Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kors out, Posen in?

Just as we're getting into the swing of the current season of Project Runway: All Stars, news broke out that Michael Kors will be stepping down as full time (or permanent) Project Runway judge due to "scheduling issues" (I wonder if it's code for anything, or he just wants more time to travel around to inspect/attend store openings overseas...or does he know something the rest of us doesn't?). All the other headlines you read about it online make it sound like he got fired, and not that he just doesn't have time to do the show. Besides, he's supposed to be back for the next season finale, so he won't stay away for good.

His snarky insights will be missed (some), but I know I won't miss seeing the Oompa Loopa skin tone on there anytime soon.

I can't wait to see what Zac Posen brings to that erm, table next season. 

PS. I read that next season is gonna be mostly team challenges? If that's true, I would hate to be a contestant on THAT season.

Thoughts On: Next Iron Chef: Redemption

Finally sat through an entire season of Next Iron Chef Redemption; I just finished the finale and I'm glad Guarnaschelli won. I did have my concerns about Iron Chef Zakarian being on the judging panel this past season because she is usually one of his sous chefs whenever he gets called to battle. But he seems pretty objective, for all intents and purposes.

Only bothered to watch this season to see which of the former Next Iron Chef rejects were coming back. At least Spike wasn't the first booted this time round and Marcel made it to the final four, but I seriously doubt that Food Network would let Top Chef alum be Iron Chefs. Prove me wrong, Food Network.

She's only like the second female Iron Chef ever. I hope to see her first battle soon.

If there's ever a next season, who's going to compete? You would think they ran out of people already... I'm ready to be surprised.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bye, Dirty Jobs

Got the shock of my life going through the Twitter feed (@brieftvrants) when I saw a Tweet that Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs is cancelled after eight seasons. Mike Rowe says so himself here on the Huffington Post.

First response: WTF.

Second response (after some thought): Well, I think they've exhausted every dirty job to be had in the continental United States. It might be a little more interesting if it went global, but that'll make the show really expensive to make, which might give Discovery cause to cancel for that reason.

I wonder how much online backlash will there be if the same fate happened to Mythbusters. Of epic proportions, I imagine.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

CBS's Elementary - Liked it enough

I think I remembered being open to the idea of the American version of Sherlock Holmes.... sort of. Well okay, I had my concerns. Checked out the pilot and I don't hate it. While probably not as visually stimulating as Sherlock, but you have to bear in mind that it takes over a year for Cumberbatch and co to shoot three 90-minute episodes, and with both Cumberbatch and Freeman in the Hobbit movie trilogy and doing other projects, who the heck knows when the next series will happen.

One of my main concerns was that this Holmes would be American. So I was glad that Jonny Lee Miller finally gets to speak in his own English accent (or some version of it) after Eli Stone and that other show he was in that I can't remember now. Can't wait to see who his father is, and to see how long this goes. Aidan Quinn playing another cop so soon after failed American Prime Suspect was a bit of a *facepalm* moment.

I'll keep watching. Will you?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thoughts while watching the Emmys...

  • Opening sketch with Jimmy Kimmel getting hit by the female nominees in the bathroom to undo the botox "damage" was a bit funny. Even with Ellen offering him her pants to wear. Not sure why Lena Dunham was eating cake in the nude in the same bit, but whatevs.
  • Barely heard the first few minutes of Kimmel's monologue. I don't know if it's them or the video I'm watching it from.
  • Isn't there usually some guy who helps the ladies up the stairs, or am I confusing it with some other awards show...?
  • I was hoping Louis CK win more Emmys than he did. That's just me.
  • Most of the guys in Modern Family against one of the New Girl guys? WTF.
  • The acceptance speech switch between Poehler and Louis Dreyfus? No wonder she got played off :P
  • Not surprised The Amazing Race won.
  • I laughed when Gervais went, "Not again.." when The Daily Show won for the kazillionth time at this point. Laughed even harder when Stewart so red-faced after being wrestled on the aisles by Fallon and Colbert.
  • It's so sad that the 10 episode long show, Missing is considered a "miniseries, movie or dramatic special" in the Emmys. But at least it got nominated.
  • I appreciated the little bits of injected humour into the proceedings.
  • Give Ellen props for actually coming out sans pants. 
  • I give Costner props for always getting away with the exposed chest look :P

Sunday, September 9, 2012

ANTM: College Edition

Is anyone watching this college cycle of ANTM? I'm watching just to see how it'll turn out. 

