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Monday, April 30, 2007

Men in Trees: No new episodes until fall

Remember that quaint little town Elmo, Alaska, where Plow Guy, Jack, Buzz, and Patrick live?

Well, we won’t get to see the further adventures of those zany Elmo citizens until fall, according to series creator Jenny Bicks.

Bicks wrote in her blog at ABC.com that the show will return in June, with reruns of the first eight episodes, and the remaining five episodes will be carried over until next fall. Translation: We won’t get closure this season on the Annie/Patrick wedding issues or the Jack and Marin romance.

I know. I’m frustrated, too. I really love this show, and it’s a shame ABC won’t give us the new episodes this summer, a virtual dead time for quality shows. (The exception to that rule is the glorious Rescue Me on F/X, which gives me more pleasure than a banana Popsicle during the long hot days of summer.)

Bicks said in her blog that next season will be a super-sized 27-episode season. That could be fun. But, I’ll sure miss Jack, Buzz and Plow Guy until then.

Studio 60 returns to television

Fans of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, I have good news. The show returns to NBC on May 24 at 10 p.m. ET.


Can I get a "Woo-Hoo?"

I know you’ve been worried that we’d never see another episode of this well-written and superbly acted drama. I was worried, too. As you know, the ratings have not been where NBC wanted them to be.

But, we can change that, Tubers.

Tell your friends to watch Studio 60. And let’s give this show a welcome back it deserves, i.e. eyeballs that equal ratings.

Veronica Mars has not been cancelled!

Let me repeat this, in case you didn’t get it the first time. Veronica Mars has not been cancelled, despite what you’ve read or heard.

That’s right, NOT BEEN CANCELLED, emphasis on NOT, in bold type with an underline.

Show creator Rob Thomas is speaking out on the persistent rumor that our beloved Veronica won’t return next season. He said that the fate of the show has not been decided yet and won’t be for a few weeks. He also gave us this glimmer of hope, “I think we’ve got a fighting shot.” Check out his complete comments at E!Online.

It seems like I’ve been writing about the potential cancellation of Veronica Mars since it began, and frankly, I’m tired of it. I’m not sure why Web outlets, newspapers and magazines are so quick to repeat gossip about the end of this show, because it seems to only make viewers give up watching, thinking there is no reason to invest in future episodes. So, writers, stop it! We need viewers for this show, like Veronica needs sarcasm.

So, I’m pleading with those of you who write about Veronica Mars. Please, let’s try and not scare off the viewers Veronica has by perpetuating the exaggeration of the show’s demise.

The final five episodes begin this week and they are the much talked-about “stand-alone format.”

So, please, tune in, and show the CW that television viewers enjoy more than Pussycat Dolls.

Barney Stinson does "The Price is Right" on "How I Met Your Mother"

Photo: Courtesy of CBS

Barney Stinson, come on down!

Tonight, on How I Met Your Mother, Barney is a contestant on The Price is Right.

Can you say, “legendary” laughs?

Bob Barker guest stars in what looks to be one of the funniest episodes of the season.

Catch the show on CBS at 8 p.m. ET tonight.

I also have in my hot little hands, the screener for the season finale episode of How I Met Your Mother. I promise to give it a look and report back on any Lily/Marshall wedding developments.

Relax! I won’t spoil you. I’ll just do what Barney does: tease you mercilessly.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The Office: Defending Karen

by Jennifer Squires Biller

Fans of The Office, I’m bravely going where few dare.

I’ve put on my body armor and helmet and am prepared for the onslaught of hate-filled e-mails I’m sure to get after this admission.

I love Karen!

Whew! It felt good to get that off my chest. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but hey, I’ve always marched to the beat of a different drummer. (I actually liked Good Morning, Miami.)

TV critics across the Web are counting the days until Karen takes a job at corporate or leaves our beloved Scranton for another job, so Jim’s attention will be entirely focused on Pam once again. But, I don’t think they should be so eager to push lovely Karen out the door. Here’s why.

Karen infused some fun into The Office. She’s smart, confident, humorous, and fits in well with the office dynamic. And she makes Jim smile, a welcome change over mopey Jim, who spent months pining over indecisive Pam.

Don’t get me wrong. I adore Pam and Jim and know that eventually those two will end up on the fast track to white-picket-fence bliss. But this is now. And frankly, I think it’s time Jim found a little happiness — a.k.a. Karen.

Jim has spent too long obsessing over a girl who won’t take a risk and tell him how she feels. I think Karen is the antithesis of that and exactly what Jim needs. Perhaps she’s what Pam needs, too, to make her realize that Jim Halpert isn’t going to be around forever.

Until the day Jim and Pam actually get together, I’m enjoying Karen. Join me, won’t you? It’s not like I’m defending that lunkhead Roy.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The View: Will it be rosier without Rosie?

Rosie O’Donnell announced Wednesday that she won’t be back next season as a regular host of The View.

Apparently, she couldn’t work out a deal with ABC. O’Donnell did say she’ll do occasional guest appearances.

Confession: I never watched The View regularly before Rosie O’Donnell came to the chat fest. And now that she’s announced that she won’t be back next season, I’ll be officially deleting The View from my TiVo, unless they get an equally entertaining co-host to fill her spot.

Prior to Rosie’s reign, The View was, I’ll say it, boring. Meredith Vieira was always politically correct and the rest of the ladies just talked over one another incessantly, which made me crazy.

With Rosie at the table, I tuned in to see a glimpse of the Rosie I remembered from her old talk show. Boy, did we get that and a whole lot more. She brought with her the audience prizes, give-aways to home viewers, a sense of fun and personality, and Broadway show features.

She also brought with her a fiery political discourse with a liberal slant.

Not everyone liked Rosie’s version of the The View. Some said the constant heated political arguments among the women during the Hot Topics section of the show had transformed The View from a fun-filled talk show to a tense debate, more appropriate for Crossfire. Others found Rosie to be overbearing and rude to Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the one co-host who often disagreed with her political views. (I admit I was shocked and saddened during one political debate when Rosie angrily discounted Elisabeth’s viewpoint, saying she was too young to understand.)

Will The View return to its “rosy” format after Rosie leaves, abandoning the political debates for more comforting show topics? No one knows for sure.

What is certain is that love her or hate her, Rosie made The View appointment television. And I’ll miss her.

Hit "play" below to see Rosie's announcement on The View.

FOX parks Drive

I hope you didn’t get too attached to FOX’s new show Drive, starring Nathan Fillion. The network has cancelled the show, according to TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello.

Drive, or as my friend Tim calls it “Lost on wheels” didn’t score the ratings FOX had hoped.


I’m a little surprised. I didn’t like the show, but I thought it would have mass appeal for audiences who love car chases and action shows of that nature.

I feel bad for show creator Tim Minear. The guy just can’t seem to get a winner. (R.I.P. Firefly and Wonderfalls.)

And I feel bad for the fans that invested in another show, just to have it yanked before their very eyes. But alas, that’s the world of television these days, folks.

The Office: Jim Halpert becomes Dwight Schrute

Fans of The Office, do I have a treat for you. If you’re like me, Jim Halpert’s pranks on Dwight Schrute are one of your favorite parts of the show.

In this video clip from NBC, Jim takes pranking to a whole new level. Get ready to laugh.

