Day 2 of Upfronts week and Fox has now announced their schedule for the 2010-2011 TV season. 3 comedies and 4 dramas have been added to the lineup.
- RAISING HOPE [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 9] – New dysfunctional family comedy. Tuesdays are usually dead as far as programming, so I’ll give it a shot. Not to mention it’s got a fantastic lead-in in Glee (more on that later).
- RUNNING WILDE [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 9:30] – It’s clear that Fox is now trying to establish Tuesdays as their comedy day (CBS has Monday, ABC has Wednesdays, NBC has Thursdays). The show stars Will Arnett and Keri Russell, which is enough reason for me to watch.
- LONESTAR [Drama – Mondays @ 9] – Based on the description, I feel like it has potential. I’m probably gonna have to wait until the previews come out to make a better decision on it. The thing is though, my Mondays are already packed, so it’s gonna be tough for me to pick up another show to watch.
- TERRA NOVA [Drama – Midseason] – Announced as an event drama. Not sure how I feel about the whole traveling back to prehistoric times thing.
- BOB’S BURGERS [Comedy – Midseason] – I don’t usually watch the animation stuff. I mean I watch Simpsons and Family Guy here and there but otherwise not really.
- RIDE ALONG [Drama – Midseason] – Cop drama. Not interested.
- MIXED SIGNALS [Comedy – Midseason] – More dating stories. We’ll see.
So along with the new shows, the schedule shows us that Glee is now being moved to the 8 p.m. slot on Tuesdays (it is currently on @ 9 on Tuesdays). When American Idol comes back in the winter, Glee will be moved once again to Wednesdays @ 9 (its initial timeslot from this past season), following the American Idol results show, which let it be known will be reduced back to 30 minutes (thank goodness!) Also, because Fox will be airing the Superbowl this coming year, a special episode of Glee will air in the post-Superbowl slot. You can check out full information about next season’s lineup here.
So I’ve been wanting to blog more often, but to be honest, I haven’t had a lot of motivation or inspiration to write about anything. I still continue with my weekly TV show viewings and music listening, but I guess nothing has deserved its own post? Anyways, I figured I might as well do one huge post with just a bunch of random stuff that’s come up lately in pop culture and see where it goes…
- Katharine McPhee’s New Duet: One of the notable things that happened this week on the music front (at least for me) is that Katharine McPhee is releasing the Kara Dioguardi-penned song “Terrified” as her next single. But that’s not all! On the album version of the song, it includes a feature by Jason Reeves (who co-wrote the song and frequently collaborates with Colbie Caillat). But on the version released this week, Jason Reeves has been replaced by Zachary Levi. That’s right, Chuck Bartowski sings! And quite well might I add. Seriously, Zach Levi, just full of surprises. Now as much as I love Jason Reeves, I am slightly more inclined to love this new version more. For one, Zach actually gets some solo lines to sing, as opposed to Jason who was very much relegated to background vocals.
- Christina’s Back!: Christina Aguilera debuted the video to her new single “Not Myself Tonight” last Friday. What’s so great about Christina is that she’s not afraid to do anything. The thing with this video and the song is that now Christina is being faced with comparisons to Lady Gaga, but showing her true professionalism, Christina isn’t fazed at all by these notions and saying that it’s not even worth her talking about it and adding fuel to fire.
- Blake McGrath: Last week also gave us the premiere of Blake McGrath’s video for “The Night (Only Place to Go).” Blake of course is known mainly as a dancer/choreographer from SYTYCD & SYTYCD Canada, as well as a bunch of famous singers. With that in mind, it’s hard to think of him as a singer as well, above it all. The song’s not bad. The video is practically a who’s who of SYTYCD Canada alums. It’s interesting to say the least.
- Esmee & JT: Another recently premiered video was Esmee Denters and Justin Timberlake’s video for “Love Dealer.” It’s a pretty basic video, nothing spectacular about it. It’s nice to see Justin as always. Taking into consideration this video and her previous 2 videos, I think it’s safe to say that Esmee’s not much of a dancer? By that I mean, she doesn’t dance in her videos like Britney, Christina, etc. That’s not to say that everyone needs to have a greatly choreographed dance number in their videos; obviously not everyone dances. But I’m just saying that for this video and this song, it would have been nice to have a little dance number towards the end.
- American Idol Down to 4: Almost the end of the season everybody! It has been such a long road to get this point. Last night, High School Student Aaron Kelly got the boot, following Frank Sinatra night. I actually don’t know why I’m still talking about it. Idol has bugged me beyond belief this entire season. It’s pretty much gonna end up being Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze in the finale, and there’s not much else to say beyond that. Except for one thing: Harry Connick Jr. was such a great mentor this week and pretty funny too.