Having this one be the college cycle reminds me of when they were searching models for the Victoria's Secret  Pink sub-brand comes to mind... you know, the one targeted at college-going women? It's too soon to tell how things will go this cycle, but having the public opinion count in the judging (through proxy Bryanboy) is certainly ONE way to revive this old hag of a show. Having young British male supermodel Rob Evans (conveniently also around the contestants' age) on the judging panel is another.

There's TWO things I personally look forward to:  watching the girls react to the makeover and the nude photoshoot - someone always says no and/or cries about it. Even the makeover part of the season is pretty low-key: now the contestants get to choose whether they want the makeover or not, but before they find out what it is. So shrewd, these producers. Also, so anticlimactic. Besides one breakdown, everyone else was happy with their makeovers. You would think that these girls would KNOW by now about the makeover stage of the season. Sigh.

I know I'm behind the times when it comes to YouTube celebs, but I didn't know the hairy fat guy is one of them. 

I'm such a sucker for trainwreck-y shows.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thoughts While Watching The London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

Finally got around to watch the Olympics closing ceremony. Didn't watch it live, so I had to stream the show on YouTube on the official Olympics channel. Yes it's there, it might not be available to all countries, I think.
  • I can't imagine having to sing (or lip sync) on top of a fast moving vehicle that's going around the stadium, so I give some of these people props. Speaking of which, the show would be way longer if some of the acts weren't driven to the middle of the stadium by motorised means. I was excited when some of them were driven there by the famous London black cabs.
  • Love the STOMP! cast, and the use of the song, A Day in the Life.
  • The athletes marching back into the stadium was a little long, but what are you gonna do about it.
  • Even the British born models couldn't walk fast enough from their transport at the edge of the stadium to the middle and they walk for a living.
  • I Am the Walrus isn't a sing-songy song, so one can argue that Russell Brand did an okay job miming it along with bond (the all female string quartet, not 007).
  • Fat Boy Slim:  the octopus he came out on was left me wondering what was the point of it. At least he played his classic tunes: Right Here, Right Now and The Rockafeller Skank.
  • At least Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempah and Jessie J got to do their songs and then some Bee Gees. Just because Americans don't know who they are, doesn't mean the rest of the planet doesn't.
  • Was half expecting Annie Lennox to sing Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These). One can always hope.
  • The Spice Girls didn't exactly sing entire songs in their set. They should definitely only be together on special occasions :P
  • I don't think I've never seen Liam Gallagher perform sans eyewear before... his siderburns are nothing compared to Supergrass guys. Yes, the estranged brother wrote the song, but he was the vocals on this, so..
  • I wonder how many people under 25 know who Fatboy Slim, the Spice Girls or Oasis are...
  • Eric Idle confused by the bhangra dancers while singing Always Look on The Bright Side of Life was hilarious.
  • I like how they didn't really pause in between acts because the show's pretty long and pausing to introduce the different acts would take up too much time.
  • Muse: Love Matt Bellamy's see through and metallic looking piano. Did the bassist lose weight? Love the pyro work during the Olympic song.
  • I only just noticed that Jessie J only has one sleeve and one leg of her nude-coloured unitard.. O_o But I don't exactly hate her for singing We Will Rock You with the elderly members of Queen - the song's been covered to death over the years, why not the London Olympics?
  • Just as I thought I'd missed Alessandra Ambrosio, there she was. Why her, and not any of the other Brazilians like Gisele or Adriana? Just wondering...
  • Pele? Whoda thunk?
  • I thought Robbie had rejoined Take That? Why is it just four of them? Was that song during the Robbie-less years?
  • Is the cauldron ever gonna burn out? Oh, there is goes. Wouldn't touch them petals right away..
  • As far as some people are concerned, Baba O' Riley will always be known as the CSI: NY theme song.
This was an Anglophile's wet dream come true. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

End of The Closer, Start of Major Crimes {Spoiler!}

If you've not seen the very long awaited series finale of The Closer and the beginning of Major Crimes, then I suggest you go do that and then come back. I also suggest watching Major Crimes, at least this one time.