American Idol: “Idol Gives Back” recap

by guest bloggers Becky Tennant and Bethany O’Neil

Last night was the “Idol Gives Back” two-hour show of American Idol. Let’s begin by saying that if Jordin Sparks would have been sent home last night, we wouldn’t be writing about Idol right now.

Were the producers trying to give half the viewing audience a coronary?

Needless to say, next week Chris and LaKisha had better step up their game, because they are the two on the hot seat.

Now for our run down of “Idol Gives Back.” All in all, it was a decent show. We understand that they were just trying to use the notoriety of American Idol to get people to donate to a good cause, and it was a good idea. It was a severely depressing show, but it did have a good purpose. And as of right now, the producers are saying that they have raised well over $30 million, which is outstanding.

The clips from around the world were sad. Talk about a reality check. It made us realize how lucky we are.

While the show was for a good cause, there were definitely some corn-ball moments of the evening, one being the “all-white” outfits of the six finalists and their little group songs. Totally corn-ball material. We felt like we were back in the days of The Brady Bunch. Can you sing, “It’s a Sunshine Day?”

And we know that we’ll probably take some slack for this, but the Celine Dion and Elvis “duet” is right up there with one of the “why, who cares, weird” moments of all time. Yes, Elvis is the greatest rock-n-roll legend of all time, but come on; that was eerie. Maybe the producers were smart about this, though. They brought Elvis back from the dead for the parents who would be calling in to pledge cash, not the millions of 12 and 13-year-old girls out there.

There were several celebrities that were featured: Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Stiller, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox etc. And the musical montage of “Staying Alive” featured several well-known celebrities.

While we felt at times that we were in the throes of the Jerry Lewis Telethon, “Idol Gives Back” wasn’t overtly maudlin. It raised a lot of money. But let’s bring on some fun next week. We need to get out of this funk.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Heather Mills leaves Dancing With the Stars

Heather Mills wasn’t the least bit shocked at not surviving this week’s Dancing With the Stars.

Mills pulled out a list of people to thank, as she gave her final interview. She even managed to get a dig in at Judge Carrie Ann, before departing, saying that she knew that Carrie Ann’s score of seven had sealed her fate. (Cue the dramatic music.)

Good for you, Heather. I’m not sure why Carrie Ann has been so tough on the females in this competition, but it’s time somebody said it. In no way did Heather and Billy Ray deserve the same score. Her dance was elegant and beautiful, and well, as much as I love Billy Ray, his hillbilly jig was horrendous. Yet, the judges praised his enthusiasm and gave him decent scores.

Then later, the judges told stiff Ian Ziering to watch Billy Ray’s performance for some pointers. Huh? Is everyone on crack? Sure, Billy Ray is an excellent performer, but he’s not an excellent DANCER!

The judges’ contradictory remarks are beyond confusing. First, Len yelled at Apolo and his partner for using a chair in his dance and then argued with Bruno that it wasn’t “performance art,” but dancing. Then, the judges completely contradicted that statement and gave Billy Ray decent scores based on “performance,” not his dancing.

In truth, Billy Ray should have gone. Yes, he’s the crowd favorite, and the judges apparently love him. But, he was the worst dancer of the night. (Sorry. Ducking for cover.)

John is my pick for who will go home next. I actually enjoyed his dances this week. He gets better every week and brings personality to the floor. But, I don’t think it will be enough to outshine the popularity of the hillbilly dancer.

American Idol Recap: “Life Anthems”…Yawn

by guest bloggers Becky Tennant and Bethany O’Neil

First, let us start out by saying that we are all for “Idol Gives Back.” It seems to be a nice thing that the American Idol producers are trying to do to help out poor children in America and in Africa. But last night’s show had to be one of the most boring shows in Idol history.

We knew going in that it was going to be a snooze fest, after watching the promotion of “Idol Gives Back” coupled with the “Life Songs Anthem” theme-of-the-night. But, we didn’t expect it to be that much of a yawn. Could the night have been anymore dry?

The only real excitement of the evening was Ryan, pointing out the lack of a button on Simon’s shirt, and the public getting another peek at Simon’s manly man chest….(insert sarcasm here)

Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle, of course, were wonderful, and Phil Stacy actually did a good job AGAIN! Now if he could just go over to the Dancing With the Stars set and borrow that spray-on-tan machine he would be set.

The rest of the performances were mediocre. Blake sang Imagine, which he performed well, but we’re getting the vibe that he really thinks he is from London. Chris Richardson was OK, nothing extraordinary. And LaKisha, well, she just seems to have lost the fire that she had at the beginning of the season.

We’re not sure about tonight’s show. Let’s hope that we get to hear some good tunes from Gwen and the others. Michael Buble will be there, which is definitely a bonus.

As for the Celine Dion and Elvis Presley “duet,” we have no words.

Our pick for elimination this week, bottom two, will be Chris and LaKisha, with Chris probably getting the boot. But, as always, we reserve the right to be wrong!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Exclusive interview with Nip/Tuck’s Kelly Carlson

by Jennifer Squires Biller

She’s sexy.

She’s sweet.

And she’s seen co-star Julian McMahon’s naked butt more times than she can count. (Lucky girl.)

Meet actress Kelly Carlson, who plays beautiful Kimber Henry on the cutting-edge drama Nip/Tuck. You also may have seen Carlson on CSI: Miami, Everwood, and The Bronx Bunny Show.

Carlson is more than a pretty face, as anyone who watches her portrayal of the tortured Kimber knows.

I spoke with her last week by phone, and it was one of the most delightful interviews I’ve ever conducted. We laughed, chatted about her career, and talked about all things Nip/Tuck. (No, ladies, I didn’t bribe her for Julian McMahon’s digits. I’m sure he’ll get around to calling me some day.)

Check out this interview with Carlson, as she discusses what it’s like filming those raunchy scenes with McMahon, what she really thinks of all the celebrity guest stars who stop by to get “nipped and tucked,” and the famous actress who inspired her sexy, short hairstyle.

Jennifer: In the season finale of Nip/Tuck, Christian and Sean decided to move from Miami to Los Angeles. Kimber fans are alarmed that she won’t be making the move to L.A. What can you tell us about that?
Kelly: I’m alarmed, too. (laughing) You know, I don’t know. I know nothing about this next coming year. I’m not worried about it though because Kimber is having a baby, and Matt needs to go there. They’ll work it in there. Kimber is always going to follow Christian. I assure you that. That I know. I’m sure there is going to be some storyline. It’s hard to guess what the writers will come up with. They come up with the most obscene things. If anyone is alarmed about me not (making the move) then write to FX.

Jennifer: Is there any chance of Kimber and Christian rekindling their romance?
Kelly: I hope so. I hope they do because I think that they’re one of the better couples. I think they’re so highly compatible and combustible. Julian and I work really well together, and I think that’s why (the chemistry) comes across. We have a lot of fun. We bicker, too. We have that energy.

