2010 Fall TV Season – Week 1 Roundup

Although some TV shows (namely CW shows and a few here and there) had premiered since early on in the month, this past week (beginning Sept. 20) was truly the official start of the fall TV season. In lieu of posting every day for the past week, this is going to be just one big megapost on the first full week of the new season. [Note: this may just end up being my thoughts on the shows than the particular episode that aired]

MONDAY

  • Dancing With The Stars: The 11th season started…and I don’t really care. I think it has a lot to do with the cast this season, which sure, got a lot of people talking but I’m not that excited to be watching it every week. If it wasn’t for the fact that we watch this sort of as a family over dinner, then I’d probably just watch it later and watch my other Monday shows in their actual time.
  • Chuck: It’s so nice to have Chuck back! So at the end of last season, Chuck promised Ellie that he was quitting the spy game for good, but that was before he was sent on a mission from his dad to search for his mom. With this first episode, it really set the story of the season. The Buy More has been rebuilt and is now CIA-operated. Chuck and Morgan are on the search for Chuck’s mom. Sarah and Casey are now on missions without Chuck, but of course, it didn’t take long for Team Bartowski to be reunited. While the quality of some shows suffer as they continue, Chuck just keeps getting better. Constant fear of cancellation assures that the writers are always on their A-game?
  • How I Met Your Mother: We’re back to actually looking for the mother! It’s an interesting dynamic to consider that the show’s about looking for the “mother” and logically speaking, when we meet the mother and Ted gets married for real, the show will be over. We want to know who the mother is, but we don’t want the show to end. With shows like this, I almost feel like they should set an end date (like Lost did), so we know it’s coming and the writers can work on getting to that end point.
  • The Event: I wanted to watch this new NBC show because of the overlying mystery surrounding it. I love watching mystery thrillers. That’s why I watched FlashForward last season…and then it got increasingly worse and eventually cancelled. It’s hard to explain the show, because the show is about finding out “What is the Event?” The style of the show is slightly different as well, in that they show what is happening in the present, and then they jump the story back to show something that led to what is happening now. With a lot of characters and individual stories, jumping back for all of them seemed like overkill. It could take some getting used to. Plus I don’t feel much for the characters. The only one that’s connected is Jason Ritter’s character, Sean. Everyone else is more like caricatures or just structures of characters; there’s no sense of character development. I’ll continue watching for a couple weeks to see if it hits its stride, but if it doesn’t pick it up and make us care, I’m gonna have to leave by the wayside.
  • Hawaii Five-O: There’s action and it’s a lot of fun to watch. I don’t watch a lot of the other CBS cop shows, so I can’t really judge them fairly. But the look and tone of the other shows seem so serious. With this show, maybe it’s the fact that it’s located in Hawaii so it gives it a more vibe-y, less serious feel, but there’s a natural humour/lightness with the chemistry of its stars, which makes the show fun to watch.
  • Gossip Girl/90210: It’s kinda hard to believe that already, in their 4th and 3rd seasons, these shows are now shows I watch out of habit. I think the thing that’s getting me to come back right now are the guest stars – Katie Cassidy on GG, Kyle Riabko on 90210.

TUESDAY

  • Glee: I’ll write more on Glee later when I discuss the Britney episode, but I’m happy it’s back. New music every week. Ryan Murphy did say that this season will go back to learning more about the characters and I really hope that’s true. But at least in the first episode back, they had a sense of humour and poked fun at themselves by addressing what others have critiqued them on (i.e. Mr. Schue’s rapping).
  • One Tree Hill: Only in the world of OTH do two people get shot, don’t get discovered for 2 days and still survive. It’s one of those things that fans of the show have come to love about it – the sometimes ridiculousness that comes with a lot of heart. Speaking of the heart of the show, the theme song’s back! I honestly forgot how much I missed hearing Gavin Degraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” during the opening credits. And now as much as it pains me to say it, I kind of hope this season’s the last one. I love OTH, I really do, but I sort of feel like it’s time to move on. I’ll still watch if it continues obviously, but the thought of it getting a nice send-off lingers in the back of my brain.
  • Life Unexpected: The thing that gets me watching this show are the relationships. Said it before when it first premiered, but it’s like a throwback to the old WB days with shows like Felicity and Gilmore Girls. You don’t get those types of shows that often anymore. It also helps a little that Shaun Sipos is a recurring guest star this season. Melrose Place might have been predictable at times, writing decent at best, but it was a guilty pleasure.
  • Running Wilde: Will Arnett + Keri Russell + the creator of Arrested Development = comedy gold? It wasn’t as funny as I hoped it would be, but I’m willing to stick it out for a while and see if it gets better. Community was hit and miss for the first half of its freshman season, and then it hit its stride and was so consistently funny for the rest of the season. I’m holding out hope.
  • No Ordinary Family: So it didn’t premiere until last night but I look forward to watching more of it. The big thing with this show is how they find the right balance between family drama and superhero concept. And we’ve got more O.C. people back on TV; this time, Autumn Reeser aka Taylor Townsend!
  • Parenthood: Great writing, great acting, great to see it come back for a second season. Tuesday’s really become a night for some great family dramas.

WEDNESDAY

  • Survivor: It’s gonna be hard for this season to beat the Heroes vs. Villains season, but they’re trying. 2 weeks, and 2 people who got sent packing because they dug their own grave by not shutting up. Self-destruction, bad for the person, great for the game.
  • Undercovers: It’s like Mr. and Mrs. Smith but with more humour. Well, this is JJ Abrams, so let’s rephrase that. It’s like the next chapter of Sydney & Vaughn. The pilot was a little all over the place, but it’ll get better hopefully.
  • Better With You: New ABC comedy starring Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan. I want to like the show, honestly, because of the actors involved. And again, I hope it gets better because judging by the pilot alone, for one thing, they overdo the laugh track. It’s really noticeable. The writing is pretty standard relationship comedy; there’s nothing really new to it.
  • Modern Family: So full of laughter and heart, with amazing writing and acting. I mean seriously, the show completely deserved the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy. Gloria the protective Colombian mother. Mitchell, the not-so-handy man. Cameron reading celebrity gossip to Lily because he’s tired of reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Too funny.
  • Cougar Town: A show that has become something more than what it started out to be. One-two punch of Modern Family and Cougar Town is so perfect for Wednesday night. There’s just nothing else to really say about it.
  • Hellcats: I talked about the premiere and now I can honestly say, I’ve really enjoyed watching it so far. After seeing so many high school shows, it is sort of nice to have a show set in college, and to give it a different depth, set in the world of cheerleading. I think that’s what makes college-set shows stand out a little because there’s so many options as to what the back ground can be. Like Greek is settled in the world of frats and sororities, along with the usual relationships and what not. So yeah, Hellcats, will definitely keep watching.

