May 2009 Archives
It seemed a given that Danny Gokey was going to torture us with his boring stylings, ever-present glasses and heart gestures right up until the bitter end of American Idol, but the American public didn't agree and sent him packing last week. During a press conference call, Gokey talked incessantly about wanting to design a line of eyeglasses, or be a glasses model, and also about his charity and being inspiring and all that crap. That was all really boring though. Here are the slightly more interesting tidbits from the call.
So, last night's double-sized Season finale of Desperate Housewives finally resolved the season-long Creepy Dave storyline, while introducing a few new ones. For starters, Bree and Karl are hooking up, because apparently Bree's life isn't complicated enough. Also, Lynette and Tom are pregnant with another set of twins, because they apparently don't use birth control while on a monthlong relationship-strengthening sex marathon. The most preposterous development in all of this, however, is that Gaby and Carlos have taken in Carlos's orphaned niece, Ana, who's been staying with Carlos's aunt, because his aunt has a heart condition and can't take care of her anymore. Except the girl turns out to be a manipulative flirt, who gets the Scavo twins to do her chores, her various boyfriends to buy her nice dresses and Carlos to take her side when she cries after Gaby yells at her. Does any of this sound familiar?
Being in the audience for a Survivor finale is infinitely more exciting than sitting at home watching it on TV. While you lose the option of fast-forwarding through all the boring parts and condensing the entire three-hour insanity into one small hour, you get to hear the live reactions and see the families in person. Which means, that while sitting at the Ed Sullivan Theater, I got a very close look at Coach's "lady friend" and I still didn't notice any bizarre abnormalities that would seemingly force her to limit herself to the self-proclaimed dragon slayer.
It also meant that I got to watch all of the castaways' dads dance in the aisle during a commercial break game, and that I got to see Cirie and Parvati (both from Micronesia) in the audience. As a bonus, it was entertaining to hear every groan, gasp, laugh and boo from people who have been loyally watching this show for ages. It really gave me a better sense of the actual Survivor fan, more so than what I normally get from sitting on my couch at home. The shouts for JT were so loud throughout the entire three hours, but there was a little bit of anger towards him when he voted out the other audience favorite, Taj. (Or Tag, as his parchment said.) But, his landslide win and fan favorite prize got big applause from the audience.
With Fox and the CW set to announce their fall line-ups next week, it's a bit of a slow news day, but there are a few interesting stories out there if you like dinosaurs, animation and misleading headlines. So, that's everybody, right?
The recent news that The Shield creator Shawn Ryan is taking on showrunning duties over at Lie to Me next fall got us thinking that there are more than a few other series on the air that could benefit from a change behind the scenes. Here are ten other high-profile executive producers and the shows we'd love to see them take over.
Okay, so last night's Lost season finale -- the last episode before the big endgame starts in 2010 -- was pretty crazy. Jacob showed up, as did Bernard and Rose... even Vincent the dog! But it had a lot of stuff going on, and not all of it was good. In fact, some of it was annoying as hell, so we thought we'd run down the five things that annoyed us the most. Obviously, this is going to be a very spoilery discussion, so if you haven't seen the episode yet, by all means do not read any further, unless you're looking for a reason to be angry with us.
I'm trying to figure out if watching three hours of The Biggest Loser is the best or worst diet plan in the world. On the one hand, it is inspiring to see people shed these pounds. On the other hand, it sort of sucks that someone who won as many challenges and lost as much weight as Tara (or even Mike) did, has their accomplishments immediately dismissed as not good enough because they didn't lose the most insane amount of weight ever. The whole thing kind of makes me want to eat a cookie. Anyway, there's some other news out there happening, while I sit and ponder this weighty issue.
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