Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Kelly, Carrie and Daughtry All in This Week's Top 30 on Album Chart

Two former Idol champs and the last year's fourth place finisher all appear in the Top 30 on this week's album chart, which is topped by Now 25, featuring songs from all three Idol alumni.

Kelly Clarkson comes in at #15 this week, with just over 30K albums sold. Daughtry moved 23K albums, good enough for the #25 spot, while Carrie Underwood sold 21K for the #28 position.

Other notable entries on this week's chart include the soundtrack to Hairspray (#2) and the debut of Prince's new album (#3).

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Numbers courtesy of Hits Daily Double

Review: Season 3 of Weeds Is The Chronic!

Showtime was kind enough to send me the first four episodes of the third season of Weeds, and let me tell you -- television doesn't get much better than this!

When we last left Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) and family, younger son Shane (Alexander Gould) had embarked on a road-trip with Uncle Andy's (Justin Kirk) crazy ex-girlfriend (Zoey Deschanel); DEA agent (and Nancy's husband) Peter (Martin Donovan) had been killed by a group of Armenians; Nancy and Conrad (Romany Malco) were in the process of being held up at gunpoint; and older son Silas (Hunter Parrish) had made off with Nancy's marijuana supply in an attempt to get in on the action, but was about to busted by Celia (Elizabeth Perkins).

That's quite a hole for creator Jenji Kohen to write herself out of.

But write herself out of it she does, and brilliantly.

I'm hesitant to reveal too many plot details of the first few episodes, out of fear of spoiling what is truly one of the most satisfying viewing experiences of the year, but trust me when I tell you Weeds is delivering some of the most inspired comedy and moving family dynamics on any television show on any network. The first two episodes of the season are so tightly paced and chock full of oh-my-god moments, they actually rival thrillers like 24 and Prison Break for edge-of-your-seat/what-is-going-to-happen suspense. Genius.

The performances are, as always, across the board fantastic. Parker is the heart and soul of the show, and she has never been more luminous or heartbreaking than she is in these first few episodes. She creates so many layers to Nancy, that you alternately find yourself laughing with and rooting for her, or cursing at her for the danger she is bringing to her family. Is Nancy a good mother? A good person? These questions don't have easy answers, and Parker never takes the easy way out in playing this very 3-dimensional character.

Emmy nominee Perkins is pitch-perfect as Celia, whether stumbling drunk down a street or realizing that she has perhaps permanently ostracized her family, and she has a moment at the end of the season's first episode that will literally make you gasp aloud. Kirk is ideally cast as Uncle Andy (even if the season's 3rd and 4th episodes find him making a somewhat random and unsatisfying trip to the army), while Kevin Nealon brings another dose of comedy to the proceedings (the scene in the first episode in the bathroom with Celia's estranged husband Doug is Weeds at its subversive, hysterical best). In fact, there is not a weak link in the entire cast, with Malco, Parrish, Gould, Tonye Patano (Heylia), and Renee Victor (Lupita) also making invaluable contributions .

Whether you've watched Weeds in the past, or are simply considering making a foray to the town of Agrestic, I can't recommend Season 3's first episodes strongly enough.

Bong hits, anyone?

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SYTYCD Announces Tour Dates for Season 3's Top 10

Last year's So You Think Can Dance was, hands down, the most fun I've ever had in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Ok, to be truthful, it was the first time I've actually seen a show in that space. But no matter -- it was 2 hours of sheer joy and entertainment. Travis! Benji! Heidi! Donyelle! Ivan! Allison! Nothing but good times. (The pictures above were taken by my good friend KT from our fourth row seats!)

This year's Top 10 will also be hitting the road, actually hitting several more cities than the Season 2 crew visited. I know I'll be there...will you?

Here are the dates for the SYTYCD Season 3 Tour:

Sep 21 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sep 22 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
Sep 23 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center
Sep 25 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
Sep 26 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
Sep 27 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
Sep 29 E. Rutherford, NJ The Theater at Continental Airlines Arena
Sep 30 Syracuse, NY War Memorial at OnCenter
Oct 02 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
Oct 03 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
Oct 04 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
Oct 06 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Oct 07 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Oct 09 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
Oct 10 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Oct 12 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Oct 13 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Oct 14 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Oct 16 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
Oct 17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Oct 19 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Oct 20 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Oct 22 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
Oct 23 Greenville, SC BiLo Center
Oct 24 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
Oct 26 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Oct 27 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Oct 28 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Oct 30 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Oct 31 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
Nov 01 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Nov 03 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Nov 04 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Nov 05 Chicago, IL United Center
Nov 07 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Nov 09 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
Nov 10 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Nov 12 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
Nov 14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Nov 15 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
Nov 18 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Nov 19 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
Nov 21 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
Nov 23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Nov 24 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Nov 25 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Nov 27 Portland, OR Rose Garden
Nov 28 Everett, WA Everett Events Center
Nov 30 Reno, NV Reno Events Center

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Is SYTYCD's Nigel Hooking Up With Elvis' Ex?

According to TMZ.com, So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe was spotted "swapping spit" with Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla this past weekend at Los Angeles' Brentwood Restaurant and Lounge. Is Nigel gonna be Lisa Marie's new stepdaddy?

What a weird couple!

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Big Brother's Nick Unveils a New Hair-Don't

While he has caused quite a stir this season with comments that have led viewers to wonder about his sexuality, Big Brother contestant Nick Starcevic is sure to create some more buzz with the revelation of his...mohawk??

Yes, the former football player has a new 'do, although it might more accurate be referred to as a "hair don't!"

What are your thoughts on Nick's new, um, look?

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Spoilers for This Week's SYTYCD - Top 8

We're getting down to the nitty gritty now on So You Think You Can Dance, with the Top 8 each performing two dances this week.

SPOILERS -- if you want to be surprised, stop reading now.

Here are the pairings and dance styles for this week's show:

Danny and Sara:
Argentine Tango
Hip Hop

Dominic and Lauren:

Lacey and Neil:
Latin Jazz
Contemporary (by Mia Michaels!)

Pasha and Sabra:

A few thoughts:

-This is the second time both Lacey and Neil will have gotten to work with Mia -- an unfair advantage?
-This is also the second time Dominic will be tackling the rumba
-Pasha should be able to nail the quickstep, but how will he take to the razzle-dazzle of Broadway?
-Danny and Sara should be an interesting pairing -- he's got tons of techinical experience, and she's got practically none.


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Who is Going Home Tonight on SYTYCD?

This is the week on So You Think You Can Dance when we see who has been coasting by on their previous partner's popularity (say that 3 times fast!), and who truly has a sizable fanbase of their own. Should be interesting!

I'm not entirely sure how they are going to identify who is going home, or if they will call out a Bottom 3, but here is who I think is most in danger this evening:

Eliminated Girl: Lauren Gotleib
I'm guessing Sabra and Lacey are both safe -- both were great last night, and both seem to have a lot of fans. I'm also thinking Sara's dynamic disco performance will be enough to keep her around another week.

Which leaves Jaimie and Lauren. While Lauren probably gave a better overall performance last night, Jaimie has been stronger throughout the competition, and is more clearly in danger after her disastrous Viennese Waltz with D-Trix, and as we all know from American Idol, when the viewers smell danger they start dialing -- a lot. Because of this, I'm predicting Lauren will be the one to go.

Eliminated Boy: Danny Tidwell
Pasha -- safe. He's charming and people love him.

D-Trix -- one bad week won't be enough to get him eliminated.

Neil -- the audience clearly loves him, and his disco further cemented his appeal. He's safe.

Which leaves Kameron and Danny. Clearly the judges would like to see Kameron given the boot, but his emotional solo, and the look on his face when the judges praised his solo, may be enough to save him. Could Danny, easily the most talented dancer on the show, be given the boot tonight? The show will be less because of it, but I think he's going to be the one sent packin'.

Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?

Rankings and Recap for SYTYCD's Top 10

Ok, I'm gonna come out and say it -- last night's So You Think You Can Dance was weird.

Maybe it was the fact that the partners were all switched up, or maybe it was the shortened routines (was it just me, or did they each seem like they were at most 1 minue long?), or perhaps it was the fact that each of the dancers had to dance the exact same solo, but something about the whole exercise last night felt a bit rushed and disjointed.

Having said that, let's get to the rankings:

1. Sabra and Kameron
Wow, the judges really aren't that into Kameron, are they? I thought this was a beautiful routine, and I thought it was well executed by both partners. Easily my favorite of the night.

2. Sara and Neil
Disco is never my favorite style, and I think it usually comes off as cheesy and amateurish, but Sara and Neil committed to it so completely I couldn't help but be charmed. Is there a style Sara can't do?

3. Lacey and Danny
With this being Lacey's specialty, and Danny being, well, Danny, I expected to be blown away by this samba, but the disjointed choreography prevented me from getting into it as much as I might have liked to. However, these kids did provide some heat, so I'll give them that.

4. Lauren and Pasha
There was nothing wrong with this performance -- it just didn't seem to go anywhere. Pasha continues to surprise me with his versatility, and Lauren definitely stepped it up a notch, but it's hard for me to imagine this routine had people running to their phones.

5. Jaimie and D-Trix
Was that a Viennese Waltz or a Paso Doble? Whichever it was, it wasn't very good.

As for the solos, which all blended into one another in my eyes, I'd give top honors to Danny, Lauren, Sabra and Kameron, with D-Trix and Pasha definitely showing their limitations.

Overall, here's my individual rankings:
1. Sabra
2. Danny
3. Lacey
4. Sara
5. Kameron
6. Neil
7. Pasha
8. Lauren
9. Jaimie
10. D-Trix

Check back soon for my thoughts on who will go home tonight.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Saving Grace Looks Like a Winner for TNT

Holly Hunter's foray into television seems to have paid off for TNT -- the new drama Saving Grace scored 6.4 million viewers and 4.8 million households in it's debut last night. I haven't gotten a chance to watch the show yet (the screener TNT promised me never arrived), but it's sitting on my Tivo ready to be watched, and I'll be sure to let y'all know what I think when I get to it.

Will Glenn Close rope in as many eyeballs when her new show Damages premieres on FX? Guess we'll see...

Kelly Clarkson Drops Out of the Top 10 in Album Sales

She's still in the news, this time for issuing an apology to Clive Davis, but Kelly Clarkson's new album My December continues to slide down the chart, dropping to #12 with about 41K sold. This was a 34% drop from last week.

Without a hit single, it's hard to imagine that it will rebound, but should "Sober" start to rise up the charts, or if "How I Feel" is released and catches on, there might be life in this record yet.

Daughtry is at #22 this week, with about 25K albums sold, while Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" is #31 with 21K albums sold.

Now 25, featuring Kelly's "Never Again," Carrie's "Before He Cheats," Daughtry's "It's Not Over," and Elliott Yamin's "Wait for You," is the week's #1 album, with 225K albums sold.

Numbers courtesy of Hits Daily Double

Spoilers For This Week's SYTYCD Top 10

You know the drill...if you want to be surprised, STOP READING NOW!

This is the week where they change up the partners on So You Think You Can Dance, so we'll get the chance to see who has been coasting on the strength of their partner, and who has what it takes to survive in this cuthroat competition.

Here are the partners and dance styles for this week's show:

Lauren and Pasha — Hip-Hop
Sabra and Kameron — Contemporary
Lacey and Danny — Samba
Jaimie and Dominic — Viennese Waltz
Sara and Neil — Disco

In addition, each of the dancers will be performing a solo to “Waiting For the World To Change,” choreographed by Wade Robson.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Kelly Clarkson Releases Statement About Clive Davis and Record Controversy

The following quote was put on Kelly Clarkson's official website this morning --

"There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the release of "My December," much of which has focused on a supposed feud with my record label, in particular, Clive Davis. I want to set the record straight on this by saying that I want my band, my advisors, those close to me and my record label to be one big, tightly knit family. Like any family we will disagree and argue sometimes but, in the end, it's respect and admiration that will keep us together. A lot has been made in the press about my relationship with Clive. Much of this has been blown way out of proportion and taken out of context. Contrary to recent characterizations in the press, I'm well aware that Clive is one of the great record men of all time. He has been a key advisor and has been an important force in my success to date. He has also given me respect by releasing my new album when he was not obligated to do so. I really regret how this has turned out and I apologize to those whom I have done disservice. I would never intentionally hurt anyone. I love music, and I love the people I am blessed to work with. I am happy that my team is behind me and I look forward to the future."
- Kelly

I say, good for you Kelly for putting this out there -- hopefully we can all start to move past the "controversy" and look toward the future. Perhaps, once the Clive vs. Kelly debacle is behind us, people will be able to listen to My December for what it really is -- a very solid album, with a few near-masterpieces, that definitely deserves an audience.

As a side note, I listened to "Sober" easily 15 times this weekend -- I'm a little obsessed.

Your thoughts?

Big Brother's Dick for 'Father of the Year'?

Last night's Big Brother was gripping, and it had pretty much nothing to do with the game itself.

Yes, as expected, Kail and Jen were nominated for eviction -- Jen had put current HOH Dick on the block last week, and Kail had campaigned to try and get him eliminated, so it's not much of a surprise that Dick repaid the favor to both ladies.

No, the drama came, once again, from Daniele and her formerly estranged father. Daniele confided to Dick that she was starting to have feelings for Nick, and that it was really upsetting her because she is crazy in love with her boyfriend, and doesn't want to do something that will screw that up. It was such a real moment, watching her tearily allow herself to be vulnerable in front of her father, that for a second I actually forgot I was watching Big Brother. Watching Dick trying to come up with the right thing to say to his hurting daughter was really moving, which, for a show about backstabbing, deceit and lies, really caught me by surprise. Dick may be loud and obnoxious, but it is also very clear that he cares deeply for his daughter, and watching him try to reach out to her (and then warn Nick about hurting her) was both painful and heartwarming.

As for the content of what they were discussing -- Daniele, forget about Nick! Yes, he's hunky and he's got crazy appealing bedroom eyes, but he is definitely not worth f'ing up your relationship for!

Yes, Nick -- there was finally some attention paid to his seemingly malleable sexuality, as he revealed that he has a "Top 5" list of male (and female) celebrities that he would like to sleep with. The homophobic taunting that he got from Zach and Dick was kind of a nightmare to watch, and I actually have to give Nick credit for declaring his comfort level with his sexuality. His best line of the night? "Sure, I might make some homoerotic comments..." Nick, ya think?

Jen -- oy. Is she even human? She's "not sure" if she feels bad that Jamiqua has been on slop for 2 weeks, but she does feel something? After her nomination, she "feels the same as yesterday"? This girl belongs on Beauty and the Geek as one of the airhead princesses -- get her out!

But will she get the boot before Kail, who is easily playing the worst game of any of the contestants in the house, and annoys me incessantly with her small-town views on homosexuality ("It's easy to forget the Dustin is gay" -- but why, Kail, should you have to forget that Dustin is gay for you to like him?) She is strategizing, sure, but basically every move that she is making is a bad one. She's so cagey and paranoid it is actually sometimes difficult to watch her.

Maybe we could have a 2-for-1 special and get both Jen and Kail outta here?

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Final Harry Potter Book Sells More Than 8 Million Copies

According to the New York Post, the final installment of the Harry Potter series sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours that it was on sale.


Friday, July 20, 2007

There's No Keeping Big Brother's Dick in a Box

Forgive the title of this post -- I couldn't help myself.

