And the season premiere promises to be just as shocking. Word on the street is that one main character dies, two kiss and another faces medical uncertainty. Dun dun duuunnn.
As for the kissing, there are no significant Peter-Olivia scenes in the premiere- sad day. Instead he spends some quality screen time with new cast member Meghan Markle (playing Agent Amy Jessup) and Olivia's sister Rachel (who we saw chemistry with last season).
Don't watch Fringe? You should. While you probably can't catch up on the whole freaky first season in the next couple days, make sure to catch the replay of the finale on Fox this Thursday. The network is introducing "tweet-peats" of the show (they are doing it with Glee also). The episodes will be accompanied with messages from producers and cast members using Twitter. You can follow online or on the bottom of the television screen and see commentary, revealing behind-the-scenes details and answers to fans' questions.The Fringe 'tweet-peat' will feature producers and stars Joshua Jackson and John Nolble.
Thank you, Twitter for uniting Josh and I. Think he will mind if I propose to him via a tweet?
New season of RW/RR challnege starts on September 30th!
I missed the MTV trailer, but here is what I could dig up online. 'The Ruins' 18th installment of the Challenge series takes place in Thailand (sweet), is hosted by TJ Lavin, and pits Champions against Challengers.
The rules this time get a little tricky. Before each challenge, each team will nominate six people -- three men and three women from their ranks -- to be eligible for "The Ruins." After every challenge, the winning team will split $$20,000 evenly. Then, the winning team's lucky six nominees will be "the match-makers" who will select which man and woman from each team will be sentenced to "The Ruins." The selected men will have their "Ruins" competition and so will the women. The losers will be sent packing. Only the players that make it to the end will walk away with the cash they've banked and compete in the finale for an even bigger prize.
Details, details. You just want to know who is competeing!
The Champions are...
Darrell Taylor: RR Campus Crawl; champ on the Gauntlet, Inferno, Inferno 2, and Fresh Meat
Derrick Kosinski: RR X Treme; champ on Inferno 3 and the Island
Evan Starkman: <3>
Evelyn Smith: Fresh Meat; champ on Inferno 3 and the Island
Ibis Nieves: RR XTreme; champ on Gauntlet 2
Johanna Botta: RW Austin; champ on Gauntlet 3
Johnny (Bananas) Devenanzio: RW Key West; champ on the Island
Katie Doyle: RR Quest; champ on the Inferno
Kenny Santucci: Fresh Meat; champ on Inferno 3 and the Island
Susie Meister: RR Down Under; champ on Gauntlet 2
Syrus Yarbrough: RW Boston; champ on Extreme Challenge (?)
Tonya Cooley: RW Chicago; champ on Inferno 3
Veronica Portillo: RR Semester at Sea; champ on Challenge 2000, Gauntlet, and Inferno
Wes Bergman: RW Austin; champ on the Duel
And on to the Challengers...Adam King: RW Paris
Brad Fiorenza: RW San Diego
Brianna Taylor: RW Hollywood
Casey Cooper: Fresh Meat
Chet Cannon: RW Brooklyn
Cohutta Lee: RW Sydney
Danny Jamieson: RW Austin
Diem Brown: Fresh Meat
Dunbar Flinn: RW Sydney
Kelly Anne Judd: RW Sydney
Kimberly Alexander: RW Hollywood
Nick Brown: RW Hollywood
Sarah Rice: RW Brooklyn
Shauvon Torres: RW Sydney
Pretty much an all-star lineup. Here is what I find interesting....-The Challengers do not have a single Road Rulers. A couple of Fresh Meat kids, which was pretty much Road Rules, but still. Maybe it's time to do another pure RW vs. RR Challenge to see how it shapes out.
-Is Darrell the most winning contestant of all the Challenges? He definitely is on this team. I wonder if this will make him top dog or something.
-Reunions of Wes and Johanna? Kim and Dunbar? Cohutta and Kelly Anne? and Veronica and Katie?!
-It will be fun to see how friends/alliances that are split up this time around react to the change. The Austin kids are split up. People that are usually competeing with the vets- like Diem and Brad- are now stuck with all these newbies.
-Speaking of newbies- how many of these kids are rookies?
Ah Evan. I heart you.
I just found out that next week's new Shaq vs. is against my hometown hero, Albert Pujols! Too bad I will actually be at the Cardinals game, instead of watching this Red Bird beat Shaq in homers on TV!
Anyone know if Shaq won in volleyball against Kerri and Misty May this week? That was the sport he felt most confident in and I missed it last night! And FYI, Ben barely beat him in football in week #1 of this little joy of a television program.
