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Friday, May 30, 2008

Commentary with a Co-Ed: The Lost finale shockers

by Ashley Gouveia

I remember sitting down and writing my first column for Tube Talk about last year’s season finale of Lost. My poor Charlie’s demise left me clamoring for the Kleenex and the last five minute flash-forward cliffhanger was enough to leave any Lost fan saying, “Huh?” I can’t say that last night’s finale was any different for me. I laughed, cried and screamed at the TV. A typical viewing of a Lost finale.

It was really cool how the episode started right where it ended last season. That jaw-dropping cliffy makes a lot more sense now after watching this season. Life off the island doesn’t seem too cheery for the Oceanic Six. Although, I would probably want to stay on land than have to face anymore black-smoke monsters or polar bears. Kate finally said the name of the person who Jack had the obituary of in the flash-forward: Jeremy Bentham. *crickets* Yeah, I had no idea who that was either. Imagine my confusion when it was revealed who it actually was.

The team up of our Losties with Ben and the Others was weird, and the big shootout was intense. I thought that Richard had killed the guy in charge of the island murdering spree. But apparently he has nine lives, like Patchy McPatch from last season. When he showed up alive and well and told Ben how he had the explosives on the freighter rigged so if he died the bomb would go off. Ben did what I would expect from any villain that is worthy of the title. He killed him anyway. Then, he delivered one of my favorite lines of the night when Locke told him he just killed everyone on the boat: “So.”

I really liked that we got to see some revisiting of old relationships from the show’s past. For instance, the Michael and Sun scene when she told him she was pregnant was sweet and had a nostalgic feel to it. The Walt and Hurley conversation was great, after I got over the initial shock of how much older Walt looked. Leave it to Hurley to say exactly what the viewers are thinking at the moment.

There were plenty of ‘Uh-oh’ moments, like when Juliet thanked Daniel for helping them get to safety. That look on Daniel’s face when he turned away left me with a feeling that didn’t bode well for the people on the beach. Since Juliet wasn’t part of the Oceanic Six I figured she stayed behind. I initially thought Sawyer wanted to stay on the island, but it turned out he made the sacrificial swan dive off the helicopter so it wouldn’t crash. Not before he whispered something in Kate’s ear and gave her a kiss goodbye. Skaters everywhere rejoice!

I got teary after Sawyer jumped out and of course when Sun saw the freighter explode with Jin still on it. That scene was completely heartbreaking. The only thing that would have made it even worse was if Desmond didn’t make it off the boat. I kept hoping that somehow his character would make it safely off the island to return next season. Thankfully, Desmond and Frank survived the helicopter crash along with the Oceanic Six. When they all saw a boat approaching them I had my own flashback to when Michael, Sawyer and Jin thought they were rescued and then the Others took Walt. But it wasn’t the others this time; instead it was finally Penny’s boat. The Desmond and Penny reunion was really touching. It was great to see them get a happy ending at least for now.

The big shocker of the night came during the last five minutes when we returned to the flash-forward. Jack went back to the funeral home where he spoke to Ben about how Jeremy told him that terrible things happened after they left the island. He also said that the six of them had to go back. Ben told Jack he’d help him round up the others, but he can’t leave behind Jeremy. Pan over to the open casket to reveal Locke is actually Jeremy Bentham. I hate cliffhangers and this one was worse than the “We have to go back” one from last season. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of it. It’s just going to be a long summer until it returns.

Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Friday.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

First look: Fringe trailer

I know it’s early to be talking about new fall shows, but I’m so excited about this one that I have to share.

Fringe is the new mysterious sci-fi show debuting on FOX this fall. The man behind Fringe is J.J. Abrams, who was responsible for my beloved Felicity and what I consider the best two hours of television, ever: the Lost pilot.

Even better is that Abrams hired one of my all-time favorite leading men to headline the show: my longtime TV crush, Joshua Jackson. (Mock if you must.)

Here’s a link to a first look at the pilot or just hit play below. Check it out. It looks deliciously good, no? I’ll have more information on the show’s debut date and time when the information becomes available.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Men in Trees returns tonight for final episodes

You may have already kicked off your summer and abandoned the TV for the great outdoors, but here’s a reminder that at 10 p.m. EST tonight Men in Trees returns.

The folks of Elmo, Alaska, will be back tonight with the first of three new episodes. The sad reality is, of course, that it’s the FINAL three episodes of the series, since ABC canceled the show.

Yes, I’m still bitter. ABC doomed this show with the constant schedule juggling and hiatuses. I can’t blame the TV viewing public for not tuning in, when not even the most die-hard fans of the show couldn’t find it on the schedule.

For those of you who still like quirky dramedies, don’t miss the last three episodes of this fun series. With the summer reality lineup getting ready to dominate the TV landscape, enjoy this last hurrah of a quality scripted drama.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Links from the blogoshpere

Here's what the Web's top TV bloggers are chatting about this week:

Between Girlfriends, Jericho, Aliens in America and many others, there are plenty of newly canceled shows to mourn. Buzz wants to know: Which one bums you out the most? (BuzzSugar)

This week, Eric wondered how much you would pay to watch your favorite TV show. (Daemon's TV)

Mikey's infatuation with the fourth season of Desperate Housewives lasted until the final two minutes, which he worries might force the series back into a creative coma. (Mikey Likes TV)

Marcia picked the five new shows that you absolutely, positively can afford to miss. (Pop Vultures)

Examining what makes her stick with Heroes despite it's let-down of a second season but drop Brothers & Sisters over a disappointing storyline, Jody wonders what kind of fan you are: fickle or faithful? (RTVW Online)

Scooter takes a look back to see which of CBS's comedies had a better year, How I Met Your Mother or The Big Bang Theory, hint: it was the one without Britany Spears. (Scooter McGavin's 9th Green)

Vance thought Grey's Anatomy's season finale was rock solid! ABC is doing pretty well with the 2 hour finales so far, no? Desperate Housewives was great, can't wait for Lost now!(Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace put on his Pilot Inspektor cap and reviewed the pilot episodes for several new series, including FOX's new J.J. Abrams drama Fringe ("spellbinding television"), ABC's misguided US adaptation of UK series Life on Mars, and HBO's True Blood. (Televisionary)

Lost's flash-forward, Desperate Housewives' leap in time, Battlestar Galactica's skip to New Caprica -- it seems like more and more shows are shaking up their formats. Dan evaluates the new trend. (TiFaux)

Jennifer vented her anger about the shocking Bones finale, and for those of you who missed it, check out her exclusive interview with One Tree Hill’s James Lafferty. (Tube Talk)

Take a trip down memory lane with theTVaddict.com's tribute to TV shows that are no longer with us. Yes Moonlight & Men in Trees fans, we're talking to you. (the TV Addict)

Raoul talked with perfect 10 Whitney from America's Next Top Model. (TV Filter)

Friday, May 23, 2008

First look: Dollhouse

I know many of you share my love for Joss Whedon, the TV genius behind such classics as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Whedon is back this winter with a new series on FOX called Dollhouse. It’s billed as a sci-fi thriller. Here’s the official description: A futuristic laboratory assigns different tasks to its various residents, who then have their memories erased upon the completion of their assignments

Headlining the series is a familiar face for Buffy and Angel fans. You’ll remember her as Faith, (Eliza Dushku) the slayer with an attitude. Actress Amy Acker, who played Fred on Angel is also on board.