Yes, Evel Dick managed to avoid elimination last night, even after a last-minute attempt by Kail to sway the house against him, meaning the entertaining (as well as loud and obnoxious) Joe was the second houseguest to be eliminated. I'll miss Joe's antics a bit, but the sooner we can get rid of the "sleeping with the enemy" twist, the better, as Big Brother is always most enjoyable when it's about the relationships between people in the house than it is when external influences are brought into play.

As for Kail's campaigning against Dick -- why? For someone who is so paranoid about the game, and is constantly worried about things she does coming back to bite her in the ass, why put herself on the line in a week when it seemed fairly obvious Joe was going to get the boot? For someone who fancies herself a brilliant businesswoman, Kail seems kind of dense to me.

Daniele, meanwhile, continues to surprise me. She's playing the game cautiously, and wisely, and if she can keep her father under control, she might go very far in this game. Now if she'd only eat a sandwich!

One thing is certain -- Daniele won't be on the block this week, now that Dick has become Head of Household. Yes, the hits keep on coming -- after Jen's reign of terror this week, it should be very interesting what a week with Dick in charge looks like. My guesses for who he will nominate -- Jen and Kail.

Other thoughts on last night's show:

-Dustin seems very level headed and smart -- I like him. Now if only he'd stop wearing those god-awful V-neck shirts!

-Was it really necessary to watch an interview with "the guy that got between Joe and Dustin"? It's not like he had much to add to the story, and the former boyfriends were entertaining enough on their own.

-Finally, was it just me, or was Julie Chen obsessed with Jen's unitard last night? Between the chat with the houseguests and the HOH competition, it must have come up half a dozen times. Please, don't give this girl any more attention -- she feeds off of it!

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Lucky, Lucky Lauren: Anya and Hok Eliminated from SYTYCD

Lauren Gotlieb clearly said her prayers on Wednesday night, because a bit of divine intervention has allowed her to stay in the competition another week. Yep, it looked like Lauren was a goner once it was announced that she and Neil had fallen into the Bottom 3 (despite dancing a routine by the Emmy nominated Mia Michaels), but she danced her face off and managed to save herself.

Unfortunately it came at the expense of Anya, who has had way more highs (that jive? that foxtrot?) that Lauren has had, even if she has had a few lows herself (her hip hop a few weeks back was pretty painful). It's her solos that ulitmately did her in, though -- after three straight weeks of uninspiring strutting around the stage, the judges clearly decided that was all she had to offer when not working with a partner. It's a real shame, because Anya's work ethic is tremendous and she has been truly resplendent at points, while Lauren has yet to really have one "wow" moment. Not only that, Anya's last moments on the show had her wearing an unflattering hairstyle and no make-up, so not only does she not get to tour, she left looking the worse she has looked all season. That's gotta suck!

What also sucks is that Hok is not going to be able to tour. It wasn't much of a surprise, especially once Kameron avoided a Bottom 3 showing, that Hok was going to be the one to go, but it's still disappointing that the charming B-boy, who first showed up in Season 1 of the show, won't be able to dazzle the nation with his crazy tricks on the tour. He is adorable, though, and I have no doubt he'll show up in a commercial or music video sometime soon.

A few thoughts on the rest of the show:

-Is it just me, or is it nearly impossible to tell who is who in the opening numbers this season? Maybe it's the fast moving choreography, or maybe it's shoddy camera work, but it'd be nice if I could put a name and face with the dancing bodies.

-Tap is not really my thing, but my friends who were watching the show with me (shout out to KT and LR) seemed very impressed with the solo performer. So -- kudos to him.

-Enrique Iglesias -- never the same since he got rid of the mole. I'm just saying.

-Did anyone else see Kat holding back tears at the end of the show? I rewound it three times in an effort to convince my pals this was happening, but I'm not sure they are sold. Can anyone confirm my suspicions?

Next week brings us the Top 10, and the partners will be changed up. Can't wait!

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Idol Thoughts on the Emmy Nominations - Friday Night Lights Snubbed!

Every year I get excited for the Emmy nominations, and every year I am disappointed. Damn Television Academy!

Here are my thoughts on this years nods:

The Very Good
- Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths picking up nominations for Brothers & Sisters
- Denis Leary grabbing a Best Actor nomination for Rescue Me
- TR Knight, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh, and Katherine Heigl dominating the supporting categories from Grey's Anatomy
- Neil Patrick Harris getting a first time nomination for How I Met Your Mother
- Wade Robson and Mia Michaels getting recognized for their stellar work on So You Think You Can Dance

The Good
- Entourage as a contender for Best Comedy, and Kevin Dillon joining Jeremy Piven in the Best Supporting Actor race
- Jenna Fisher making her debut in the Emmy hunt for The Office
- The Starter Wife's surprisingly strong showing, including nods for Debra Messing, Joe Mantegna, and Judy Davis
- Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List receiving a second consecutive nomination
- Mary Louise Parker grabbing 2 nominations -- one for Weeds and one for the TV movie The Robber Bride

The Boring
- All of the Boston Legal love. Gimme a break!
- Two and a Half Men instead of Scrubs?
- Tony Shaloub for Monk? Mariska Hargitay for Law and Order: SVU? Patricia Arquette for Medium? Been there, done that.

The Egregious
- No Friday Nights Love? Unacceptable! Where's the Best Drama nomination? Where is Kyle Chandler? Connie Britton? Zach Gilford? I'm livid.
- Where is Lost's Best Drama nomination? Where are Matthew Fox, Elizabeth Mitchell and Dominic Monaghan? (Although it's good to see Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson get recognized for their work)
- What about The Shield? Walton Goggins? CCH Pounder?
- Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham snubbed again!
- Weeds' Justin Kirk missing out on a nomination, despite nods for co-stars Mary Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins
- The Wire, the best show on TV, once again completely ignored

American Idol and Dancing with the Stars Pick Up Multiple Emmy Nods

American Idol may have finished the 2006-2007 television season as the #1 show, but Dancing with the Stars was the big winner when the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, picking up 8 nods. Idol, which could become the biggest loser in the history of the Emmys this year if they fail to win a prize, grabbed 7. The Amazing Race was nominated for 5 Emmy's this year, while Bravo's Project Runway received 3 nominations and while Top Check took 2.

All five shows were nominated in the "Outstanding Reality Competition Category," with Idol and Dancing picking up a slew of other nominations in technical categories.

American Idol's nominations:
Outstanding Reality-competition Program
Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
Outstanding Lighting Direction (electronic, Multi-camera) For Vmc Programming
Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming
Outstanding Multi-camera Picture Editing For A Series
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special ("Idol Gives Back")
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series

Dancing with the Stars nominations:
Outstanding Reality-competition Program
Outstanding Choreography (Louis van Amstel)
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series
Outstanding Lighting Direction (electronic, Multi-camera) For Vmc Programming
Outstanding Makeup For A Series (non-prosthetic)
Outstanding Music Direction
Outstanding Multi-camera Picture Editing For A Series
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series

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Who is Going Home Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance?

I'm doing things a little backwards this morning -- look for my SYTYCD Recap and Rankings a bit later this afternoon.

But for now, let's look at who is likely to get the boot at this crucial point in the competition, just before the Top 10, which is the group that will get to go on the national tour. With such a talented group this year it's a shame that two will miss out on the fun -- who's it gonna be?

Bottom 3 Couples
Hok and Jaimie
Danny and Anya
Pasha and Sara

This is tricky, and, after batting 100% in my predictions last week, I'm less sure than I've been all season in my picks this week. One thing I do feel confident in -- Lacey and Kameron will be safe, and Hok and Jaimie are the most likely to have to dance for their lives tonight. I think it's possible Neil and Lauren could replace either Danny/Anya or Pasha/Sara, but the fact that they danced a number choreographed by the beloved Mia Michaels may keep them out of the bottom. Danny and Anya were stunning (my favorites of the night), but after two straight weeks in the Bottom 3, will they be able to rejuvenate their audience support?

