Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Ricky Gervais Show

I'm watching episodes of HBO's The Ricky Gervais Show, which is essentially the animated, edited version of his popular podcast, The Ricky Gervais Podcast. But on premium cable.

Thankfully they're only about half an hour long, so it's not that bad - but are Americans such a visual people that you have to come up with a visual interpretation of an audio broadcast? Really? If nothing else, I like the Hanna-Barbera look of the show.

I can't be the only one that wonders how Karl (Pilkington, the show's idiot-in-residence) came to be a PRODUCER before his current infamy as Britain's most famous idiot. Well to be fair, I also know some professionals who can be pretty ditzy...

There's nothing like feeling smarter compared to Karl Pilkington.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Things I will miss about The Closer

Brenda Leigh JohnsonImage via WikipediaFirst Lie to Me doesn't get a full season, now there was an announcement that The Closer will come to an end in 2011 with its seventh season. I know I'm not the only one who reacted this way when the news first broke - but just to let you know, it's NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.............!!!

I suppose the show has come a really long way - The Closer started off with Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson who was single, new to the job and LA, hated by the subordinates to being married and respected by everyone she works with.

Ain't it odd that this came out not long after Kyra Sedgwick won that Emmy? Coincidence? It's not like they work all year round on the show, they only work six bloody months out of the year because Kyra's a New Yorker. Maybe she got tired of the show, because wanting to end the show "on a good note" is the oldest excuse in the book, but waiting for the show to go south (no pun intended) and cancelled is just that much worse.

If it has to end, I hope it goes out well; I hope she settles that beef with that rapist lawyer at least. Now I wonder if she and Fritz will have a kid.... waitaminute, by the time the show end, it would've been over 100 episodes already - won't The Closer qualify for syndication? It'll be on FOREVER...

Things I will miss about The Closer
  • Brenda's wardrobe - the candy cotton pink trenchcoat, anyone?
  • The antics of "Flovenza" - Lieutenants Provenza and Flynn - those guys crack me up
  • Her home life with Fritz and Joel the cat
  • The cat(s), dearly departed Kitty and Joel
  • Watch Fritz not wear the pants first in their relationship, then marriage... Oh Fritzy, REALLY?!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

No back nine for Lie to Me? What does it mean?

I just saw the news that Lie to Me won't be getting their back nine for the season, my heart sank a little bit.

I love watching Tim Roth on the show, not playing an American character for once. Admittedly the writing's gone in a different direction this season, but I'm still waiting for it to work out by season's end.

Then I remembered that the first season was also only 13 episodes. Hmm.

I really hope that it gets renewed in the end.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ann is Cycle 15's Top Model, yay!

First of all, I can't believe that I still watch America's Next Top Model after all these years. I am such a sucker. So yes, I saw the Cycle 15 finale - the battle between Chelsey and Ann.

After years of watching the finalists stumble and bumble through their lines in the Cover Girl commercial shoots, they finally do the commercial shoot differently by having the girls do VOICEOVERS to the onscreen action. I bet the previous contestants must be kicking themselves right about then. I thought it took them long enough to upgrade the publication from Seventeen to Italian Vogue.

I think Ann lucked out in winning America's Next Top Model THIS cycle because the prize was Italian Vogue and she's got the look that the European market wants. If it was still Seventeen, then Chelsey wins hands down.

And yes, I'm glad Ann won - I mean, she got best photo FIVE TIMES in a row, which was unheard of until then.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Craig Ferguson - The Doctor Who themed cold open

Not too long ago, Craig Ferguson did a musical song-and-dance cold open where they made up lyrics to the Doctor Who theme song because the current Doctor Matt Smith was on the show that night. But they couldn't show it on the actual The Late Late Show broadcast then because they hadn't secured the rights to the song. Whoops.

After going on and on about it during the show, it's been hinted (not too subtly) that it will find its way online at some point. So it was just a matter of time... and HERE IT IS! Woo hoo!

They basically summed up the show for people who don't know what Doctor Who is (I know what it's about, but I can't be bothered to actually watch). As usual, I love the puppets.

Personally I'm a little meh about it because I'm just wondering why didn't all this happen when David Tennant was the Doctor.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ish - no more Malaysians

There are no more Malaysian contestants in both Biggest Loser Asia and The Amazing Race Asia.

Makes me wonder how people from other countries feel when their country's representative(s) on either show are voted out or eliminated - do they keep watching?

I'm watching The Biggest Loser Asia just to watch the eventual destruction of the former Blue team now that they're in the individual stage of the competition. For what it's worth, the former Red Team people better not be below the yellow line if they know what's good for them.

Now that the Malaysian dudes are eliminated from The Amazing Race Asia (due to bad choice of Detour than anything else), I have no idea who to root for. An all girl team has won before and so has a Singaporean team. But it'll be interesting to see how the Singaporean chicks do in the Race.

2010 EMAs? Meh.

I know it was a little while ago, but I did watch the recent MTV EMAs (European Music Awards) that happened in Madrid, Spain.

First of all, why the hell is Eva Longoria host? She might not be as old as some of her Desperate Housewives castmates (also the only one that's childless in real life), but I wouldn't necessarily associate her with MTV. But I give the woman SOME props for going through with it.

Second - with all the American artistes and bands being nominated and winning some of the big awards, now the EMAs aren't any different from the American Music Awards or the MTV Music Awards. WTF - I watch the EMAs to see and hear European artistes perform, but I guess I should've kept my expectations low since none of my favourites actually PERFORMED.

Funniest brief gag was Ms Longoria wearing a ham costume as a "tribute" to Lady Gaga's meat dress and I mean brief - got a quick chuckle out of me, and that was it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Sherlock: Season One
Saw the Steven Moffat (former Dr Who show runner) take on Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock and I enjoyed the series so far, all three episodes of it. 

The "pilot" loosely based on that first short story The Study in Scarlet but when Holmes and Watson was first introduced to one another? Quite spot on, I thought. Characters are pretty true to canon, which is a good thing.

I was laughing at the bit when Sherlock's sexuality was briefly, but also awkwardly addressed in the pilot - oh, that old debate about him and Watson. Who cares whether they were gay for each other or not?

I thought the introduction of (whom I guessed to be) Mycroft was unnecessary sinister - well okay, I thought it was Moriarty at first. Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be Mycroft. If this Mycroft was slightly more out of shape, perhaps that mistake wouldn't have happened. I'm just saying.

I have no issues with Benedict Cumberbatch (a name you're not likely to forget once you know it) and Martin Freeman as Sherlock and John (they're on a first name basis here) respectively. The thought of Watson as a blogger tickles the mind very much, but pretty much the modern equivalent of what he did back then as a chronicler/journaler - same difference.

Conan-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes was quite a character - doing what he does without the benefits of modern technology like computers or the Internet way back when. So it was nice to see what he would do with all that in this show. I don't know about anyone else, but I like this Sherlock's wardrobe, particularly his long coat, haha. I also liked the Moriarty here as well - a young and hip one, if I may say that, haha. I also felt fooled when they brought him in earlier in the series and I didn't notice - it's practically a dead giveaway on American shows when they introduce a guest character that turned out to be the bad guy.

I hope that another series comes about soon - I can't wait to see what happened after that cliffhanger. Sherlock Holmes fans should watch this if they already haven't.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

5 Accents that Fooled Me

There are a lot of non-Americans making it on the American TV as Americans or even vice-versa. Not all of them get to keep their actual accents for their roles (eg. Jesse Spencer and Tim Roth). And no, I'm not gonna mention Hugh Laurie because it goes without saying.

1. Alex O' Loughlin (Hawaii Five-O) - I'm probably the last person on the planet that recently found out he's Australian. To be fair, I've never seen any of his previous work prior to H5O. Though it's a little odd that his American accent sounds like he's from both Boston AND New York, go figure.

It's either this or a shirtless pic of him out of the ocean ala Daniel Craig
2. Julian McMahon - Okay, I KNOW he's Australian and he still has his accent (some) on talk shows and interviews, but after years of watching him on Charmed, nip/tuck as well as the Fantastic Four movies as an asshole, I sometimes forget that he's not American.

