Magical Elves, aka Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth, are responsible for putting together some of your favorite reality shows. (And if you saw the Katy Perry movie this summer, that’s theirs, too.) But when I caught up with them at the CBS/Showtime party at TCA this week, I asked them for some intel on Season 3 of The Real L Word and the first season of their latest hit, Fashion Star.
AfterEllen.com: Why did you choose to keep Romi on the show when you found out she was dating a guy? It’s a very different way to go for a show called The Real L Word.
Dan Cutforth: We weren’t shooting when we heard that Romi was seeing a guy and so we sprang into action and got cameras down there. Because, as Jane said, it was a story we’d wanted to tell for a while and we found out it was happening. We had to get down there and had to shoot it.
AE: Some people like to point out how the show cuts together scenes from different months. Is that the reality of reality television or is it specific to this show?
DC: For the most part, most of the show was shot in a specific space of time about eight, nine weeks. Some scenes that happened earlier and ultimately we’re just trying to tell a story, it’s not like you’re distorting the facts, it’s true to life and the chronology of what happened. Certain things that did happen you have to kind of mix up so it wouldn’t make sense in another way.
AE: It was hard to watch Kacy and Cori go through their loss this week. How did you decide to keep them on? Was it a story felt like you needed to tell?
AE: Anything else you can tell us about this season? Any secrets?
AE: Were you guys happy with the winner of Fashion Star, Kara Laricks? She was my favorite from the beginning, sexuality aside. Do you look for different sides to people, like sexuality, when you’re casting for the new season?
AE: So you were happy with the winner?
JL: I actually think we found a new voice in the community, which is really hard. We did a lot of seasons of Project Runway and it’s definitely hard to find a new point of view and she was amazing.