August 2011 Archives
Today in news: Bobby Cannavale is joining Nurse Jackie basically full-time, In Plain Sight gets the axe, and Benjamin Bratt is coming back to visit the Pritchett-Dunphy clan.
The Jersey Shore kids don't know which city they're actually in, but a lack of geography knowledge isn't the most reprehensible thing they've ever done, so that's two weeks in a row where they aren't the most disgusting people on the reality planet. That's got to be some kind of record. Here's who did make the list:
Lifetime is trying really hard to expand by adding a host of new reality shows, but while Dance Moms and Roseanne's Nuts are fun shows, and Project Runway is classy, Russian Dolls is neither. It isn't compelling in any way, no matter how many stupid quotes are doled out in the teasers. It's tedious like Mob Wives, but without the constant phone calls to jail and ridiculous feuds. Still, there were ways that this show could have been good, but it missed out, at least in the series premiere.
On this season of So You Think You Can Dance, a famous face has graced the judging panel for every live show. Overall, we were impressed by the quality of these mostly articulate celebs who seemed to be genuine fans of the franchise and who were able to actually spout opinions instead of just clap like seals. So we've ranked the special guests (though not the choreographers who were plucked to be on the panel, because we'd never be able to decide between Lil 'C and Travis Wall) to determine who was the best this summer.
Strangely quite a bit of news this Thursday! Charlie Sheen's roast gets an MC, George Lopez's show gets cancelled, and The CW gets on the Glee train.
For some reason, Fox won't admit J.Lo is back for the next season of American Idol...
When the concept of The Challenge: Rivals was introduced, it seemed like it was going to be one hell of a season. Not only would there be the regular intense physical challenges and alcohol-feuled fights and hook-ups -- the teams were going to be eight pairs of rivals as old as MTV itself. There was no way it wasn't going to be just amazing. Obviously, that's not exactly how it's turned out. While there has been drama, it's just more... lackluster than we had hoped or imagined. We want some blood! That's not too much to ask, is it? So we've thought of some fictional TV rivalries that would have given us a better -- certainly a more dramatic -- season than CT & Co. have. Seeing these pairs have to work together would lead to some amazing TV -- if they didn't kill each other first.
Today -- a SyFy cancellation, a Law & Order return, and a TV vet's guest-starring role.
When I'm asked what my favorite competitive reality shows are, I always rattle off a bunch of usual suspects: So You Think You Can Dance, The Amazing Race, Top Chef, Survivor, The Challenge and RuPaul's Drag Race. But one that I've recently added to my must-see list is Top Shot. I don't watch a ton of History Channel, so I missed most of the first season in its original airing (I've since caught up), but I'm grateful that I saw a commercial during Pawn Stars and checked this series out. While it is a bit off the beaten track and doesn't get a lot of buzz, it is really fantastic and I hope that as its third season begins tonight, more people give Top Shot, well, a shot. Here are some reasons, in case you need persuading.
The season premiere of Bachelor Pad revolved less around the house's potential hookups and mostly around the love/hate triangle of Jake, Vienna and Kasey. Is this going to be how the entire summer plays out? If so, I'm dreading it. I was actually hoping that Kasey would be eliminated and that Rated R would stick around. Yes, Rated R was the wrestler jerk who was dating multiple girls and got chased around bushes by Ali on The Bachelorette, but he was pretty amusing last night as he introduced himself to his partner while they were tangled up together, and when he compared Kasey and Vienna's relationship to Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy and even when he grabbed the rose off of Jake's chest on his way out the door.
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