3. James Marsters - Slap me stupid for not knowing that he's American and that his British accent on Buffy and Angel all those years ago was put on. I've been fooled all these years. Or I didn't think too much about it. Well, I was fooled all the same.

4. Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist) - Well okay, I sorta remember that he's Welsh and that his American accent's a little put on at times, but I can't knock every non-American on the show.

5. Alan Dale - The big and small screen token villain is from freaking NEW ZEALAND, which never comes to my mind whenever I watch him on TV. Well done, sir.

Any more suggestions?

Monday, October 11, 2010

An Idiot Abroad

So I saw the Sky show An Idiot Abroad, which is a pseudo documentary series about Karl Pilkington (the idiot former producer of the Ricky Gervais Podcast) visiting the new Seven Wonders of the World just because Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant wanted to make Karl uncomfortable by making him travel to these places he doesn't want to go. How they got Sky to fund this so-called "practical joke" is beyond me. At the same time, I kind of understand Karl not wanting to go in the first place.

So Karl's first stop is China, where he saw the weird street food, the toilets with no doors and the Great Wall of China. Along the way, he gets calls, voicemails and text messages from Ricky and Stephen, telling him to do certain stuff to make his life more difficult for their own (and the audience) amusement.

Karl thought he was done with the Great Wall until he gets a call from Stephen, telling him to see the WHOLE wall and so he scales the entire length of the Wall. Poor dude.

Most memorably stupid line of the episode? "It's the Alright Wall of China"

I'm not sure if I could bring myself to watch the rest of the series - based on this one episode, it could be a hilarious train wreck.

Post-JJ Criminal Minds

Saw the post-JJ episode of Criminal Minds, Remembrance of Things Past.

They totally reworked the title sequence - different mix of the tune, shuffling of cast members with Joe Mantegna get first billing and Thomas Gibson getting the "and" billing. Even the final cast photo at the end also changed.

Question: If Paget Brewster is also (eventually) getting written out, why still bother with the billing at all?

The only sign (literally) alluding to JJ's absence was Garcia taking down the name from the door. I don't think I'm the only one that's curious about who is going to be their new liaison, if they are going to address that at all.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How the CSI fires worked out on the shows

CSI: Miami

Totally forgot that the Miami-Dade crime lab was gassed at the end of the last season, with everyone down for the count if not for Horatio. The gas attack on the lab is just a vehicle to drive Eddie Cibrian's character Jesse Cardoza out of the show. Convenient.


Writing Wendy Simms (Liz Vassey) out of the show wasn't too hard - her character left to be a field mouse in another city, leaving a devastated Hodges behind. Aww.... HAHA.


Stella Bonasera in New Orleans to head her own crime lab? Convenient. Also liking Sela Ward's character so far.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Amazing Race Asia - Season 4 premiere

After a pretty long hiatus, The Amazing Race Asia is BACK!

They also updated the theme music (as far as I can tell), but I still hate the "turn and smile" thing that the teams do in the opening credits - they don't even do that anymore on the American one.

The fourth season kicked off at the Thean Hou Temple in KL, Malaysia. Allan gives the usual spiel about how they're embarking on the ride of a lifetime, etc and contestants are told to drive themselves to Batu Caves and later to Georgetown, Penang. I have no idea why no one else followed the Malaysian dudes (who had the home advantage) to the caves and long story short, won the first leg up in Penang on a cruise ship.
  • The Indons had a bad leg - one team had their car break down and the father-daughter team took an unnecessary ferry ride to the Detour/Pit Stop.
  • Didn't expect Hilda to be so whiny, and it's only the first leg (heh) - sheesh. I suppose it's hard to be stoic when you've twisted your ankle. 
  • The only product placement so far was the use of Sony cameras for the Detour.
Now to see whether the Malaysian dudes can hold up their lead..

Friday, September 24, 2010

NCIS: LA Season 2 premiere

 NCIS: LA two-hour, two-episode premiere - oh goody!
  1. The dream chase sequence in the cold open - I always enjoy watching people parkouring in the wild.
  2. Like the new opening credits - always a good indication of who is in and who is out. Too bad about Peter Cambor (operational psychologist Nate), who's now down to "Special Guest Star" :P Unless he's doing some other project in real life that I'm not aware of..
  3. Keeks or Densi for the Kensi-Deeks 'ship? I'm more inclined towards the latter.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What I like about the new Hawaii Five-O pilot

Saw the pilot of the Hawaii Five-O reboot, and it was entertaining enough, I guess.

Here's what I liked about it - spoiler alert be damned.
  • Having the older McGarrett (even if it was in the cold open and was killed during) was pretty dramatic for a show pilot. But not a first.
  • A cop show with no red tape? A MACHIAVELLIAN task force? I'm in!
  • Danno's ringtone for his ex-wife? Obvious, but still got a chuckle out of me.
  • Alex O' Loughlin's Mandarin? Almost pitch perfect.
  • Only mention of Malaysia had us smuggling kids. What the..?!
  • Steve swearing in to take the job offer over the phone to supercede Danno was hilarious.
  • Always nice to see James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on TV again as a baddie. Doubt that he'll be a one-off character, he might be back.
  • Grace Park's character's name is a mouthful... but it won't be too bad in the end.
  • Am I the only one that's glad that the team hasn't decided on a name at the end?
Overall, I think it was a good pilot. The episode was pretty cinematic by small screen standards, I might keep watching... if it stays on long enough.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Biggest Loser Asia Season 2 premiere

Two hour long season premiere of The Biggest Loser Asia! Woo hoo!

Which means a portion of the programme would be spent on showing us the audition highlights in 5 cities - Manila, Jakarta, Singapore, KL and Bangkok. There was no sign of the host this round of auditions, which should've been a giveaway; instead, Kristy and Dave (plus last season's winner, David, in Jakarta) did the auditioning. Plenty of cringe-worthy, awkward footage to be had, as well as the touching stories of why people are signing up for the show.

Long story short, the 16 contestants are shipped off to the lovely IOI Resort in Putrajaya, where they meet the new host, future Mrs Naza Marion Caunter, dressed in a brown jumpsuit. First, she tells them to "expect the unexpected" (that cliché), then she nicely tells them that they're gonna into a challenge on the equestrian track where they race through a 4-stage obstacle course, where the fastest man and woman would have the power, as captains, to pick their teams and colours. Trust two of the Singaporeans to win that race (Raj and Fish). The contestants were led to the mansion that they're gonna live in (it's HUGE) and everyone gets to know each other and then there is the selection ceremony where the team captains picked their team members and handed out the red and blue shirts. Notice how she's in the same outfit in the different segments.

So the teams meet their trainers and we get to see the spanking new on-campus gym as well as the dreaded scale, the "lifeline" of the show. Marion (or the producers) threw them the "double elimination" curveball, whereby the two people with the least weight lost would be going home. Ouch. There was no team challenge this round, so we get the usual training footage of people sweating, barfing and falling over (not in that order).

We come to another curveball at the first weigh-in: the double eliminations would occur in the same team *jeng jeng jeng* so everyone was freaking out about being two people short on top of the possibility of going home and losing the weigh-in. That's a lot to absorb.

After some suspense, the Red Team wins the weigh-in and Rico and Desiree from the Blue Team are eliminated.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hawaii Five-0, the remake

I wasn't even born yet during the run of Hawaii Five-O, so watching the opening credits for the new Hawaii Five-0 was a new experience.

After hearing the theme music used in cheesy fashion in bad presentations and events over the years, I was a little immune to it. But this new one seems promising, even though I had not really seen anything else the main cast had been in prior to this. I also can't help but compare to it NCIS: LA, except that it's set in Hawaii.

I have no idea if this remake will be any good, but I'll probably watch a couple of episodes first for the heck of it.

Top Chef finale - exotic, but meh

The Top Chef finale left me feeling bored: Kevin ultimately winning the show when he hasn't been doing that great up to that point was a little bit like when Hosea winning - he was not one of those people you expected to go very far, let alone win. Of course I'm speaking as a viewer who didn't taste what they tasted on the TV screen.

I had no idea beforehand that it would be in Singapore - their Tourism Board had something to do with that, if you know I mean - but of all places, what the...?! Perhaps the Malaysian Tourism people should shell out money for Top Chef to do a stint there instead of paying Martha Stewart a shitload of money for her 9 day Malaysian vacation, WTF.

I was also not surprised to see K.F Seetoh as the local guest judge, who took the finalists on a street food tour around Singapore and later judge them in Part 1. Must not be easy trying to pick which places to bring them to with what Singapore has to offer. At least he didn't take them to the yong tau foo place, which is a bone of contention between Malaysia and Singapore because they each claim that it's theirs.There's a long list of dishes still being argued over somewhere.

I also had to get used to the idea of the show being so close to home (well, several hours away, but you get the drift), which was... woah.

I was also surprised to see Elaine Daly at the Food & Wine party in the elimination challenge in Part 1 - my first thought was, "What was SHE doing there?"

Even though Angelo was down with some bug, the guy really did luck out getting the fastest winner in Top Chef history as his sous chef; he would've been screwed with any of the others. And those guys were lucky they didn't get the eliminated fellow contestants as their sous chefs too.

A boring ending to an otherwise meh season.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lie to Me Season 3 Promo

I don't watch these previews, but with the third season of Lie to Me only starting in November... oh, what the heck.

What I don't get is why TJ Thyne is doing the intro... I mean, I know both Bones and Lie to Me are on FOX, but still.

Mad about the Criminal Minds cuts

I know it's been awhile since they announced this, but I'm a little mad that due to budget cuts, they're slowly cutting out the women on Criminal Minds... except for Kristen Vangness of course, but that's a given; imagine the riots if Abby were cut out of NCIS.

I have no idea why the budget cuts, nor do I have any theories about it. But IMO, CBS should just let Charlie Sheen rot and not pay such an obscene amount for him to come back to Two and a Half Men. WTF.

I have nothing against AJ Cook's character, JJ on the show - she was like the "civilian" of the BAU team, the non-profiler who doesn't have to deal with the psychopaths too much on the show. But what happened to her over the last few seasons is like the employer paper trail - her on screen and real life baby, baby daddy... it was a matter of time before she gets written out of the show eventually. I would like to think that she wouldn't be killed off, but it would be too obvious for her to quit the bureau for some lame ass reason and be a full time parent instead. Whatever happens to her next (as in TV gig-wise), I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

2010 VMAs

Finally catching up on the VMAs. I have nothing against Chelsea Handler's hosting this year, poking fun at all the celebs; poor Russell Brand got thrown under the bus (haha) for poking fun at the Jo Bros. If it wasn't held in LA, you might not see half the people that were in the audience if it was back on the other coast.

I have no idea how MTV gets away with doing the VMAs the last few years when there are more "reality" shows than music videos on the channel. But, anyway...

Even though I've lost faith in what little credibility the show had to begin with, you just watch it to see what is going to happen for the watercooler talk :P

I also feel like I'm too old for MTV; half the people I don't know or recognise despite hearing their stuff on the radio. I also feel too old to care who is performing and am skipping through/muting them.
  • I would hate to be seated behind Lady Gaga, even though her head gear's not that obstructive compared to whatever else she's worn. I also have nothing against her wins.
  • What is it with medley performances? Audience short attention span? Or because the show is only two hours long?
  • GIVE ME YOUR WIG!! - Chelsea to Bieber in the taped skit
Speaking of MTV, I can't wait to watch the European Music Awards next month.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Louie: Not the average half-hour comedy show

The first season of Louie finally finished.

I like Louis CK and his comedy, but I've never seen his other forays into TV like Lucky Louie or whatever else he was in up to this point. But I enjoyed whatever standup specials that I managed to watch or hear.

As someone who's stopped watching half-hour sitcoms, I gave it a go. While it has its misses, I like it because it's not the conventional American sitcom. It has "short films" (as The AV Club would put it) sandwiched between his standup bits in a comedy club. Some are stupid, some are awkward, but the good ones are good.

Not crazy about the theme song (which is more depressing than anything one has ever seen on the show), but it's now stuck in my head, argh!