- DWTS: So this week, Pamela Anderson was the one who got the boot on Dancing With the Stars. It’s a shame really because she was pretty good. But then again, everyone who is left in the competition is pretty good too, if not great (*ahem* Evan & Nicole) so it’s gonna be a tough from here on out. One thing of mention from this week: Evan and Anna’s Argentine Tango, which was set to “Bust Your Windows”…I could not help but think about Amber Riley singing it on Glee. Man, everything can relate back to Glee now. Speaking of which…
- Glee: Oh how I love Glee. If there’s anything I should have been blogging about, it’s Glee, especially the Madonna episode. But I failed to do so, oh well. Anyways, Glee’s episode this week was extremely hilarious in the ridiculous songs they sang. Glee has the ability to make almost any song better, whether because of the context in which it’s used or it’s just simply sung better. I have to admit though that even Glee can’t make me like listening to “U Can’t Touch This” or “Ice Ice Baby” without cracking up. I mean it was funny watching it on screen, but for me just to listen to the song, can’t do it. I for one cannot wait for the next 2 episodes, “Laryngitis” and “Dream On.” The first episode being the one that includes Brandy & Monica’s song “The Boy Is Mine“, as well as U2’s “One“. The second episode being the one which was directed by Joss Whedon, guest stars Neil Patrick Harris, and includes what will be the epic cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”
- Survivor “All-Stars”: Again, Survivor this season was supposed to be the best of the best. I don’t know how I feel about this season now, after such an amazing start. I have no idea who to root for anymore. The typical logic is to root for the heroes, but now we’re down to Colby, Rupert and Candice. Colby, despite playing the game, is not really playing the game. I mean last week’s reward challenge pretty showed it all; he was too busy watching Treasure Island to pay attention to what was going down with Amanda and Danielle. And then there are the villains. I know I previously said to root for Russell, but something about his game this time around is not flying with me. At the end of it, I don’t want Parvati to win again, even though she’s played a pretty good game. I’m sort of rooting for Sandra, but again, she’s already won. I can’t believe I’m saying this but, I actually think Jerri has a decent shot at winning. And one other thing: the hidden immunity idols are getting lame. Remember the time when it was first introduced and there was only one? Now it’s like, once they get rid of an idol, another one comes into play. There’s too much of a reliance on it.
Anyways, I think I’m all blogged out for one posting. It is May, so it’s finale season. Will probably try to cover the shows I watch by writing about the last couple episodes, if not, the season finales themselves. And then come May 27th, it’s the premiere of SYTYCD Season 7!!
So much good (and bad) stuff on tv this week so its good to end the week with a random recap post…
- CHUCK: This week’s episode, Chuck vs. the Beard, was definitely a game-changer. Now Morgan also knows (that is, along with Captain Awesome) that Chuck is a spy. Josh Schwartz and co. have done a great job this season keeping the essence of Chuck (meaning the nerdiness of the show) firmly in balance with this new reality of Chuck fully being a spy. And I absolutely loved Morgan’s reaction to finding out that Chuck’s a spy: “My best friend a spy?…This is the best news ever!”
- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Jennifer Lopez guest starred in the episode as the author of a “He’s Just Not That Into You” type book. She was funny I guess. But the best part was Marshall’s “bang, bang, bangity bang, bang, bang, bang, bangity bang…”
- THE BIG BANG THEORY: One of the best episodes EVER! They one-upped their geekiness from last week (comic books + Stan Lee = pure geekiness) with an episode revolving around the guys fighting for possession of a Lord of the Rings ring. It’s nice to have an episode where all the characters are equally involved in the story, as opposed to having it be Sheldon-centric most of the time.
- GOSSIP GIRL/90210/MELROSE PLACE: All three shows were back after quite a lengthy hiatus (about 3 months). Nice to see them back because it means I have something else to watch Tuesday nights (re: 90210 & MP). I don’t know but Gossip Girl and 90210 didn’t really do much for me. Well, neither did Melrose really, but at least with Melrose we finally got to see Auggie & Violet (Colin Egglesfield & Ashlee Simpson’s characters) leave. And David’s storyline for the episode was soooo predictable. Right after Lauren said (paraphrasing), “Just let it go, please” at the hospital, you just knew he was gonna go straight to her phone and find out who the guy who drugged her was.
- MODERN FAMILY: Before this week’s episode, there was a promo that aired during the Oscars and it was just HILARIOUS. The gist of the promo is that they’re playing charades and naturally, Cam & Mitchell are awesome at it. This week’s episode was just a continuation of the show getting consistently funnier. I just love this show. If you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing out.