THURSDAY

  • The Vampire Diaries: Definitely keeping things interesting with not only the return of Katherine but Caroline’s now a vampire too. Plus the werewolf storyline.
  • Nikita: I love the show for the fact that we’ve got Maggie Q kicking ass every week. My only concern is the style of the episodes. For 3 consecutive episodes, it seems like the episodes are very procedural-like. Alex finds out the mission for the week, feeds it to Nikita, Nikita attempts to beat Division to the punch, some sort of altercation between Nikita and Michael, and end. There’s bits here and there of development, but I’m hoping they get further along in the storytelling.
  • Fringe: Fringe is back and soooo good. The first episode back was set “Over There” with our Olivia trying get back to our world. Our Olivia has been dosed with the memories of Other Olivia, so now she’s not entirely sure who she is. The ending minutes showed our world with Peter kissing the Alt-Olivia, so obviously he has no idea that she’s not the right Olivia. Oh Fringe, and all you’re mind-twisting and alternate universes. Just awesome.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Continuing the nerdiness of Thursdays, Big Bang is back and still funny. The awkward “date” between Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler, with Penny ‘chaperoning.’ Wolowitz’s robot arm used for something that it shouldn’t be used for, which resulted in a slightly overdone but still funny sight gag. The one thing I enjoy most about BBT is the slight references to things that have been mentioned in the past (i.e. the Check Engine light in Penny’s car).
  • Community: I kind of hate that Community and Big Bang are on at the same time, but thinking positively, maybe that’ll make writers of both shows stay on their A-game to see who can be funnier. Which is really hard to determine because BBT is funny for all its nerdiness and Community is funny for all its snarkiness and constant pop culture references. The premiere featured Betty White as the anthropology professor (who by the way, would also make a fantastic memaw for Sheldon) and again the ending bit during the closing credits just is so funny on so many levels.
  • The Office: It’s Steve Carrell’s last season but you couldn’t tell by the premiere that that was happening. Same old Office shenanigans with new pranks by Jim and Pam. Like OTH, I kind of hope Office ends this season. Because again, as much as I love it, it has sort of run its course. And whoever ends up replacing Michael Scott, it just won’t be the same.

SUNDAY

  • The Amazing Race: Still entertaining because you never know what’s gonna happen to these racers. First of all, producers, you gave them SMART cars to race out of Boston?! Seriously?! LOL. SMART cars are not a very smart choice for RACING. Just no. Second of all, did you see that girl get hit by the watermelon? And then she picked right up and finished the task. Crazy awesome. If the rest of the season is as good as this leg of the race, we’re in for a very fun ride.
  • Brothers and Sisters: Back to the drama of the Walker clan. Still watch this show out of habit but it was a return to form with the first episode back. We jumped forward a year after last season’s car accident and everyone’s lives has changed. And you know it had been a rough year full of change when Nora’s house had not a single bottle of wine. Walkers with no alcohol? As Justin pointed out, they were not the same Walkers. I don’t know how this season will hold up, but it was kinda nice to see the whole Walker clan back on my TV.

Other notes:

  • I forgot to watch Blue Bloods on Friday. Seriously, new show, on a Friday? That’s hard man.
  • Didn’t watch Lonestar. Didn’t intend to. Reviews were good. Ratings were weak. First cancellation of the season.
  • On the other hand, $#*! My Dad Says got good ratings, which is a little hard to believe. I guess the return of Shatner does wonders for a show that doesn’t look all that good?
  • After passing on the majority of last season, Desperate Housewives might be able to pull me back in, what with Vanessa Williams moving onto Wisteria Lane, plus Brian Austin Green romancing Marcia Cross (original 90210/Melrose Place, what what? ahaha).

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.

Emmy Nominations 2010

Emmy nominations make me a happy TV fan…that is until I realize all the amazing people who got snubbed…and then I go back to being a (generally) happy TV fan. Rundown of nominees…

  • OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: First off, Glee & Modern Family…YAY! I will be happy if either of these 2 shows can get the award from 30 Rock. Secondly, as much as I love the show, The Office was not entirely on its game this past season. I hate to say it, but I would have much rather liked to see The Big Bang Theory or Community or (a longshot) Chuck get the nomination instead. The other actual nominees were Curb Your Enthusiasm and Nurse Jackie.
  • OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: The only actual show I watch out of the nominees is True Blood, so I’ll be rooting for them. Mad Men is a very well-written show and I tried watching it, but it’s sort of a downer for me. It’s just not my type of show. Dexter, The Good Wife and Breaking Bad are all supposed to be good shows. Lost got nominated for its final season. I don’t have much else to say on this.
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Please let Jim Parsons or Matthew Morrison win. Tony Shaloub again? I really hope not.
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Sooo happy for Lea Michele! But as much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think she stands much of a chance at winning. I mean look at who she’s nominated against! Edie Falco, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poheler, Tina Fey, Toni Collette! I want Lea to win because I love Glee, but I’m trying to be realistic here.
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA: I’ve come to the realization that I don’t watch a lot of drama shows. I know enough about them but I don’t really watch them. Anyways, Hugh Laurie nominated for House – always a good thing. Surprised at the nomination for Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights. I’ve never watched the show, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and its fans have clearly been WAITING for these actors and the show to get nominated, so happy day for them. Other nominees – Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Fox.
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Just on buzz alone, Julianna Margulies is totally winning. Again, surprise nomination for Connie Britton for FNL. Other nominees – January Jones, Mariska Hargitay, Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick.
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Let’s put it this way, as long as Jon Cryer doesn’t win, I will be happy with whoever ends up winning. 3 of the 4 male actors on Modern Family got nominated (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell – sorry Ed O’Neill), Neil Patrick Harris is nominated (and rightfully so), and (SURPRISE!) Chris Colfer is nominated! So had Ed O’Neill been nominated instead of Jon Cryer, this would’ve been an even more awesome category.
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Hell yeah for the Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, and Jane Lynch nominations! But honestly, Jane Lynch FTW! Like come on, who beats Sue Sylvester?! Although I will be perfectly happy if either of the Modern Family ladies take it.
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Umm congratulations on their nominations! I don’t really want to waste space on stuff I don’t know what to write about. Sorry, I’m sure they were all great in whatever they did.
  • OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Neil Patrick Harris as Bryan Ryan! NPH was awesome in that episode but if it’s Glee winning in this category, it really should be Mike O’Malley instead of NPH. O’Malley was absolutely terrific as Kurt’s dad, and absolutely deserves the nomination and hopefully the win.
  • OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: I love Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes, but Christine Baranski as Leonard’s mom on The Big Bang Theory was absolute genius. Although, Betty White is nominated for SNL, and I’d be stupid to bet against Betty White.
  • OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM: American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, and Top Chef are all nominated once again. Not one surprise here. The Amazing Race FTW…again, because it’s awesome and it hasn’t lost yet.
  • OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY PROGRAM: Same nominees as last year – Tom Bergeron, Phil Koeghan, Jeff Probst, Heidi Klum, Ryan Seacrest. I don’t watch Project Runway, so I have no idea how Heidi Klum is as a host. But I also don’t know WHY CAT DEELEY GOT SNUBBED…AGAIN!!!! Seriously, season after season, Cat Deeley proves how awesome she is at being a host and support for the contestants. How is it that she is not nominated?! I’m tired of her getting snubbed. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, screw Seacrest! Bring on Cat Deeley!
  • OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY: The one category that I am truly, without a doubt, excited about! I am not upset over any one nomination. If anything, I wish they could nominate more because I think Travis Wall should’ve been nominated for If It Kills Me and NappyTabs/Dmitry Chaplin should’ve been nominated for Calle Ocho. But I am happy for the ones that were nominated (and by the way, I’m surprised that for a few choreographers, it was for more than one routine.) Mia Michaels for Gravity, Koop Island Blues, and One on SYTYCD. Adam Shankman for the 2 dance numbers at this year’s Oscars. Stacey Tookey for Fear (I almost forgot which one this was – it was the one with Kathryn and Legacy in S6 SYTYCD). Chelsie Hightower and Derek Hough for that AMAZING paso doble during one of the results shows this past season on DWTS. And lastly, Derek Hough (yes, again, this time solo) for Anything Goes (the quickstep with Nicole Scherzinger) and Living on Video (the futuristic paso doble with Joanna Krupa) on DWTS seasons 10 and 9 respectively. Love them all, but I want Derek to win, particularly for Living on Video, because let’s be real, after you saw that routine you knew it had Emmy written all over it. But I will be happy with whoever wins, although with 2 nominations, I really hope the odds are with Derek this year.
  • SURPRISES/SNUBS/REALIZATIONS: After my initial excitement over all the Glee/Modern Family love, I actually noticed some things. Sally Field wasn’t nominated for Brothers and Sisters. No Community love, at all – once it got into it, the show was HILARIOUS, plus Joel McHale & Danny Pudi both deserved acting noms. No John Noble for Fringe? I mean I get it’s a sci-fi show sort of, but especially in the last half of the season, John Noble was fantastic. Courtney Cox-Arquette got snubbed for Cougar Town? Again, nothing for Chuck – I’m starting to think there’s no luck what so ever for Chuck and Emmys. Nothing for Grey’s Anatomy or Desperate Housewives, at least in the major categories, and not that I’ve watched it lately. Surprise nomination: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien – I actually laughed when I saw that. Survivor wasn’t nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition, despite having 2 great back-to-back seasons.