The show premieres in January 2009, but no specific date has been released yet.

Take a look at these first clips from the show, courtesy of FOX.

Clip one: Dollhouse preview

Clip two: Echo searches for her sister

Commentary with a Co-Ed: Ugly Betty finale

by Ashley Gouveia

The season finale of Ugly Betty had the employees of Mode facing off with Elle magazine in a charity baseball game. But Betty was involved in her own little game of trying to decide between Henry and Gio. Was she jetting off to Rome for a month with Gio or relocating to Tucson and marrying Henry? That’s a toughie. Well, not for me anyway. (How do you say goodbye in Italian?)

From last week’s “I want to be the guy” declaration I was prepared with my theoretical “Team Gio” t-shirts. Although, I was hoping for a little more of a reluctance on his end because getting involved with Betty this quickly would constitute as being the rebound guy. Henry swooping back in and proposing to her didn’t help the situation at all. He basically planned her entire life, down to her new writing job in Tucson. Huh? Back the tractor up Grubstick. I love ya Henry, but she can’t leave Mode.

Betty wasn’t the only one with surprises. Daniel seems to have a French son whose mother had recently died and left him in his care. This sounds like an Adam Sandler movie. I’m not feeling the whole ‘Daniel’s a daddy’ storyline. Whenever kids get involved TV shows seem to slowly tank. Remember Luke’s long lost daughter on Gilmore Girls? It was the beginning of the end after that. I still think that something’s not right. They haven’t gotten the DNA results back so maybe he won’t be Daniel’s son.

I loved the dynamic duo, aka Marc and Amanda, back together again in all their glory. It had been way too long. Their cheerleading routine was classic and a great break from the Betty drama. It was also nice to see Marc interact with someone else besides Wilhelmina, who was at her most devious last night.

She convinced Alexis to remove Daniel from being editor in chief. I liked that Daniel reminded Alexis how he stood by her after the advertiser threatened to pull out of the magazine because of her now being a woman. I guess the writers want us to turn against Alexis because she completely betrayed her brother. By the look on Mama Meade’s face she didn’t look too happy with her either.

I knew something had to be wrong with Eddie Cibrian’s Coach Diaz. He’s married! It looked like Hilda made her choice to stay with him anyway. I’m all for seizing the day, but I’m not sure that was the best decision. But it is Eddie Cibrian we’re talking about here.

If you blinked you probably missed Lindsay Lohan’s cameo. I don’t think it lived up to the hype. At least Naomi Campbell’s appearance got a few laughs.

Can I tell you all how much I despise cliffhangers? In the final minutes we saw Betty packing her stuff and leaving Casa de Suarez. Now we’re left to ponder over the next few months who Betty ended up choosing. My prediction is that she’s going to Rome solo, leaving Henry and Gio behind. It will give Betty enough time to figure out how she can help Daniel get his job back. I’m guessing if Daniel’s out then she is too. By the way, that scene with him giving Betty advice was adorable. I knew he would be biased and tell her to go to Rome. He couldn’t imagine being there without her. Aww!

So what was your take on the season finale? Who do you think Betty chose?

‘Till next week!

Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Friday.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Moonlight fans rally to save show

Fans of the CBS canceled show Moonlight aren’t taking the news well. They’re fighting to get another network to pick up the show.

Friday, the fans are planning a rally outside the Warner Bros. gate in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. PST to show support of the show.

Here’s the official press release for those of you who want to join the effort. I wish everyone the best of luck!

Hundred’s of Moonlight fans, located from various cities and states across the US, had originally scheduled flying into Los Angeles, CA, to attend MoonlightCon 2008 during Memorial Day Weekend (May 24th & 25th).

However, due to the show’s cancellation, an impromptu decision was made to hold a rally outside the Warner Bros gate at the corner of North Pass and West Olive streets on Friday, May 23rd at 2:00 pm PST.

This is a support rally for Warner Bros, Silver Pictures and Moonlight; not a protest against CBS.

In addition, Moonlight fans have sponsored an ad to run in both The Hollywood Reporter (Wednesday, May 21st) and Variety (Thursday, May 22nd). The purpose of this ad is two-fold; to thank the cast, crew and all those who made Moonlight possible and to demonstrate to potential networks the depth of the fans loyalty to Moonlight.

To fund such endeavors are expensive; however, potential networks need to become aware of Moonlight fans’ commitment and devotion to their show. Potential networks need to become aware that there are approximately 8 million hard-core fans of Moonlight. 8 million hard-core fans that helped Moonlight consistently win its time period. 8 million hard-core fans with disposal income a network could sell to their advertisers. Potential networks also need to become aware that Moonlight is not only phenomenon in this Country; but world-wide as well. Moonlight’s growth potential is limitless.

Moonlight fans love their vampire and will follow Moonlight to the network that realizes adding Moonlight to its stable of shows is a golden opportunity to not only expand its audience; but increase its ad revenues as well.

In vampire solidarity; rah, rah, rah!

For more information, visit http://www.moonlightline.com/

Idol Chatter: The next American Idol is...

by Becky Tennant and Bethany O'Neil

If case you haven't already heard, our man David Cook was crowned "American Idol" last night. And we are just too excited for words. Finally, the American public has chosen someone who isn't just a good singer, but the complete package. We were astounded by the record number of votes cast, 97.5 million, and even more astounded that Cook took the honors by a huge 12 million votes! We thought it would be so much closer than that. David Archuletta has a huge following, but apparently David Cook's is bigger!

The winning moment was really something, that, and the fact that Simon apologized for being a jerk, made for a great ending of the season. When David Cook won, the look on Simon's face was priceless. We loved it!

In the same way we are excited about Cook's win, we’re also a bit down about it, too. We’re just afraid that he will fall to the same fate as several of the previous Idol winners. With the exceptions of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, the other winners have not had success in the mainstream music arena. Jordin Sparks has begun to gain in popularity a bit, but we are sure it isn't as quickly as the Idol producers would have liked. And let’s not forget that the whole American Idol buzz has really died down over the past couple of years. We just hope that the producers let David show how creative and talented he is on his record. If they can do that, then he will be a success. If they force him into the cookie cutter mold that they have tried with the other Idols, he won’t do so well we fear, that is until his contract is up with them, and he can get signed to someone who will let him be himself.

Other than our number one man from the beginning winning, the show was a bit of a drag. One Republic was good, as well as Carrie Underwood, and the montages were funny, especially the Guitar Hero commercial with David Cook...Hello! But the whole "Idol Cast" dressing alike and singing reminded us of a really bad Brady Bunch parody! If you are thinking about buying tickets to the upcoming tour, add about 10 more songs and dances just like what you saw last night and that is what you will get for your money. We’ll have to pass, thank you very much. We don't really understand why George Michael was chosen to be kind of a finale before the big announcement. We have never understood how the higher ups at Idol choose their guests, but he did do a good job. It was a moving performance.

So now we end another season of American Idol. Lets hope that David Cook will do us proud. Enjoy David's commercial for Guitar Hero and his winning moment from last night. Thanks to all of you who took time to read our blog and comment this season. Maybe we’ll be back next year.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kristi Yamaguchi wins Dancing With the Stars

COPYRIGHT ©2008 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale

Kristi Yamaguchi will have to make room for some shiny new bling beside her Olympic gold medal. Last night, she and partner Mark Ballas took home the mirror-ball trophy as the winners of this season’s Dancing With the Stars.

