NBC is cashing in on the post-Olympics "Go America" sentiment with this new pro-military show. And while initially we were suspect about how watchable this show would be, given that NBC's last new reality show was Love in the Wild, we were pleasantly surprised at how this had glimmers of Top Shot with some "celebrities" in the mix.
I've really been enjoying this season of Parenthood, and last night's "Road Trip" was an exceptionally great episode. Packing up the Braverman family at the beginning of the second half of the season, throwing them out of their comfort zones -- and, in a few cases, slightly stale story arcs -- and putting Zeek on edge about his stone-cold mother (played well by Frances Sternhagen) made for a terrific hour of network dramedy. The ending was expectedly sweet and everything, but the best parts of "Road Trip" happened before the heartwarming country drive home:
Honestly, I didn't think it could (or should) be done, but someone finally found a way to make the most appalling season of The Amazing Race look halfway decent. So thank you, Great American Road Trip, you've fallen well below the very, very low bar I had set for competitive reality programming. Seriously, I watched Superstars AND America's Got Talent last night and this show was worse than both of them combined, and I pretty much hate both of those shows.
This morning, Bravo hosted an Upfronts breakfast where Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis told critics just how well Bravo was doing (after taking a few admittedly hilarious cruel shots at a few network alums, including a particularly sharp jab at Real Housewives of New York City's Alex and Simon for how desperate they are) and introduced several executives including, of course, Andy Cohen, to announce about the network's new line-up. Most of the new series blended together, and the sizzle real eventually turned into this one Saturday Night Live sketch:
Travel back with us to a time when a show called The Mob Doctor was on TV...
Will Mrs. Garrett be making a comeback too?
Abby Lee Miller may have humiliated a little girl by making fun of her hair, but at least she didn't head butt her.
The Season 2 premiere of Episodes ended with the cast and crew of Pucks learning that the show's pilot had pulled in boffo ratings despite receiving largely terrible reviews from critics. But last night's episode revealed another key Hollywood truth: in television, success can turn to failure within the span of a single week.
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