If you're a long time viewer of The Closer, you would remember that,

a) It's the last episode, and
b) It would be about finally getting that scumbag rapist lawyer Stroh.

I thought the episode was just okay. Brenda identifying Stroh by his walk from behind? It could've been Christian Bale for all anyone cared. You knew when she went nuts on Stroh at the station it wasn't just because of he said about her mother - you know it was because she needed DNA samples and breaking his nose would do it. What I didn't expect was the nose bleed to be all over her. I know (not first hand) that nose bleeds are messy, but really...?!

I didn't even shed a tear even when Brenda did as she was saying goodbye to the guys in the last five minutes. Perhaps it's just that we've known the news that Kyra Sedgwick is calling it quits so long ago, we've been bracing for landing ever since. I was more shocked seeing Brenda shoot Stroh through her handbag (oh no, they didn't!) than anything. But it was sweet (literally) when the guys gave her a replacement bag all filled with candy. I wonder how many of those bags do they still have around in the wardrobe department.

At least she didn't die or anything bad happened to her - as far as we (the audience) know, now she works at the DA's office with Gabriel. Even the last shot of her in the elevator eating the Ring Ding (or Ding Dongs?)? I found it an apt ending. At least she could guest star in Major Crimes down the road... and she left better dressed than she did coming in. Like, really.

Of course with Major Crimes right after that, at least some loose threads from the previous hour were addressed, like the Rusty angle. Remind me again why can't Brenda and Fritz take him in? Oh yeah, because Rusty had been attacked at Brenda's place. Whoops, forgot that.

You've got to feel a little bad for Provenza, having control of the division for only a week before he got supplanted by another woman he doesn't like right away (Raydor) as his boss. As anyone would've called it, it just reminded me of The Closer's pilot episode way back when. Even down to the one black person that liked the new boss right away - anyone remembered that? Uh huh. Well okay, it's practically The Closer, except in name :P

My only laugh out loud moments was Raydor finding Brenda's candy drawer and Fritz with the brown paper bag clearing it out at the end of the case, haha.

This new plea bargain angle would take some getting used to. I was okay with the episode, but not in love with it. But sucker me will keep watching to see how it goes.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Asia's Next Top Model

Until I read on the social media that Tyra Banks is (was?) in Singapore to promote Asia's Next Top Model, I honestly didn't know that it was an idea, let alone it actually happening.

I don't follow the other Top Model shows (because there are too many on my local pay TV subscription as it is), but this I would give a go only because the mothership has already jumped the shark in terms of how ridiculous it's gotten in recent cycles.

I guess calling it South East Asia's Next Top Model is too long and awkward to say really quickly. I don't know which countries are eligible to apply, but I would have to guess whichever South East Asian countries that don't already have their own Top Model show...

From the website...
Hosted by Nadya Hutagalung, the show charts the transformation of aspiring models into successful top models. With fashion director Daniel Boey, fashion photographer Todd Anthony Tyler and model mentor Joey Mead King guiding and mentoring the top model hopefuls, these young women will see themselves competing in a highly-accelerated modelling boot camp to top model fame.
One of the things I'm glad to see was that "You must also understand and speak good English" requirement. Which rules out Ris Low, I guess....LOL.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

And the leak on The Closer is... {SPOILER}

To anyone who guessed correctly who the leak was on The Closer before the episode aired, give yourselves a pat on the back. 

You know it really cannot possibly be any of the guys in Major Crimes division - at least, not intentionally. So it had to be an indirect source - wives, girlfriends, etc. But none of them would have any contact with Goldman for any legitimate reason... until it was revealed that Gabriel's girlfriend was studying for the bar. *dingdingding!* Motive and opportunity!

The idea sounds pretty farfetched, but having her as Goldman's inside source took some of the weight off Gabriel being the main source of the leak, but that had got to be the proverbial knife to the gut, no?

They probably should've put Corey Reynolds in the Major Crimes promos (even if he's not continuing) to throw us off, not make it less harder to guess who the leak was.

