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.
Oh no, Dr. Bill!
Some of us may still be recovering from the cultural moment that was American Idol, but it looks like there's no rest for the weary reality fan ahead. A plethora of talent competition shows, including The Voice, America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and last night's Platinum Hit, all take center stage this summer. But no matter how fantastic, absurd, or otherwise unpredictable their respective contestants are, it's the judges that give them their -- pardon the pun -- voice, not to mention their mood, sense of humor and overall vibe. And yes, they also give the shows their legitimacy (or lack thereof). Here's how each judge rates:
Zombies. Pause. More zombies.
With Labor Day upon us, we thought we'd take a moment to recognize the underappreciated folks on TV (real and scripted) who have really busted their asses this summer in order to get their jobs done -- whatever they may be. For their sake (and in some cases ours), we're hoping they take a well-deserved long weekend to rest.
Today's TWoP news is brought to you by the letter S, for Showtime, which has decided to embrace the entertainment world's complete lack of creativity and originality and name shows exclusively using initials.
Sick of hearing about the Leno/Conan feud? Well, the Internet sure isn't! On the bright side, there's so much TV news today that you can get yourself excited about something you actually watch.
Happy May Day everybody. Do people still do that pretty thing where they dance around a maypole with ribbons? I wouldn't know. I've been inside catching up on TV all day. I'm still stuck on how Private Practice ended its season and giving this whole thing way more attention than it deserves, but really, it has gone off the soapy deep end with all this Violet stuff. Anyway... on to the choice that its crappy parent show is making.
Secret shame time. I've been watching America's Got Talent all summer. I started watching it to see how Howie Mandel fared attempting to fill David Hasselhoff's shoes. And then... I just can't explain it... I just kept tuning in. Week after week I watch people show off their various levels of talent and I hate to admit it, but I'm sort of fascinated to see what unfolds next. I'm hoping my interest will wane once they get to the Vegas semifinal rounds and people are actually talented, because frankly it is just embarrassing to admit that I watch this show... and I can't even really blame it on my job. Surprisingly though, I've actually learned a few things from this show this summer, which makes me feel slightly less ashamed. Slightly.
It's summertime, so we've happily lowered our standards in regard to what we'll watch on television. But there is low and then there are shows that we're more than a little bit ashamed to admit that we not only watch... but actually enjoy. On occasion we discover shows like Pretty Little Liars, which we think we're going to have to DVR in secret but that then turn out to be genuinely well done. Or shows like True Blood, which is basically sexy vampire porn, but are OK because all our friends watch, too. But the rest of them... well, they wind up on our don't ask, don't tell list. But if you watched them as well, we'd feel a whole lot better about it. Here's our top (or bottom) ten: