Random TV Watching Thoughts #6

I’ve got 3 things in particular that I want to blog about and figured it would be easier to just combine them all in one post. So here we go.

EMMYS

The Emmys were on this past Sunday (yes, I’m 2 days late in blogging about it), and I have to say that I’m overall quite pleased with the show. Eric Stonestreet won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, which like I said in my nomination post, I would be totally happy with whoever won as long as it wasn’t Jon Cryer. Jane Lynch won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy and Jim Parsons won for Best Actor in a Comedy, all of which made me incredibly happy. Edie Falco won for Best Actress in a Comedy, and I was okay with that. I mean I don’t watch Nurse Jackie, and I did want Lea Michele to win, partly because it was her birthday that same day, but as much as I love Lea, I didn’t think she would win. On the drama side, well, again I don’t watch all that many dramas so I can’t really say anything about them. Although I must say, next summer, I will be catching up on Breaking Bad (Fall TV season is around the corner! Don’t have any more time to catch up on things!). The biggest shocker (for me…and well, almost everybody else) was that The Amazing Race lost in the Best Reality TV Competition (which it has won every year since the category was created) to Top Chef. I guess it had to happen eventually, but I still kinda wish Survivor had been nominated this year after 2 fantastic seasons. The top 2 categories, Best Drama and Best Comedy, went to Mad Men and Modern Family, and I am perfectly happy that Modern Family won because I absolutely love that show (I still love Glee!). Jimmy Fallon was a great host and the Emmys overall were a success!

DANCING WITH THE STARS

The cast for the 11th season of DWTS was announced last night during Bachelor Pad. You cannot pay me to watch that trash, so I looked it up online afterwards. Anyways, this year’s cast includes:

  • Brandy
  • Audrina Patridge
  • Jennifer Grey
  • Florence Henderson
  • Margaret Cho
  • Bristol Palin
  • Rick Fox
  • The Situation
  • Kyle Massey
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Michael Bolton
  • Kurt Warner

This is a pretty…varied cast. I mean we’ve got people who definitely fit certain DWTS types that we have every year – the athlete, the older person, the pop star. But then, I just can’t get over the fact that they have 2 reality stars, which is really stretching the word ‘star’ and then Bristol frickin’ Palin, who is not a star by any means. She’s a politician’s daughter whose only claim to fame is that the media gave her and her mom flack for the fact that she became a teenage mom. Like seriously. I think it’s time for producers to consider changing the name of the show. Obviously there’s no way they’re gonna get A-list stars to come on the show but still, can we get more people who aren’t famous for being famous?

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA

Oh SYTYCD Canada. I still don’t know what to do with you. There are times when you are great (pretty much whenever Sean Cheesman and Stacey Tookey choreographs). And then there are times when you bug the living hell out of me. A lot of that happens courtesy of Leah Miller, who I don’t like to begin with and is no Cat Deeley. Take last night’s show, before each couple dancers, she does her little introduction, but for each couple she gives commentary on what their styles are and if they are out of their element. I don’t need to hear that! The contestants themselves say in their video package that they are out of their element. Just do a simple introduction: style they are dancing and who’s dancing. If you must give some remarks, at least change it up! Something else that bugs me: the editing. They tape the show, it’s not even live, you would think they could do a better job editing. What I’ve noticed a lot of times from all the seasons, is that sometimes the editors cut to the dancers/performance before Leah has even finished her intro. It’s annoying; I don’t wanna hear Leah while I’m watching the dancing. And the getting back from commercial breaks have been weird too. And then the music…my biggest problem before was when they would use rock songs for Disco. Yeah, no. That also goes with the fact that I’ve never been a big fan of Melissa Williams’ choreography. Last week’s show featured a Jive to Marianas Trench’s “Celebrity Status” which seemed a little bit off to me. Dealt with it, but it didn’t fit right. This week, they must’ve gone crazy or something, thinking Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” would work for a FOXTROT. Again, a FRICKIN’ FOXTROT TO LADY GAGA. I’ve seen some crazy music choices thanks to 10 seasons of watching DWTS, and they usually save those weird choices for Tango and the Latin Ballroom dances, but this just took the cake in all that is crazy. And you wonder why I love the U.S. version more. The dancers are all great, but it’s what surrounds the dancers and what’s given to them that bugs me so much.

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Pop Culture Randomness Post #2

Today’s been a big day (in my opinion) for pop culture news, so a rundown of what’s out there in celebrity news.

  • Maroon 5’s New Single: The New York Post got the exclusive preview of Maroon 5’s first single from their forthcoming album, Hands All Over. The song, Misery, is classic M5 material and I, for one, CANNOT WAIT until I get to hear this song live during their tour. The song will be available for digital download tomorrow.
  • Engagement!: Orlando Bloom & Miranda Kerr are engaged! I’m not entirely sure why I felt the need to comment on this but regardless, good for them! It seems like they’ve been dating forever (3 years), and plus the fact that they’ve been dodging engagement rumours practically the entire time, it feels like this announcement was overdue.
  • Boy Bands Unite: So according to this People.com article, fans attending Saturday night’s New Kids on the Block concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York were treated with a special surprise…the Backstreet Boys showed up to perform with NKOTB! That’s just hilariously awesome.
  • Glee Casting News: Despite shooting down recent rumours, new singing sensation (Oprah’s a fan and if Oprah likes her, she’s got to be good) Charice will be appearing on Glee next season. According to Ausiello over at EW.com, the singer is signed on for a recurring role as a foreign exchange student who will give Rachel Berry a run for her money. Frankly, Mercedes is already someone with a big voice to compete with Rachel, so I don’t find it entirely necessary that Rachel gets an “official rival.” But hey, it’s a high school show, and what high school doesn’t have its share of foreign exchange students?
  • Gossip Girl Casting News: Fleur Delacour is Chuck’s rebound! Clemence Posey, the actress who plays Fleur in Harry Potter, has been cast as Eva, the girl who will be Chuck Bass’ new “Blair.” Needless to say, that cliffhanger of a season finale where we saw Chuck getting shot will end well, because he’ll clearly be alive and kicking in Paris with his new girl.
  • Show Renewal: Only 2 episodes into its third season, HBO has decided to renew True Blood for a 4th season. I’m actually a recent True Blood convert – summer is always tough for me with the lack of stuff to watch on TV, but I decided to start watching the show and caught up just in time for the 3rd season premiere. It’s a fantastic show and that’s all I’ve got to say about it.
  • American Idol Change: So Seacrest broke the news today that Idol will be reducing the age limit to audition from 16 to 15. Really?! Because with some very few exceptions (Allison Iraheta, David Archuleta, for example), the younger contestants on the show are kind of boring and don’t really know their sound yet. I mean if this was X-Factor, then okay fine because the judges do actually have a hand in helping and mentoring the contestants. But this is Idol. We don’t need week in and week out to hear the judges say, “You should try this. This isn’t you. Be current!” And then the contestants be like, “Well I don’t know what you want from me! I’m following your advice! And I still can’t make you happy!” And that’s because they don’t know what they want or what kind of music they want to make. Idol seriously is a sinking ship.

And that is all for today’s pop culture roundup!