It's the same here, except their mental problems are different.
These are not ordinary out of work people. These are people who have so messed up their lives that they are incapable of just regular living, let alone going out and finding a job. It's very difficult to watch because you feel so bad for these people, who are being exploited for TV. Of course, they are also being helped to find jobs (hopefully), and also, I can't help but wonder how much of it is real. Like all "reality shows", I wonder if they plant some of the things.
For instance, the father of this first household has an awfully suspicious new and stylish haircut. That doesn't really gibe with the dog feces on the floor and the crying kid. You have to wonder, how much of this is put together by the show to make them look worse (or better) than they are? That's one of the reasons I hate reality shows. So much of it is more "scripted" than you think.
If you like shows like Hoarders and find them uplifting or entertaining, then you will no doubt like this one.
In the first episode, host Hayley Taylor helps The Aughe Family of Hanford, CA. They have a messy house with lots of dirty dishes and a dog that they left poop in their bed, and kid they can't control. They fight all the time and it's clear that they have no clue how to run their lives. The dad has "issues" from his dad (I have to wonder how he survived in the Navy that way). It's just very difficult to watch, whether it's true or contrived (I kind of hope that it's contrived).
The host, Hayley Taylor, seems sincere but I have trouble understanding her with her thick British accent. Her show was very successful in the UK, apparently. If you are unemployed, I guess you would find this show very entertaining. You can't help but feel superior to the people on this show, since they look for the worst of the worst to be on this show. They also do give job-hunting tips if you are looking for a job.
Eight Episodes of Hour-Long Program Based on Studio Lambert's Hit
Format to be Hosted by Career Specialist Hayley Taylor
Lifetime to Sneak Peek First Episode October 28 Following Project
Finale Before Moving to Regular Time Period at 9:00 PM Thursdays
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 28, 2010) - With one of the most
economies in U.S. history, Lifetime Television brings relief to
who have struggled with unemployment with its new unscripted series,
Fairy Jobmother, featuring international career specialist, Hayley
Based on the popular British format and produced by Studio Lambert
(Undercover Boss), The Fairy Jobmother will follow Taylor each week
assists severely job-challenged families with her no-nonsense and
love tactics to motivate them to get back on the payroll. Lifetime
sneak peek the first of eight one-hour episodes at 11:00 PM (ET/PT)
Thursday, October 28, immediately following the Project Runway Season
Eight finale. Beginning Thursday, November 4, The Fairy Jobmother
air in its regular time period of 9:00 PM (ET/PT).
Using her no holds barred approach, Taylor will help families by
confronting the unspoken truths responsible for placing them into
current situations. Closely assessing every area of each family's
from relationship breakdowns to how they present themselves publicly
the homes they keep - Taylor will assist them face the harsh
why they are unemployed and get them back on the road to financial
emotional recovery. By the end of each episode, she transforms their
lives, not only with the opportunity of employment on the horizon,
different attitude towards themselves and their family members.
"This innovative series will help American families in need of
assistance by motivating them to get back on track in an
constructive and effective way," said Nancy Dubuc, President and
Manager of Lifetime Networks and HISTORY. "The Fairy Jobmother
complements Lifetime's unscripted strategy and will further
success among women Thursday evenings."
Stephen Lambert (creator of Undercover Boss and Wife Swap) and Eli
Holzman (Project Runway) serve as executive producers of The Fairy
Jobmother. Shannon Keenan Demers (Big Brother) is executive producer
ABOUT HAYLEY TAYLOR
Hayley Taylor discovered her knack for passing along her expertise
experiencing firsthand the same challenges placed upon many of the
families she helps. A hair-dresser turned stay-at-home mom, Taylor
the financial and emotional strain on her family when her husband was
off. Arguments and mounting debt ensued and she soon found herself
her identity and self-confidence. Ultimately, Taylor decided to
work by volunteering at a job training center. Her abilities in
and motivating people were quickly recognized, and within two months
was promoted to manager. Two years later, Taylor was approached to
for a company that specialized in training the unemployed, where she
helped people overcome their professional barriers and move forward
gainful employment. Her training techniques and innovative methods
the attention of the U.K.'s Channel 4, which included her in a three-
documentary series entitled Benefit Busters. Overnight, she became
talk of the nation and received an offer from the channel to host her
show, The Fairy Jobmother.
ABOUT STUDIO LAMBERT
Studio Lambert is a fast-growing independent television production
company based in London and Los Angeles, specializing in creating and
producing entertaining, non-scripted programs for the U.K., U.S. and
international markets. Chief executive Stephen Lambert is
ground-breaking programs in Britain and America, such as Wife Swap,
Secret Millionaire, Faking It and, most recently, Undercover Boss.
U.S. team is led by Eli Holzman, the former head and co-founder of
Television, who created the award-winning hit Project Runway. Holzman
served as president of Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Films, where he
and launched Beauty & the Geek. Studio Lambert is backed by
All3Media, a global group of production companies
and an international distribution company. http://www.all3media.com
ABOUT LIFETIME TELEVISION
Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality
entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide
range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime
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Lifetime Digital(tm) (which includes myLifetime.com , LMN.tv ,
Lifetime Games , Roiworld.com , DressUpChallenge.com ,
MothersClick.com and LifetimeMoms.com ) are part of Lifetime
Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks,
LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC
Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.
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