Eliminated Boy: Hok

I love him, the audience loves him, and it'll be a damn shame if he doesn't get to tour, but Hok is clearly the weakest male contestant left in the competition. I think the judges would actually prefer to get rid of Kameron, but since it's unlikely he and Lacey will be put in the Bottom 3, expect to say goodbye to the very entertaining B-boy.

Eliminated Girl: Sara

I'd probably send Lauren packing if I had the chance, but if Mia Michaels stunning work keeps her out of danger, Sara's lack of technical training is likely to be her downfall. Her only saving grace would be Anya flubbing another solo routine, or Lauren slipping into the Bottom 3.

What do you think? Who is most in danger of going home tonight?

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Mia Michaels and Wade Robson Nominated For Emmy Awards!

Since So You Think You Can Dance premiered, there have been two choreographers that have stood out among the rest, and now they've both been rewarded with Emmy nominations!

Yes, both Mia Michaels and Wade Robson were nominated in the category of Outstanding Choreography . Mia was nominated for choreographing the brilliant dance to "Calling You," featuring Travis, Heidi, a sunflower, and a park bench, while Robson's nod is for the stylized group number to "Ramalama (Bang Bang)."

The other nominees in the category were Louis Van Amstel for Dancing with the Stars and Rob Marshall for his work on the Tony Bennett special.

Go Mia and Wade!

Emmy Nominations Announced!

Here are the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award nominations...my thoughts to follow.

Boston Legal
Grey's Anatomy
The Sopranos

James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Spader, Boston Legal
Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Patricia Arquette, Medium
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Michael Emerson, Lost
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos
T.R. Knight, Grey's Anatomy
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Masi Oka, Heroes
William Shatner, Boston Legal

Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Aida Turturro, The Sopranos
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy

The Office
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men
Ugly Betty

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Ricky Gervais, Extras
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office

Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Jim Broadbent, Longford
Robert Duvall, Broken Trail
William H. Macy, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From The Stories Of Stephen King
Matthew Perry , The Ron Clark Story
Tom Selleck, Jesse Stone: Sea Change

Queen Latifah , Life Support
Debra Messing, The Starter Wife
Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Mary-Louise Parker, The Robber Bride
Gena Rowlands, What If God Were The Sun

Edward Asner, The Christmas Card
Thomas Haden Church, Broken Trail
Joe Mantegna, The Starter Wife
Aidan Quinn, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
August Schellenberg, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Toni Collette, Tsunami, The Aftermath
Judy Davis, The Starter Wife
Samantha Morton, Longford
Anna Paquin, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Greta Scacchi, Broken Trail

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

CBS Announces Fall Premiere Dates

CBS has announced the premiere dates for their fall shows -- get psyched, because two months from today you could be sitting down to watch the new series Kid Nation!

Here they are...

Wednesday, Sept. 19
8PM Kid Nation

Thursday, Sept. 20
8PM Survivor: China

Sunday, Sept. 23
7PM 60 Minutes
9PM Cold Case
10PM Shark

Monday, Sept. 24
8PM How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM The Big Bang Theory
9PM Two and a Half Men
9:30PM Rules of Engagement
10PM CSI: Miami

Tuesday, Sept. 25
9PM The Unit
10PM Cane

Wednesday, Sept. 26
9PM Criminal Minds

Thursday, Sept. 27
10PM Without a Trace

Friday, Sept. 28
8PM Ghost Whisperer
9PM Moonlight
10PM Numbers

Saturday, Sept. 29
8-11PM Assorted repeats

Thursday, Oct. 18
10PM Viva Laughlin preview

Sunday, Oct. 21
8PM Viva Laughlin (official premiere)

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Big Brother's Jen is Evil!

Playing with a full deck of cards is not a prerequisite for being a popular or successful Big Brother player, and even being a bit spoiled isn't usually enough to turn me violently against a houseguest. I mean, Janelle was my favorite player the last two seasons, and she isn't exactly Mother Theresa!

But Jen -- oooooooh Jen -- is just hate-worthy. Not only is she the most self-centered individual to ever play the game, she has absolutely no strategy, other than to make decisions based solely on her own misguided feelings. Case in point -- walking into the room where Daniele and Nick were hanging out, having a moment of awkwardness, and then concluding that Nick should be the one to go up on the block (because he is not paying her enough attention). She is so transparent it's almost painful to watch her.

And that red unitard? Arghhhhhhhhhh!

Now, of course once Daniele won the veto and took herself off the block Jen ended up going with the group consensus and putting Joe up in her place, so I will make the concession that she had at least one moment of clarity. And, truth be told, Joe was the best person for her to put up, since he clearly isn't too fond of her (he's the one who told Nick that Jen claimed he had tried to kiss her), and the fact that he has no concrete alliance means he will likely be easy to get rid of.

Which is not to say that I am happy that Joe is up. While he is loud and obnoxious, and, like Jen, seems motivated by personal feelings more than strategy (as illustrated by his attempt to get Dustin nominated), I also find him pretty humorous, and there is no doubt that if he sticks around he will continue to stir things up in an interesting way. In fact, if I was voting, I'd keep Joe instead of Evil Dick, even though the Dick/Daniele dynamic (how's that for alliteration?) is one of the season's most interesting storylines.

In fact, Daniele seems to be at the heart of most of the season's most buzzworthy moments. Not only has the uber-thin blonde battled her estranged father and won two straight veto competitions, she's also involved in a flirtation with Nick that will certainly have repercussions down the road (if for no one else than for her poor boyfriend at home). I also give her a lot of credit for calling out Jen after she made Amber cry -- there's nothing like a good ol' fashioned catfight to make the Big Brother house interesting.

And as for Amber's tears -- girl, pull yourself together! You're a mess!

So, I'm thinking Joe will get the boot this week, and I'll be sorry to see him go. Who do you think will be the second houseguest sent packing?

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Danny Glover Joining The Cast of 'Brothers & Sisters'

He's played opposite Mel Gibson several times , so going toe-to-toe with Sally Field should be a piece of cake!

Michael Ausiello from TVGuide.com is reporting that Danny Glover will be joining the cast of Brothers & Sisters this fall, playing a love interest for Field's Nora Walker. Glover's character will be the campaign manager of Robert McCallister (Rob Lowe), and is expected to appear in 8-10 episodes. Glover's last TV gig was playing Dr. Pratt's father on the past couple of seasons of ER. He also appeared last year in the Oscar nominated film Dreamgirls.

Could this show get any more star-studded? Field, Lowe, Glover, Emmy nominees Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths, Emmy winner Patricia Wettig, and the list goes on. That's quite an assortment of talent!

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The Emmy Nominations are Coming!

Only one more day until the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award nominations are announced.

Will newbies Friday Night Lights and Heroes make the cut? How about deserving candidates Kyle Chandler, Sally Field, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, and Denis Leary? And will Lauren Graham finally grab a nod for Gilmore Girls now that it has switched over to the drama category?

Click here for my predictions on the Comedy Awards

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And check back tomorrow for the nominations!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Zac Efron is Everywhere!

Zac Efron is everywhere!

Between Hairspray, which opens this weekend, and High School Musical 2, which debuts on the Disney Channel next month, this boy is rivaling David Beckham and Harry Potter for the title of "most buzzed about" star of the summer.

And I have to admit...I'm not sad about the proliferation of Efron images that are popping up all over the place. The boy is adorable! Sure, sometimes he wears a bit too much make-up, but that smile? Those eyes? He's dreamy!

Here's a few photos of Zac from the past few days (all courtesy of Just Jared), showing him at at the Toys 'r Us for the release of the Hairspray dolls, walking around a mall, and at the Hairspray premiere. There ain't no such thing as too much Zac!

