Friday, August 26, 2011

House Season 8 Promo [VIDEO]

I don't know about anyone else, but I think House, MD has finally jumped the shark, based on this promo video, where he's in prison for driving a car into Cuddy's house last season.

I say Hugh Laurie should have put the kibosh on the show at least a couple of seasons ago, and leave while the going was good. 

I am not sure where the season will be headed if House is in prison and they're bringing in new doctors to the diagnostics team. Frankly, I am not sure whether to actually spend time watching or to just read the recaps afterwards.

Oh well.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Franklin & Bash - 2011's Boston Legal?

Finally found the time over the weekend to watch the brand new lawyer show on TNT, Franklin & Bash starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (MPG). The first season is only 10 episodes, so it wasn't all that hard to catch up.

The gist of the show is that two young crazy lawyers, Jared Franklin (Meyer) and Peter Bash (Gosselaar) who got hired by the eccentric name partner of a famous law firm (Infeld Daniels), Stanton Infeld (played by Malcolm McDowell) to shake things up after watching their court theatrics to win a case. Does the description sound vaguely familiar to anyone? Anyone? 

If you guessed Boston Legal, points to you...! Sadly, no prizes. 

I've not seen MPG in a show since Saved by the Bell. And I've only ever seen Breckin Meyer in the live action Garfield movies and perhaps heard his voice on Robot Chicken. That's about it for me. You would think that MPG would be the obvious choice for the crazier, worse womaniser than Meyer, but no. It's hard shifting that gear to see Breckin Meyer as the crazy one.

Things I like about Franklin & Bash
  • Because it's on cable, the language that they get away with is... woah. Okay, I haven't heard anyone being called "scrotum face" or "dickwad" on TV for awhile. 
  • Flash of bare ass in the pilot episode - not that I care, it's just something worth mentioning.
  • It is a little funny and kind of filled the hole that Boston Legal left.
  • The tee shirts that Kumail Nanjiani's agoraphobe character wears are hilarious.
  • "Bro bono"
It is a legal dramedy for the dude set.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

All Star Cycle of America's Next Top Model

Until The CW announced it recently, I had been wondering when they were going to do an all-star season of America's Next Top Model after 16 cycles. It was just a matter of time... and they had enough crazy contestants to pick from.

I can't help but wonder: aren't some of these women just too old for the modelling industry? You'll see what I mean when you see who's coming back for another shot at Top Model glory: 

Name: Shannon Stewart
Age: 27
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 18 (Cycle 1)
(Ah, the one who didn't want to pose nude. Let's see about that)

Name: Camille McDonald
Age: 33
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 26 (Cycle 2)
(Another one that did not want to pose nude. Right)

Name: Brittany Brower
Age: 29
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 22 (Cycle 4)

Name: Lisa D’Amato
Age: 30
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 24 (Cycle 5)
(Ah, the crazy drunk one) 

Name: Bre Scullark
Age: 26
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 19 (Cycle 5)
(Granola bar chick)

Name: Bianca Golden
Age: 22
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 18 (Cycle 9)

Name: Dominique Reighard
Age: 27
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 23 (Cycle 10)

Name: Isis King
Age: 25
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 22 (Cycle 11)
(The trans model. Should be interesting)

Name: Sheena Sakai
Age: 24
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 21 (cycle 11)

Name: Allison Harvard
Age: 23
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 20 (cycle 12)
(The one with the HUGE EYES; wouldn't mind if she made it further than she did on her cycle)

Name: Laura Kirkpatrick
Age: 22
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 19 (Cycle 13)

Name: Angelea Preston
Age: 25
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 22 (Cycle 14)
(Her? Interesting...)

Name: Kayla Ferrel
Age: 20
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 19 (Cycle 15)
(Ah, the lesbian. This is going to be interesting, the interaction with the uber religious ones)

Name: Alexandria Everett
Age: 22
Age you were the first time you were on ANTM: 21 (Cycle 16)
(Just when we thought we have seen the last of her, she's back?! WHY??!!)

Hmm... there are a couple of "I refuse to pose nude" contestants, which is going to be interesting since a nude photoshoot of some sort has been a show staple for a while now. Will they suck it up and do it or not? There's also several crazy ones (or edited to look as such on the show), which is also interesting. They seem to be going for most "memorable" (using the term mildly and loosely) contestants of their cycle. I remember most of them, but the rest I had to look up.