I had my guesses spread out so much and so long ago here, so I guess I can give myself partial credit.

Anyone got it right?

Monday, August 6, 2012

TNT's Monday Nights are Unforgettable?

Just bothered to watch TNT's new promo for their Monday night back-to-back dramas - Major Crimes and Perception.

I personally haven't seen Perception yet, but it's just a matter of time.

As for Major Crimes - I'm guessing that after Brenda's departure (early retirement?), Cpt. Raydor gets promoted and "inherits" the Major Crimes crew? Based on the promo, it appears  to start off like The Closer did way back when - the guys resenting the female boss. The lack of Gabriel in the promos does explain why people think he's the leak. Then there's also the absence of Pope, but that's easily explained. Doesn't explain why the black chick is there, besides for diversity...? Good to see Fritz in the promo, but I don't know if it's on a regular or recurring basis. We still have a couple weeks to wait and see.
Sorry if it sounds a little obvious - I didn't want to kill my own excitement by reading every single fan theory and news story out there about Major Crimes

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Random thoughts while watching the Olympic opening ceremony

It took me a few days (crappy internet connection), but I finally got through the entire opening ceremony, which is nearly four hours long. With the time difference, there was no way I was going to stay up to watch it live, if it was going to be by myself.

Saw some of BBC Sport's coverage, and one posted on YouTube on the Olympic official channel. Here's Benedict Cumberbatch kicking off BBC's coverage of the event. And no, he's not in his Sherlock character - you can tell by the hair :P

Here's the full thing - watch only if you've better internet connection than mine; it keeps dying every few minutes... really annoying.

[Can't embed, but here's the link - have fun]
  • Holy shit - that's (Sir) Kenneth Branagh! 
  • I could've sworn I saw Muse when they aired the torch relay segment... yeah, they got to hold the torch in their hometown, Devon. 
  • "Bond" and "Her Majesty" jumping out of the helicopter cracks me up. The corgis are adorable. 
  • Mr Bean and the Chariots of Fire segment - hilarious, but best enjoyed in small doses. Also, never get him to be in your orchestra during a major global celebration, haha. 
  • Voldemort! J.K. Rowling! Mary Poppins-es! All the literary heroes and villains! Woah...! 
  • How come no Roald Dahl? Don't kids like his work? Well okay, J.K Rowling is one of the biggest selling authors on the planet.. 
  • Haven't heard Prodigy's Firestarter for years til now. 
  • Parade of Nations kicking off to Chemical Brothers. Heh. 
  • Man, there are some tiny contingents marching in the stadium. 
  • Why were the Czech Republic contingent wearing blue rain boots? In case of rain? 
  • Independent Olympic Athletes? Wow. 
  • Said parade even ended on another Chemical Brothers song. Haha. 
  • David Beckham steering the boat with the torch, all suave and smirky. 
  • It was nice to have the young athletes light up the cauldron instead of the usual suspects. 
  • I admit, the Olympic cauldron was SO COOL. Well okay, it's different... 
It has its moments; I thought it was okay. Can't wait to see the closing ceremony.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fourth dose of Top Chef Masters

Yay, Top Chef Masters is back! Always nice to see Curtis Stone after a long spell of not seeing him in reruns of his pre-America shows since the last time. 
  • HOLY SHIT - Art Smith lost a shitload of weight! 
  • Nice to see them bring back the people from earlier seasons who got the boot too early in Kelly Choi-era seasons. 
  • How did Curtis Stone end up as host and judge and not be a contestant himself? Too well-known to be on regular Top Chef, but not acclaimed enough (since he doesn't have restaurants to his name) to be on Top Chef Masters, probably. But at least he's an actual chef on the judging panel, and not just a food writer/critic.
  • Wasn't Cosentino booted on one of the earlier seasons or something? I'm confused now. 
  • What is a pistou? 
  • "I cook for billionaires. I don't have a budget. I JUST BUUUUY!" Oh, Art, you diva.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jeanne Tripplehorn joins the BAU (Criminal Minds)

I was beginning to wonder who they were bringing in to replace Paget Brewster on the eighth season of Criminal Minds, if she was getting replaced at all. After all, Paget came in to "replace" Lola Glaudini way back when.