'House' Casting News: Kal Penn and Olivia Wilde Join the Cranky Doctor This Fall

At the end of last season, Dr. House had lost his entire staff, as Chase (Jesse Spencer) was fired, and Foreman (Omar Epps) and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) showed themselves to the door. Well, it looks like the cranky doc (played geniusly by Hugh Laurie) won't be too lonely, because a slew of new faces are joining the hit medical drama.

E! Online is reporting that Kal Penn (The Namesake, 24), Olivia Wilde (The Black Donnelly's, The OC), Peter Jacobson (In Justice, Transformers) and Anne Dudek (Big Day) will be joining the cast for a minimum of 8 episodes this fall. While it is unclear exactly how the new blood will play into the show, both E!'s Kristin Veitch and TVGuide's Michael Ausiello have repeatedly stated that Spencer, Epps, and Morrison will be back, though likely not working under the Vicodin-addicted physician.

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Kelly Clarkson's New Album Continues To Slide, Dropping to #5

I wish I had good news to report, I really do. Unfortunately, it seems Kelly Clarkson's new album, My December, is slipping fast, dropping another 46% for the #5 position. The album sold about 62K copies this week, for a 3-week total of just under 500K.

Carrie Underwood, who has announced the release date for her follow-up to Some Hearts (read post here), logged yet another week in the Top 40, this time at #30 with 23K albums sold. Fellow Idol alum Chris Daughtry saw his album Daughtry finish at #24, with 27K albums sold.

Rapper TI grabbed the week's top spot for the second straight week, moving 162K albums, with the Smashing Pumpkins' debut coming it at #2 with 146K albums sold. Disney queen Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus), Interpol, and Clarkson round out the top 5.

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Carrie Underwood's Sophomore Album Set For October Release

With her debut album still in the Top 30, and her hit single "Before He Cheats" still getting significant airplay, Carrie Underwood has announced that the follow up to Some Hearts will be released on October 23, 2007, according to Billboard magazine.

It's hard to imagine the new CD won't be a huge hit -- Carrie is arguably more popular now than she was two years ago when she won American Idol. Yes, as crazy as it sounds, it's only been about 26 months since she was crowned the winner of Idol, and since then she's sold more than 5 million CD's, released four #1 singles and won a boatload of awards, including Grammy's, ACM's, and American Music Awards.

As an aside -- "Before He Cheats" may be the best karaoke song of all time. Just an FYI for those of you out there looking for a new open-mic standard.

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Spoilers: So You Think You Can Dance Top 12 Dance Styles

Once again, I've come across the dance styles for this week's So You Think You Can Dance. If you want to be surprised, STOP READING NOW!

Here we go...

1. Dominic & Sabra - Jive (Tony Meredith)
2. Hok & Jaimie - Broadway (Tyce Diorio)
3. Pasha & Sara - Jazz (Mandy Moore)
4. Neil & Lauren - Contemporary (Mia Michaels)
5. Danny & Anya - Foxtrot (Tony Meredith)
6. Kameron & Lacey - Hip-Hop (Dan Karaty)

Initial thoughts:
-D-Trix and Sabra could be in for a challenge, but they've proven they can connect and deliver, so I definitely wouldn't count them out
-Hok and Jaimie should be able to pull of a Broadway routine -- Hok is certainly theatrical enough
-Pasha and Sara will get through this, but it ain't gonna be pretty
-Neil and Lauren + Mia Michaels should be a match made in heaven. Here's hoping it turns out that way
-Danny and Anya have triumphed with ballroom styles in the past, I think this will be a chance for them to return to their former glory
-Kameron and Lacey might not have the edge to be able to pull this off -- it'l be interesting to see how the competition's most versatile couple does

Your thoughts?

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Monday, July 16, 2007

NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates

NBC has announced the premiere dates for it's fall season. Here they are!

(New shows are in capital letters)

"The Biggest Loser" (8-10 PM)

"Deal or No Deal" (8-9 PM)

"CHUCK" (8-9 PM)
"Heroes" (9-10 PM)

"The Singing Bee" (9:30-10 PM)
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10-11 PM)

"Deal or No Deal" (8-9 PM; marks Wednesday debut)
"LIFE" (10-11 PM)

"My Name Is Earl" (8-9 PM)
"The Office" (9-10 PM)
"ER" (10-11 PM)

"Deal or No Deal" (moves to new day, 8-9 PM)
"Las Vegas" (9-11 PM)

"30 Rock" (8-8:30 PM)

"Friday Night Lights" (9-10 PM)

"Scrubs" (9:30-10 PM)

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Who is in Danger This Week on So You Think You Can Dance?

We're down to the Top 12 on So You Think You Can Dance, which means there is just one more week where the judges get to decide who stays and who goes, before America takes over the reins completely. What will happen during this crucial week?

Even more so than on American Idol, the style of dance that the contestants choose can dictate whether they stay or go. Performing a Mia Michaels or a Wade Robson piece, for example, is almost a sure-fire way to stick around, while having to dance the waltz could very easily lead to a trip to the Bottom 3. Thus, making predictions is a difficult exercise...but I'm gonna try and do it anyways!

The couples left in the competition are:

The only one of these couples to never spend time in the Bottom 3 is Lacey and Kameron, so I'm guessing the audience will continue to shower them with love and they will cruise on into the Top 10. Ditto Sabra and D-Trix, who have put up two stellar performances in a row, and seem to be gaining momentum weekly. I'm also thinking Danny and Anya will make it through this week -- two straight Bottom 3 appearances doesn't bode well, but if they choose a style that let's them shine, their natural gifts should allow them to be just fine.

Which would leave Jaimie/Hok, Lauren/Neil, and Sara/Pasha as the Bottom 3 couples. If this turns out to be the case, who would be most in danger of getting the boot?

If history proves to be an accurate guide, the judges will take this final opportunity to determine who is the most versatile and promising individuals. As such, expect Jaimie to be given a spot in the Top 10, leaving Lauren and Sara to battle it out for the final girl's spot. Lauren's last solo was far from impressive, but I think she'll step it up a notch and show enough technical proficiency to merit moving forward, meaning B-girl Sara, who has admirably risen to every challenge thrown at her all season, will be the one to leave.

As for the boys, it's a little more unclear. Hok is clearly the least trained dancer, but he's also arguably the most charismatic fellow left in the competition. Pasha is great at what he does, and has had moments of genius in other styles, but his solo is likely to be underwhelming. And then there's Neil, adorable Neil, who can do all sorts of crazy tricks, but is too inconsistent in his partner dances to be considered a shoo-in. While I think the judges would probably like to send Kameron packing, the fact that he is unlikely to have to "dance for his life" means the decision will be between these three young men, and I'm thinking Neil is most in danger of getting the boot.

What do you think -- who is most in danger of being eliminated this week?

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NBC Announces Changes to Fall Schedule

The broadcast networks take center stage at the annual TCA Summer Press Tour this week, with NBC being the first at bat, announcing several changes to their previously announced fall schedule.

According to Mediaweek, new drama Chuck, which was originally scheduled for Tuesdays at 9PM, will now lead off Monday nights at 8PM, followed by Heroes and Journeyman. The Biggest Loser, then, will expand to 90-minutes (Tuesday 8-9:30PM), leading into surprise summer hit The Singing Bee at 9:30PM. Deal or No Deal will replace The Singing Bee on Fridays at 8PM, followed by Friday Night Lights and Las Vegas (which are swapping timeslots).
Here are the three rescheduled nights on NBC (with new shows in caps):

8:00 p.m. CHUCK (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. Heroes
10:00 p.m. JOURNEYMAN

8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser (90-minutes)
9:30 p.m. THE SINGING BEE (new day and time)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU

8:00 p.m. Deal or No Deal (new day)
9:00 p.m. Friday Night Lights (new time)
10:00 p.m. Las Vegas (new time)

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Is Big Brother's Jen Smarter Than She Looks?

