Friday, April 11, 2014

Questions about the Colbert Transition to The Late Show

So Letterman announced his retirement a week ago (which really was just a matter of time), and after many articles and listicles as to who would take over, they announced the successor to The Late Show, and yes, it's yet another middle-aged white guy. If you thought it wouldn't be the case, you were sadly mistaken. Even I knew that wouldn't be the case.

(To anyone who put Seth Meyers on their list - what the fuck. Dude's still cutting his teeth on NBC, he wouldn't jump ship so soon!)

Of course to some people, it would've been obvious for Craig to move up an hour, but no Prince of Wales clause (term I saw someplace) for him. But with his contract ending pretty soon, fans like myself should wonder/worry if he would renew or leave.

But good on Stephen Colbert. Really. From basic cable to a major network? Major coup for him and CBS. As someone who saw The Colbert Report the same fall it went on the air all those years ago (almost 10 years - woah!) as a transfer student in America. So yes, I have sentimental value for The Colbert Report

Although Vulture came up with some pretty good questions about the transition here, I also have my own (which everyone else must be wondering): 
  1. Will he be Stephen Colbert or "Stephen Colbert", the character he's been playing on TV for almost a decade now? 
  2. Will he have to rejig The Late Show to his liking, or will he get some of his bits or segments from The Report?
  3. While this means that he wouldn't have to move too far, would he be staying put in his current studio, or would he be based in the Ed Sullivan Theater?
  4. Band or no band? He's been, for the most part, a one-man show over on Comedy Central. Or maybe, like Craig, go bandless? Or will he "inherit" Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra (that is, if they stayed put)?
  5. What will happen to the people who are currently working on The Late Show? Will Colbert be bringing his crew over? 
  6. Who's taking over Colbert's slot on Comedy Central? Because I don't think you can move The Daily Show up half hour..

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thoughts while watching Late Night with Seth Meyers

I had been curious excited about Seth Meyers taking over Late Night since it was announced. Well okay, maybe it might have something to do with how he's easier on the eye (for me) than Fallon. Damn those dimples.

Tried not to watch too many sneak peak videos beforehand, but yes, I did know that Fred Armisen would be his in-house band leader. Talk about SNL nepotism. 

  • The Thank You Notes cold open was an appropriate reference (and deference) to Fallon and his Late Night reign.  
  • I could get used to the logo and title sequence.
  • Was it just me, or was he a little shouty during the erm, monologue? Weekend Update shouty. The jokes were still funny, don't get me wrong. Love the anecdote about his wife. 
  • Well, someone made do without curtains. Rice paper sliding doors, really? At least it's a change from velvet curtains or faux city view... just saying. 
  • Is it just me, or is his desk and guest chairs are a bit erm, small? Maybe I'm used to seeing plusher chairs on the other shows. After years of not seeing his feet on SNL, you can now see them with the new desk, haha. 
  • The humour bits (Venn diagram and Costas Vision) was a little meh
  • Them getting the vice president was not a bad.. 
  • Didn't know the desk figurine was that of Stefon.. (Really?!)
Sucker that I am for dimples, will keep watching. Will you?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thoughts watching the second season of The Taste (ABC)

Second season finale of The Taste is coming!

It was sad to hear that Malarkey wasn't continuing on the show and replaced by Marcus Samuelsson as fourth mentor and judge, but whatever it takes to make things exciting. 

  • At least this year the judges are taking more time to decide instead of going by snap judgment followed by bitter regret after meeting the person who made the spoon. The double-edged sword that is blind tasting. 
  • The mentor's personalised trailers where they meet their teams at the start of the day is a charming touch. Show got more money now. 
  • Having the guest judge serve as mentor in the individual challenge for the winners of the team challenge is also not a bad idea. 
  • They've tweaked things around a little bit: Losing mentor having to send their weakest link home right after the team challenge is pretty brutal, but also to great effect when Nigella loses half her team in one episode early on when they lost both team and solo challenges.
  • At least the judges table is only on a slightly higher level than the cooking area than the first season, so there isn't any weird door and elevator footage like they did last season? 
  • Of course they want the home cook to be in the finale. But also sad that Nigella and Marcus are already out of the competition before the finale.
  • Who wants crazy dragon lady Marina to take the title? 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Thoughts while watching the recent Golden Globes

