Premiere Week

23 09 2010

Holy Premiere Week Batman!

Wondering if there’s anything ‘new’ on tonight? Here’s the lineup of new shows and premieres set to air tonight… my advice? Stay in. Do NOT make plans. Cancel existing plans. and settle in for a looong night:

ABC:
My Generation
Greys Anatomy
Private PRactice

NBC:
Community
30 ROck
The Office
Outsourced

CBS:
Big Bang Theory
s%#! my Dad says
CSI
The Mentalist

Fox:
Bones
The Fringe

What did I tell ya? There is just NO excuse to leave your TV set tonight…you’ll miss far too much!

Whatever you decide to watch, have a great TV Night.





You’re fired…You’re Hired!

18 05 2010

CBS is axing the following shows…

Ghost Whisperer
Gary Unmarried

Cold Case
Miami Medical
Accidentally on Purpose
Numb3rs
The New Adventures Of Old Christine

Yikes, did you watch any of these shows?

On the flip side, FOX  and NBC seem to be hiring…here are the new shows announced:

FOX:

 Lonestar, a prime-time soap about a Texas family.

 Mixed Signals, about three friends and their relationships.

 Ride-Along, a police series set in Chicago.

and NBC:

 The Event, a 24-like conspiracy thriller.

 Undercovers, a spy drama from J.J. Abrams (Lost).

Outsourced, a comedy about a mid-American novelties company whose call centre has been outsourced to India.

 School Pride, a reality series about renovating broken-down schools.

Intriguing?





American Idol Songs

20 04 2010

In case you were wondering what it feels like every week for the Idols in their Song Selection process…Here it is: They get a list of “OK-ed” songs to choose from…that’s right. A list of like 50 songs, those are the boundaries.

For example, here is the offical list of songs they will select from for tonight’s “Inspirational Songs” week:

“The Prayer,” Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Barbra Streisand
“From a Distance,” Bette Midler
“Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler
“I’ve Had The Time Of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
“Lovely Day,” Bill Withers
“The River of Dreams,” Billy Joel
“That’s The Way God Planned It,” Billy Preston
“It’s My Life,” Bon Jovi
“Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi
“Holding Out for a Hero,” Bonnie Tyler
“You’ve Got a Friend,” Carole King
“Show Me What I’m Looking For,” Carolina Liar
“So Small,” Carrie Underwood
“My Heart Will Go On,” Celine Dion
“Hero,” Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott
“You’re the Inspiration,” Chicago
“I Turn To You,” Christina Aguilera
“Reflection,” Christina Aguilera
“Higher,” Creed
“Don’t Dream It’s Over,” Crowded House
“Changes,” David Bowie
“The Time of My Life,” David Cook
“You Light Up My Life,” Debby Boone
“I’m Coming Out,” Diana Ross
“Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” Diana Ross
“That’s What Friends Are For,” Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight
“Return to Innocence,” Enigma
“World,” Five for Fighting
“Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
“Flying Without Wings,” Flying Without Wings
“The Impossible Dream,” Frank Sinatra
“Dream Weaver,” Gary Wright
“I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
“Drive,” Incubus
“What the World Needs Now is Love,” Jackie DeShannon
“Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher),” Jackie Wilson
“I’ll Be There,” Jackson 5
“Living in America,” James Brown
“I Am Changing,” Jennifer Hudson
“Hands,” Jewel
“I Can See Clearly Now,” Jimmy Cliff
“Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
“The Is My Now,” Jordin Sparks
“You Raise Me Up,” Josh Groban
“Over the Rainbow,” Judy Garland
“Walking on Sunshine,” Katrina and the Waves
“A Moment Like This,” Kelly Clarkson
“Live Like We’re Dying,” Kris Allen
“I Hope You Dance,” Lee Ann Womack
“Lifted,” Lighthouse Family
“What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
“When You Believe,” Mariah Carey
“Anyway,” Martina McBride
“Stronger,” Mary J. Blige
“Go the Distance,” Michael Bolton
“Only Hope,” Mandy Moore
“We Are the Champions,” Queen
“You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
“I Believe I Can Fly,” R. Kelly
“My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
“Angels,” Robbie Williams
“Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” Simon & Garfunkel
“The Boxer,” Simon & Garfunkel
“Everyday People,” Sly & the Family Stone
“Heaven Help Us All,” Stevie Wonder
“Rainbow,” Sugar Ray
“Amazing Grace,” Susan Boyle
“Dare You To Move,” Switchfoot
“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” The Fifth Dimension
“Better Days,” The Goo Goo Dolls
“People Get Ready,” The Impressions
‘I’ll Stand By You,” The Pretenders
“If You Believe,” The Wiz
“Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim McGraw
“Calling All Angels,” Train
“Greatest Love of All,” Whitney Houston

What would YOU choose for each to sing? Or, If you were a creative artist on this show, what would YOU choose to try and make “your own”?