Yamaguchi has led the pack the entire season, scoring perfect to almost perfect scores on every dance. The judges said her technique is flawless and her performance skills continued to improve each week. They claimed that she was the most perfect dancer they’ve ever seen in any season of the show.

Yamaguchi was my early pick to win, based on skill, but I wasn’t sure America would vote for her. A woman has not won the trophy since season one, and this year, two men, NFL player Jason Taylor and Latino actor Cristian de la Fuente, were both crowd pleasers.

The finale came down to a dance-of between Taylor and Yamaguchi, and they both earned perfect scores for their efforts.

Congratulations Kristi and Mark! It’s about time a lady won this thing again. And congratulations to all the dancers and judges who gave us a great season of true professionalism and entertainment.
COPYRIGHT ©2008 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Idol Chatter: David vs. David

by Becky Tennant and Bethany O’Neil

Last night was the final night of competition on American Idol. And we just want to say “What the heck are the judges thinking?”

Honestly, David Archuletta could burp the alphabet and the judges would drool all over him! It is like they have a “love jones” for Archie. Yes he is an excellent singer, but David Cook was so awesome last night! We don’t think there was much of a competition. He was EVERYTHING that we would look for in an “American Idol.” Vocally he was up to par. He was original, upbeat, and not to mention, he is so easy on the eyes. He could take all three songs that he sang last night and make a top-selling album. We totally disagree with Simon about his last song being the “wrong” song for the night. Cook sang “The World I Know” by Collective Soul and it rocked! He showed that he didn’t want to sing the same old thing time and time again. He is comfortable with stepping out and showing how he has evolved throughout all of this. Yes, he may have gotten more screaming from the mob in the audience had he sang “Billie Jean,” but you cannot say that his rendition of this song was not 100% up there with today’s hit makers.

We would like to add that we think that Simon wasn’t completely honest in his opinions that he gave Cook. We honestly think that Simon was saying what the audience and the producers wanted him to say. There is obviously some kind of weird thing going on with Archuletta and the Idol producers, and we think that Simon was harder on Cook for that reason. Did you see the wink he gave Cook at the end? Simon Cowell knows that while Archuletta may be better vocally, overall David Cook is the total package and will be the hit maker out of the two.

Yes, we are partial to Cook, if you haven’t noticed. We feverishly dialed his digits last night in the hours following Idol. We must avoid another Taylor or Jordin mess. We must have an idol that is worthy. Not a flash in the pan.

Now, we feel we should talk about Archuletta for a minute. Yes, he is a good singer, but were we the only ones who felt a little uncomfortable with the pedestal he was put on by the judges and the screaming mob of 12-year-olds in the audience? That and the fact that once again all three of his songs sounded the same just really annoyed us. It sounded like one long song. Yes, we were inspired, but what we really wanted was some excitement. David Archuletta is a great singer, but could you really see him as an Idol?

Tonight, part of us really want David Cook to win because he is the total package, but then the other part knows he will have more of a chance to be himself if he isn’t chained to the Idol producers. David Archuletta will probably take home the honors and if he does, then he will be the perfect modeling clay for the producers. We aren’t sure how his dad will do with anyone other than himself in control of his son’s career. But if the producers are smart, they will somehow fix the show and crown Cook the winner. He is that type that may just renew the waning interest in Idol.

Who do you think should be the next American Idol? Tonight we will finally find out.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bones’ shocking finale: Zack is a killer!

by Jennifer Squires Biller

Excuse me a moment while I pick my jaw off the floor.

In last night’s season finale of Bones, it was revealed that one of the main characters we’ve grown to love, lab genius Zack Eddy, was a killer involved in the ongoing serial killer/cannibal storyline from last season.

I know. I still can’t believe it either. In fact, I don’t care what we watched onscreen, I still CANNOT conceive that the character we’ve watched grow for years and bond with his super-smart friends is an apprentice to a psychotic cannibal. It’s rubbish.

This shocking plot twist came out of left field and is so ridiculously preposterous I can’t believe the show actually went through with it. The better choice would have been Dr. Sweets, the new guy, despite that I love what he brings to the show.

Here’s a note to the Bones producers and writers: you don’t mess with core characters. You just don’t do it. What’s next, Booth is a rapist during his evenings off?

If my overflowing e-mail inbox is any indication, fans of the show are furious at this move. And they should be. Zack has been a vital part of the chemistry in the technical lab scenes. His humorous relationship with fellow lab squint Hodgins has been one of the highlights of the show in past seasons.

I know many of you have said you won’t watch any more Bones episodes because of this crazy plot twist. For that, I’m sorry. With declining ratings for scripted shows in primetime across the board, we can’t afford to lose viewers because of what seems to be an ill-thought-out plot device contrived for shock value.

The only way I see to salvage this mess is for the next episode to show Booth in the hospital, in a coma, still healing from being shot in the chest last week, and this last episode took place entirely in his mind. Yes, I want it to be a dream. That makes more sense than Booth healing from a gunshot wound virtually in days and Zack turning into a cold-blooded killer.

Monday, May 19, 2008

First look: The new 90210

Here’s a sneak peek at the new Beverly Hills 90210 cast, story premise, and that oh-so-familiar opening music and hand slaps.

From this video, it’s obvious this isn’t the 90210 of my generation. One big change is that the core family is bi-racial. That’s right, Brandon Walsh 2.0 is black. And a cutie, if I do say so myself. Watch the video for an explanation of how Lori Loughlin and Rob Estes (Cindy and Jim Walsh 2.0) ended up with a blended family.

I was also shocked to see last season’s vixen from Nip/Tuck, actress Annalynne McCord, among the new 90210 gang. She created quite a stir on Nip/Tuck, so I can’t imagine what she’ll be up to in this zip code.

Take a look and see what you think of the upcoming show. I admit I’m sucked in, especially after Lori Loughlin’s comments that the adults are going to have storylines, too.

Rob Estes cast as dad on new 90210

Now they’re just not playing fair. The Beverly Hills 90210 spinoff headed to the CW this fall has just cast Rob Estes to play the father.

That move pretty much guarantees that I’ll have to tune in for at least a couple episodes. Estes will play the husband of Lori Loughlin, or the new Jim Walsh, for those of you familiar with the original series.

Estes will play Harry Mills, the principal of West Beverly High. In this version, he has moved his family - his wife and two teenaged children - from Kansas to Beverly Hills to take care of his alcoholic mother.

Estes and Loughlin are certainly a gorgeous couple. Kudos to the CW for pulling off this casting coup. Estes has a large fan base from his days on Melrose Place and Silk Stalkings.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Commentary with a Co-ed: Smallville finale

by Ashley Gouveia

While I was preparing myself to watch the season finale of Smallville last night, I kept thinking that this was the end of the road for Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor. As that sad Boys II Men song was humming through my head, I could only hope that this episode would be a spectacular send off for Lex as a character.

It started right with the “Previously on…” like it does every season. I always enjoy these trips down memory lane. I think Michael’s voiceover introduction was extremely appropriate. Someone pass the Kleenex!

I had a feeling that ever since Clark’s journey back to Krypton, Brainiac had disguised himself as Kara. She was acting way too weird when they came back. I was impressed with Laura Vandervoort’s portrayal of the Kryptonian artificial intelligence. James Marsters wasn’t in the episode nearly enough. But then again, I could never get enough of James on my television screen. Is it wrong for me to want another Brainiac and Clark face off?

I can’t begin to understand why Jimmy would think Lex wouldn’t want something morally skewed from him in return for Chloe’s freedom. I guess that’s just Jimmy for you. It seemed like his scenes with Lex and Lois were dragging down the momentum of the episode for me. Speaking of Lois, since when is it OK to be happy that your cousin got fired from her dream job? Not cool Lo. The fact that she thought Clark would be interested in working at a paper that’s being run by his enemy is pretty weird. It could be setting something up for season eight. But I stand by the idea that Chloe needs to get her job back first, before Clark can join the bullpen.

Chloe convinced Clark that she wanted to be the one to get Kara under control by using kryptonite. If she had known that it was Brainiac I think she would have backed out. But her willingness to always be there for Clark is what makes her character so great. The Chloe/Brainiac scene was one of my favorites of the entire episode. We haven’t seen these two together since Chloe saved Clark in the Fortress and they stopped him from releasing Zod. I loved that he remembered her and found her actions impressive even though he knew she was no match for him. Or so he thought! When he did his mind sucking pointy finger trick there was a bright light around her before she fell unconscious to the floor. This apparently left Brainiac drained. His face when he said, “What the hell are you?” was awesome. I’m guessing this has something to do with her meteor ability. But why would he be so freaked out by it?

The Clark and Chloe hospital scene was touching, but way too short for my taste. At least it ignited some anger in Clark when he realized that Brainiac was responsible for her being on a ventilator. Clark seemingly killed him but I for one don’t want his demise to stick this time.

With the hold over Chloe and Lana being lifted, Clark headed over to the institution where Lana was staying. She had packed her bags and left Clark a Dear John video telling him that she loved him but not to come after her. Cue the sad song. It’s nice to see that Lana hasn’t lost her touch with those breakup videos. She did the same thing to Whitney back in season two. Tom Welling did a really good job in that scene. It’s always heartbreaking to see Clark cry.

Jimmy proposed to Chloe. (Dead silence.) ‘Nuff said. I was just grateful that DDS came to arrest her before she answered. Although it didn’t look like she would have accepted anyway. Please let me be right about that.

Finally, the moment that every Smallville fan has waited seven years for. Lex finds out about Clark. The final scene with them in the Fortress was amazing. Was it everything I had hoped for? Not exactly. The dialogue was great between the two of them. Lex calling Clark Kal-El was definitely a moment to remember. The final shot was of Clark and Lex in the Fortress as it came crumbling down on top of them.

This was not my favorite season finale of the series. I felt like the momentum dragged a bit at times. I’m going to compare it to Supernatural’s season finale. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time watching it. That’s what a season finale should feel like. Michael Rosenbaum, thank you for giving us an outstanding portrayal of Lex Luthor for the last seven years. Smallville won’t be the same without you.

Sound off on the season finale in the comments. What did you all think?

Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Friday.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Idol Chatter: It's a guys’ finale

by Becky Tennant and Bethany O'Neil

Last night we were finally right: Syesha's days on American Idol came to an end. This was not surprising, and it actually isn't sad either. This girl has a huge career ahead of her, probably on Broadway. She has a great voice, cute personality, and she is beautiful. She will not be in the unemployment line anytime soon.

We aren't surprise that David A. and David C. are in the finale. We actually had that scenario pegged for the last two months. Some small part of us hoped that David Archuletta would be sent home, but it just wasn't so.

Next week is the finale. It will be anyone's game. David Archuletta has the popular vote, while David Cook has the talent vote. Either way it won't be the last anyone will hear from either of them. Seeing Fantasia perform last night just goes to show you how anyone can make it. Yes, she is an excellent singer, but what the heck has happened to her? Her entire performance from her singing, to her hair, to her outfit, to her dancing, made us want to turn the channel, fast.

One week left folks, then American Idol will be done for yet another season. Meanwhile, enjoy this clip from season one when Kelly Clarkson sang " A Moment Like This."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Smallville’s Chloe signs on for next season


Allison Mack is staying put on Smallville next season, according to TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello.

For weeks, Smallville fans have been sweating as rumors swirled that Mack was going to follow Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk out the door and not be a part of the final season of Smallville. But she has signed on as a series regular.

As the show’s most popular female character, Chloe fans have been nervously waiting for any news on Mack’s contract status and burning up message boards with speculation.

Let the celebrating begin!

Idol Chatter: That was a semi-final?

by Becky Tennant and Bethany O’Neil

Last night on American Idol, the contestants each performed three songs. One that was picked by the judges, one that was picked by the producers, and one they chose themselves. Being that it is the week before the season finale, we thought it would be a really great night. Though it wasn’t all bad, it was one of the more boring and lackluster evenings we have seen lately.

All three contestants did OK, but that is it; they were just ok. David Cook delivered, as always, but it would have been awesome to see him perform like he did when he sang “Billy Jean” or “Be My Baby.” He seemed a little off of his game, almost like he was having voice problems.

David Archuletta was so-so. We seriously did not need to hear him singing “My boo…” Plus, we don’t get Randy’s reactions to him. Is his wacky stage dad paying him off or what? The kid could hum, clog, and play the spoons and Randy would think he was “da bomb.” The problem is David A. seems like a nice kid, but we fear that his dad will be the ruination of him. Just look at other “child” celebrities whose parents pushed and pushed and pushed. We would hate to see David shave his head, get into drugs and drinking, and run around town without his underwear.

Syesha was also another let down of the evening. She could have done so much more, but she didn’t. The “Fever” thing was kind of weird too. This isn’t stripper Idol. Sorry Syesha, you could have really shined with your vocals and it didn’t happen.

Although the songs selections were not entirely up to the contestants, it just could have been better. Sorry folks, but the show did not deliver the semi-final magic that it should have.

Tonight we think that Syesha will be the one sent home. David Cook just has it all and David Archuletta has his dad and every girl under 15, but of course you never really know with this show. Enjoy one of David Cook's performances from last night. He might not have blown us away, but he is still a great artist!

Marissa Jaret Winokur done Dancing

The most gregarious dancer on this season’s Dancing With the Stars, and perhaps ever, left the dance floor last night. Tony winner and Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur took her final bow, or should I say hip shimmy, before bidding adieu to her fans and fellow contestants.

That leaves Cristian, Jason, and Kristi to battle it out in the finals.

I truly loved Marissa and thought the judges were too harsh on her this week, but truth be told, I think the final three are the best dancers of the lot. Cristian has really improved to the point that I look forward to his routines every week. And of course, Kristi, as always, is smooth and entertaining. And Jason has added more than just poses to his routine, so he has improved, too.

It’s going to be a tough final. All three are talented, driven, and true competitors.

I did find it odd that no one in the semifinals scored a perfect 30. Has that ever happened before at this level? I’m not sure. The semi-finals are usually where magic is made. I hope we get some perfect 30 scores in the finals.

I still think Kristi is the best dancer, but Jason is so popular with fans, he may dance away the winner. And we can’t count out Cristian. Despite that he was in the bottom two, the man seems to crank it up a notch every week. Next week should be the best competition showcase of the season thus far

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Breaking news: Moonlight cancelled, How I Met Your Mother renewed

And the bad news just keeps coming. CBS has officially cancelled Moonlight.

I’m shocked. Sure, I’ve heard the rumors for the past couple weeks that it could be cut, but this show has such a passionate fan base I thought for sure CBS would stick with it.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. If I like a show, it’s almost guaranteed to get the boot. (R.I.P. Aliens in America, Las Vegas, etc.)

Sorry, Moonlight fans. I know this bites.

I’m glad I don’t work at CBS right now. I can’t imagine the onslaught of mail this decision is going to generate.

There is some good news out of the CBS upfront announcements. How I Met Your Mother has been renewed. Can I get an amen?

Also coming back to CBS is The New Adventures of Old Christine and The Unit, but not the James Woods’ drama Shark.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Eli Stone renewed, Boston Legal safe, October Road done

It’s the first day of the network upfront presentations in New York and the announcements on what shows will be returning next season are flying fast and furious.

The best news I’ve heard so far today is that Eli Stone has been renewed for another season. (Yes, baby! Thank you, ABC.)

Boston Legal has been given a pickup, too, but apparently will be scaled back, reminiscent of what happened to The Practice many years ago.

NBC officially announced that Jimmy Fallon will take over for Conan O’Brien sometime in the first six months of 2009. It’s not clear yet what’s happening with Jay Leno.
October Road fans, I’m sorry to report that ABC has canceled the show. I know you love it, but apparently it hasn’t performed well enough for ABC to invest in another season. Women’s Murder Club also got the boot.

Over at FOX, Back to You will not be back and neither will New Amsterdam. ‘Til Death, however, has been renewed. Explain that one. I can’t.

I’ll have more announcements as the week continues. I know you’re all waiting to hear the fate of Moonlight, so I’ll let you know something as soon as I find out the scoop.

Reflecting on the Brothers & Sisters Justin/Rebecca kiss

Last night’s Brothers and Sisters had more than one jaw dropper. First, there may be another Walker chlild in the world, named Ryan, not Rebecca, since it was proven that she isn’t a chip off of old William’s DNA.

I did not see the Ryan storyline coming. Bravo writers! The casting wheels in my head are already spinning. I can’t wait to see whom they’re going to get for this part.

The other big shocker was the kiss between Rebecca and Justin. I know this relationship has sparked controversy like nothing I’ve seen since the Janet Jackson Superbowl debacle. But the bottom line is they’re HOT. They’ve had so much chemistry from the minute she stepped foot in the Walker house, that I don’t think I ever really believed they were related.

What I don’t get is why viewers are so angry about a potential Justin/Rebecca romance. Tommy couldn’t have said it better when he stated that the two of them have just always connected. And folks, they are NOT related. So, could you give them a chance? Justin deserves some happiness after his war trauma and drug history.

I’m not sorry Rebecca isn’t a Walker. I think she’ll still be invited and included in all the Walker soirees and this way, she’s free to pursue a potential relationship with Justin. I say bring it on.

I also enjoyed Scotty and Kevin’s commitment ceremony (OK civil union.) Kevin’s right, the former term makes it sound like they’re headed for a straight jacket.

As for those of you in the Washington, D.C. area who e-mailed me to say you didn’t get to see the last minutes of the show due to the storm, I’m so sorry. But, I think I’ve got you up to speed now. There was the aforementioned kiss and a major revelation that William Walker apparently got around more than we thought.

Exclusive interview with One Tree Hill's James Lafferty

by Jennifer Squires Biller

One Tree Hill is back tonight with a new episode on the CW at 9 p.m. ET. To celebrate, I’ve got an exclusive interview with the one-and-only James Lafferty (Nathan Scott.)

I talked to Lafferty by phone last week and did my best to get him to spill some secrets on the remaining upcoming episodes. We also talked about his annual charity basketball game at which fans get to meet the cast, what he likes to watch on television, and what he thinks of the newest member of the cast: the adorable Jamie Scott (child-actor Jackson Brundage.)

Jennifer: OK, let’s talk One Tree Hill! There has been a change in dynamic this year with the fast-forward through the college years and into adulthood. I have to say, the Tree Hill graduates have been so successful that it makes the rest of us look like slackers. It’s nice, and relatable, to see your character NOT having everything in his life fall so easily in place. What’s it like playing the guy whose life didn’t turn out the way he thought it would?

James: It’s interesting because Nathan’s character always sort of (identified himself) with the basketball court and to have that taken away, it’s been a challenge, definitely. I haven’t really had to delve that deep into the character since season one. It was good to reach down. It turned out really good. It worked for the character. It really set up a good opportunity for him to come full circle and get back to the guy that he was.

Jennifer: I know the storyline direction has changed this season, but I’ve really missed Deb, Dan, Karen, and especially Whitey. Do you know if there is any chance we’ll get to see more of them in upcoming episodes?

James: Yeah. Dan will be around. We’ll be seeing a little bit more of Deb, she’s gonna come in and out, and Whitey, I think we’ll see him in the future, but I’m not sure how much we’ll see him this season.

Jennifer: For years, my readers have been salivating over Nathan Scott, but this season, you’ve got competition, Mr. It seems your onscreen son, Jamie Scott, is winning the hearts of America’s females. What’s it like working with such an adorable little guy (child actor Jackson Brundage)?

James: It’s amazing. The kid is a genius. He brings such a life to the set. It changes the entire dynamic of the set. Everybody is in a much better mood when he’s around. He’s so much fun to work with. He’s very smart.

Jennifer: Can you tease us with what’s coming up for Nathan in the remaining episodes?

James: Nathan is still trying to put the pieces back together. We’re gonna get to see a lot of Nathan coming around as a father and becoming a role model and really solidifying his position with his family. There’s some good story there.

Jennifer: Last week on the show we got the news that Dan is “allegedly” dying from a heart condition. Can you give us any scoop on whether Dan is just manipulating Nathan or if indeed Dan’s ticker is almost out of time?

James: Um…I can’t give anything there!

Jennifer: I had to try!

Jennifer: The character of Nathan Scott has evolved so much from the beginning of the series. He went from a selfish, party boy who hated his brother to the good guy we see today. Which do you like playing better, bad Nathan or good Nathan?

James: Playing bad Nathan is a lot of fun. But with good Nathan there are more levels there because he’s got more to deal with in his life and he brings people closer to him in his life.

Do you have any theories on how Nathan and Haley afford that gorgeous mansion on a coach and teacher’s salary?

James: (Laughter.) The story is that Nathan actually has money from a shoe contract. Obviously, it got bought out when he got injured. But the money came from that, and they purchased the house with that.

Jennifer: Let's talk about your annual Charity Basketball Game. I get tons of e-mails every year from fans wanting to find out information on the event each year in Wilmington. This year was the fifth year for the sold-out game that benefits several charities. What made you start this event five years ago and what keeps you and the cast doing it each year?

James: We started (doing it) season one because we wanted to give back to the community, because the community here embraced us so well. We wanted to give back to some local charities and use the show to do some good. Also, we wanted to reach out to the fans a little bit. Every year it gets bigger and bigger and now we can sell out the game and raise more money. It’s become a staple of every season to have that charity game. The fans all show up and get to meet a lot of the cast that shows up. It’s turned into something pretty great for fans and charity alike.

Jennifer: Rarely in the world of TV, do fans ever get the chance to meet the stars of their favorite shows, let alone watch them play sports. How did you come up with such a unique concept of a basketball game that gives fans face time with the cast?

James: Our show is about basketball. It’s always sort of been a central theme. (And with it) we can bring the entire cast together around a game and give the fans something to watch, instead of just inviting them over to wait in line and sign autographs for them. We can actually put on a little bit of a show, you know? That’s how that came about.

Jennifer: Are you planning another game for next year or was this year the final?

James: We are considering doing another one next year. It went well this year. We’re coming back for a sixth season. We got an early pickup from the CW, so we’ll be doing another one next year.

Jennifer: Since this interview is for Tube Talk, I must ask, what do you watch on TV or what are some of your favorite shows?

James: I watch a lot of HBO shows and some South Park. My favorite show on television right now is The Office.

Jennifer: Thanks James for taking time to talk.

James: Thank you!

Editor's Note: If you enjoyed the interview, please take a moment to leave James a comment and let him know how much we appreciate him taking time to talk with us here at Tube Talk.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Jennie Garth signs on for 90210 spinoff

Kelly Taylor is going home.

Actress Jennie Garth has signed on to reprise her role as Kelly Taylor in the upcoming Beverly Hills 90210 spinoff on the CW, according to TV Guide.

In the new version, Kelly Taylor is apparently still living in Beverly Hills and is working as a guidance counselor at her old high school. I wonder if Steve Sanders will be the gym teacher?

Garth is reportedly only signed on as a recurring cast member, rather than a regular cast member.

I’m hoping we’ll get to see some of the other West Beverly alumni, too. And by “other” I mean Dylan McKay.

Link Time

Here is a look at what TV bloggers in the TV Blog Coalition are buzzing about this week.

With her mind fully blown by a Wire actor joining the 90210 spinoff, Buzz asks which actors you'll always associate with particular characters. (BuzzSugar)

Amie shared her thoughts on MTV's The Hills' latest episode "No Place Like Home." (Daemon's TV)

Marcia worried about starlet stunt-casting on How I Met Your Mother and Ugly Betty. (Pop Vultures)

Facial Hair or Facial Scare: What do you think of this growing trend and which TV star who wears his facial hair best? (RTVW)

Come see why Scooter will be saying "What up Mustafa?" ad nausea for the next couple months. And if that doesn't wet your appetite, it has to do with something on PBS not named Bob Ross. (Scooter McGavin's 9th Green)

"Fame, I'dols going to live forever, I'dols going to learn how to fly, high!". Vance notes how this weeks American Idol fit into the lyrics of "Fame" eerily well. (Tapeworthy)

While once again obsessed with Lost, Jace remembered why he loves Battlestar Galactica so frakking much. (Televisionary)

Once again, TiFaux's kinky side reared its ugly head as Dan discussed which TV star tattoos were the hottest. Vote on who you think is the hottest! (TiFaux)

Tube Talk vents its frustration at ABC for cancelling Men in Trees. (Tube Talk)

With the rumblings in the press that SMALLVILLE'S Allison Mack is getting ready to jump ship, this TV Addict thought he'd offer up a word of caution. (the TV Addict)

Kate broke down who will be in and who will be out when Project Runway makes its move to Lifetime. (TV Filter)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Commentary with a Co-ed: Ugly Betty adds a baby

by Ashley Gouveia

I’ve learned a few things while I was watching last night’s Ugly Betty. Henry and Betty are way too nice for their own good, Mrs. Meade rocks, and Wilhelmina is evil. OK, I knew the last one, but this episode just confirmed it.

At least last season we got to see a human side to Willie when her daughter showed up. Now, it’s like she is irredeemable. Family used to slightly thaw her frozen heart, but now I don’t think even a blowtorch would do the trick. She had her sister committed and that didn’t keep her up at night. I do love Wilhelmina, when she’s scheming with Marc though. Her line about the biggest comeback since Jesus was hysterical. I just wished Marc would split his screen time with Amanda. I miss those two together.

The main focus of the episode was, of course, Charlie’s baby shower. What was Betty thinking when she thought throwing a shower for Henry’s baby’s mama was a good idea? Charlie was being more obnoxious than ever, and Betty’s head looked like it was going to explode. She was taking on so much and staying in denial that this was all going to work out. Henry was trying to work it out by them seeing each other once every two weeks. Ignacio gave his wise words and told Betty that once you become a father everything changes. Papi knows best!

Another person who gave Betty a wake up call, or rather a pinch, was Claire Meade. I love these two in scenes together. They have such a great bond, and Mrs. Meade isn’t afraid to tell Betty what she thinks. When she was going on and on about all the lengths she was going to for Charlie, Claire told her straight out that she was wasting her time on a relationship that was never going to work.

It was heartbreaking to see Betty watching Henry hold his baby boy after Charlie gave birth in her living room. She knew everything was about to change and that she wasn’t going to be first priority in Henry’s life anymore.

Daniel was back on his downward spiral after Renee left. I find it hard to believe that he was so in love with her after only a few weeks. But this is Daniel we’re talking about. I’ll forgive him for going back to his old ways just because he was so cute when he realized how much his job means to him. Thanks again for your sage wisdom Papi Suarez.

With Betty and Henry on the fence and Wilhelmina planning her comeback to Mode, it should be an exciting few weeks heading to the finale. Now with Eddie Cibrian on the show as Coach Diaz that can only add to my enjoyment. ‘Till next week.

Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Friday.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Idol Chatter: Jason Castro says goodbye man

by Becky Tennant and Bethany O'Neil

Well, last night we finally were able to say good-bye to Jason Castro. And while we have been giving him a rough time the last couple weeks, it has been good to see someone on the show with such a care-free attitude about the whole thing.

He even seemed like he wanted to go home. Did he feel like he was out of his element, was it not what he thought it would be, or did he really not care one way or another? We may never know the answer to this. But we wonder how Jason will feel when he goes on the Idol tour, and he has to do a whole show full of those corny montages and dances, like the one last night.

Did anyone else notice how David Cook, Syesha, and Jason looked like they would rather be buried in a hole then doing the cheesy dance? David Archuletta on the other hand was in show tune heaven. He actually looked like he was on top of the world doing his song and dance to "Reeling in the Years." It was one of those moments that we were reminded how ludicrous this show can be.

We give props to our man Bo Bice, who has been MIA for a while now. It was good to have him back on the stage swinging his long-rocker locks. And we can't fail to mention how hot Adam Levine from Maroon 5 is and how we would love to be his guitar. YUM!

The end of this chaos called American Idol is near. We will be back next week.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

First look at Lindsay Lohan on Ugly Betty

COPYRIGHT ©2008 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ©(ABC/KAREN NEAL)

Lindsay Lohan is coming soon to a television near you. She’s set to join the cast of Ugly Betty on Thursday, May 22, in the season finale. Lohan is playing a mean girl from Betty’s high school days, who renters Betty’s life.

Lohan a “Mean Girl?” I think we’ve seen that already. In her defense, nobody does it better. Poor Betty.

Lohan is scheduled to continue on the show next season when it returns in the fall, according to a press release from ABC.

I’m no fan of guest casting, as regular readers know. I didn’t like Paris Hilton’s silly “That’s hot,” appearance on My Name is Earl, and Britney Spears’ recent role on How I Met Your Mother was decent, but seemed completely overblown by the media.

That said, I’m willing to give Lohan and this story arc a chance, as it could provide some insight into Betty’s interesting past. Plus, I think Betty’s flashbacks to high school will be hilarious.

