It’s that time of year again, when the TV networks roll out new shows, just as winter truly sets in. Hence, we’ll get another round of American Idol later this month—I wonder if we’ll have another N.C. native in the final running, making it three years in a row?—Alias recently started up again (a show I have never gotten into) and then there are the brand-new shows, also known as mid-season replacements. I had my Tivo tape the Missy Elliot show last night, but haven’t watched it yet, but truthfully, I am trying to pare DOWN the shows I watch, not add to them. (Next week, we have the finale of The Biggest Loser, a show I have become unexpectedly, and totally, addicted to. Who knew?)

That said, I was slightly intrigued by a show that’s premiering tonight: Wickedly Perfect, in which we go searching for the next Martha Stewart. Well, maybe that’s not the BEST description: maybe the next Martha pre-scandal and prison? Okay, that’s better. Anyway, the idea is that people move into a house (naturally) and compete to be the craftiest. Now, this I would fail at miserably. I have never had the patience or talent for flower arrangements, or interior decorating, or anything that would fall under Martha’s expertise. But what really intrigued me about this show were the judges: David Evangelista (for those of you who used to watch Rosie O’Donnell’s show, he was her hairdresser, and had occasional segments) Bobby Flay (who is a famous chef) and….Candace Bushnell.

Candace Bushnell wrote the books on which Sex and The City was based. Now, as a writer, I understand the concept of fiction, and Candace Bushnell is not Carrie Bradshaw. But still: it is a bit odd, don’t you think? I mean, if Carrie was based on Candace even a little bit, this is just wrong. What would Carrie think? She didn’t even COOK in her kitchen. She said that when she was younger, she’d buy Vogue instead of eat. Now, if it was a shoe or shopping show, or even that new one about fashion designers, I’d get it. But craftiness?

I’ve read a couple of Bushnell’s books, and she doesn’t seem like the Martha Stewart type. But reality TV has no logic: I should know that by now. And maybe Candace, like many people, has given up the party girl lifestyle from which she drew her earlier inspiration, and now is more crafty and settled. It could happen. Maybe, it could even happen to me: any day now, I might just get really inspired with pine cones and make a centerpiece. You never know.

have a good day everyone!