Jennifer: What’s it like filming those graphic sex scenes with Julian McMahon? We’re all insanely jealous.
Kelly:
If anything, it’s fun. It’s funny.
Jennifer: Really? It’s not awkward?
Kelly: Nooooo! (laughing) Julian and I are the type of people who would probably walk through a stadium naked and not be embarrassed. We’re very naturally comfortable with ourselves, to begin with, so working together is very easy. But it’s important to keep the mood on the set very light because it’s not the actors, I think, that get uncomfortable, but it’s also the people around you. They have to do their jobs, too, and it is uncomfortable for them, too. The sound guy is right there. They’re trying not to look. And believe me, they’re embarrassed for you.
Jennifer: I’d love to see the blooper reel. I bet that’s fun.
Kelly:
(Laughing) Oh yeah, that’s true. But if you laugh and make some jokes and keep it light, yet serious, it makes for a good working day.

Jennifer: I’m going to get all girly on you for a second. Let’s talk about Kimber’s wedding gown for her non-wedding to Christian. That was the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen.
Kelly:
Did you like it?
Jennifer: Like it? Honey, tell me you stole it from wardrobe and have it in your closet at home. You looked incredible. Was it Monique Lhuillier?
Kelly:
Yes! She made it for me. It was gorgeous! I loved wearing it. They wouldn’t let me keep it. (Jennifer takes a moment of silence.)

Jennifer: Have you seen a script yet for the new season of Nip/Tuck? Do you know anything about the show storylines and what’s coming up?
Kelly:
No. I know they’re working on it right now, but I don’t know anything about it. I would love to know, just like everyone else. I don’t know who is coming back or what guest stars are coming. They’re being real tight-lipped about it, to us even.

Jennifer: What do you think about all the guest stars? Last year we saw, Larry Hagman, Rosie O’Donnell, Jacqueline Bisset and it went on and on. Normally, I’m not a fan of stunt casting, but it seems like on your show it really works.
Kelly:
Isn’t that funny that it does work?
Jennifer: Yes, because normally it just means a show has Jumped the Shark.
Kelly:
I know that, and you’re right. But I think people know that these people come on our show not to get paid, but to actually do some good work. You know what I mean? We’re on cable, so it’s not like they’re guesting on Friends or Will and Grace. It’s not an exposure thing; it’s not a money thing; it’s what you get to do on the show, and the audience knows that. That’s why I think it works. It doesn’t seem like an act of desperation. These actors come on our show to have fun.
Jennifer: Joan Rivers cracked me up.
Kelly: Wasn’t she hilarious?
Jennifer: What’s it like for you meeting all these Hollywood heavyweights?
Kelly:
I don’t always get to meet them. Jacqueline Bisset was amazing. Rosie O’Donnell could not be cooler. She’s one of those very warm, powerful people that you meet in your lifetime. She’s one of those people you meet who makes a difference. And she’s a great actress. She’s so funny. I think she’s coming back.
Jennifer: Yeah, I’ve heard that. I’m hoping. I lover her in the part of Dawn Budge. What a fun character. No one does white trash better.
Kelly:
I know, right. (laughing.)

Jennifer: When we first met Kimber, she was perfect looking, yet that cad Christian Troy exploited her image issues and convinced her that she needed plastic surgery. Since then, we’ve watched her fall in love, go a little crazy, downward spiral to drugs, porn, and a series of bad relationships. What’s left for her?
Kelly:
Politics? (laughing)
Jennifer: I think she should run for mayor. (more laughing)
Kelly:
Or senator.

Jennifer: Can you tell us if Christian Troy is going to be a grandpa courtesy of Kimber? (Hooking up with your ex-fiancée’s son, by the way, kind of cold.)
Kelly:
It is! You know, he could be a father or a grandfather.
Jennifer: I was so certain that baby was his.
Kelly: I know, me too. And I think his character was, too. I wouldn’t rule it out.

Jennifer: What storyline would you like to see for Kimber?
Kelly:
I’ve thought of Kimber seeing ghosts. I can kind of identify with that…so many storylines have been covered in this show. Any stories you can think of are not as interesting or entertaining as the ones she’s already been in, like scientology and the adult film industry.

Jennifer: What did you think of the controversial scientology arc?
Kelly: I think it’s still gonna go on. I’ve tried to stay out of it. You know, you can’t have too many opinions in this business because it can turn around and bite you. So, I really tried to just be neutral.

Jennifer: What TV shows do you watch?
Kelly:
I watch Family Guy, Grey’s Anatomy, and the National Geographic channel.

Jennifer: Would you ever do Dancing With the Stars?
Kelly: No, it would be embarrassing. I can’t touch my toes. I used to be a great dancer, but I’m so unflexible. I wish I could dance like that and be sexy like that.

Jennifer: Let’s talk about The Bronx Bunny Show, on Starz, you guest starred on. What was it like hanging out with those foul-mouthed puppets?
Kelly:
The actual puppets are the cutest things you’ve ever seen. For anyone who is familiar with that show, it’s very male driven, kind of sexual. And my character on Nip/Tuck couldn’t agree with it more. They make a lot of references to my sex doll and (Kimber) as a porn-star director. They ask very cheeky questions
Jennifer: I assume that rabbit and his panda sidekick are trying to get you naked at some point.
Kelly:
Oh, yeah. It’s funny. It’s senseless humor. It’s not the sort of program where you’re going to do any thinking. They’re razor-tongued puppets that are cute. They put the guests on the spot and embarrass the guests to see how far they can push them. If I could have taken them home with me I would have. They’re the cutest damn puppets I’ve ever seen. They’re so funny.

Jennifer: Were you nervous to do the show, considering it’s billed as the show that asks questions that Leno, Letterman and Oprah don’t?
Kelly:
Yeah, I was a little because you can only take so much tongue in cheek. Just because my character (on Nip/Tuck) is so cliché and sexually oriented, I tried to balance it out a little. I was a little nervous about how far they were gonna push it, but I’m also very comfortable with myself, too. Not everyone would be able to do that show, though. I think there would be people that would be offended.

Jennifer: Last question, and it’s a shallow one. Let’s talk hair. Most of the leading ladies of nighttime TV have long, beauty-pageant hair, but you have a sexy, sassy short do that is to die for. Did you cut your hair for this part, or have you always had short hair? I admit I took a photo of it to my stylist to try and duplicate it, but it didn’t work. I didn’t come away with “the Kimber.”
Kelly: I cut my hair like this when I was 21. I just copied Marilyn Monroe’s hair. I used to always have long hair, but my mother does hair, and she has salons, and we kept cutting it inch by inch, and it worked. I get so many compliments, even from men. Most men prefer long hair. But it does look better on me than long hair.

Lost spoilers: death becomes them

Lost fans, it’s time to load up on your Prozac.

TV Guide is reporting that five cast members will die before the end of the season.

On a normal show, this would be catastrophic, but it’s Lost, where even a death sentence doesn’t mean your voted off the island forever. There is no word yet on who’s destined for the dirt nap, but I think I speak for all of us when I say, “Sawyer, please watch your back.”

With all the deaths we’ve seen during the last two seasons of Lost, I think they should have named this show Six Feet Under instead.

ABC has released its official description for the May 2 episode, and it looks like John Locke is back to his trouble-stirring ways. “Locke breaks away from “The Others” in an attempt to persuade Sawyer to help rid them of a great nemesis that has caused nothing but pain in both of their lives.”

I’m guessing that “nemesis” is John’s father, the real “Sawyer.” Or it could be Dr. Jack, in which case I think I speak for all of us when I say, “Jack, please watch your back.”

"M*A*S*H" star to guest on "Desperate Housewives"

M*A*S*H fans, B.J. Hunnicut is about to meet the Desperate Housewives. Actor Mike Farrell has been cast as Gabrielle’s soon-to-be father-in-law on the ABC show, according to TV Guide online.

I’m not sure I’m buying Farrell in this role, considering Gabrielle’s fiancé is a gray-haired guy who looks about the same age as Farrell. (I kid, John Slattery. You don’t look a day over 40.)

Gaby’s wedding is shaping up to be the event of the year. And I can’t wait for Slattery and Farrell to chew up the screen. Now, if we can just get Alan Alda cast as Gaby’s father, all would be right in the world.

Monday, April 23, 2007

American Idol gives back

Photos courtesy of FOX

by Becky Tennant

As Bethany and I have hinted at in the recap blog, this week on American Idol is “Idol Gives Back.”

“Idol Gives Back” is a special two-night event airing Tuesday and Wednesday. The show is geared to promote awareness and, hopefully, raise funds for the organizations that provide relief programs to help youth living in extreme poverty in Africa and America.

Over the past few shows, host Ryan Seacrest has been showing the public snippets of the Idol judges and himself visiting these poverty ravished young children. We’ve been shown the softer side of Simon in Africa, while he showed what a little more than $100.00 could buy a school in Africa.

Several celebrities and corporate sponsors have chosen to donate either their time or money to help this good cause. Corporate sponsors include, Ford, Coca-Cola, and AT & T. Celebrities that are scheduled to appear are Kelly Clarkson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Gwen Stefani, Michael Buble and several others.

The top six finalists will still compete by singing songs considered “life anthems” and someone will get the boot on Wednesday’s show. But there will be an added bonus when you call your vote in. For every vote cast, sponsors will donate money to “Idol Gives Back.” This total could be phenomenal considering there have been at times 30-40 million votes cast.

So, everyone watch the show Tuesday April 24 (8:00-9:00 PM EST), and call in and vote, even if you don’t usually do it. This is a good cause. And it’s great to see the people of American Idol doing something good with their profound popularity.

Tube News

I’m not sure how I missed this, but apparently former Smallville heartthrob Eric Johnson, aka Whitney Fordman, is the new Flash Gordon. Johnson has landed the lead in the new Sci-fi series Flash Gordon, according to TV Guide. The show is set to debut in August. Apparently, Lana Lang really does have a thing for super heroes.

The adorable Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing) will guest star in the season finale of Ugly Betty on May 17. Rumor has it she’ll play an orthodontic technician, so I guess we haven’t seen the last of Betty’s orthodontist. Meanwhile, Beverly Hills 90210 alumnus Rebecca Gayheart, also known as the real-life Mrs. McSteamy, will guest star on Ugly Betty during May sweeps. Gayheart will play Alex’s former girlfriend.

Former soap star and Dancing With the Stars alumnus Lisa Rinna is replacing Joan and Melissa Rivers as TV Guide Channel’s Red Carpet Host. Perhaps we should have a moment of silence? I’ll miss Joan and her humorous gaffes and her natural ability to tick off celebs. For years, the Rivers ladies made the red carpet almost more fun than the actual awards shows. I hope the Rivers gals will turn up somewhere for awards season. But since they were already booted from E!, I’m not sure what other network has a vacancy. Rinna makes her debut at the Emmys in September 2007.

Dallas star Victoria Principal has reserved a ride to space with Virgin Galactic, according to E!Online. The inaugural space flight reportedly costs $265,000 and will last for 80 minutes. The former Pamela Ewing will head to space in 2008, if all goes well with the planned launch. J.R. is gonna be so jealous.

Sanjaya on Letterman tonight

Sanjaya Malakar, the most recently eliminated American Idol, will present the Top Ten List tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Malakar, known as much for his crazy hairstyles as for his questionable singing talent, became the Idol everyone talked about this season. Despite the lack of critical acclaim for his music, he remained on the show week after week, becoming one of the top seven finalists, before being voted off the show Wednesday April 18.

Malakar will try out his comedy talent tonight with Dave. Let’s hope he doesn’t sing the Top 10 list.

Catch the late show at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Dean Cain in CBS movie "Crossroads" tonight

I’ve been a little negligent in my Dean Cain news updates as of late, so consider this a small bribe to regain your favor.

Former Superman, Dean Cain, stars tonight in the TV movie Crossroads on CBS.

Cain plays a grief-stricken father whose wife and daughter are killed in a car crash, due to a reckless teenage driver. The story follows Cain’s character through anger, blame, and finally forgiveness. The movie was inspired by a true story. Peri Gilpin also stars as a ruthless lawyer.

This is a Hallmark Hall of Fame film, so bring plenty of Kleenex. Any families with teen drivers under their roofs should watch this film. It could just save someone’s life.

Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness airs on CBS tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Adam Brody on the big screen: In The Land of Women

Fans of The O.C., if you’re missing Seth Cohen or his portrayer actor Adam Brody, then head to the movies this weekend and watch In the Land of Women.

It’s a new film starring Brody and, wait for it…Meg Ryan. Yep, Seth Cohen meets Sally Albright. I’m giddy at the thought of it.

I don’t want to oversell this, but I’ve seen the trailer and several clips and it looks FABULOUS!

Watching stars who started on the small screen make it in the film world always makes me a little proud. I remember Brody early in his career on Smallville, as the telekinesis kid, Justin, who kissed Chloe and made Clark Kent crazy jealous.

Here is the official My Space Web page featuring Brody’s blog and a video clip message from him.

The film is hopefully in a theater near you, today, April 20.




Around the Web

If you’re addicted to The Office, then you have to check out this Web site. Every quote ever uttered on the NBC show is archived there. And you thought I was an obsessive fan.

For the first time in history, E!Online’s Save One Show campaign has netted two winners: Veronica Mars and The Gilmore Girls. Check out Kristin Veitch’s article explaining why, and pray that this poll has the power to keep Veronica sleuthing next season.

In direct contrast to E!Online’s Save One Show campaign, my friends over at BuzzSugar are asking fans to vote in a campaign to Stop One Show. Some of the shows on the list are ER, Ghost Whisperer and American Dad. No, The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll isn’t a choice. So far, C.S.I. Miami is leading the poll at 16 percent, followed closely by War at Home at 15 percent.

Jenna Fischer has a new interview in the May issue of Women’s Health magazine. She talks about posing nude, her friendship with “Angela” and why “Jim Halpert” can’t stop talking about me. (OK, so I made up that last bit.)

The TV Addict has clips from Monday’s all new episode of Heroes. Check it out.

Give Me My Remote has a clip from the return episode of Veronica Mars, scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

American Idol: Good-Bya Sanjaya!

by Becky and Bethany

GASP…..A shocking night on American Idol! Well folks, last night was the big Elimination Night on Idol, and it actually happened; we said good-bya to Sanjaya.

Really, we swear we aren’t joking. America finally got it right.

The really sad part was that he actually looked surprised, devastated, shocked, horrified, annihilated, ravaged, etc. It pulled at our heart strings a wee little bit to see him break down and sob uncontrollably into the bear hug he received from Lakisha, whom we might also add was in the bottom two. But we got over it. Quickly.

