July 2011 Archives
I'm going to be honest here: I spent most of the first episode of this show transfixed by Heidi Montag's boobs in her pink shirt. Not in a pervy way, but because I was trying to figure out if she was wearing a strangely textured bra, was sitting at an odd angle or if her nipples actually point in two separate directions. When that is the most fascinating part of a series that has some of reality's most biggest nightmares, it's probably a bad omen.
Vinny Guadagino: couldn't live with his Jersey Shore buddies, couldn't live without them.
Another one bites the dust?
Thanks to the Independence Day holiday, we were free from The Bachelorette idiots and the Real Housewives of New Jersey this week, but there were still plenty of horrible people gracing our televisions. That said, for a change we're going to give a little shout-out to Lindsey on Expedition Impossible, who is probably the least heinous person ever to be on reality television. She got trampled by a camel, didn't whine, got up and then basically dragged her blistered sister up a mountain and through a river. Good going, Linds.
We're currently suffering through the most boring season of The Bachelorette to date, and that's even taking into consideration the fact that Bentley was a brutally honest douchebag and that there was a guy wearing a mask for several episodes. And now we hear rumors that Emily might be the star of the show's next season. Really? Is that because her dates with Brad were just so riveting? The only one excited about this news is probably Bentley, who is likely chomping at the bit to humiliate yet another woman. So while it seems like another dull season is on the horizon, we've got some suggestions (i.e. wishful thinking) for how The Bachelorette could actually improve if it wanted to.
The Chord Overstreet saga continues.
The slogan of the network is "Characters Welcome," but after last week's premiere of Necessary Roughness, we're thinking they might want to change that to Characters Unwelcome. While there are some decent things about the show, including a supporting cast that includes Buffy's Mark Blucas and True Blood's Mechad Brooks, the lead is utterly annoying and off-putting. Irritating characters are often the norm on other networks, but USA has built their brand on successfully creating quirky characters who may be tough, but are also completely charismatic. Until now.
It's always a challenge for an actor to play a well-known part on TV and then to start over on a new show as someone entirely different. Audiences will always be tempted to see them as that first character, leading to typecasting and premature cancellations of new projects. However, recently, actors like Ray Romano have turned this theory on its head. After nine (nine!) seasons on Everybody Loves Raymond, he's deftly crafted a new persona on Men of a Certain Age that, for all intents and purposes, is the anti-Ray Barone. As the second season comes to a close tonight on TNT (and as we count down to the return of Breaking Bad), we take a look at other performers this summer who moved from a career-defining role to successfully portraying its polar opposite. (Yes, we know Sons of Anarchy isn't really a summer show, but we couldn't resist.)
Unless you've been living under a Glee-proof rock, you may have heard that Chord Overstreet's Sam Evans has been cut from the show's next season. (If you do live under a Glee-proof rock by the way, where can we find one?) At the same time, Darren Criss' Blaine and Harry Shum Jr's Mike Chang have been moved up to series regulars. Although it's nice that Blaine's now a regular, he doesn't go to McKinley (at least, not yet) and Kurt doesn't go to Dalton, so we're not sure how that makes sense. And we love Mike Chang, but he doesn't actually do much of anything. We were just getting to know Sam and we were happy with what we were seeing, but considering all of Glee's other poor choices, we can't say we're surprised by the decision. Here are five reasons it was (yet another) bad idea on Ryan Murphy & Co.'s part:
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