Dancing Predictions

September 21, 2010

At the beginning of last season of Dancing with the Stars, I wrote a post on Dancing Categories and most of my predictions came true!  So after watching the season 11 premiere last night, I think I need to create the same categories for this season’s stars.

I Like and May Win:
Actress Jennifer Grey.  Her intro was very moving and her dancing was beautiful.  I would love to see Baby win the whole competition!

I Like and Won’t Win:
Quarterback Kurt Warner.  He just seems like a genuinely nice guy and he danced better than I expected, but he probably won’t last too long.
Actor Kyle Massey.  I almost put him in the category above, I thought he was that good!  But he had an easier dance tonight, so it’ll be interesting to see him progress to the harder ones.  But he was very entertaining!
Basketball player Rick Fox.  FOX is right!  Wow!  What a good-looking man!  And surprisingly graceful.  I want him to stick around a little while longer just to watch him.

Time to Say Goodbye:
“Reality” star Audrina Patridge.  She danced well enough, but I found her annoying.
Singer Brandy.  I had a hard time placing her in one of my categories, because she may win and I liked her OK, but not enough to put her in one of the categories above.  This is risky on my part, because she’ll probably in the competition for a while.
Famous-for-her-mother Bristol Palin.  She actually danced better than I expected!  I don’t think she should be the first to go, but she’s not in it for the long-haul.
Actor David Hasselhoff.  Horrible!
Actress Florence Henderson.  I loved The Brady Bunch, but as I watched her dance, I couldn’t stop thinking about how she had an affair with the boy who played Greg!  Why was that on my mind?  No idea!  But she does have great legs!  (non-sequitor, I know)
Comedienne Margaret Cho.  Her dancing was just awful!  And why does Louis always end up with the funny girls?
Singer Michael Bolton.  Dancing was boring.  He could be the first to go for all I care.
“Actor” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.  No, he needs to be the first to go.

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Watching the videos from ComicCon have made me so excited for fall when all my favorite shows come back on the air.  But none moreso than the Ausiello videos on V.  The cast is just so likable and the story is so addicting, I just can’t wait to see more!  If you did not watch V Season 1, please use the rest of the summer to watch it so you can pick up Season 2 with me in November!

Videos I’m referring to here.

Great News…

July 27, 2010

…if you agreed with me in wanting more Vaughn on NCIS!

Eric Christian Olsen—who recurred on NCIS: LA last season as LAPD liaison Marty Deeks—has been promoted to a full-fledged series regular, CBS confirms.

Read full article on the Ausiello Files.

The Summer Networks

July 1, 2010

What would we basic-cable-subscribing TV-lovers do in the summer without the USA and TNT networks?  I’ve been living (TV-wise, that is) on reruns until now, and there’s only so much you can write about reruns.  But finally, the USA and TNT summer series have started (or are starting soon), hence a new post!  So here’s my list of shows that I don’t miss, plus a few that I only enjoy occasionally.

  • Royal Pains, USA Network, Thursdays at 10pm.  Not my favorite USA show, but I watch it.  It’s like House-lite.
  • Burn Notice, USA Network, Thursdays at 9pm.  I quit watching this show religiously last season.  I’m not entirely sure why; I guess I just got bored with it.  But I still watch it occasionally.
  • Leverage, TNT Network, Sundays at 9pm. My favorite summer show, hands down! Very satisfying premise: The reformed bad guys help those who have no way to help themselves.  “We pick up where the law leaves off.  We provide Leverage.”  Oh, so good!  Every episode is like Ocean’s Eleven.
  • Memphis Beat, TNT Network, Tuesdays at 10pm. I am watching the pilot episode even as I write this and am as yet undecided as to whether to continue with it.  I tuned into it on for three reasons: I really like Jason Lee, mostly due to My Name Is Earl; I enjoy TNT original crime-dramas; and I wanted to watch something other than baseball.  I’ll probably give it a few more episodes before I pass judgement.  I try not to judge a show by its pilot.
  • Psych, USA Network, season 5 premieres July 14. Always an enjoyable hour of television.
  • Covert Affairs, USA Network, premieres July 13 at 10pm. My watching of this show will be entirely due to the power of advertising.  I like the commercials, so I will give the show a try.
  • The Closer, TNT Network, season 6 premieres July 12 at 9pm. Second best show of the summer (although most people would say it is #1). Every episode is has a very original plot, and the diverse cast provides much comic relief.
  • Rizzoli & Isles, TNT Network, premieres July 12 at 10pm. Another TNT crime-drama, so I’m into it already.

