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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
When Monk first aired I enjoyed it... but couldn't stick with it. Sharona (sp?) just got on my nerves... she was proud of Monk, and that was obvious, but she seemed to get so annoyed with him that there were times when I wasn't sure which she felt more, pride or annoyance.
Then Natalie came along.. and I watched a Monk marathon on USA and voila, I was hooked! Natalie was in over half of the episodes and she has this adorable maternal instinct that makes it clear she cares about Monk because he is a good person and he NEEDS her, more than she needs the job, which is good for her. She is the one who can give, it makes her feel strong, and she seems to love, just as Sharona did, watching Monk fit all the pieces together.
So I watched all of Season 5 that has aired so far, and then, in the ultimate sign that the show has sucked me in, and gotten me curious about how the Stotlemeyer I remember from the early Sharona episodes evolved into the Stotlemeyer of Season 5 I went out and bought seasons 1 - 4 on DVD. Now if that doesn't scream show that makes you think, where the characters grow and evolve and become "more" from one season to the next, I'm not sure what would.
For me, I highly recommend Monk on DVD... and USA.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
David Foster, you've got my vote, don't give up!
Marie Osmond gives wonderful feedback, and shares her vast understanding of duets and stage performing on Celebrity Duets, but David Foster gives great feedback for the AUDIENCE that has helped me to enjoy the show more and more.
I should note that I have NEVER sat through a reality show before! But David Foster's suggestions to LISTEN, close your eyes and not WATCH the performances, may be the best advice for audience members.
For those who say Lea Thompson was a bad singers -- because she dressed like a slut... uhmm, excuse me, but where did her short skirt come into how her voice sounded???? Were you listening to her sing? And judging her singing ability/ After all, Celebrity Duets is not "Celebrity Stage Fashions"
Lea Thompson, as Marie Osmond pointed out, made the great effort to not just sing at the same time as Randy Travis, and not just try and sing back and forth with him, but she made the effort to harmonize with one of the more challenging voices out there. I may not be a talented singer, or even a singer, but when Marie Osmond says she's sung with Randy Travis and it is indeed the challenge you would think to harmonize with that remarkably deep voice of his.
The judge who David Foster is forever making no sense -- Little Richard... is perhaps best acknowledged only as that which the show would be better without, for at best one in 10 of his comments make sense, and Wayne brady (the host) is exactly right when he says it is hard to know when Little Richard is paying a compliment, or making a put-down.
My take on Celebtiry Duets? Thanks to Marie Osmond and David Foster's very worthwhile comments in their capacity as judges, I'll keep watching. But the simple truth of the matter is if you take David Foster's advice and LISTEN instead of watching the show, you'll be left as I am, wondering why Lea Thompson was the second to go home.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
On Friday, September 8, Bravo's broadband channel BrilliantButCancelled.com will launch the all-new "Fall Season Death Watch 2006" game to coincide with the kickoff of the broadcast networks' new fall season line-ups. For the first time, visitors to BrilliantButCancelled.com can handicap the fall season along with network executives and television critics as they cast their vote for the shows they think will be the next big hit, flop, or brilliant but cancelled.
Each week for nine weeks, players will pick from the list of 24 broadcast series premieres and vote on the one show they think is most likely to be cancelled that week. As each voter weighs in, the show odds will adjust automatically so that voters can continually see exactly where each show stands. Information about the new series, including show descriptions, plotlines and cast members, and recent ratings will be available on BrilliantButCancelled.com to help visitors cast their vote. Players can also compare notes with one another on the site's message boards. Each player will be allowed one vote per week, and big flops are met with big prizes. Everybody who picks the first show to be cancelled in a given week will be entered into a drawing to win a Video iPod. If no show is cancelled that week, everybody who voted that week will be entered for a chance to win the prize.
"The whole idea behind Brilliant But Cancelled is that passionate television viewers deserve to have a voice," said Kris Slava, Bravo's Vice President for Digital Content and Acquisitions. "Everybody looks forward to the new Fall Season. This contest is a fun, offbeat way for users to roll up their sleeves and test their programming skills against those of the critics and network executives. It's going to be very interesting to see how accurate they are."
As the new fall TV shows premiere, the dice will begin to roll:
"Big Day" on ABC
"Brothers & Sisters" on ABC
"Friday Night Lights" on NBC
"Happy Hour" on Fox
"Help Me Help You" on ABC
"Heroes" on NBC
"Jericho" on CBS
"Justice" on Fox
"Kidnapped" on NBC
"Men in Trees" on ABC
"Notes From the Underbelly" on ABC
"Runaway" on CW
"Shark" on CBS
"Six Degrees" on ABC
"Smith" on CBS
"Standoff" on Fox
"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" on NBC
"The Class" on CBS
"The Game" on CW
"The Knights of Prosperity" on ABC
"The Nine" on ABC
"Til Death" on Fox
"Ugly Betty" on ABC
"Vanished" on Fox
"30 Rock" on NBC
"20 Good Years" on NBC
The final week of voting for "Fall Season Death Watch" is October 30. At the end of the contest, everybody who has voted across the entire contest is entered in a sweepstakes to win a flat screen TV. Visit www.BrilliantButCancelled.com to play television executive for a day.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
LeAnn Rimes latest contribution to the musical world shows that country music is not the only genre she can excel at.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Broken Saints... coming soon on DVD
In the quiet corners of the globe, four strangers – a cynical American programmer, an aging Japanese priest, a troubled Arabic mercenary and a mysterious Fijian girl – receive a series of chilling apocalyptic visions. Desperate to understand their frightening visions of the future, these four troubled souls are simultaneously drawn to a dark city in the West where their fates – and the fate of the world – are revealed to be linked together and somehow part of a global conspiracy. Amidst an epic struggle of man, machine and otherworldly fear, these reluctant heroes must be willing to sacrifice everything…in order to know the truth and save us all!
Have you checked out the Official Broken Saints Official Merchandise page? I hadn't even realized there was one until a friend pointed it out to me!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Pretender Season 4 is coming out on DVD.
Able to master any profession and become almost any person, Jarod (Michael T. Weiss, “Justice League”) is the Pretender… a man whose extraordinary intellect allows him to infiltrate spheres of the highest influence in the name of protecting the innocent. The hunt for clues to his mysterious past comes to an end when Fox Home Entertainment releases the final season, “ THE PRETENDER” SEASON FOUR , on DVD on July 18, 2006. Chased and pursued by the very people who trained him, the final season features many twists and turns including Jarod reuniting with his long-lost sister, and Ms. Parker (Andrea Parker, “Less Than Perfect”) finding out the truth behind her mother's death.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Check out the new Webisodes from Dove... featuring Felicity Huffman in one of the most entertaining ad campaigns to hit the web
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Yahoo! Entertainment posted an article today saying 2 stars of the CBS hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond have signed on to new shows...
For nine seasons, millions of viewers loved everybody on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond." Now some of the key individuals behind that show are about to find out how they rate on their own.
Patricia Heaton, a two-time Emmy winner for her work on "Raymond," is starring in an untitled ABC sitcom about a recently widowed woman who begins a new life after joining the PTA. Three-time Emmy victor Brad Garrett heads the cast of Fox's "'Til Death," an ensemble comedy in which he will play a long-married man who lives next door to newlyweds.
Additionally, "Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and two of his top writers have joined forces on the CBS comedy pilot "Play Nice."
Sunday, February 19, 2006