Now we’re down to six finalists, and in the next month we’ll learn who will be crowned champion of season six on American Idol. Our predictions for Top Three are Jordin Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, and Blake Lewis. But you never know whom the American public will vote for.

Next week is “Idol Gives Back,” and we aren’t sure if there will even be an elimination night. If there is, we will be sure to fill you in on all the details.

We would like to end this by sending a message out to all the 12-year-old girls out there broken-hearted today because Sanjaya is gone: “Don’t worry little girls; he still gets to do the tour.”

By the way, why was Fergie singing on country night? Strange.

Until next time…

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Bronx Bunny Show not for the easily offended

Photo: Actress Kelly Carlson with the Bronx Bunny and Teddy T

It’s crude. It’s crass. It’s lewd and lascivious.

Meet The Bronx Bunny, a new comedy from the Starz network that premieres tonight at 11:45 p.m. ET.

Despite that this show features two furry puppets, it’s most certainly NOT for kids. This isn’t Sesame Street, folks. If you are easily offended, then this one isn’t for you.

The Bronx Bunny is a foul-mouthed celebrity-struck rabbit, who somehow got his own talk show. He hosts it from his seedy apartment, along with his cranky, cigarette-smoking sidekick pal, a panda named Teddy T, who was once an inmate of the famous Bronx Zoo.

There is no topic these two characters won’t discuss with their celebrity guests. In fact, they take pride in the fact that the questions they ask to celebrities would never be asked on Leno, Letterman or Oprah.

The humor is adolescent, with plenty of bathroom jokes and sexual jokes. (Think South Park but with lots of F bombs.) The language is severe. Those two puppets have potty mouths that would make Tony Soprano blush.

The first guest to star is actor/talk-show host Howie Mandel. The running joke is about Howie’s obsessive-compulsive germ fetish. Filthy Teddy T makes Howie crazy, as does the conditions of the Bronx Bunny’s apartment.

Bunny and Teddy T are scheduled to unleash their questions on a list of other celebrities too this season, including Eric Roberts (Heroes); Kelly Carlson of (Nip/Tuck); Star Trek’s George Takei; Joely Fisher (‘Til Death); and Saved by the Bell’s Dustin Diamond.

American Idol: Something to talk about

by guest bloggers Becky and Bethany

Last night on American Idol, Sanjaya sang “Something to Talk About,” by Bonnie Raitt, in hopes that people everywhere would keep on talking about him. Well, people are talking, just not about him.

People are talking about the spectacular performance from 17- year-old Jordin Sparks, who made Martina McBride proud by doing a heavenly version of “Broken Wing.” We are with Simon on this one, Jordin just might take it all the way and win Idol. And there really isn’t any reason why she shouldn’t. She’s beautiful, funny, down to earth, and she can sing. Imagine that, an American-Idol-wanna-be with all the right stuff. Go Jordin!

Phil Stacy also brought his game up last night. His rendition of “Where the Black Top Ends,” by Keith Urban, was the right song for him. He sang it with heart, and he sang it well. Now we realize that in the beginning we weren’t big Phil Stacy fans, but now we hope he can last at least one more week.

Melinda sang a song that we’ve never heard before, but it didn’t matter. As always, her performance was outstanding.

Now for the low points: If you can believe it, Lakisha was one of the low points for us. She chose “Jesus Take the Wheel,” by Carrie Underwood. Frankly, we think she tried to out sing Carrie. She was too loud, and the song was a disaster. There isn’t any chance of her going home tonight, though.

Chris Richardson’s performance was poor, to say the least. As Randy put it, he was “pitchy.” He may go home tonight.

Blake did OK. It wasn’t our favorite Blake performance, though. It seems like he keeps picking songs that have basically the same melody. But he won’t be going home either. The girls love him.

I guess we should at least make a mention of Sanjaya’s performance. In short, it stunk. Bonnie Raitt probably choked when he said he was going to try and make her proud. And as for his choice of wardrobe this week, with his cute bandana, curly locks, and gold hoop earrings, he could actually model for the Mary Kate and Ashley line at Wal-Mart.

We’ll be back tomorrow folks with another Elimination Night recap!

Dancing With the Stars: Bye Bye Clyde

NBA star Clyde Drexler didn’t get enough votes to stay on Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night.

Can I get an amen? The gentle giant’s departure was long overdue. The 6-foot-7 athlete is no dancer.

Judge Carrie Ann called him the “worst dancer in the competition,” which seemed to shock no one but Drexler.

I give the guy points for trying, but this is a dance competition, and he’s just an awkward mover.

Billy Ray Cyrus seemed just as shocked that he wasn’t sent home, when the camera panned his face during the results. Cyrus apparently understands that he isn’t going to be king of the ballroom, despite how hard he tries.

Apolo Anton Ohno and his partner were the stars this week, scoring the first set of perfect 10s thus far in the competition. When this show started, if you told me that an Olympic speed skater would get the first set of perfect marks, I would have laughed. But there it is.

For the night’s entertainment, dancing alumnus Lisa Rinna returned to perform a song/dance number from Chicago, her new gig on Broadway.

It’s hard to say who will go next, but Heather Mills, John Ratzenberger and Cyrus are my guesses.

The fact that no one strong leader has emerged from the contest is perhaps the most surprising of all. I thought Laila Ali, Ian Ziering and Joey Fatone would be the Mario Lopez/Joey Lawrence of this year, bringing perfect performances every time. But it didn’t happen.

I think Len is right; the stars need more practice if they want to give us the standard of dancing we’re used to seeing. Or perhaps this crop of stars just isn't as naturally talented as those in the past.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Heroes meets The Brady Bunch on TV Land Awards Sunday


Photo: Kelly Ripa hosts the TV Land Awards

Marcia, Greg, Cindy, and the rest of The Brady Bunch — with the exception of Jan — are reuniting this Sunday for the TV Land Awards. (I guess she never got over that middle-child syndrome thing.)

The show kicks off at 9 p.m. on TV Land April 22 with cutie Kelly Ripa hosting.

The Bradys are receiving “The Pop Culture Award” for their classic TV show. Honestly, they deserve it. I dare you to find someone who doesn’t know the terms “pork chops and applesauce” and “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” It can’t be done.

If The Brady Bunch doesn’t excite you, then how about the rest of the honorees? The Heroes cast will be in the house to accept the award for “Future Classic.” Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Jack Coleman and other cast members are all scheduled to appear.

For those of you who loved Taxi, you won’t want to miss the show either. Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Jeff Conaway and the rest of the cast will be on hand to receive “The Medallion Award” for their show.

Other highlights include the 30-year celebration of Roots, a tribute to Hee Haw, with performances by Willie Nelson and The Judds, and a long list of award presenters, ranging from Carol Burnett to Sharon Stone.

There will be plenty of familiar faces in the audience, too, including the Beaver (Jerry Mathers,) the Bionic Woman (Lindsay Wagner,) and Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux.)

For more information on the awards, including Kelly Ripa’s blog, visit the TV Land Web site.

If you’ve never seen the TV Land awards, then please tune in. It’s a lot of fun for TV fans. To further prove my point, check out this clip from the show last year when Grey’s Anatomy was named the winner of the “Future Classic Award.” Warning: Loretta Swit stars as Meredith, and you’ll never guess who landed the role of McDreamy.

Hilarious “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” parody

I think we could all use a laugh today, and this should do it.