What do you think of the above list?  Are there any that I should add?  And is anyone else loving the USA Network commercials that mix up all our favorite shows and characters?

I Agree about Glee

June 15, 2010

Remember when I said the following (you should, it was only yesterday):

  • Rachel’s mom is incredibly selfish in thinking she can just start over with a new baby and ignore and forget about what she already has. (annoying)
  • Uhm, is adoption really that easy?  You hear about a baby, go see it in the hospital, and take it home with you within 24 hours? (unrealistic)

Well, I wasn’t the only one who felt like this.  Ken Tucker said it much better than I did:

One development sticks in my craw, however. Shelby Corcoran ends up with Beth? After spurning the requests of her real, neglected daughter, Rachel? I couldn’t get past this. It was impossible to fully adore that absolutely adorable baby, knowing that the kid is going to be raised by a woman who spurned her teenage daughter.

Saying that what she really wants is “a house, and a garden, and a dog,” Shelby settles for a newborn, adopted child… when she has her own child, Rachel, upon whom she could lavish some of that love. Strikes me as selfish.

Reruns

June 15, 2010

Other than catching up on Glee, I have been slightly bored with my television options recently.  I am looking forward to a few summer seasons (including The Closer and Leverage), but luckily I’m also a big fan of the Rerun.  So here’s what I’ve been watching:

  • Friends.  A rerun staple.  Although it scares me that, according to Glee, there are 16 year-olds out there that were named after Friends characters.  Has it really been so long since the show was on??
  • Frasier.  Another staple.
  • Reba.  I’ve been watching reruns on Lifetime.  But is it really a rerun if you’ve never seen them before?  Watching the show makes me realize why people like Joanna Garcia so much.  She’s adorable in it and I look forward to her new show this fall.
  • That 70s Show.  I’ve seen all these, so it’s really out of desperation, not the show’s mediocre quality.
  • Just Shoot Me.  Ditto to That 70’s Show.
  • Shark.  I really, really like this crime/drama and wish it had lasted over two seasons.

That’s the current list.  When I get through Friends and Frasier, I’ll move on to Arrested Development and Flight of the Conchords.  Two other staples that the more I watch, the more jokes I find to laugh at.

I should also point out that Arrested Development is the funniest and most innovative show that was ever on television.  If you love TV and haven’t watched it, shame on you.  It deserves its own post at some point.

Glee’s Finale

June 14, 2010

Stuff I loved:

  • Quinn’s delivery set to Vocal Adrenaline’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  It was very moving.
  • All the Love proclamations. (Finn to Rachel, Will to Emma)
  • Will’s performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
  • Quinn asking for Mercedes presence in the delivery room.  I’ve enjoyed watching their friendship progress as they’ve helped each other in various ways throughout the season.

Stuff I liked:

  • The Journey medley.
  • Sue Sylvester voting for New Directions.
  • The Quinn/Puck flashback.  I had been wondering how that had happened!
  • Finally!  Sue is done blackmailing the principal!  I was feeling badly for the guy.

Stuff that was weird, annoying, or unrealistic:

  • Though I loved the performance, I thought it seemed forced that Will would sing to the Glee Club.  (weird) It did, however, afford a nice moment for us to see the different relationships that have formed over the season.
  • They only got to sing one song!  What about all the other songs/dances they had worked so hard on through the rest of the year?  (annoying.  So annoying, in fact, that I had to tell myself that we only saw their finale performance and they actually did perform a few more, just to calm myself down about it!)
  • Olivia Newton John’s character: Olivia Newton John.  (weird)
  • Having journey stuck in my head for days afterward. (annoying)
  • Sue as a judge?  Really?  They wouldn’t have allowed that. (weird)
  • Rachel’s mom is incredibly selfish in thinking she can just start over with a new baby and ignore and forget about what she already has. (annoying)
  • Uhm, is adoption really that easy?  You hear about a baby, go see it in the hospital, and take it home with you within 24 hours? (unrealistic)

What about you?  What would you add (categories or otherwise)?