Ox Notes: September 5, 2007

Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style premieres tonight on Bravo after the new episode of Top Chef, before moving to its permanent home, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET. The show’s co-host, Veronica Webb, says of the pair of cargo shorts in Gunn’s closet: "That is scandalicious, but it’s like Superman keeps a little bit of Kryptonite in a box just to remember."

My mom will be happy to learn that HGTV is bringing Design Star back for a third season.

CMT is working on a makeover show for women who aren’t interested in aging gracefully called I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader. Maybe they’ll follow it up with a fantasy show for the women’s husbands, called I’d Prefer If You Looked Like a Japanese Schoolgirl.

After failed negotiations with iTunes, NBC is taking its shows to Amazon’s Unbox.

The CW is previewing their new comedy, Aliens in America, for the Brookings Institution (a political think tank) and the Islamic Center for Southern California. The comedy, which centers on a Muslim exchange student living with a white, American family, is getting positive reactions from Islamic groups happy to see a Muslim TV character who isn’t a terrorist. Along with The Real World’s Parisa, that makes two, but it’s a start.

And HBO has bought the rights to a documentary filmed entirely in the online world of Second Life, raising the question: is a documentary filmed in virtual reality really real?