Q: I'm trying to remember the name of a reality series where a salon professional would "rescue" and renovate hair salons. Any ideas?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

You're looking for "Tabatha's Salon Takeover," later "Tabatha Takes Over" after a format change that expanded its scope beyond salons.

The switch was the sort of move Tabatha Coffey often encouraged her clients to make — a bold attempt to revitalize a flagging business model — but it didn't work in this case.

The show was a buzz-generating ratings hit at first, but the numbers fizzled out over its last two seasons when she began offering her somewhat anger-tinged advice to businesses such as gay nightclubs and sports bars.

The show was part of a brief reality-show trend triggered by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" series — an opinionated but charming expert visits failing businesses to offer unvarnished advice to the owners (see also "Bar Rescue" and "Restaurant: Impossible").

Not surprisingly, Ramsay's show, and Ramsay as a person, has proven to have the most longevity. But Bravo didn't give up on Coffey after "Tabatha Takes Over" ended in 2013. Five years later, she was back on the cable channel with "Tabatha's Relative Success," in which she was once again doling out business advice, but this time specifically to family businesses.

Coffey first came to the public eye as the one getting the advice. She was a popular contestant on the hairstylist competition show "Shear Genius" (another Bravo production).


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