Is Big Brother's Jen smarter than she looks?

Um, probably not.

I will say, however, that she didn't make bad choices as to who to nominate this week -- at least in terms of keeping herself in the game as long as possible. She and Evil Dick have rubbed each other the wrong way from the beginning, so that was kind of a no-brainer, and Daniele and she are clearly competing for the same spot in the house, so it makes sense Jen would want to get rid of her.

Having said that, and having given Jen just a wee bit of credit for ably looking out for her own self interests, I'm hoping both Daniele and Dick are able to save themselves, because their dynamic is one of the most interesting things about the house so far this season. I actually don't think Daniele is that much smarter than Jen, but based on her relationship with her father and her burgeoning flirtation with Nick, Daniele might not need intellect or strategy to wind up being a fascinating member of the house. I think it would be a shame if she got the boot this early. As for Evil, if nothing else his willingness to tell Jen what he really thinks about her makes him worth keeping around.

Back to Jen for a moment -- can I just say, the looks on the faces of the other houseguests when it was revealed that Jen had won Head of Household were priceless, and the drinking game that seems to have developed around whenever Jen says "I" is hysterical. And how about Photo Meltdown Part 2? This girl is a trainwreck!

A few other notes about last night's episode:

-Even though Eric was not successful in trying to convince Jen to nominate America's Choice Jessica, I am encouraged by the country's decision to want to get rid of the bleach-blonde airhead.

-Joe needs to tone it down a notch, or he is gonna find himself flung from this house so quick he won't know what hit him. Why bother trying to get rid of Dustin at this point? People seem to really like Dustin (including me!), so all he is doing is making himself look petty and foolish.

-If I hear Amber mention again that God put her on the block, in an attempt to "make her stronger," I'm gonna scream. Honey, God didn't put you on the block -- Kail did.

So, here's rooting for Daniele or Evil to win the veto this week, and take themselves off the block!

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What is NBC Thinking? Isaiah Washington To Appear on The Bionic Woman

Hollywood is a weird, weird place. Case in point -- USA Today is reporting that NBC has hired former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington to appear in at least five episodes of their new fall series Bionic Woman.

Is there anyone out there who doesn't think Washington has made a total ass of himself in the last several weeks? Forget the incident that took place on the set of Grey's Anatomy last year -- in my opinion, Washington's "publicity tour," in which he blames his firing on his race, ranted against former co-stars and his former network, and alleged that TR Knight orchestrated the entire series of events in an attempt to beef up his role on the show, has been nothing short of embarrassing, and I am really quite surprised that NBC would want to be in business with this guy. And it seems like they really want to be in business with him -- in addition to the Bionic Woman appearances, USA Today reports that the actor has also signed a development deal with the network "to star in a potential action drama he pitched to the network for the 2008-09 TV season."

Katherine Pope, president of NBC's Universal Media Studios, is quoted as saying, "Washington is a brilliant actor...I think people watch characters on TV, not personalities." That may be true, and I am not suggesting that Washington should be blacklisted from ever working in Hollywood again. But what kind of message does the timing of all of this mean? It almost seems as though he is being rewarded for being a total ass who doesn't know when to shut up, and that leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I'm surprised NBC would want to get involved in all of this mess.

I guess it's true what they say -- no publicity is bad publicity.

What are your thoughts? Is NBC shooting themselves in the foot by working with Washington, or does the hiring make sense?

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Carol Gets the Boot, and (Gasp!) Jen Wins HOH on Big Brother 8

Is it just me, or does Julie Chen now seem to get a little twinkle in her eye every time she says "But first." It's like she knows it will be on youtube within minutes. Ah Chen-bot, how we love you.

So, not much of a surprise, Carol gets the boot. I like that Evil Dick referred to Carol and, I'm assuming, Jessica and Jen as the "Princess Posse." Those three really are good for nothing, aren't they? I'd include Daniele in that group as well, but at least she's got some complicated stuff going on in terms of her relationship with her father, so we'll cut her some slack. Although, the girl needs to start eating stat -- she's wasting away.

No, not much of a shocker that it was Carol that got sent packing, although I'm a little surprised the houseguests don't see the emotional Andrea as more of a threat. It was entertaining to watch Carol struggle to articulate her feelings for Jessica, and then be totally shocked to hear the nasty things Jessica had to say about her. The look on her face as she watched the clips of Jessica's lovely comments was priceless.

No, the real shocker of the night was Jen winning HOH. Whaaaaaaaaat? This should certainly be an interesting week, as it's hard to read where Jen's head is at in this game. Will she target Nick, who embarrassed her by calling her out on her lie that he had tried to kiss her? Will she go for Jessica and Daniele, her competitors for the BB8 Bimbo title? Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, it was Jen who cast the lone vote to evict Andrea, which shows how out of touch she is with the rest of the house. Should be an interesting week...

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Does Jordin Sparks Have a Crush on Chris Richardson?

It's not hard to imagine having a crush on American Idol's Chris Richardson -- actually, it really not hard to imagine, since I do! According to TMZ, I'm not the only one -- so does Idol winner Jordin Sparks!

The website is reporting that Sparks has "fallen head over heels" for the sexy singer, but because of her age (17!) her handlers are trying to make sure it remains an innocent crush. No word on whether Chris returns Jordin's feelings. The two are currently on tour with the rest of Season 6's Top 10.

The real question is -- what will Blake think?

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Photo courtesy of JustJared.net

I Officially Have David Beckham Fever

I've always had my eye on David Beckham, but somehow in the past few days what used to be an innocent crush has turned into a full-fledged obsession.

Of course, it seems I'm not the only one. Have you seen the photos of the media awaiting David and Victoria Beckham's arrival at LAX yesterday? (If not, it's below for you to see) Insanity!

And then there's those W magazine photos. Too much to handle.

I may even tune into to watch his debut in the MLS next weekend. Yes, I've lost my mind.

Does anyone have a cure for my Beckham fever?

Images are from Towleroad.com

No Shocker Here: Cedric and Shauna Eliminated From SYTYCD

I hate to say I told you so, but, well, I told you so.

For the first time this season I was spot on the money with my predictions in my post Who is Going Home Tonight?, guessing Danny/Anya, Hok/Jaimie, and Cedric/Shauna would be the Bottom 3, with Cedric and Shauna getting the boot. And so it was.

The evening was not without some unexpected excitement, however. Danny was really spectacular in his solo, for one -- he really is a tremendous dancer. He was certainly better than Anya, who is going to have to step up her game in these solos if she wants to compete with the other girls. In addition, Adam Shenkman revealed that he's got at least a couple of screws loose, and also that there is going to be a Step Up 2. Rejoice! Oh yeah, and Zac Efron was there. That's never a bad thing.

And then there was Hilary Duff, who apparently is a sullen belly dancer now. Who knew?

As for Cedric and Shauna, it was time for them to go. Cedric wore out his welcome weeks ago, and Shauna only really had one great performance (the Mia Michaels piece).

Speaking of Mia, can we get her back next week? I miss her.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

The New York Times Writes About SYTYCD's Danny Tidwell

The difference in the ways the media covers American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance are numerous -- the former is obviously a cultural phenomenon, while the latter (although one of summer's most watched shows) still seems to appeal to a mainly niche audience. Which makes it all the more surprising that the New York Times featured an essay in yesterday's edition (featured in the "Dance Column") on the show's Danny Tidwell.

The article is a very interesting read, if for no other reason than to get a better sense of the guy who can often appear cold on the show. Apparently Danny really is one of the country's young, premiere dancers, and he danced the lead in several of the American Ballet Theater's shows. The article examines the kind of dancer the show is looking for, and how Danny's perceived arrogance impacts this quest.