Grey’s Anatomy and House fans, check out this MAD TV spoof of these two shows. The actors playing Yang, Meredith, and Bailey, from Grey's, and Dr. House, from House, have eerily mastered the mannerisms of each of the characters. This is one of the funniest spoofs I’ve seen. Enjoy.

As always, hit play, or click here to check it out at YouTube.


Monday, April 16, 2007

See country’s best at the CMT Music Awards tonight

What do Martin Scorsese, Russell Crowe, Jeff Foxworthy, Luke Wilson, Bon Jovi and Martina McBride have in common?

Good taste in music.

All of those folks can be seen on tonight’s CMT Music Awards at 8 p.m. EST on CMT, according to a press release from CMT. The red-carpet-arrival show begins at 7 p.m. ET.

The awards show features an all-star lineup of performers and presenters and plenty of redneck jokes, courtesy of host Jeff Foxworthy. It is a fan-voted awards show, meaning that the people you think deserve the award may actually go home with it.

I’m not ashamed to say I love country music. And I contend that the “new country” i.e. Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, etc. is pretty much the equivalent of the pop music we all loved in the '80s and '90s. But, I’m also a diehard traditionalist when it comes to country. Give me Johnny Cash, George Jones and Patsy Cline any day. Lucky for us, tonight’s award show has something for everyone, from the traditionalist to the modern-country lover.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening on the big show and when you can catch it on repeat, if you miss it tonight:

Performers: Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Bon Jovi and Hank Williams Jr. (I hope Underwood does that cheating song about slashing the tires. I love bad-ass Carrie!)

Presenters: Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Randy Owen of Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Miranda Lambert, Paula Deen, Ron White, Rodney Carrington, and Ross “the Intern” Mathews.

Johnny Cash Visionary Award: The talented Kris Kristofferson is this year’s recipient. An on-air tribute package features Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Luke Wilson, Martin Scorsese, Russell Crowe, Willie Nelson, and acclaimed producer Don Was. Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, the daughter of Johnny Cash, will present the award to Kristofferson. (I love Kris and think this award is overdue. Sunday Morning Coming Down is one of the best songs ever written.)

Repeats: The 2007 CMT Music Awards will re-air at the following times:
Monday, April 16 at 10:30 p.m ET
Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., ET
Thursday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m., ET
Friday, April 20 at 10:00 p.m., ET
Saturday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m., ET
Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., ET

Show Recap: Tuesday, April 16, at 12 a.m. EST. CMT Insider goes behind the scenes at the 2007 CMT Music Awards for backstage interviews and red carpet styles, as well as show highlights and press room coverage.

Smallville Death: Please don’t kill Chloe!

NOOOOOOOOO!!!

That screaming you just heard was me realizing that I have a serious problem when it comes to change. And when that change involves the death of TV characters I’ve grown to love, then I’m inconsolable.

The latest news from E!Online’s Kristin Veitch is that one of the main four characters on Smallville will not survive the season. That leaves us with these possibilities: Clark, Lex, Lana and Chloe.

Obviously, it won’t be Clark. So, who will it be? Veitch gave this clue: “It is someone who is most definitely a fan favorite. And I think you’re gonna freak.”

That clue has led thousands of online fans to believe that the grim reaper may be coming for fan-darling Chloe Sullivan, the only character not in the original Superman canon. Chloe was just discovered to be a meteor “freak,” and actress Allison Mack is most definitely a fan favorite.

A poll at Kryptonsite where readers can vote for whom they think will be taking the dirt nap has Chloe in the lead with a whopping 41 percent of the vote. Lana is next with 26 percent (yes, please take her!) and 18 percent of voters believe that someone will fake their death and not actually die at all. (That sounds like a Lex Luthor move to me.)

Whoever the dead man/woman walking is, this news is hard to swallow. Longtime readers know I have a thing for the young superman and his crazy krypto adventures, and that includes the entire cast. I can’t imagine Smallville without Lex, or Chloe or even, dare I say it, Lana. As much as I detest her character, the fact is she has played a role in shaping young Clark Kent.

Killing off one of the main four seems crazy to me. It’s like killing one of the Friends. Smallville has killed plenty of characters in the last few years. (Rest in peace Jonathan Kent and Whitney Fordman.) But to mess with the main four, seems particularly harsh.

I’m going to go against popular vote and say that if this death comes to fruition, that Lex is going to be the one to go. We know he meets up with Clark Kent much later in life, so perhaps he’ll fake his death and leave Smallville to embark on the road to evil. (Yes, he’s already got a good start.)

As for the Chloe theory, I think I speak for thousands of fans — if online message boards are any indication — when I say, “Please don’t kill Chloe!” I’m begging here. No, Chloe isn’t in the Superman canon, but that doesn’t matter. She makes Smallville interesting and helps Clark save the world each week. Despite that she isn’t Lois Lane on this series, she certainly feels like it to those who watch her.

In other words, to borrow a page from NBC’s Heroes campaign, “Save Chloe Sullivan. Save the World!”

Tom Selleck may be headed to “Las Vegas”

Tom Selleck fans, are you sitting down? Selleck is in negotiations for the role of the new owner of the Montecito Resort & Casino on Las Vegas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

I know. I know. Simmer down!

If Selleck can work out a deal, he’ll be back on our screen on a regular weekly basis for the first time since Magnum P.I. wrapped in 1988.

If Selleck takes the job, I hope his character fares better than the previous Montecito owners. (A giant squid killed Dean Cain’s character and Lara Flynn Boyle’s character was blown off the roof.)

Las Vegas will be low on testosterone this year, as James Caan vacates his role as Big Ed. So, Selleck could fill the much-needed fun, tough-guy void that Caan is leaving. Caan is exiting the show to pursue his movie career.

If Las Vegas lands Selleck, then I applaud executive producer Gary Scott Thompson and his gang. They know how to cast. Cain was a fan favorite, and Selleck is, too.

Selleck has had recent notable guest roles on Friends and Boston Legal, but not a regular weekly gig, much to my dismay. In my Emmy column in 2004, I pondered why the TV folks weren’t chasing Selleck, as he caused quite a fan stir at the awards ceremony when he presented an award. Fans were screaming and whistling to such an extent, the poor guy could barely get through his dialogue.

Selleck would fit well with the fun-loving Las Vegas cast, including Josh Duhamel, Vanessa Marcil, James Lesure and Molly Sims. I’d be willing to bet that he might even bring in some new viewers.

For more Tube Talk stories on Tom Selleck, click here. (Yeah, I'm a little obsessed.)

Friday, April 13, 2007

FOX’s new show DRIVE is a race of adrenaline

by Jennifer Squires Biller

After watching DRIVE, you may just say goodbye to road rage.

In fact, you may sympathize with the next guy who cuts you off in traffic and find yourself asking, “Why is he driving like the hounds of Hell are nipping at his tires?”

FOX’s new show DRIVE offers up a possible explanation for those crazy, aggressive drivers: They’re racing for their lives, the life of a loved one, or in some cases, just the $32 million prize.

This show is a little bit The Fast and the Furious and a little bit The Amazing Race, but with its own unique story premise. DRIVE has fast cars, action, humor, drama and a good-looking talented cast.

And did I mention it stars Nathan Fillion? He plays the main character, Alex Tully.