They also don't have space for everyone from each cycle as there's no one from Cycles 3 and 6 to 8. At least there's no winners season, that would make some interesting television - the best of the best cycle.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Project Runway's All Star Season

There comes a time in a reality competition show's lifespan where it needs a quick jumpstart, which comes in the form of an "all-star" season, which brings back the show's lovable losers...err, contestants from the past for another shot at the main prize which they didn't get the first time for some reason or another.

It has been announced that there'll be an all-star season of Project Runway, minus Heidi, Michael, Nina and Tim.... which is refreshing, I guess. I don't know. We'll have to see how that plays out. Instead, those roles will be taken up by Angela Lindvall as the All-Star host, Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman as judges with Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles taking on the mentor role. But at least it's a proper full season and not like some of the other ones where they played for charity or whatever.

That said, who's actually coming back? Well...
  • Austin Scarlett: (New York, NY) Season 1, Fourth Place
  • Kara Janx: (New York, NY) Season 2, Fourth Place
  • Elisa Jimenez: (New York, NY) Season 4, Tenth Place
  • Rami Kashou: (Los Angeles, CA) Season 4, Runner-up
  • Sweet P/Kathleen Vaughn: (Pasadena, CA) Season 4, Fifth Place
  • Jerell Scott: (New York, NY) Season 5, Fourth Place
  • Kenley Collins: (Brooklyn, NY) Season 5, Second Runner-up
  • Gordana Gehlhausen: (San Diego, CA) Season 6, Fourth Place
  • Anthony Williams: Season 7, Fifth Place
  • Mila Hermanovski: (Los Angeles, CA) Season 7, Second Runner-up
  • April Johnston: (Savannah, GA) Season 8, Fifth Place
  • Michael Costello: (Palm Springs, CA) Season 8, Fourth Place
  • Mondo Guerra: (Denver, CO) Season 8, Runner-up
There's some crazy ones (if you've been following the show all these years, you know who I'm referring to), and I'm not just talking about design sense and personal taste. I'm glad that it's not the more obvious ones, like Daniel Vosovic or Santino. I'm also glad the winners are not on the list. But they could easily save that for another time, I think?

We all know that they'll be running this ad nauseum once it airs, but what are they competing for? 

"Prizes include an exclusive designer’s boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores and on, $100,000 dollars in technology and office space to help grow their business from HP and Intel, $100,000 cash from L’Oreal Paris, a feature spread in Marie Claire, for which he or she will serve as a guest editor for one year, and a sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother International.

Whether it is enough reason to come back for another shot, I don't know - but it must be for them to come back, no?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

What I Think Will Happen in the New Season of The Good Wife

Here's a list of things I think will happen on the third season of The Good Wife, coming back in the fall. All the items sound pretty obvious, so I hope I'm wrong, or else I would be a little disappointed. That, or I seriously watch way too much TV.
  • The Florricks will finally divorce. As much as they would like to do it quietly, but word will get out.
  • Will-licia (dibs on the shipper name for Will and Alicia!) did actually hook up and their time in the expensive hotel room in the season two finale will be found out and be used against her by Peter at some point in the season.
  • The Florrick kids will resent Will.
  • Cary and Mr Big... errr, Peter will make life really hard for Alicia; Cary in the professional sense and Peter both professionally and personally.
  • Alicia and Kalinda will eventually make up.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Major Crimes, The Closer spinoff

I don't know what took me so long to find out that TNT did order a spinoff of The Closer, with Mary McDonnell reprising her role as Capt Raydor, called Major Crimes, next year after the series finale of The Closer.

Frankly, I'm not sure if anyone would actually watch it as Mary McDonnell's character is seen as a villain of sorts on The Closer. Out of all the characters on the show to create a spinoff for, she's on the bottom of my list. I don't think I can see her in this, either.

So if Major Crimes is also set in the LAPD, how is it going to be any different from The Closer again, exactly? Wouldn't it be basically the same show minus Brenda Leigh Johnson? Are the other guys in the Major Crimes division staying? 
I might give Major Crimes a go if Flovenza was still in. It is still a-ways to go.

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