January 10, 2012 7:00am PT by Jethro Nededog
'Tabatha Takes Over' Star on Expanding Beyond Hair Salons: 'It's Tabatha on Steroids' (Video)
“Really important: Everybody needs to change their DVR from Tabatha’s Salon Takeover to Tabatha Takes Over, because I’m taking over other businesses this season. It’s Tabatha on steroids,” Tabatha Coffey tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Who better to explain why the returning Bravo series has changed its title for the fourth season than its opinionated star? THR sat down with the successful hair stylist to talk about the expansion of her business remodeling series, Tabatha Takes Over, which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Bravo.
“It was such a natural progression, so many people said, ‘I wish you would come and take over and help us’ and we decided we would take over,” Coffey says. “And I believe business principles are business principles, they follow through. And as a business owner, we all deal with the same set of problems in our business. So, it was a great transition to now move into other businesses not just hair dressing salons.”
Coffey says that when Bravo gave the green light for the series to go beyond its previous focus on hair salons, she happily accepted the assignment.
“I like helping people,” the Aussie, whose stern demeanor regularly falls away after she’s helped a business get back on track, says. “It was exciting to be able to go in and challenge myself and also be able to help these other businesses. So, it was great.”
While the fourth season will have its fair share of hair salons, Coffey will also take over a gay bar, a doggie daycare, a bed and breakfast, a frozen yogurt store, and a beauty school. But, the premiere episode finds her in an environment viewers are used to.
The season begins at a hair salon called Jungle Red, in which its owner, Suzanne, has given up all her authority to her daughter whose aspirations don’t include running a hair salon. Not only is the salon in desperate need of a business overhaul, but Suzanne has started living there, as well.
“It was really the story, the story between mother and daughter,” Coffey says of what makes this episode special. “And, also, the fact that Suzanne put everything she had into the salon. And that’s why she was also staying there, which is the part that was really big for me.”
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