I think that covers it all…or at least what I care about anyways. Emmy Awards air August 29th on NBC.

Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough Win DWTS Season 10!

The winner of Dancing With the Stars’ 10th season was announced last night, and Nicole & Derek came out holding the mirrorball trophy! Unlike last season where I didn’t care who won because the season kind of sucked, I didn’t care who won this season because this season was pretty freakin’ awesome. (Although I do have to say that Derek’s my favourite pro, so I was pulling for him to win.) Evan & Anna and Erin & Maks proved to be great competitors, making for a truly exciting finale.

Personally, I am extremely excited by the outcome, but judging by comments left on Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, and hearing other people talk about it, some people aren’t so happy. [Warning: this is going into ranting territory.] As it happens every season, there’s always at least one person in the cast that screams “Ringer” – a person who for whatever reason (usually dance background) gets immediately deemed a front-runner and people go on screaming that it’s not fair that they are a part of the show. I understand the concern, but there are a couple things wrong with this.

For one, the celebrity in question need to only not have BALLROOM DANCING experience. So what if Nicole (or contestants from previous season such as Mya, Mel B, Sabrina Bryan, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, etc.) is a dancer or have dance experience because of their pop music background? The only real advantage they have over most others is that they know how to perform and they might be able to pick up choreography faster. That’s it. They don’t know all the technique involved in ballroom or dancing with a partner, as opposed to solo. And anyways, I’d rather have these guys on because it’s guaranteed to be entertaining, as opposed to non-stars like Kate Gosselin who guarantee to be horribly terrible.

Second, if people have a problem with these stars competing, use your voting power and vote for someone else and get these stars out. That would be wrong considering they usually have the best dances, but if it bothers you so much, stop complaining and do something about it. Or better yet, take your issues up with the producers and somehow convince them to stop inviting pop stars or stars who generally have a good amount of dance experience in their past to join the cast. It might be a long shot that they’ll actually listen, but if you’re gonna complain, complain to the right people.

Third, as much as people say this is a dance competition (which it is), it is also a popularity contest above that. Some people have fan bases coming in, some people don’t. If a star is one of the best dancers on the show, they deserve to stay for a while. If they’re not a good dancer (and their dances are hard to watch), they should go. On top of this though is the fact that 10 seasons in, people are voting just as much for their favourite professional dancer (who have all become stars in their own right), as they are for their favourite celebrity.

As much as I love Nicole and Derek, I will admit that Nicole definitely had the cards in her favour coming into the show. Not only is she a great pop dancer to begin with, but she got Derek as her partner. Derek is a fantastic choreographer, and not to say that the other pros aren’t great choreographers but something about Derek (and this goes for Mark, Julianne and Chelsie too) sets him apart from the others as a choreographer. We can make the argument that that was what was Mya’s downfall last season. Mya was a great dancer but being that she was paired with Dmitry, and especially for their final freestyle, he didn’t really choreograph or cater to her style/personality.

One more thing I will admit to: I find the judges’ scoring last night to be a little fishy. I mean I understand that they wanted Nicole to win (she was the best dancer; Evan struggled with Latin) but would the 2 point difference in the final dance scoring really make that much of a difference in the end result? That bothered me a little, maybe considering that we’re so used to the judges giving perfect 30s so often for the final dances. Whatever.

I think that does it for my ranting. And again, very happy for Nicole and Derek and their win!

Pop Culture Randomness Post#1

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!!