Obviously, the best part of this game wasn't the commercials, or even the halftime show, or hell, even the game. In this case, it was all about the blackout, or the partial power outage at the stadium that caused reporters' heads to explode and players to lie on the ground "stretching" but looking like they were dying. That's good entertainment for us non-sportsy types, even if it made this game end even later than normal. But before we get to the commercial spots, can we just give a shout-out to the lovely Jennifer Hudson who looked fantastic and sounded even better while belting out "God Bless America"? And can we ask again if Alicia Keys has a codependent relationship with her piano? Because, honestly, her "Star-Spangled Banner" was average, and the piano was a major distraction. And while we appreciated the Destiny's Child reunion, it was a little sad that Kelly and Michelle only got to do snippets of their songs before having to sing one of Beyonce's solo numbers and then be shooed off stage. We kept expecting something more. Like maybe Beyonce to actually hit her mark in the opening so the body-forming lights would have gone around her. But whatever, on to the commercials.
The standout musical performance of the past week wasn't on Nashville or Glee or even American Idol, instead it was when a dad band got formed on the "Chinese Chicken" episode of Suburgatory.The garage group, occasionally known as Sheila's Pets, was just three dads until Sheila came along and busted out some Heart. We know Ana Gasteyer can sing (we've seen her on Broadway), but it was nice to see this show take advantage of those pipes. Watch the clip below to see her rockin' out.
Ryan Murphy is clearing moving his eggs to a different basket.
Looks like The Firm is on the chopping block this season.
Last night I was watching America's Got Talent, and while I was frustrated that yet another singer won this show (there are a million other shows for that, go on them and give Vegas some more magic and dance acts!), I was appalled by one segment in particular. No, not iLluminate dancing around like back up dancers for Cobra Starship. No, not Stevie Wonder being forced to perform with the obnoxious POPLYFE kids. Rather, it was the amalgam of former rejected contestants who were trotted out to perform "Time of My Life" (at least that's what I think they were trying to singing). It was a visual and auditory nightmare that I didn't understand the point of and couldn't believe was on my television. There was the guy spinning from his hair, the larger gals booty shaking with Nick Cannon, the barely dressed grandma "performing," some terrible singing, Tron Guy and a host of other stuff I'm too shell shocked to remember. Watch the thing for yourself, though I'd recommend not doing it immediately after eating.
It's been quite some time since I was actually still thinking about an SNL episode two days after it aired. Not just one funny sketch, but a whole episode. And while I'm not going to say that every sketch was a winner, there were some pretty amusing things, and even the lame sketches weren't as bad as some of the ones earlier this season, so good for SNL. Way to end the year on a high note, though I presume this means that the next three episodes will suck since they used all the good material here. Whatever, I'll take the funny where I can get it. I could have lived without the general store (though Jeff Bridges' hair made up for a lot of lame jokes), Jeff's prank show (though again, Bridges' enthusiasm helped), the Hanukkah It's a Wonderful Life (not as funny as the Vincent Price sketches) and Brad Pitt doing the weather. But there was Stefon, a catchy Lonely Island song, Miley and Julian Assange and bonus Cookie Monster!
I've got nothing against daytime soap operas, in fact, Santa Barbara was my after school treat and All My Children was one of the few things that my college roommate and I could agree on, but I haven't been a regular watcher of any of them since Passions went off of network television. And, in general, I'm sad that they are sort of a dying breed. That said, I'm still floored by the news that James Franco is going to join the cast of General Hospital for a two month guest arc.
My expectations were pretty high for this episode. I mean, I love Neil Patrick Harris, but I feel like they just didn't give the How I Met Your Mother star enough good material to work with. When he had a decent bit, he ran with it and made it sparkle. Because that Today show sketch had about gotten on my last damned nerve, until he showed up in aerobic wear. And I can't stand that one-upping Penelope character, but he handled her well (and it didn't hurt that Liza (!) showed up there too... though i would have preferred that Liza be in the Broadway sketch, where it would have made sense and she could have sung more). But NPH's shining moment had to be during his opening monologue where he referred back to how he was almost on the show once before, back in his Doogie Howser days, but he lost out to the Wonder Years' Fred Savage. Awesome.
As has become my weekly tradition, I again find myself writing about Bones. But I swear this week was a really great episode (check out the video after the jump if you don't believe me). So good that I wish I had watched it on Weds. when it aired, but I was off watching Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe wave his um, magic wand around on stage. So I'm delayed in my enthusiasm, but that's nothing against the episode. Anyway, the case was about dog-fighting, and there was lots of good banter and plenty of moments of Brennan being awkward about not dealing with human emotions. And cute scenes of Booth showing off his parenting skills (for the record, he was never carried around like a monkey by a girl). But the best part was that this week's rotating grad student du jour was played by former Practice star Michael Badalucco. He was a former used car salesman, veterinary assistant and wannabe forensic anthropologist. He was clever, had a diverse and interesting past and really fit in well with the Jeffersonian squints. If they ever decide they want a permanent person to replace Zack, I'd say Badalucco's Scott would be a good fit. Not annoying, was able to cope with the neurotic Hodgins and seemed to know his stuff. If not, here's hoping they at least bring him back again once and while.
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