- THE OFFICE: One word – Megadesk. While Jim and Pam were on leave, Dwight reorganized all 3 desks to make a command station – surveillance, gaming, business. At the end of the episode, Jim (in classic prank/retribution mode) converted the desks into Quad-desk, where 2 desks served as a base for the third one on top and between the 3 is a small mini desk. Also great, Andy’s shout-out to HIMYM!
- COMMUNITY: Another show which references a current show that I also love. Jeff (Joel McHale’s character): “We always watched shows that she wanted to watch! I hate Glee! I hate it! I don’t understand the appeal at all!” I love Glee, but the line was just too funny. Also hilarious? Senor Chang has a brother who’s a rabbi!
- SURVIVOR: This season is so great…but also so frustrating. We have the supposedly best players ever, but a lot of them are being idiots! The Heroes, for one, need to get their act together and learn how to beat Boston Rob at puzzles, because clearly, the Villains keep winning due to Rob’s awesome skills in figuring out puzzles. The Heroes are just making it really hard to root for them. Voting out Tom instead of James, who is INJURED?! J.T. this season is seriously making me re-consider his game in Tocantins. I mean sure we saw J.T. in the forefront that season, but was Stephen maybe the one who was the true strategist? Is this how he would have played had Stephen not been there? Oy vey. Oh, and Russell found the hidden immunity idol. Somehow, this time doesn’t feel as good as when he found it the other times last season – maybe ’cause last season he found them without clues (that’s still impressive). Another thought…Courtney is utterly useless. She’s sat out like half of all the challenges so far. She’s just lucky that the Villains keep winning.
- AMERICAN IDOL: Idol is lucky that I have nothing else to watch from 8-10 on Tuesdays (I don’t have CW, so I watch 90210/MP online later on that night) or else I would be pretty damn close to not watching it. This season is soooo…lackluster? That’s not even the right word. Last season as it was, would have been pretty sucky had it not been for Kris Allen, Adam Lambert & Allison Iraheta (also to a lesser extent Matt Giraud – I still love his version of Part Time Lover). But this season has been ridiculous in a bad way. Why is Katelyn Epperly and Lilly Scott gone, when Paige Miles and Katie Stevens have done nothing special? Why is Tim Urban, the guy who has ruined Apologize/Come On Get Higher/Hallelujah, still here? I’m only still watching because of Crystal Bowersox & Siobhan Magnus, and to a lesser extent Andrew Garcia, Didi Benami, Lee Dewyze, Big Mike. Those are my top 6; if any of them get the boot early, this season will be an even bigger travesty than it already is. [I am so ready for the summer when all this is over and I can get back to my regular SYTYCD in its rightful summer place]. Final note: after 3 weeks of performances, can we add to the list of “songs that should never be sung again on Idol unless by the original artist,” anything by Kelly Clarkson or James Morrison.
- FRINGE: So it’s not on again until April 1st, but it got picked up last weekend for a third season. BEST. TV. NEWS. EVER! Now, if we could do something about the show’s timeslot for next season…
That’s all for this week. Next week, most of the CBS shows are either in re-runs or not airing at all due to March Madness. FlashForward will be back on Thursday. On Greek, we meet Cappie’s parents! (I feel like this part should have prefaced with Jeff Probst or Phil Keoghan saying, “Next time on…” ahaha)
I think I am amongst a lot of people who aren’t exactly sure how to take this news that Ellen DeGeneres is replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol. When it was announced that Paula Abdul wasn’t coming back, I thought it was the most stupid of moves on Fox’s part. Paula’s presence on the show was to sort of be the “nice one” in comparison to Simon. Despite the fact that a lot of times, she didn’t give the greatest critiques, Paula knew how to let down a contestant nicely. But then as I thought about it like a lot of people, we figured that maybe Idol would just stick with the 3 judges. Last season, with 4 judges, it seemed that more time was spent on the judges talking than the actual contestants singing. And I dunno about anyone else, but I wanna see some singing! Even if it’s bad! (Actually, maybe not if it’s bad like in the audition episodes :S)
But Fox and Idol insisted on having a 4-judge format. Names got thrown around the rumour mill as to who could replace Paula, maybe another singer? I remember hearing Jennifer Lopez as one of those names and I actually welcomed that idea. I know I had my doubts back in Season 6 when she came on as a mentor, she actually gave some useful critiques to the contestants. But now that we know Ellen is taking Paula’s place, I really don’t know what to think about it. I mean I love Ellen, she’s a great comedian. I love her talk show. But from her one-time guest stint as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance this summer, I can honestly say that I’m not exactly fond of her as a judge. The fact of the matter is that Ellen has no industry insight (not even sure if that’s the right words to explain). She’s beyond nice, she loves everybody. Even if they’re bad, she’ll just make a joke to hide any real resemblance of a critique. Who knows? Maybe she will prove us wrong, but from SYTYCD, I really don’t think this is a great idea.