Then news broke that Jeanne Tripplehorn is confirmed for next season as a profiler. In the grand CM tradition that the departing cast member is replaced with someone with similar-ish features. 

I don't know why people don't like to use the word "replace" in this context. They are replacing someone with someone else. I wish the network and the fandom would just get over it.

Personally, I can't complain. But I can't wait to see what they do with her character this coming season. I haven't seen Jeanne Tripplehorn on a screen of any size since erm, Waterworld? Yeah, that long ago. Never saw Big Love myself.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bourdain and Nigella?! Holy crap!!

I love reality competition food shows.

I like Anthony Bourdain.

I have a thing for Nigella Lawson.

Well... they both are hosting an upcoming reality cooking show for ABC with the (presumably working) title, ABC Cooking Show. Here's the promo video beckoning people to audition.

I'm not sure how much different is it going to be from say, Masterchef, but because it's both Bourdain and Nigella (people I've seen on pay TV for years) on the same show, I will watch when it's out.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Adios, Awake

The final episode of Awake was upon us this week. It tied up most of the loose ends okay, and the ending I can live with. 

You know it's the last episode when the show's premise is no longer mentioned in the opening sequence. 

It was hard for me to see how they could keep going had they gotten another season, so while I was sad about its cancellation for a little while, but I knew it was for the best. At least they got 13 episodes before cancellation - it would really suck if it ended abruptly without settling some things.

Come to think about it, the only thing I cared about was the baby subplot in Wife World.

Goodbye, Awake.

Monday, May 14, 2012

So long, Horatio

The bubble finally burst for CSI: Miami after news that it will not be renewed for another season in the fall.

Which is just as well because I watch it out of habit and not so much because I still enjoy it.

I will miss the cheese factor, like seeing Horatio's (now discontinued) sunglasses, and his pre-theme song one-liners, most of which are in a 7 minute video someone took time to make and upload :P

Have I mentioned how glad I am that they're keeping CSI: NY?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Awake (NBC) is cancelled

Ever since Hugh Laurie made it huge on American TV with House, it seems that every other network wants a go at that and are having more Englishmen on American TV with American accents.

I thought Jason Isaacs had that with Awake. BUT...

NBC finally cancelled Awake (among some others). Loved the show.

Too high brow for a network show I suppose.

Am I sad? A little.

I hope that it gets a good send-off. 

I don't know if we will see Jason Isaacs on an American show again, but I hope sooner rather than later.

Begs the question of what BD Wong is going to do now that Awake is cancelled - is he going back to SVU?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Nigel and the Jays are no more?

I thought America's Next Top Model is getting quite insufferable as of late when they get the contestants who may not have the vocal chops to sing, dance and make their own music videos, but ANTM sans Nigel, Mr and MISS JAY?! WHAT?!

I watch that show through thick and thin over the years and even when it had its dodgy as hell photoshoots  in recent cycles and crazy loony contestants, but ANTM without Nigel, Jay and Miss Jay? CANNOT!!

Just as well - it's not like those guys have nothing else going on. They'll be around.

The network might as well just cancel the show already - As it is, Tyra is getting loonier in her old age, coming up with all these crazy things (don't get me started on the "pot ledom" nonsense) in an attempt to keep the show, what, current? relevant? I don't know what she's going for. 

I'm not sure if I'll even watch the next cycle.

Dear CW, just cancel the show already. 


Monday, April 9, 2012

Scandal (ABC)

When I saw the pilot of the new show Scandal, I almost did not believe that the woman who created both Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice came up with this show, but it is quintessentially a Shonda Rhimes show. I think I saw the same preview clip everyone saw online a long while when it was announced last year and didn't think too much of it. I knew that it had something to do with crisis management. I also don't love or hate Kerry Washington particularly, so I'm not emotionally invested.

I have not read too much about the show since the announcement so I totally forgot about it until the premiere last week. But I didn't know that Olivia Pope was based on a real person

I like that they opened the pilot with a fast-paced job interview for the new recruit (aka audience proxy) at a crowded bar and how quickly everyone and what they do at Olivia Pope and Associates are introduced in the first 15 minutes. It felt like a heist movie, in terms of speed and mood. 

