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  • Summary: This six part original Sundance series pairs two "innovative leaders" (we call them "celebrities") each episode for an in-depth conversation. If you've ever wanted to see celebrity chef Mario Batali talking to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, now's your chance.
  • Genre(s): Talk & Interview, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It's a novel idea: Remove the middleman and let artists interview themselves. [25 Nov 2005, p.96]
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    75
    So this show is more than a tribute, though it is that.
  3. A classy, stimulating look at six true mavericks through the eyes of six people in various stages of iconoclastic development.
  4. Whether all, or indeed any, of the subjects here are actually "iconoclasts" is debatable -- "independent" is more like it -- but the title is meant to signal that this is something hipper and smarter and less conventionally angled than a Barbara Walters special and, at least on the basis of the two episodes available for review, it is.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    Celebrities interviewing celebrities is a promising concept, in that it upsets the power balance of the typical suck-up interview. But the downside is that once people get past a certain level of fame, they seem to lose the internal monitor that reminds them that not everything they do and say is worth recording.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanna Weiss
    50
    [The first episode] is less an in-depth interview than a mutual admiration fest, plus a chance to watch two famous people playing golf.
  7. Reviewed by: Joey Rubin
    40
    If only more time had been spent finding compatible pairs instead of piling adjectives into the show's cheesy publicity language. If only some time had been spent finding actual iconoclasts.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. SomebodyMoreImportant
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    Thoughtful and evocative look into the seemingly disparate lives of compelling figures who end up having much in common and much to convey.
  2. nobodyimportant
    Dec 21, 2006
    3
    I hate this show. Its based on the egalitarian theory that two creative people can somehow be instantly bonded by their work. It almost wants to pander to the politically correct idea of everyone getting along and relating. What I can say is that it is a horrible show. It trys to mesh to different people and two different talents into one feeling that doesn't really exist. How can one understand the subtle nuances of each others talent without direct experience in it. It trys to link the two but reallly just results in a display of bragging between two different people. I am offended that this concept which is presented could be so far its mark. Its a waste of time trying to find any hidden truth in these episodes. Just prepare for more mindless wasting away of the mind commonly found on ABC, CBS, and ABC. Expand