The article says, "Even more disturbing is the idea that So You Think You Can Dance has emerged as a viable option for real dancers, including Mr. Tidwell, who don’t have to look far to see that career options have been greatly depleted. At its best, the show provides a kind of kicky fun, the good side of cheesy. But it’s also outdated and perpetuates many stereotypes about what constitutes good dance (speed is in, subtlety is out), what language is used to describe it and how training makes boring dancers."

Do y'all think this is true? To my mind, the show has actually brought dance to a much larger audience than it might otherwise have reached, and while speed is rewarded, so is subtlety (think Mia Michaels and Wade Robson's acclaimed pieces).

The article does make at least one good point -- that Nigel is not helping the cause much with his narrow views of what works and what doesn't. The article reads, "The biggest culprit is the show’s executive producer and judge, Nigel Lythgoe, from his implied homophobic comments (he approves of the way the show’s male performers dance like “dudes”) to his misguided criticism and declarations about what a dancer should be." On these points I definitely agree.

Read the article here, and let me know what you think.

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Forget About 'Don't Forget The Lyrics'

Despite my initial apprehension, I watched The Singing Bee on Tuesday night and loved it, so I was prepared to give into Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics as well. Problem is, it wasn't nearly as entertaining.

Where The Singing Bee combines elements of The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and American Idol, Don't Forget the Lyrics simply seems to be a blatant rip-off of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, complete with escalating prize scale and three lifelines. The general concept is the same -- you have to sing along to a song, until it comes time to fill in the lyrics, word-for-word.

I'm not going to say Don't Forget the Lyrics was terrible -- it wasn't. Wayne Brady is certainly a capable (and appropriate) host, and there is great fun to be had in extended karaoke moments, complete with lyrics on the bottom of the screen. Yes, for the second night in a row I was singing on the top of my lungs in my apartment (if any of my neighbors happen to be Idol Thoughts readers -- sorry!)

No, the show is not an abomination. The problem is that The Singing Bee's structure, starting with six contestants and whittling it down to one person who will compete for the $50K prize, allows the show to move so much faster than Don't Forget the Lyrics that the latter show seems slow and kind of boring by comparison. Sure, the stakes are higher on the Fox show, but, like Millionaire, there is so much time spent determining whether or not a contestant should use a lifeline or "lock in their lyrics," that I found myself growing a bit bored -- never a good thing in a 30 minute show.

So basically, if you're going to choose one of these shows to watch, I'd make it The Singing Bee. But for those of you who can't get enough karaoke in your lives, it looks like you'll have two opportunities to get your vocalizing on this summer.

Which show do you prefer -- The Singing Bee or Don't Forget the Lyrics?

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Lifetime Renews 'Army Wives' for a Second Season

Anyone who read Idol Thoughts' Summer TV Midterm Report Card knows that I am, somewhat embarrasingly, hooked on Lifetime's Army Wives. Apparently I'm not the only one -- the show is the highest rated series in Lifetime's history and it has now been renewed for an 18-episode second season, to premiere next Spring.

The drama, starring Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell (and featuring a breakout performance from Sally Pressman as new military wife Roxie) airs Sunday nights at 9PM.

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Don't Forget the Lyrics Doesn't Match The Singing Bee's Numbers

Two nights, two very similar shows. So which one came out on top?

Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics didn't even come close to matching the stellar debut numbers of NBC's The Singing Bee, bringing in about 8 million viewers, which was 6 million less than it's competitor, and 500K less than the final hour of So You Think You Can Dance. Check back in a little bit for my thoughts on the Wayne Brady hosted Don't Forget the Lyrics.

The top five shows in the Nielsen ratings last night were:

1. CSI, 8.5 million
2. Don't Forget the Lyrics, 8.16 million
3. So You Think You Can Dance, 7.5 million
4. America's Got Talent, 7.45 million
5. Criminal Minds, 7.2 million

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Numbers courtesy of Marc Berman at Mediaweek

So You Think You Can Dance Top 14 - Who is Going Home Tonight?

You can read my recap and rankings from last night's show here, but here are my predictions for the Bottom 3 couples of the evening, and which male and female dancer will be sent packin'.

Bottom 3 Couples:
Cedric and Shauna
Hok and Jaimie
Danny and Anya

Cedric and Shauna seem to be a no-brainer -- if they are not in the Bottom 3, there is something seriously wrong with America. Hok and Jaimie have yet to put in an appearance at the bottom yet, but waltz doesn't tend to be an audience favorite, and the fact that it wasn't executed to perfection means they will probably be making their first trip to the "dance for your life" zone this evening. As for the third couple, I would have put Sara and Pasha here, but based on some of the comments of Idol Thoughts readers (as well as the raves from the judges), it seems like they will be spared. Which leaves D-Trix/Sabra, Neil/Lauren, Lacey/Kameron, and Danny/Anya, and I think it's the latter couple, whose routine left me (and Adam Shenkman) a little cold, that will be forced to prove they deserve to stay for the second straight episode.

Eliminated Guy: Cedric

As long as he and Shauna are in the Bottom 3, he's gone. If he somehow manages to avoid having to save himself tonight, expect Hok to say bye-bye.

Eliminated Girl: Shauna

Jaimie has dazzled the past two weeks, and the judges seem to have a big soft spot for Anya, which means Shauna is the likely evictee. Last time she was in the Bottom 3 she danced her face off and saved herself -- will she be able to do it again? If somehow she manages to stay, it's possible Jaimie's extension will work more effectively than Anya's partner-less ballroom, and the Russian diva may get the boot.


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So You Think You Can Dance Recap and Rankings: Top 14

So You Think You Can Dance, how I have missed thee.

Guest judging tonight is Hairspray choreographer and director Adam Shenkman, who, like Debbie Allen before him, has a lot to say. That"s the thing about these choreographers and directos -- they like to tell people what they think about what they are doing. Mary, on the oher hand, has completely lost her mind. A silent scream that can be heard in Tokyo? Okay, honey, time to take the pills.

On to the performances, listed in the order of favorite-to-least-favorite.

1. Dominic and Sabra
After their disastrous disco the first week, who knew I would be loving these two so much. This dance was hot, and so sharply executed that I literally sighed at the end of it. D-Trix looked mighty fine in those red pants, and his moves were extraordinary -- he looked like he was ready for a music video. And Sabra matched him every step of the way, never betraying the fact that she's not a hip hop girl at heart. Loved it.

2. Neil and Lauren
It seems as though "jazz" is being used as a catch-all to mean whatever the hell the choreographer wants it to mean. As long as the choreographer is Wade Robson, I'm cool with that. These two had a lot to prove this week, since they've only given one halfway decent performance, and last episode saw them fall to the Bottom 3. They delivered this week big time,fully committing to their characters and showing some real chemistry. I thought this was the best they've been so far, and they showed they deserve to be here.

3. Lacey and Kameron
These two entertain every single time, but I'm starting to think that has a little more to do with Lacey than it does with Kameron -- she really pops, in a way that he doesn't. Having said that, he is adorable, and he never lets her down as a partner. But all in all I loved this performance, which is a bit surprising considering disco is never my favorite style. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Kameron has to dance with a different partner -- perhaps Lacey's star is just a bit too bright for him, and when he get out of her shadow he'll really shine.

4. Danny and Anya
I would have thought these two dancing a contemporary routine would have easily topped my list this week, but as Adam Shenkman was trying to explain, there is something about Danny's demeanor that prevents he and Anya from really connecting and bringing true passion to the dance floor. Lacey and Kameron would have eaten this routine up, while Danny looked like a sensational dancer going through the motions, and Anya looked like a woman alone on the stage. It was beautiful on the surface, but it had no depth. If they keep this up, they're in trouble.