It's a show with lawyers that don't actually practice law, but are into crisis management or what people call "fixers". Well, calling it Olivia Pope and Associates would not give anyone the idea that they're a crisis management firm. Just saying.

I had to watch the first 15 minutes twice, especially to catch what was said. I suppose it's a good thing that it's not just another lawyer show with courtroom scenes. I thought Scandal was okay, but I need to see some more before I could objectively say whether it's any good or not.

PS. Am I the only one that thinks Henry Ian Cusick sort of, kind of looks like The Nanny's Mr Sheffield?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Neal Caffrey on GLEE?

Disclaimer: I don't care for GLEE and I don't really watch it (watching nearly 30-year olds play high school students is a bit too much for me to take), but I was piqued when I heard that White Collar's Matt Bomer was cast to play the older brother of Darren Criss's character and that episode is to be aired soon. FOX released this little tease of a clip to get people to watch the show - the TV siblings singing Gotye's Somebody I Used to Know.

No. 1 - His character's name is COOPER ANDERSON. They couldn't think of another name? Coincidence, I think not.

I remember when he was singing in character on White Collar, but that was a few lines. He sang a little more than that here, but it was just... meh.

I think I can watch this and still be able to claim never to watch GLEE.... :P

Friday, April 6, 2012

Initial impressions of NBC's Awake

I know Awake has been on the air for a few weeks now, but I only just got around to catching up on it. When I first heard buzz about this show, I liked the concept and the premise. A cop living two different realities in the aftermath of his car accident and somehow still closes cases with clues from both living situations to solve the other? Sign me up!

I reveal my age a little when I say that Jason Isaacs for me will always be Lucius Malfoy to me. I just have to get used to seeing his mug sans wig. His (somewhat generic) American accent I can live with.

They made it easier (visually) to tell which world he's in - the wife with the warm tones; the son, the cooler tones. You know, besides the different-coloured rubber bands he's wearing in each. It's also nice to see Steve Harris (of The Practice fame) and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez!), as his partners in the different worlds. Same for BD Wong, which I must say - after playing a shrink on SVU for 12 years, he's now playing a shrink on another NBC show? Really?

Any realist would say that the man is burning out, living two universes like this, then I have to tell myself that it's just a TV show.

I'm not sure how long it'll be before they reveal which one is real and which isn't... or as some online commenter mentioned, he could be in a deep coma the entire time and the whole thing is just a dream.

The pilot was just okay, but I wouldn't discount it just yet. I like the show, I just don't like that it's on NBC, who's track record of show cancellations... I don't want to talk about that.

Submit your entries for the HOUSE finale!

House is calling fans to submit their stuff for the finale. Here's Hugh Laurie in his lovely, real life English accent calling for entries.

Just read the submission guidelines, there are different addresses you can send to if you're not in the US. So like Mr Laurie said, get cracking!

I have nothing. I think I'll just watch the finale and be contemplative about it. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fashion Star

Saw the first two episodes of Fashion Star, with Elle Macpherson serving as host, and with Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie as mentors to the designers. You know it's produced by the same team behind Top Chef because while Elle Macpherson is a natural choice to host, she also still has her Australian accent. I don't think it's fair for this show to be compared to Project Runway because fashion on Project Runway is supposed to be more avant garde, and not necessarily more commercial and accessible to the average Jane in a department store.

In theory, it sounds like a viable concept. It's just that...
  • The music used for the runway segments was too loud, commercial (mostly recognisable Top 40 hits), and a bit distracting from the outfits on display. 
  • The buyers from Saks, Macy's and H&M are (allegedly) not actual buyers. I wonder what their respective budgets are (if any) per episode.
  • Tiny Oscar is annoying, to say the least. Glad he didn't make it. And, I know I've seen the dresses that he's sent down before somewhere else. 
  • I thought that Elle and the contestants would be standing on a lazy Susan so that they don't have to actually turn around when it came time to face the buyers. I guess they don't have the budget after splashing out money on the music...
The show must have been shot earlier in Jessica Simpson's pregnancy as she still looks (Jessica Simpson) svelte. That, and there's no way they could expedite the winning designs to the stores if it was done in real time.