  • The only way you get the references in Tina and Amy's monologue is if you paid attention to the news or the Internet for the last couple of weeks. They may be timely, but I don't know about classic.
  • There was no way Coldplay would beat U2 for the category they were nominated in. I'm a Coldplay fan, but I'm also a realist. But it explains why Chris Martin was there as he doesn't normally appear with the wife in public.. 
  • There's also no way that Cate Blanchett looks like that with just SK-II... is she still the global ambassador? 
  • All the pregnant ladies this year. Not that there weren't any in previous years, I'm just saying.
  • Props to Emma Thompson for not giving a damn. 
  • No idea why Kate Beckinsale was presenting with Diddy and Usher. Anyone?
  • Michael Sheen and his kid - so cute. Too bad Masters of Sex didn't win any awards that night.
  • Was kind of hoping James Spader won his category for The Blacklist, just to see if he would show up, let alone say anything. 
  • Wasn't there a few times where there were MISTER Golden Globe or something? Had to like how Kevin and Kyra introduced their daughter Sosie as the year's Miss Golden Globe. Didn't need the Tina and Amy sketch that time. 
  • Fallon and McCarthy bit? Not funny.
  • The vagina joke was hilarious. 

About the Project Runway All Stars finale...

Was I the only one that's a tad disgruntled that Seth Aaron won AGAIN?! Poor Korto - runner up AGAIN.

Project Runway's been on the air so long they definitely have a large enough pool of contestants for more All Stars seasons, if not at least a couple more. 

I do wonder if they'll stick to Alyssa as host next season or if they'll draw another name out of the velvet button bag.. LOL

If that happens... they need more Swatch (Mood Fabric's store dog), like STAT.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Really Brief TV Rants

It's been ages I know, but I've been busy watching TV to bitch about what's going on on it. Here we go...
  • Alyssa Milano as new Project Runway All Stars host? They go through hosts like Lady Gaga goes through crazy outfits.
  • So sad that yet another white chick won Top Model. It would've been an interesting surprise had either of the guys won. But was so amused when her catwalk crew was so surprised that they won $1000 each, haha.
  • I can't be the only one that's a little disappointed about the long time coming Red John reveal on The Mentalist. Even Jane said so too. 
  • Anyone else liking The Blacklist? I can't be the only one watching it for James Spader...
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers is one heck of a sexy vampire... the American accent I could do without.
  • Seriously didn't need to see videos of Brian the dog's death now. I get it - they killed him off.
  • RIP, King and Maxwell. Rebecca Romijn is out of a job... again. Actually, so's her husband I think...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

ANTM 2.0

ANTM, just when I thought I never have to watch you ever again, you finally bring in GUYS to compete with the ladies. Oh you so cruel. 

Not that I mind that erm, "twist" in the competition personally. I mean, they probably should've played that card a cycle or two ago. I'm kinda hoping the old ice cream man that Tyra found makes it further than it's edited to look. 

I thought the makeover was going to be dramafree dull until they brought in the waxer for the manscaping. Watching those guys wince from having their legs waxed was a funny sight to behold. 

I'm not sure having Tyra insert herself even more this cycle, being there doing makeup for them on the weekly shoots on top of the picking, judging, mentoring and... I forgot something. I know I'm missing something. I know it's her TV baby and all, but really... this is reality competition helicopter parenting, as far as I'm concerned.

As long they keep the ridonk out (I never want to see, hear or have to type "Pot Ledom" EVER AGAIN), I'm in for this cycle.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Random thoughts - Project Runway Season 12

Season 12 of Project Runway starts this week - is anyone still watching?
  • Puppies falling from the sky?! Is that guy dumb or what?
  • Guy who won the week's unconventional material challenge reminds me of Kiefer Sutherland - if he was a bearded ginger :P
  • There's something a little wrong with the Russian dude. Okay, him and the guy from Wisconsin. 
  • Guy from Wisconsin needs to just get off the TV screen already.
  • Sustainability? Really?
  • I feel bad for the guy's poor model - no shoes, hair or makeup. Don't blame her for crying.
  • Either the judges closed one eye/did not notice about the vagina flash on the runway, or anything they said about it got cut out. I say it's the latter.
  • No complaints about the new rules they've implemented this season. 
  • I like how Tim is more involved besides mentoring - he now gets a front row seat to the runway shows instead of being (I imagine) backstage. How can you hate on the Tim Gunn Save? Really?!