At least Lohan is a tried and true actress. I remember watching her with my college roommates when she played little girl, Ali Fowler, on Another World. But I hope her role doesn’t become the media frenzy that we keep seeing when Britney stops by How I Met Your Mother. I’ve never seen so much attention for such a small role.

Idol Chatter: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Becky Tennant and Bethany O'Neil

Well how should we even begin to talk about American Idol last night? Should we start with the Good? The Bad? Or the Ugly? Let’s just be done with it and get the bad and ugly out of the way.

Unfortunately for Jason Castro, bad and ugly represents everything about his performances on Tuesday night. To all you Jason lovers out there who put him up on a pedestal, to be frank, he fell off…hard. It’s time for Jason to leave the competition.

The theme for the night was songs from the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. OK theme, right? We thought so. The are a ton of songs that Jason could have chosen, to show us that he wants to be here. But no, true to form, he took the stage and sang Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.” Ten seconds into the song we wanted someone to shoot us. And believe us when we say that we were not the only ones that felt this way! The performance was disjointed and scattered. Definitely not final-four material. To be blunt, it stunk. The judges were stunned and rightly chastised Jason for the performance. We thought Simon was going to throw his notebook at him. It just wasn’t good, regardless of how much you like Bob Marley.

His second choice was Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” We were equally disgusted with the second selection. Jason chose two songs that were sung by singers who have a very distinct voice and style, and he just didn’t pull it off. And we can’t end our critique of Jason without pointing out that this isn’t the first audition, this is the final four, and to FORGET the lyrics of a song just shows how obvious it is that Jason doesn't have what it takes. There are several people who would love to be in his position right now, and all he can think about is Bob Marley! It’s time for dreadlock boy to go.

Now finally, let’s talk about the GOOD.

David Cook started with “Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran. Oh David, we totally agree with Paula, it made us hungry for more! While it wasn’t a “totally blow us away” performance, it was good and showed how versatile he really is. His second choice was “Baba O’Reilly” by The Who. Another solid performance by David Cook. This guy is the total package! He has talent, charisma, looks, excellent vocals etc.

Syesha Mercado delivered two of the greatest performances of her time on Idol. She took on Tina Turner’s "Proud Mary.” We were a little nervous for her on this one, and we thought her dancing was a bit corny, but she totally pulled it off. Her version of “A Change Is Gonna Come,” by Sam Cook, was inspiring. Not to mention the fact that she is absolutely beautiful! Syesha showed us that she WANTS this. You go Girl!

The show ended on a good note with David Archuleta. Archie’s first choice was “Stand by Me,” by Ben E King. Nice David, maybe a little safe for this point in the competition, but nice all the same. He delivered on Elvis’ “Love Me Tender.” We liked how he slowed the song down and didn’t try to sound like Elvis. And while we might not care too much for him, he does have some of the best vocals of the competition. It was a nice way to end the show, and we think that he is a good contemporary artist. It’s a shame that this is American Idol and not America’s Greatest Contemporary Artist. Just kidding.

Tonight Jason should go, it is only fair, but if he does stay another week, let’s hope he does better.

Mario dismissed from Dancing With the Stars and stars return to celebrate 100th show

Photo: ©2008 (ABC)

See ya later, Mario! Last night, R&B singer Mario didn’t earn enough votes to remain on Dancing With the Stars.
I was a little shocked that Mario was shown the door. I thought it would be low-scorer Marissa, but she somehow got more votes. Marissa really connects with the audience, and women love that she’s doing so well and isn’t a size two. I was even cheering when she did that lift. Go Marissa! You looked beautiful and graceful.

At the end of Monday’s program, I was irritated that the judges were so hard on Mario. His waltz was lovely, and despite being crowned “the prince” of the ballroom by judge Bruno, Mario still failed to score a 10 for that routine. The performance earned him straight nines, even with that breathtaking lift with Karina. Crazy! That waltz was beautiful.

It was the jive that really did Mario in. Again, I thought it was fun, entertaining and a blast to watch. However, the judges didn’t love it, criticized the technique, and Len told Mario his feet were “bloody, big ugly ones.” That was harsh. I don’t have the technical eye that the judges do, but that jive was NOT ugly. I wish the judges would realize that what they say does influence voters at home. Mario was such a gentlemen in the competition, always taking the criticism in stride and improving each week. I’ll miss him.

The big upset of the night came from an injured Cristian, who danced both dances with only one arm, due to his ruptured tendon. At the end, he and Cheryl were the high scorers, ousting Kristi and Jason from the top of the leader board. Cristian joked that he should have been dancing all the dances with one arm. Kudos to Cheryl for somehow choreographing routines for Cristian that only involve the use of his uninjured arm. That was impressive, especially the one-armed lift.

The highlight of the evening was the 100th episode celebration. Previous cast members and professional dancers performed and watched from the audience. It was great to see Kelly Monaco, Sabrina Bryan, Stacy Keibler, Helio Castroneves, Mario Lopez, Lisa Rinna and the rest of the gang, and especially pro dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Ashly DelGrosso. I really miss Maks this season. And we haven’t seen the lovely Ashly since season three. I hope she returns next year.


One of the highlights of the 100th episode was that the judges chose their top 10 favorite dances of the entire series. I had hoped some of my favorites would be on the list, and they were: Kelly Monaco’s famous helicopter lure free-style to “Let’s Get Loud,” Drew Lachey’s “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” and Mel B’s Paso Doble to “Free Your Mind.”

The judges chose Mario Lopez’ tango to “Whatever Lola Wants” as their favorite dance of all seasons. It’s interesting that the number one spot went to a guy who didn’t even win the competition. I had forgotten how amazing Mario was during his run. I still can’t believe he didn’t win. Emmitt Smith was just too charming that year.

Next week, I’m assuming Marissa will be the one to go home. As great as she is, I don’t think she’s on the level that the remaining contestants are. The final three should be Jason, Kristi, and Cristian in a fight for the trophy. Then again, never underestimate the popular vote. Marissa has won the hearts of America, so perhaps we shouldn’t count her out yet.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Reaper fans, don’t miss tonight’s episode

Those of you who love Reaper - and I know there are plenty of you out there - tonight is a crucial episode, in terms of ratings.

In other words, you need to watch.

I have it on good authority that the network is paying close attention to tonight’s ratings. Here’s why. Next week is the CW upfront presentation, where the network decides and announces which shows will be back next year on its schedule. I want Reaper to be one of those shows. (I also hope that Aliens in America will be back, but I’m not optimistic after reading all the trade reports.)

At the beginning of the season I championed Reaper and got many of you on board. (You’re welcome Tim, and the rest of you.) I’m here to ask you once again to tune in. We need quality scripted shows, instead of more reality brain-dead programming. So, please, watch. You wouldn’t want to make the Devil angry would you?

Some of you have e-mailed asking for information on the SEND SOCKS TO SAVE REAPER CAMPAIGN. All you have to do is send your socks and letters of support to Dawn Ostroff at 3300 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank, California, 91505. That is the correct address.

For those of you who can’t wait for tonight’s episode at 9 p.m. ET, check out this clip, courtesy of the CW.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

ABC cancels Men in Trees

These are trying times, Tubers.

First, Las Vegas got the boot from NBC, with no satisfactory series ending. Then, we got the news that Aliens in America most likely won’t be back on the CW schedule next season. And now TV Guide is reporting that ABC has cancelled Men in Trees.