I'm okay with having multiple designers showing their designs simultaneously at this stage of the game - it's only a few pieces each.

As much as sadistic me enjoys seeing "NO OFFER" flash across the buyer's big screens for some of the puzzling designs down the runway, but a bidding war is fun to watch too.

I did check out the winning designs online... they look nice, but the cheapskate in me is not about to spend 3 digits. It's just how it is. And some of the designs are already sold out! Who's buying these and how many  pieces were made available?

All that aside, it won't stop me from watching this journey unfold.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

CBS Show Renewals

Been getting Google Alert emails all day about the long list of shows being renewed by CBS, so here's who made the cut.

Shows not getting cancelled anytime soon: CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS:LA, The Mentalist

Like there was ever any doubt.

Comedies I don't watch, but good on them: Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls (really?)

Shows I was unnecessarily worried that would not get renewed: The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0 

New-ish shows I've not seen before entire episodes of before: Blue Bloods, Person of Interest

Non-scripted shows: The Amazing Race (yay!), Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes (Why would anyone not renew this?), 48 Hours Mystery

Shows still on that bubble: CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, Rob, Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men (huh)

I am a little worried about CSI: Miami and CSI: NY still being on the bubble, but if the worst-case scenario does happen... I hope they come to a good end. Never seen Unforgettable or A Gifted Man, so no comment. The comedies still on the bubble I can go without. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Elementary with Miller and Liu

Because Americans can't seem to leave a good thing alone, word is that CBS is doing their own contemporary Sherlock series called Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as (Joan) Watson, set in New York City. That's all everyone knows about this, not whether the pilot is already picked up, or anything else.

Some things to point out:

  1. The word "Elementary" was never uttered in original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle canon. 
  2. That said, I hope that deerstalker cap never makes a appearance - it already did in the BBC one.
  3. Gender swapping Watson is a way out of the homoerotic undercurrent between Holmes and (John) Watson.

The only good thing about this is that we might finally get to hear Jonny Lee Miller use his own English accent... will he? I hope he's not playing an American.

I think if they got someone else, this show would be DOA. Some people might give the pilot a shot because of Lucy Liu. But I don't know about its long term chances of survival. But it might fill in tiny void left by the three, 90 minute episodes that is BBC's Sherlock, which appears to take forever to shoot.

That is, if the pilot gets picked up...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thoughts about the Oscars

  • Saw a bit of both E!'s and also ABC's coverage of the red carpet. Definitely waited for Seacrest's "ashing" by Sacha Baron Cohen. How hard can it be to remove ash from a tux we never found out because Seacrest definitely changed into another tux during a commercial break. 
  • Billy Crystal was okay for a last minute replacement. Now I have to find his musical number online because I missed the second half.
  • Cracked up when the winners of the category Angelina Jolie presented also stuck their right legs out like she did while she was presenting moments before. I hope it doesn't become a weird meme... or a Tumblr blog. (Too late - found a Twitter account)
  • While it's sad that Deathly Hallows Part 2 did not win anything on its last legs, but as long as the Twilight movies aren't nominated AT ALL, I can live with that. 
  • At the risk of sounding crass, but I wish I did not have to hear covers of What a Wonderful World or Somewhere Over the Rainbow particularly during the In Memoriam montage at award shows.
  • Nothing against the winners, especially The Artist, Ms Meryl Streep and Christopher Plummer
  • I only got Best Makeup right when I said The Iron Lady would take it. 
  • Wasn't surprised The Artist won Best Picture - I've been hearing buzz about it for months now. Is it weird that I want to see it now for the dog?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Paget Brewster off Criminal Minds... for real

English: Emily Prentiss played by Paget Brewster
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Or rather, she's not renewing her contract with the show, which will (inevitably) be picked up for another season. I hope her character doesn't actually get killed off, but I do wonder how she'll get written off. It can't be that hard - between the entire BAU unit, they've enough PTSD to go around  and leave en masse :P

I don't understand the overreaction of the fans with regards to the lineup change - it's not the first time it's happened. THESE THINGS HAPPEN. Deal with it, it's only a TV show. In case you can't tell, I am pretty blase about it. 

