We Clap for ‘Clipped’

For Tim Burton, the main themes of his Edward Scissorhands (1990) were self-discovery and isolation. All I can now remember of the movie, though, are Johnny Depp’s transformations of everyday shrubs into exquisite topiaries. So, if I subscribed to Discovery+, I’d definitely check out Clipped, a topiary competition series debuting tomorrow, May 12, with a 90-minute opener.

None other than gardening guru Martha Stewart serves as lead judge, with other judges including landscape architect Fernando Wong and Chris Lambton of HGTV’s Going Yard and DIY’s Yard Crashers, both of which are also now on Discovery+.

Martha Stewart, Clipped, Discovery+
(Martha Stewart in ‘ Clipped.’ Source: Discovery+)

Each week, through such challenges as sculpting enormous animals and designing a living room with functional plant-based furniture, the judges will narrow down seven competitors by deciding “who makes the cut, who gets clipped” and who winds up winning $50,000 as top topiarist. Actor Michael Urie hosts.

Another five episodes will debut Wednesdays through June 16.

Discovery+ costs $4.99/month with commercials, or $6.99/month for an ad-free experience. Verizon customers with qualifying plans can get 12 months free. For more info, visit discoveryplus.com.

And, if like me, you need a refresher on Edward Scissorhands, you can find it on Starz or rent it from $2.99 via Redbox or other sources.

Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands
(Johnny Depp and topiary in ‘ Edward Scissorhands.’ Source: IMDb)

(Top photo: ‘Clipped,’ courtesy Discovery+)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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