Go ahead, take a moment to toss out your own personal expletive. I know I did.

I can’t say I’m surprised that Men in Trees is getting the boot. ABC has treated it so shabbily during its run -changing its time slot six times in two years and pulling the show for two long hiatuses - that viewers could rarely find it or remember when it was supposed to air.

The good news is that at least fans will get a proper ending. A series-finale wrap-up will air sometime this summer. The last new batch of episodes begins airing May 28.

I’m baffled as to why ABC made this decision. I can’t imagine they have some kind of super lineup next season with shows that could possibly be any better than Men in Trees. Private Practice isn’t. Neither is any of the reality fare they spin. (What, like you’re home watching Wife Swap?)

Feel free to vent your frustrations in the comments below about the loss of another fun, quirky dramedy, or better yet, fire off a letter to ABC.

Link Time

Here’s what bloggers in the TV Blog Coalition are talking about this week.

With the Sex and the City movie looming, Buzz proposed a dozen essential episodes of the series to watch before May 30. (BuzzSugar)

With the start of season 2 of Robin Hood on BBC America, Sandie shared her interview with Richard Armitage, who plays Guy of Gisbourne. (Daemon's TV)

Marcia created a Lost drinking game, ensuring that she'll never again be sober on Thursday nights. (Pop Vultures)

Want to know what you will be listening at the beach or on your road trip this summer? Scooter runs down twenty-five albums that will be released over the next four months. (Scooter McGavin's 9th Green)

With apologies to Supernatural, Scrubs and My Name Is Earl, Vance is supa dupa excited from the amazing Thursday onslaught of Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, 30 Rock, Lost, The Office and Survivor. (Tapeworthy)

This week, while Jace thrilled over Doctor Who and his casting scoop (Catherine O'Hara signs on for Rob Thomas' new drama pilot Good Behavior), he once again found himself enthralled by the latest episode of Lost. (Televisionary)

In the wake of a prominent death on Battlestar Galactica, Dan got all Mr. Wizard on us and did some hasty internet research on what would actually happen to you if you got sucked out of the airlock and into outer space. It ain't pretty. (TiFaux)

Jennifer was outraged to hear of the impending cancellation of Aliens in America and launched into a red-faced rant about the current state of television. (Tube Talk)

Raoul talked to the rather fascinating Lauren of America's Next Top Model (TV Filter)

Friday, May 02, 2008

TV Blog Coalition

I’d like to take time to welcome you to a new feature here at Tube Talk: The TV Blog Coalition.

Recently, I was invited to become a member of the TV Blog Coalition, a weekly blog dedicated to bringing TV fans the best of the TV blogosphere. The TV Blog Coalition members are some of my favorite and some of the most well respected TV bloggers on the ‘net. Their posts are well written, informative, and most of all, fun.

Each week, members are asked to submit a quick blurb about one of their blog posts they consider most entertaining for the week. The blurbs are then published in one easy post, so readers don’t have to search the ‘net for the week’s most entertaining TV blog stories.

Each week on Monday, I’ll be publishing the TV Blog Coalition post with links to some great sites. To check out past Coalition blog posts, please click here.

And here’s a look at the most recent blog post.

Buzz played agent to Lauren Graham and asked what her next career move should be. (BuzzSugar)

Sandie shared pictures from the set of Moonlight. (Daemon's TV)

Marcia liveblogged the UK's BAFTA Television Awards, in which shows most Americans have never heard of took home the big prizes. (Pop Vultures)

Rae listened in on a teleconference with Jason Dohring about the return of Moonlight and shares her favorite bits. (RTVW)

You soon won't forget Sarah Marshall. Yep, Scooter can write uber-cheesy headlines with the best of them. (Scooter McGavin's 9th Green)

This week, the TV Addict set the internet ablaze with his review of the highly anticipated BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel CAPRICA [the TV Addict]

How I Met Your Mother introduces everyone to Vance's Canada! Welcome, eh! (Tapeworthy)

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Lex Luthor departing Smallville and other spoilers

A few moments ago I checked my e-mail to find a letter from Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, regarding his impending exit from the show.

That’s right. Lex Luthor will NOT be a series regular on Smallville next season.

Smallville executive producers Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, along with the CW Network and Warner Bros. Television, issued this joint statement about Rosenbaum’s exit.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to work with Michael for the past seven seasons. He is one of the best actors on television and has never failed to bring a new layer to the character of Lex Luthor in every episode. While Michael won’t be a series regular, and we won’t have the pleasure of working with him on a weekly basis this fall, we like to think that we haven’t seen the last of Lex Luthor. Stay tuned."

I hope they’re not wrong and that we haven’t seen the last of Sexy Lexy.

Rosenbaum also issued a statement. Here is his sweet and humorous letter to fans in its entirety.

Dear Smallville Fans,

Well, it's been seven wonderful years. Your support is what has made Smallville so successful, and I appreciate you all more than you know.

That being said, it is time for me to start the next chapter of my life and career. I hope that I gave you some enjoyment over the years, and that you found my portrayal of Lex Luthor to be satisfying. I am truly grateful, as Smallville fans are the best fans out there. I sincerely hope that you will continue to follow my career through my hair growth period and beyond.

I'm very excited about what the future holds, but certainly, Smallville will always be a part of me. I will definitely miss the greatest crew in the world, and the wonderful cast that has been like a family to me.

Thank you Al and Miles for creating the show. Thank you writers, producers, directors and editors. Thanks Tollin, Robbins and Davola for being there for the pilot. Thank you Peter Roth for employing me for ten years. Lisa Lewis, I miss you already. John Glover, thanks for helping me feel more comfortable touching other actors, while acting. Bizarre, but helpful.

Mostly, I want to thank Greg Beeman for directing the "Oh Sherry" video, by Steve Perry, back in the 80's.

Thanks crew. Thanks fans. Thanks Smallville.

I love you all,
Michael Rosenbaum

There you have it, right from the lips of Lex Luthor himself.

I can’t fathom a Smallville without Lex Luthor. He’s been the character I loved, then the character I loved to hate.

We’ll miss you Michael, more than you know.

Rumors are also swirling that Allison Mack (Chloe) has not signed on yet as a series regular for next season and is still in talks. I’m more than a little nervous that she won’t come back.

A Smallville without Martha, Jonathan, Lionel and Pete is bad enough. When those characters exited, so did some of the magic and charm that made Smallville so spectacular throughout the years. Add to that a missing Lex and possibly Chloe, and who’s left to keep the charm and spirit that Smallville has consistently delivered?

I love Tom Welling’s Clark Kent, but no man is an island, not even Superman. For a series to be successful, it needs a supporting cast that has chemistry. I’m concerned more and more that the supporting cast keeps dwindling away.

I don’t want Smallville to become Clark Kent fighting a different villain every week, with no family or friends, other than Lois and Jimmy, to support him. That is the Superman story, not the Smallville story, which is supposed to be the tale of young Clark Kent BEFORE he becomes Superman.

For those of you who hate spoilers, stop reading now.

Smallville producers plan to introduce two new villains next season: Doomsday and a female villain whose name has not been released yet, but who will set her sights on Clark. (Doomsday is notorious for being the only character in the DC Comics universe to have killed Superman.)

So, Lex is out and more changes may be coming. Please take a moment to share your thoughts or leave a comment for Michael Rosenbaum in the comments section below.

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