I must admit, I was more than a little bit excited to sit down this weekend and watch this made-for-TV sequel to Center Stage. I kinda loved the first one [Editor's Note: That movie is my life!!! -- Mindy], and this had everything going for it: the return of real life ballet hottie Ethan Stiefel [Editor's Note: Really? I find him doofy. -- Mindy] as rebellious dance instructor Cooper Nielson, Peter Gallagher as the bushy browed school director, and it is a dance movie, which I'm pretty much duty-bound to enjoy (at least on some level). I should have lowered my expectations. The made-for-TV factor should have been the dead giveaway. The not really attractive newbie girl who was the star I was supposed to be rooting for, should have served as another massive warning flag. And yet... I watched the whole mediocre mess. I can't say I feel good about myself. I can say I'll never watch it again. Here are my main issues with it:
USA expanded their empire last night with the premiere of Covert Affairs, a spy show starring Piper Perabo as the most brilliant brand-new spy the CIA has ever had, or something. It's sunny and light, while managing to have a hint of danger (but not too much! Let's not actually have any stakes here!), as all USA shows are, and like Burn Notice has become and Psych has always been, it's enjoyable occasional viewing, but nothing to really get excited about.
Today's date has some astrological significance or something, but there's not a lot of significant news happening. Apparently everyone is busy playing Beatles: Rock Band or something.
USA gets into the she-spy game tonight with Covert Affairs, a show about a lady ass-kicker for the government played by Piper Perabo. The less said about that casting the better, so let's move on to more exciting things, like the fact that Peter Gallagher plays her boss on the show. To promote the premiere, The Eyebrowed One got on the horn with a whole bunch of blogger types to address the Alias comparisons, what Sandy Cohen would think of the show, and why USA is less of a clusterfrak than the broadcast networks. Read on for highlights.