The concept of DRIVE is that a diverse group of drivers are participating in an illegal cross-country road race that, apparently, has dire consequences for the losers. Some of the participants have been forced to race; others are there willingly, with the hope of winning the prize money.

Several TV critics around the Web already have proclaimed their love of the show, including Maureen Ryan at The Chicago Tribune and Kristin Veitch at E!Online. I won’t go that far. It’s not really my type of TV, but that shouldn’t deter you. If fast cars, action, and adventure are your TV crack, then you don’t want to miss this one.

Here’s the main reason you should at least take DRIVE out for a spin: Tim Minear.

Minear is a writing genius. He has thrilled TV fans with his work on Lois and Clark, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Wonderfalls. Honestly, if you told me that Minear had joined that dreadful Pussycat Dolls show, I’d be forced to tune in. That’s how good he is.

I won’t lie to you, though. I didn’t love this show the way I have previous Minear projects, such as Firefly and Wonderfalls. I found it a little hard to believe that the racers in DRIVE, who were coerced, didn’t head straight for the cops. (Yes, I know the two other aforementioned Minear shows included space travel and talking chotchkes, but that stretch of the imagination worked on those programs.)

As for DRIVE, no Tim Minear, I didn’t “hate it, in which case, the less said the better.” In fact, I think plenty of folks will enjoy the show, especially the male demographic.

TV fans will see plenty of familiar faces, beginning with Fillion. He plays a man forced into the race in an effort to find his kidnapped wife. Actor Kevin Alejandro, “Santos” of Ugly Betty, stars as a criminal bad-boy who meets his half-brother and sets out to prove something to his father. Felicity fans also will recognize actress Kristin Lehmen, who played Ben’s love interest Avery for a few episodes. Lehmen also starred on Prison Break and a number of other TV shows, before taking on the DRIVE role of Corinna Wiles. Wiles seems to hold the key to the secrets of the race. One of the funniest casting coups occurs when a leather-clad motorcycling couple takes off their helmets. I won’t tell you who the actress is, but let’s just say Lois and Clark fans will be squealing with delight.

In addition to those characters, the race participants also include new mother Wendy Patrakas (Melanie Lynskey), who is on the run from her husband; Hurricane Katrina survivors Ivy Chitty (Taryn Manning,) Leigh Barnthouse (Rochelle Aytes) and Susan Chamblee (Michael Hyatt) who are determined to start their lives over; and John Trimble (Dylan Baker), a conservative scientist who enters the race with his 15-year-old-daughter in an effort to be spontaneous.

DRIVE premieres this Sunday, April 15, on FOX. Check it out to see if it revs your engine.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Boston Legal’s Denny Crane discovers “The Secret”

If you missed last night’s episode of Boston Legal, you missed this classic TV moment: Denny Crane discovered The Secret.

The Secret is a popular book and DVD that puts forth the idea that if you want something, think it. Put the thought of it into the universe, and the positive energy through the Law of Attraction will help you achieve your wish. Oprah touted the “the secret” on her show, and it's been sweeping the universe ever since, garnering discussions on Larry King, The View and every other TV show imaginable.

I tried this myself, and funny thing; I’m still not on that Lost island with Sawyer. But hey, maybe the secret will work for Denny Crane.

In this clip, he decides to try out “the secret.” Hit play to watch the video or check it out at You Tube.

American Idol: Haley heads home, Sanjaya lives

by guest bloggers Becky and Bethany

Last night the votes were tallied, and Haley Scarnato was finally sent home.

It was about time, folks! Haley’s departure was way overdue. She was an OK singer, but she wasn’t an American Idol. She looked better than she could sing. She did do a decent job though on her departure song.

As for Sanjaya, he lived to sing another day. Enough said.

Jennifer Lopez also performed last night, since she was the “celebrity mentor” of the week. She was awesome and looked great. But not being of a Spanish decent, we couldn’t understand a word she said. “Jenny from the Block” was there promoting her new Latino album, and she did us proud. Go Jenny, Go Jenny.

Next week is country week on Idol, with “celebrity mentor” Martina McBride. If you’ve ever heard her sing, you know that none of the Idol hopefuls can hold a candle to her. She has a beautiful voice, and we’re eagerly anticipating her performance on elimination. We’re not, however, eagerly anticipating Sanjaya going country. Will he go for a mullet or a cowboy hat?

Until next week….we might be back.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Smallville’s Chloe hits the blogosphere

You know actress Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, the super-smart sidekick of Smallville’s Clark Kent. Now, you have the chance to get to know Ms. Mack a little better. She’s started her very own blog. (Chloe would be so proud!)

Fans of Mack can read her thoughts, listen to her favorite song, and view her personal photos at her relaunched Web site that features her blog.

The Web site has a fantastic new interview with Mack that should not be missed. She discusses the Clark/Chloe romantic relationship, what it’s like working with Tom Welling, and the ongoing online discussion of Metropolis’ miraculous geographic relocation near Smallville.

It’s no secret that I love Chloe Sullivan and have had nothing but praise for her portrayer. I’ve been touting her talent in this newspaper/Web column for more than three years. I know you guys love her too, as I get more mail about her Smallville character than any other, not to mention the thousands of hits on this Web site from people searching the “Clark and Chloe kiss.” So, go visit her site. Leave her a comment. Tell her how much you enjoy her character.

It’s the least we can do for the girl who helps save the world on a weekly basis.

American Idol: Will we ever be impressed again?

by guest bloggers Becky Tennant and Bethany O’Neil

Last night’s show was a big disappointment overall. In all reality, the entire show this season has been one big let down after another.

You would think that a show that brought us Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Bo Bice, Chris Daughtry, and Carrie Underwood, would have someone that “WOWED” us. But sadly, no. Last night, we were left with an emptiness in our guts, from the lack of passion and power. (OK, it could have been hunger causing the emptiness in our guts, but we're pretty sure it was the lackluster performances.)

Why didn’t someone sing a Selena song, something from Shakira, or even Ricky Martin? Come on, we know what She Bangs did for Idol before. It was such a disappointing night musically, and sartorially, that we’re at a loss for words.

Blake’s performance was probably the best of the night, and it was even mediocre, in our opinion. Jordin, LaKisha, and Melinda were all let downs. The show seemed to be more about how many Gloria Estefan songs could be crammed into the hour, than people showing off what they had vocally. We couldn’t even understand Haley’s version of Turn the Beat Around. (Don’t hate on us for that comment. We love Gloria Estefan, but there were plenty of other songs the Idol hopefuls could have sung.)

Chris Richardson did OK, but we just weren’t feeling the Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana vibe that the song Smooth usually gives us. Perhaps it’s time to drop the “I wanna be Justin Timberlake” persona? Maybe not, though. Rumor has it that Chris has been spotted hanging out with Lauren Conrad from MTV’s hit The Hills. So maybe, the Justin thing works for him in other areas.

Needless to say, the night was a colossal disappointment. And for the first time, Sanjaya was no worse then the rest of the contestants.


Haley should go tonight, but Phil might want to pack his bags too.

Until next time…

Friday Night Lights gets order for six more shows

It’s not a touchdown, but I’ll take it. NBC has ordered six more episodes of Friday Night Lights, according to TV Guide.

No, it’s not a full renewal notice, but it is an indication that the show is returning next season.