I watch it because I like Louis CK and I want the show to work out. And if you've got FX, you should, too.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New host and contestants for Biggest Loser Asia

I'm curious to see what happens on the second season of The Biggest Loser Asia since I just remembered to find out whether they've unveiled the second batch of contestants or not, which they have on the Diva Universal Facebook Page instead of the Biggest Loser Asia page, like they should've in this photo album.

Oh, have I mentioned that the Hallmark Channel is being rebranded as Diva Universal later in the month? But that's for another blog post.

One thing I didn't expect was Marion Caunter replacing Sarimah Ibrahim as host. I wonder why - does Sarimah really have a lot on her plate, or was she only signed on for the one season, or unceremoniously dumped? Who's to say?

Also - WHY Marion? I don't know about anyone else, but if I was a contestant, I don't think I could take her seriously as host, seeing as other hosts are known to have their weight issues... Was she picked because she's also an E! News Asia host? Her body of work? Hmm. No freaking idea.

Contestants-wise, there are three Malaysians, FIVE Singaporeans (either very the kiasu, or there are more obese people there than one would think), two Filippinos, three Thai people, one from Hong Kong and two from Indonesia. There are two (obviously) expats currently residing in Hong Kong and Indonesia, which was why the last bit sounded the way it did.

Now, we wait and see.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Amazing Race Asia Season 4 teams finally revealed

The Amazing Race Asia logoImage via WikipediaI was up until 2 something in the morning the other day trying to watch the The Amazing Race Asia: Racers Revealed special on the AXN site (which only requires you to complete a survey before you can continue on).

It's basically an hour long special of host Allan Wu walking through (I think) KL's Chinatown introducing the new batch of 10 teams from all over Asia, as well as some commentary from the show's casting director and producer.

Here's the breakdown of teams by country:
  • 2 teams from India
  • 2 Malaysian teams
  • 2 teams from the Philippines
  • 2 Indonesian teams, one being a father-daughter team, a TARA first
  • One team from Hong Kong
  • One team from Singapore
For once there are no famous (not even by proxy) Malaysian celebrities this season. But I'm hoping that the teams (two guys and a married couple) can cope and are not out in the first leg or something, cos that would be embarassing. There haven't been any Malaysian team out in the first leg yet so far, so here's hoping that would stand.

After all this time, there is also an intergenerational element in the race with its first father-daughter team. If there were a grandparent-grandchild team from where ever, I would root for them big time. Make it happen, TARA team - there are so many mactors one can watch on TV who want their 15 minutes.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

White Collar, a great collar

Anyway, the gist of the show as per the official site...
“White Collar is about the unlikely partnership of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) a charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay).
 When Neal escapes from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Peter nabs him once again. Rather than returning to jail, Neal suggests an alternate plan: He’ll provide his criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom. Initially wary, Peter quickly finds that Neal provides insight and intuition that can’t be found on the right side of the law.”
  • Like most shows nowadays, White Collar also has long-ish cold opens (what's with that?). Sometimes not, but rarely.
  • I suppose what this show has in common with other shows on TV is the show's protagonist as a "consultant" to some branch of law enforcement, case in point - Psych, The Mentalist, Monk, Bones... you get the drift.
  • The opening credits only finalised in the second season, so you see them working through in the first season. 
  • Never seen Matt Bomer elsewhere before White Collar, but anyhow - very easy on the eyes.
  • Tim DeKay's the guy you see on other TV shows who always plays the father/husband/whoever for years - I think this is the first time I've seen him as a main cast member of any show.
I'm enjoying the second season so far - even though Tiffani Thiessen has been phoning it in (literally) with the green screen scenes.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Finale shockers

I saw the finales of a couple of the "reality" competition shows this week - Work of Art: The Next Great Artist and Last Comic Standing. Not before I read recaps and spoilers about them both, because I don't really care whether I know or not in advance. 

Work of Art

I never thought Abdi would win, not in a million years. I was thinking maybe it might be Miles because he really knows how to play the game, but really?! Maybe Miles dropped the ball in the final show and Abdi's was more "artsy" than the former. But I can't be the only one who thought Miles had it in the bag.