My choices for each would be as follows (I’m sure you’re wondering…)

Lee: “Dare you to Move” – perfect range, perfect emotional connect
Crystal: “Hands” – earthy, strong…
Siobhan: “I’ll stand by You” – she could add a ‘scream’ at the peak of emotion
Casey: “Bridge over Troubled Water” – give it some soul, back to the roots
Aaron: “Live like you were Dying” – something he can close his eyes and belt out
Tim: “Youre my Best friend” – just chinsy and corny enough to work for Tim
Big MIke: “You Raise me Up” – it’s a love song he could let loose on.

Tune in tonight, FOX 8pm for the big show!





American Idol Tuesday

14 04 2010

Does anyone really win?

After using the “only save of the season” to keep Big Mike last week, 2 contestatns will leave us THIS week. So what’s the point? It doesnt give US anything, it only really benefits the guy on the chopping block. It’s weird, and I dont like it. There, I said it.

The only benefit, is that this season, there are a few people I wouldnt mind losing each week…and they are all still here! So tonight, theres another chance to oust 2 of them. Odds are, one of the two that will leave us could have benefitted from a “save”…but that’s another story.

Here’s a recap of the night:

Crystal Bowersox: Remember when I said Beatles week was HER night? Well, Elvis night might also have been HER night. There’s one problem…and it may just be a temporary thing…but I have to be honest. I didnt LOVE her last night. Her voice sounded a bit abrasive and harsh… am I wrong? You know I’m on the Bowersox Bandwagon…but tonight shouldve blown me away and it didnt. sorry.

Lee Dewyze: Still loving him. He took on “Little Less Conversation”, and his voice totally took it to a new rock level. He is radio-ready, his performance lacks the schmultz usually necessary to win this show. He was my favourite of the night, solid, creative, in tune and professional.

Aaron: I am really done with this boy. His performance of Blue Suede Shoes was corny, unoriginal and awkward. 2 people are leaving tonight…that is two chances to get rid of this guy. please.

Casey James: two steps forward…one step back. Tonight, he went back to his “bar singer” roots, and it did nothing for him. Last week he gained some real momentum, this week he reverted back to the ponytail (release the beautiful golden locks!) and sang “lawdy miss clawdy” (not exactly the most memorable Elvis song…). I wanted to love him, but I just didnt.

Tim Urban: This year’s Sanjaya. Not brutal enough to get the axe. Not good enough to get behind . Cute enough to be a contender. He sang a ballad to his 14 yar old fans keeping him in this competition- a great move on his part, he knows his audience.

Andrew Garcia: Lost his “cool” again (He keeps leaving it in Hollywood week…) I think he may have lost it for good this time. He was in the bottom last week, and he did nothing unique or different this week to revive his audience. Even Adam Lambert (the mentor)  said it was boring….ouch.

Siobhan: Could be Adam Lamberts long lost secret sibling…or a weird hybrid of him and Lady Gaga. She looked fantastic- she’s a star. I actually really enjoyed her performance of” Suspicious Minds” (my favourite Elvis song) but she got some so-so reviews from the judges. They better be careful, or she may be the shocker in the bottom three. We know she’s unique and odd…so her fans must be loud and proud to keep her in a competition that thrives on the “mass appeal”.

Big Mike: Good thing he stuck around…because he was great tonight. Sitting with a guitar singing a soulful rendition of “In the Ghetto”- a great song. I doubt he’ll be back in the bottom this week…that save probably bought him 3 or 4 weeks! Deal!

Katie: Is really mediocre. I mean, she sings well…but she’s the female version of Tim. She could have mass appeal (because she’s THAT beige) but she pales in comparison to others on this show. She decided to ignore Lambert’s advice to amke her voice sound grittier and angry…which wouldve helped.





Wednesday Morning Tidbits

24 03 2010

This is not just a TV Pre-cap and Recap Blog…I make it a goal to bring you all the news in the TV world. In my segments entitled “TV Tidbits“, I bring you anything that I’ve been hearing around the interwebs (thats what the kids are calling it…) giving you more to talk about in a long elevator ride with your least favourite co-worker.

Some Wednesday TV Tidbits:

  • I know you are following Paula Abduls career with vested interest, as am I. Today, there is news that she is in the development stage of a new show (yes…another new show rumour). If you ask me, her attempts are getting weaker and more desperate- the latest is a reality show based on Flash Mob dancing. I kid you not folks. It is rumoured that she will host along with Super-dance-choreographer (Think Michael Jackson, High School Musical and Hannah Montana) Kenny Ortega. Really? Is there enough material for an entire show about this phenomenon? If this sounds like a terrible waste of money and air-time…consider this: it’s for NBC (think Marriage Ref).
  • Let’s jump to another (time wasting) saga…the Conan OBrien career epic. The latest news is that FOX is set to announce his hiring in their May 17th advertisers preview. So… will switching networks help his ratings? You gotta know that contract will be IRONCLAD, Conan wont be screwed again.
  • In other FOX news, they have unveiled a few new Pilots for next season worth mentioning (forgetting about). First: “Tax Men”- Ron Howard produces this one (do other producers have jobs?) and it is an Office-esque comedy centred around the IRS, it’s bad reputation and hateful public persona. Sounds kinda rib-tickling…we’ll see.
    Second: “Wilde Kingdom”- The return of Kerri Russel (in case you were losing sleep over it) and Will Arnett! This will be an Arrested Development-esque comedy, because most of the writers of the show come from AD. The show is about a rich aristocrat falling for a tree-hugging charity-case. I hope this is better than it sounds, it will come down to writing and style.
  • Programming note: Survivor is on TONIGHT…and thanks be to the gods of all that is fair and just…it will NOT be a recap show. Check back for a pre-cap this afternoon.