Word is still out on whether Matthew Gray Gubler will be returning next season.

I can't wait to see the cast picture they flash in the end of the opening montage next season... 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Finally - the end of House MD is upon us!

Here for the details.

It's getting to the point where it's painful to watch the show (well okay, it has been that way for the last few seasons now). I've always said that it should've ended sooner. I'm just glad they're not going another season.

Now everyone will want to know how the show will end. As always, I'm hoping for a not-shitty ending. But I wonder if Stephen Fry could drop in...

Oh well - drop your ideas :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Napoleon Dynamite's back... in cartoon form

Napoleon Dynamite (TV series)
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Does anyone still have a "Vote for Pedro" tee shirt anymore, or have they been turned to dish rags by now?

That's what I was thinking watching the first few episodes of Napoleon Dynamite, the animated series on FOX. Like FOX needs another animated series in its roster. 

It's been compared to King of the Hill, which I can't vouch for because I will admit that I have never seen it nor am I likely to now. 

I only saw the movie on TV about a year or two after it's been out in cinemas and have not sat through it since, so I'm not one to remember the movie's nuances. Everyone is back (in voice, thankfully), and then some new characters for the show. Which is just as well because I am not the only one who wants to see Jon Heder in his Napoleon getup so long after the fact. Or even the guy that played Pedro be Pedro again in person.

For all the grief I'm giving this show, it has its funny moments, like how Napoleon finally gets to meet his dream animal the liger and crushed when he sees the very domesticated and docile ligers in a compound.

I'm not sure how long the show will run for (probably not very), but I'll be along for the ride.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Finder

So I saw the backdoor pilot of The Finder on Bones just like everyone else. I totally forgot about it because one is never sure if shows like this will get picked up or not in the end - that is the entire point of the backdoor pilots. I would've streamed the proper pilot episode online but saw it on a television unit anyway, thanks to FOX Asia. 

  • Pity Saffron Burrows didn't make it past the backdoor pilot. Oh well - her accent there was ridiculous: the woman's already English, there's no need for her (of all people) to put on such a hick English accent.
  • The sight of Jaime Murray as the crazy monokini-wearing drug lord was hilariously ridiculous. Her character's name also not easy to say. She should be a recurring guest star or something.
  • They added two more ladies to the show to balance out Michael Clarke Duncan and that other guy. Not sure how the young parolee fits into the scheme of things, but we'll wait and see.

I suppose if you like The Mentalist or some other quirky-character driven show (like say, House), you might want to give this a shot. I like it enough to keep watching if it's on TV, but I won't bother streaming it or what. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

[VIDEO] Juggling Kristen Schaal

Kirsten Schaal is back yet again for another funny video playing the new Sony Xperia Play! This time she's shooting goals in Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, while juggling on the couch. Check out this short and humorous video below:

The Sony Xperia Play is a gaming oriented smartphone that features a 1Ghz Snapdragon Processor, Android operating system, and intuitive touchpad with buttons. This makes playing games like Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 a breeze, all the while being able to text your friends, or even browse Facebook.

I don't know if those really are her actual, (very) hirsute legs juggling the ball like a boss, but it still cracked me up all the same.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A proper NCIS:LA/H50 crossover! Yay!

Finally, a sweeps stunt I could live with - a PROPER NCIS: LA/Hawaii Five-0 crossover! Not the "Kensi-on-Hawaii-Five-0-for-3-minutes" crossover bullshit from last year.

According to this, it starts with Callen and Sam appearing on Hawaii Five-0 one night, and McGarrett and Danny on NCIS: LA the following night. Since it has been established on that previous episode that McGarrett knew Sam from way back when (during the SEAL days?), this is the only "in" that we know of.

Now I'm wondering whether H50 will crossover with Gibbs and co at some point in the future since they supposedly exist in the same universe together... Stiva, anyone?

Martha not renewed

Is anyone that surprised The Martha Stewart Show is not getting renewed?

I personally haven't seen the show for ages, so it's just as well.

Besides, doing things from scratch is NOT on most people's minds, okay. I like watching it, but only in the aspirational sense. Learnt some things over the years, but that's just about it.