Fox reviving 'The Swan' as celebrity special
Reality TV fans, brace yourselves.
Is bringing back …
And this time …
The broadcaster is reviving its infamous plastic surgery makeover series for a celebrity version that will serve as primetime special.
In the original 2004 series, “ugly” women are given extreme makeovers by a team that included a personal trainer, a therapist, a dentist and cosmetic surgeons. Each week followed two women who were transformed over a three-month period. The contestant who turned out prettier went on to compete in a pageant held at the end of the season.
TV critics, as you might expect, weren’t really huge fans. But the show’s ultra-extreme makeover format made it a must-watch for some reality TV aficionados. Moreover, The Swan generated plenty of pop-culture buzz at a time when networks were trying to figure out the boundaries of the unscripted genre.
By re-vamping the show as a celebrity special, Fox will add some star wattage while reducing potential controversy about the format (judging the appearance of celebrities who get plastic surgery, after all, happens in the media every day).
Here’s the official logline for the two-hour special: “Celebrity Swan will feature female celebrities and will offer these popular women the incredible opportunity to undergo physical, psychological and career changes as cameras follow them through the transformative process. This opportunity will allow these women to come back better than ever, have a second chance at personal and career redemption and re-introduce themselves to their supportive fans in a whole new way.”
The production will start casting ASAP. There is no air date yet. But if you’re famous and need some work done, give Fox a call. I’m sure EW readers will have some suggestions about who might make a good contestant on Surgery with the Stars.