I suddenly have the urge to shake some pompoms and do a back handspring in celebration. If you won’t join me, then how about just a simple “Woo Hoo!”

Friday Night Lights has received plenty of critical acclaim, including the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence. But, it has failed to score the kind of ratings NBC wants. That has made TV fans, such as myself, nervous that this brilliant show would have its lights turned off prematurely.

The season finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC.

After the finale, head over to NBC.com to live blog with the show’s stars, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Submit your questions for the stars by clicking on the previous link.

If you’ve missed Friday Night Lights, NBC has made it easy to catch up. The network’s Web site features full past episodes of the show.

Dancing With the Stars: Leeza leaves and Drew returns

Leeza Gibbons didn’t get the votes this week to keep her Dancing With the Stars.

Thank you, America, for finally getting it right. Gibbons’ stiff, awkward dancing should have earned her a ticket on the departure bus long before this. But, apparently her hotness and personality got her enough votes to outlast two of the more talented dancers.

Leeza’s departure wasn’t the big buzz of the night. Nope. Drew Lachey stole the thunder when he burst onto the stage, in full cowboy costume, during the Big & Rich song “Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy.” Any self-respecting DWTS fan remembers that incredible routine that Lachey and partner Cheryl Burke danced to when they won the competition two years ago. Lachey proved he’s still got it, as he joined Burke and the other dancers to strut his stuff. It made me realize just how lackluster this year’s performances have been thus far.

Judge Len Goodman said as much, when he began this week’s competition with a stern lecture to the contestants. He told them they weren’t putting in the practice required to give “10” performances and that his marks would reflect that. Apparently, one couple this week put in only six hours of practice, according to Goodman’s comments at TV Guide Online. Mario Lopez last year, was averaging 21 hours of practice per week, according to the TV Guide article. I guess practice makes a difference. That and, I’m guessing, natural dance ability, which Lopez, Joey Lawrence and Emmitt Smith seemed to have.

I still think Ian Ziering is the breakout guy to watch this year. Sure, Joey Fatone is the favorite, considering his boy-band dance background, but I think Ian could win this thing. Steve Sanders, don’t let me down!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Say goodbye to Bob Barker on national television

Bob Barker fans, CBS wants you to make a video saying farewell to the longtime host of The Price is Right. Barker is retiring after 35 years from the popular game show.

CBS is asking fans to upload their 15-second farewell videos to You Tube. CBS will select five videos from the “15 Seconds on CBS” You Tube group and post them on CBS.com. These videos will qualify to run on national television. The details are at CBS.com.

Click here to watch Neil Patrick Harris explain the rules.

In related news, Barker will appear on Harris’ show How I Met Your Mother on Monday, April 30. From the clip at CBS, it appears that Barney is a contestant on The Price is Right. (I hope someone warned the models.)

Monday, April 09, 2007

"How I Met Your Mother:" Barney’s “legendary” bachelor party

Take the lethal combination of Barney Stinson, a bachelor party, and strippers, and you get one legendary episode of How I Met Your Mother.

I’ve seen clips from tonight’s show, and it’s a must see for any How I Met Your Mother fan. As Tube Talk Girl, it’s my duty to remind you when funny TV shows hit the air, as it happens so rarely these days.

Here’s the official description from CBS. But really, what more do you need to know than Barney and a bachelor party?

After Barney ruins Marshall's bachelor party plans, Lily reveals a shocking secret about Barney that causes Marshall to rethink who his best man should be.

Catch How I Met Your Mother tonight on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

“Thank God You’re Here” premieres tonight

If you like improv comedy shows, then you may want to catch NBC’s new show Thank God You’re Here, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

Here’s the premise: Celebrity actors walk into a live comedy sketch, without a script. They must improvise their way through the skit to entertain us.

“Their only armor and motivation is an unforeseen and unexplained wardrobe change. The only thing the celebrity can count on, when walking into the scenario, is a desperate greeting from a fellow actor in the skit, proclaiming upon their arrival, ‘Thank God You're Here!’” according to the press release. Sound like fun.

The show host is David Alan Grier.

Some funny comedians and interesting guest stars are attached to this project, including Dave Foley, Kevin Nealon, Bill Bellamy, Wendie Malick, Tom Arnold, Fran Dresher, Fred Willard, Angela Kinsey, Jason Alexander and Jennifer Coolidge.

Word has it that Jerry Springer will make a surprise appearance in an upcoming episode.

The show will eventually settle in to a Wednesday 8 p.m. EST timeslot beginning April 18, but not before airing one more Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m. EST. (I know. I don’t get it either. I’ve given up trying to figure out NBC’s scheduling.)

I haven’t seen a screener of the show, so I can’t give you a review, but the publicity photos sure make me want to watch.

The O.C. and One Tree Hill head to Soapnet tonight

Are you missing Seth Cohen or Nathan Scott? Or perhaps you’ve never heard of Chrismakkuh or Tree Hill High School?

If so, now is your chance to watch two outstanding series, The O.C. and One Tree Hill, from the beginning.

Both shows debut on SOAPnet tonight, Monday, April 9, so set your TiVos and VCRs. One Tree Hill will air at 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday, followed by The O.C. at 6 p.m.

SOAPnet will show all four seasons of both shows. Can I get a “woo-hoo?”

If you’ve never watched either show, check them out and see what everyone has been talking about for the past few years. If you’ve seen the shows, but can’t remember the first time we met Ryan and his wife-beater tank or Lucas and his literary obsession, then don’t miss the debut tonight of two of the most fun dramas on the tube.

For those of you new to The O.C. and Tree Hill, here’s some background to get you started:

The O.C.A wealthy public defender takes in an abused kid from the streets of Chino. The move forever changing the lives of Sandy Cohen’s friends and family, who live in the affluent, oceanside Newport Beach community. Cohen’s “adorkable” son, Seth, quickly bonds with Ryan as a brother. The beautiful girl next door, Marissa, also takes an interest in the new guy in town, much to the chagrin of her water-polo playing boyfriend. Throw in some family love, teen angst, beautiful people and fun pop-culture references, and this drama has humor, heart and soul that shouldn’t be missed. The show stars Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Melinda Clarke, Rachel Bilson, Tate Donovan, Autumn Reeser, Willa Holland, Alan Dale and Chris Carmack.

One Tree Hill — In a small North Carolina town, (that looks suspiciously like Dawson’s Capseside,) two estranged half brothers carry on very different lives. Basketball prodigy Nathan Scott has inherited the throne of high-school popularity once held by his father, Dan. While Lucas Scott, also a talented player, stays an outsider. Spending nights shooting hoops on a riverfront court, Lucas remains the son Dan never acknowledged. Now, Lucas and Nathan's paths intersect for the first time, and in the crossroads stands Peyton Sawyer, Nathan's beautiful, edgy girlfriend who just may have more in common with Lucas. Throw in the quiet animosity between Dan and his brother, Keith, along with Lucas' mother, Karen — all of whom must cope with the aftermath of their choices—and something has to give. The show has some great literary references, too, as Lucas often shares quotes from his favorite writers. One Tree Hill stars Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Paul Johansson, Sophia Bush, Barbara Alyn Woods, Lee Norris, Barry Corbin, Craig Sheffer and Moira Kelly.

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