Did anyone miss executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker, with her hands to her face in awe at all three gallery shows? It's that the best footage they could use of her?

Okay, next show - Last Comic Standing

Just when you thought this kind of finales run too long for a final decision which only takes MINUTES to broadcast... oy. 

It was like they got everyone and their grandma to do their bite sets on stage - reigning LCS winner Iliza Schlesinger (whom I've nothing against), the three judges, Marriage Ref host Tom Pappa, Kathy Griffin... they even got host Craig Robinson's band to perform a couple of times. I didn't understand why the judges also did their bits - I mean, you don't see Randy Jackson and Paula perform in the Idol finale... oh wait, they did :P

What I also didn't expect was to hear that Felipe Esparza to win. Well okay, I didn't expect him to last this far, let alone WIN. I was also a little disappointed when Myq Kaplan came in fifth, which has gotta suck, but he did do a 10 second cameo appearance on Louie.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Is My Life on the D-List over?

I saw in the YouTube comments recently that season 6 of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List was its last season.

I've not found news confirming it, and I've not heard of anything to the contrary.

If it indeed was over, I'm sad that it is. It hasn't been a "reality" show per se, with all the celeb appearances in every episode, but it's fun to watch her talk shit about Hollywood and also annoying her mother Maggie in the process.

So, is it true?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Last Comic Standing

Been watching this latest season of Last Comic Standing and they've definitely changed up the show - new host, judges, etc.

I personally didn't know who Craig Robinson was prior to this show, so I got nothing. But I also didn't know Bill Bellamy when he hosted LCS, so... whatever.

I should be glad that they're showing proper performance shows and not show the "house" part - the comics live in the same house doing inane comedy related challenges as in past seasons. But it feels empty - I don't find myself rooting for anyone in particular. Perhaps it's just me, but if you have to describe both Myq Kaplan and Tommy Johnagin, it would be pretty close - white guys with dark hair, glasses, average height...

It's sad that there are no more female finalists (which means Iliza Shlesinger would be the only hot winner from the show so far).
Now all three judges sound like Paula Abdul as the competition comes to a close. WTF.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Project Runway Season 8 premiere

Finally saw the latest season of Project Runway.

You figured something hinky was happening when there wasn't the usual opening credit with the contestants, only to find out later in the show that it was just the final phase of the audition process. Gee, I'd be pissed if I was a contestant.

You know the 17 contestants in the premiere episode wouldn't be 17 for long with the crazy 5 hour challenge which involves incorporating someone else's clothing item and one (or more) of them are going home. It's really not much of a shakeup.

One other change this season is that episodes will be 90 minutes long, which I guess works fine in the beginning, but towards the finale? I don't know. You'd see more stuff granted, but how much is too much?

I figured that the Ivy chick would be in deep shit in the premiere when she had the brag on in her talking head early in the episode. And boy, was she in the shitter - for making pants out of pants. Right.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Covert Affairs

Covert Affairs
Checked out the new USA show Covert Affairs after watching Christopher Gorham on The Late Late Show plugging it last week.

It's lazy for everyone to compare it to Alias, so I won't because I never bothered with Alias, let alone watch it.

But based on the uber long pilot, Piper Perabo (someone I feel meh about in general) plays newbie CIA agent Annie Walker
(who barely finished her training) thrown into the field because, unbeknownst to her, her bosses are using her to lure out an ex-boyfriend. Gee, seems simple enough.

Gorham as the blind tech ops guy Auggie Anderson is a little wasted here, but that's because I'm not the only one that thinks he's hot (even if he is married with three kids in real life, sigh). But hey, loving the floppy hair and the cool laser cane his character uses to get around :P

Besides him, there are plenty of familiar TV faces like Peter Gallagher (billed as "Special Guest Star" here) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (formerly of Heroes), so it's not too bad. Anne Dudek (or the Cut-Throat Bitch on House) as the sister - not bad a casting since they could actually pass off as sisters - who's guest house Annie lives in. 

I'm just glad that it's not another FBI show, but it doesn't mean that I'm hating on White Collar, which precedes it on the same network.

Much as I like what I'm watching so far, I just hope that it doesn't get cancelled.