Idol Recap

23 03 2010

Who wears short (inappropriate)  shorts? Miley (illegal, illegal) Cyrus does. Wow, does she have a movie to promote or something…?

Let’s get to the talent (over the age of 16):

Lee- I love him, but again…I wish he channeled a bit more drama and personality from the former Idol rockers who took the nation by storm. He lacks that ability…the ability to start a screaming frenzy. Great voice, he’s a pro already, and I”m still a fan.

Paige– wow. ok…I have been saying for WEEKS that this girl needs to go home. TOnight, it was painful…absolutly painful. Like…Sanjaya painful. Ellen passed on speaking, knowing that she could not offer a word of positivity for the performance. Good like Kara and Simon both said it…possibly the worst singing performance of the season (I might even go as far as …ever.)

Tim– (word of advice : when your name is “Tim” and you look like Zach Ephron bred with Justin Bieber…it’s a big risk to sing a Queen song.) He wimped out a bit with Crazy Little Thing called Love. He could be the fourth Jonas Brother…except with (is it possible) more…cheese? Yikes…he sounded like any kid in your math class singing at the Christmas talent show.

Aaron– Rocking the David Archeleta look and (bad timing) suffering from ‘no voice’ (oldest trick int he book…) takes on Aerosmith. Oh, and is it surprising to anyone that he’s in love with Miley…isnt she in his grade? Back to the song: heres the thing, the best thing about Stephen Tyler is his voice could at any moment break out and start screaming at you…it’s mysterious, vulnerable and full of pain…Aaron is pre-pubescent… it’s just not the same. It was not great…but in comparison to the last two, it was an improvement.

Crystal – Chose Janis Joplin (I know…such a departure for her!) but sank to a new low by asking Miley to sign HER guitar. I loved the song, the stripped down quality was right on the money…and she’s the only one Joplin would have given her blessing to sing her song. And kudos for not singing the token Joplin “Piece of my heart”…she has a great musical archive…I respect that about her, she knows her stuff. Definitly the most real display of talent all night. 

Big Mike-Goes back to the syrupy love song niche that has gotten him this far. But he doesnt miss a step. His runs are pretty and in control, no pitch problems, he hit every power note. I just find it a little bit dull, there’s nothing different stylistically between him and Maxwell…apples to apples.

ANdrew– is fading…still. He has had a slow tumble from his Mount of fame in Hollywood. Once the other insignificants go home…he’ll be middle of the pack, not the favourite he once was. I wish I could love him again…I really do! I dig Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz as much as the rest of the world…but unfortunately he just hasnt been able to find songs that…quite frankly, make him sound COOL.

Katie (is she still here?) sings Fergie, and I’m actually proud of her for NOT choosing a Miley song, I wouldnt have put it past her. It was a weak verbatim version to the original. She’s young…too young and not a creative diamond in the rough. She’s a girl with a good voice and pretty hair.

Casey- sings a boring 25 year old pop song and didnt come across as cool or edgy at all. The arrangment was too much, he sounds much better with jsut a guitar and a bunch of screaming girls in the background…thats his element. He’s in no real danger to leave with the likes of Paige around though.

Didi- reminds me of former contestant Brooke White, and she has the same qualities I liked in that girl— a sweet, earthy tone and a singer-songwriter vibe. The problem is, when you strip down your voice, it can give you some trouble with pitch…and it did that a little bit tonight. The judges didnt rave, and neither will I…but I’m still on her bandwagon.

siobhan- will she save the night with a killer performance? Not exactly. She tried. The problem is that she has had so much success doing a power song that builds to a screaming climax…but after 3 weeks…the formula is getting stale. This was a bit of a step back for her…but again, she’s not in any danger tonight.





Idol Results

17 03 2010

How can we fill an hour of ‘results’ this season?

1. a very long over-dramatic opening, with a strange choice of background music.

2. ask Kara an open- ended question…or 8

3. Book 3 guest performers.

4. Talk about Idol Gives Back.

5. Talk about last night…alot.

6. Give each contestant a chance to recap their performances from last night, and ask them hoe thye are feeling about tonight.

yup…that should do it…add in 15 minutes of commercials, and you’ve got a full hour of TV that couldve been short and sweet.

So I wont do the same to my readers. wanna know who left tonight?

Lacey.

I predicted Paige, and she was in the bottom 2…maybe next week?








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