5. Hok and Jaimie
Even though I think Jaimie is dumb as a box of nails, I found her quite entertaining during her intro clip, as she hemmed and hawed over whether there was something going on between her and Hok (did anyone else notice the little kiss she gave him after their performance?). Yes, Hok was out of his element, but he was present and engaged, and I give him a lot of credit. And Jaimie was gorgeous -- the second episode in a row that has been the case. I guess I'm gonna have to reconsider my stance on this one.

6. Pasha and Sara
Honestly Benji? Get a job. I'm a little over seeing you on the show every week. And can I just say how pissed I am that Heidi was not acknowledged during the whole segment (except briefly by Kat at the end). I realize she didn't win the contest, but she did come in 4th place, and the viewers probably remember her. Just rude. Anyways, I didn't like this performance. Maybe it's because the only people I've ever seen do West Coast Swing are Benji, Heidi, and Lacey, and these two didn't look anything like them. Whatever the reason, it seemed rushed and awkward to me, and quite frankly I can't understand how the judges got so worked about it. Sorry Benji, not my thing.

7. Cedric and Shauna
I think the judges are trying to use reverse psychology with the viewers, because what I saw was absolutely horrible. I was starting to like Shauna after her Mia Michaels performance, but she brought her game down to Cedric's level tonight, and that's not a good thing. I mean, it looked like the final performance in a local amateur class. Yes, by the end they had stepped it up a little, but the whole thing left me disappointed in Shauna and just blatantly annoyed that Cedric is still in the competition. Please, America, do the right thing and send this boy home...or at least to Debbie Allen's dance academy.

Individual Rankings:
1. Dominic
2. Neil
3. Lacey
4. Sabra
5. Lauren
6. Jaimie
7. Kameron
8. Anya
9. Danny
10. Hok
11. Pasha
12. Sara
13. Shauna
14. Cedric

Check back tomorrow morning for my thoughts on who will go home.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Harry Potter Breaks Box Office Record For Midnight Shows

Expect to hear a lot about Harry Potter breaking records in the next several weeks. Here's the first:

According to Variety, the midnight shows for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix brought in $12 million, which was the most for a Wednesday opening midnight run, beating The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which made around $8 million.


The Hills Season 3 Trailer Teases Lots of Drama

I never watched Laguna Beach -- just didn't see the appeal. The Hills, on the other hand, is nothing but guilty pleasure goodness, and I love every second of it. And based on the trailer for Season 3 of the show, the drama isn't stopping anytime soon!

When we last left LC and company, Lauren and Heidi were on the outs due to evil, evil Spencer (who may be the single most unlikable personality ever to appear on television). Anyone who reads US Weekly knows that the two haven't patched things up (as well as the fact that Heidi has gotten breast implants and completely fallen under the spell of the dastardly Spencer), and if the trailer for Season 3 is any indication, a reconciliation between the two is highly unlikely.

In addition to the Heidi/Lauren drama, apparently Audrina is LC's new roommate, Whitney is graduating from college, and both Brody Jenner and Jason Wahler make return appearances. Should be a great season!

Click here to view The Hills Season 3 Trailer

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What is Michelle Pfeiffer's Secret?

Look at that picture -- Michelle Pfeiffer is gorgeous! How does she do it? The woman is 49 years old!

Let's not talk about John Travolta, who has so clearly had hair transplants that it's almost embarrassing. Instead let's focus on the divine Ms. Pfeiffer, whose luminous film presence has been greatly missed in the last several years. The Fabulous Baker Boys? Dangerous Liasons? Dangerous Minds? Grease 2? I mean, the woman is a genius. And it's wonderful to see her looking so damn fantastic.

I can't wait to see her back on the big screen, singing and dancing, no less, in Hairspray. July 20th can't come soon enough!

Photo courtesy of DListed.com

Okay, I Admit It -- I Loved The Singing Bee!

When I was reading about The Singing Bee last week, my eyes rolled back instinctively in my head. While I am an unabashed lover of reality television, I've never really gotten into the primetime gameshows. If the show doesn't feature people who are talented in some way (Ido, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Model), or who are participating in some sort of social experiment (Survivor, Big Brother), I'm not interested. Yes, I realize shows like Deal or No Deal, 1 vs. 100, and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? are big hits, but they've never been even remotely appealing to me.

But what do ya know -- I loved The Singing Bee! And apparently I wasn't alone -- the show brought in nearly 14 million viewers last night!

A cross between Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, and American Idol, the show requires its contestants to fill in the lyrics, word-for-word, to well-known songs. Who knew that would be so entertaining? I was in my apartment, singing on the top of my lungs, congratulating myself when I got the lyrics correct, and figuratively beating myself up when I screwed them up. Joey Fatone was a high energy hoot as the host, and the contestants were totally game and easy to root for. All in all, the show had me smiling from ear-to-ear.

I mean, the show wasn't perfect -- the dancers seem a bit unneccesary, and the process of selecting the contestants seemed a bit arbitrary. But, all in all, it was a pretty damn entertaining half-hour, and I'll definitely be tuning in again next week. Heck, I may even check out Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics tonight. What can I say, I'm on the game show bandwagon!

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Big Brother's Nick Reveals He Has a Top 5 List of Guys To Sleep With

What is Nick's deal? I'm just fascinated by this guy!

He flirts with Daniele. He flirts with Amber. He flirts with Carol. He flirts with Joe. He flirts with Dustin.

Anyone else noticing a pattern here? The guy's a bit of a flirt.

But it's not like we haven't seen flirts in the Big Brother house before. What makes Nick different than, say, Jase or Drew from seasons past, is that he is such an equal opportunity flirt -- both women and gay men get the "special" treatment from Nick. But, really, if that was all it was, there wouldn't be much to say.

No, what makes this so interesting is that, within five short days, he has provided so much fodder for speculation as to his sexuality. I mean, there is harmless flirting, and there is the way that Nick is behaving. He was dry humped by Joe, massaged by Dustin, denied kissing Jen...and now this.

Yes, the story continues with Nick revealing to Zach and Evil Dick that he has a list of the Top 5 guys that he would like to sleep with, and that Blade 2 actor Ryan Reynolds appears on that list. Zach and Dick then proceed to tease Nick mercilessly, at which point he backs down a little, perhaps realizing that his bisexual strategy isn't working on these two very heterosexual fellas.

Or is it just a strategy? Is Nick just playing the game, or is he really having some sort of sexual identity crisis?

Click here to watch the video and let me know what you think.

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Zac Efron to Star in Remake of Footloose

Zac Efron is the new movie musical king!

TVGuide.com is reporting that Efron will star in a remake of the 80's classic Footloose, playing the part Kevin Bacon played in the original movie. High School Musical director Kenny Ortega is in talks to choreograph and direct the film.

Frankly, this sounds like perfect casting to me. Efron was effortlessly charming in High School Musical, and he looks totally swoon-worthy in the soon-to-be-released film of the musical Hairspray, so I have no doubt he'll be fantastic as the rebel who brings dancing to a small town. Not to mention it will give him a chance to swivel those fine-looking hips of his!

And for those who are concerned, don't be -- Mr. Efron is 19 years old, totally of age. So lust away!

David Beckham -- Mmmmmmmm

I don't generally cover sports here on Idol Thoughts, which is not to say I don't enjoy a good athletic event -- heck, I went to a Mets game two weeks ago and spent all last weekend watching Wimbledon (go Federer!)

Having said that, there is one gentleman in the sports world who consistently catches my attention -- Mr. David Beckham. The man is just too fine for words. So, in anticipation of his MLS debut this weekend, I thought I'd relax my sports embargo and preview a few photos from this month's W Magazine (pics courtesy of perezhilton.com). It's in the name of sports, people -- not because he is the single hottest man on the planet.

Oh yeah, Posh is in the pictures too.