A Japanese superstar, Hiroyuki Sanada, joined the mix with a recurring role.
Now they are also casting for 'Paul,' described as an overworked, harried male age 30-60 who finds himself in a highly adrenalized situation that forces him to remain calm and tests his ability to keep his wits about him — a test he fails miserably. This elusive Paul must be available for episodes 2 and 3 this season. Interesting.
The love of my life, Sawyer, aka Josh Holloway, chatted with E! about what is coming up this season for our resident lovesick (for Kate) bad boy turned lovesick (for Juliet) hero.
Time to play Sawyer says...
"Now that he's lost Juliet, I think the leader-hero thing is gone. I think he doesn't give a s--t to be anyone's leader at this point. He's heartbroken. He's back to 'The world sucks' and maybe throughout this season someone can redeem him again and bring him back from hell, because right now, he's in hell."
"Knowing Damon Lindelof, Sawyer must die. Maybe Carlton Cuse will soften. I always thought he should die. I think he should die because him and society is never going to work, so why go back?"
Okay, Joshie. This is what I say:
Kate should redeem Sawyer, so then they can fall back in love. Then she finally akes him up on that offer to play house on the Island and they live happily ever after laying on the beach (Sawyer should be shirtless in this scenario). Or yeah, and Damon can kill off Jack instead.
Warning this post contains spoilers.. and lots of them.
The premiere picks up right where we left off, the morning after KT's End of the World Party. Cappie may have told Casey he wasn't interested, but that was before he knew about Max's departure. Will he change his mind now? Sources say we will get some resolution to the Cap/Case drama in the very first episode (!), but I doubt whatever they 'resolve' in the premiere will change thru the season. Rebecca's actions at the party will leave her trying to mend a relationship with someone she really cares about, or atleast trying to. Rusty is in trouble- failing organic chem and losing his honors status! eek! Dale might end up gettin' some cougar lovin'. Ashleigh and kitchen-boy Fischer's relationship gets rocky.
And coming up this season:
Casey v. Ashleigh catfight
ZBZ is not top dog on Greek row anymore
Rebecca realizes she is in college and just wants to 'have fun' (does that mean she will be more skanky than before? If that's even possible)
Evan and Cap trying to be friends
Love triangles with new hot waitress
Dale and Rusty going to a new level of friendship
Calvin in love? Maybe.
A Kappa Tau-Omega Chi confrontation in the season finale.
Go GREEK on August 31st on ABC Family.
According to my sister, a fellow True Blood junkie, "It was a really good episode. I mean, really good. Like, so good [our] jaws were still open as the credits rolled. Actually, it was probably a great episode - it had some comedic, suspenseful, and even tearjerking moments.... And, to top off its greatness, there is a scene where you see Jason's bare chest and Sam's bare a**."
Couldn't have said it better myself.
And here is what the folks over at E! said about my favorite guys in their redux:
"The smiting of Sam Merlotte by "the horned god that comes" was brilliant! Andy Bellefleur (provider of horns), Jason Stackhouse (provider of shock, awe and killer abs) and Sam Merlotte himself (provider of smarts and shape-shifting magic) were an unexpectedly powerful team. Indeed, between Andy's drunken comedy stylings, Sam's self-sacrificing aplomb and Jason Stackhouse chainsaw performance, at least three of Bon Temps' few remaining sane male citizens were in fine form tonight. (Most shows can't get away with such things, but on True Blood, a redneck Ramboing through town with a chainsaw and a nail gun is just another brilliant tableau.)"
There are just two episodes of True Blood left and- surprise, surprise- MaryAnn is not giving up on Sam. And our noble hero is going to continue thinking its best to sacrafice himself to save his friends (Awww..). Spoiler Alert: Sam's got someone in his corner to rescue him. Any guesses who it is?
As much as people were announcing which stars they thought would go all the way, loyal DWTS fans know that you are nothing without the right pro. While the folks over at EW already made a list, ranking which stars would go home first, I decided to be a bit less ambitious. There are 16 contestants this year, so I put them in four tiers (of four pairs each, all you math majors).
Going home early
Tom DeLay Cheryl Burke
Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts
Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel
Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani
Getting home to chat with Mom and Dad before bed
Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas
Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova
Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough
Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya
Sneeking in right after curfew
Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer
Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower
Mya and Dmitry Chaplin
Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff
Staying out all night and partying with that mirror-ball trophy
"Do you ever get three sheets to the wind and try that thing on?"
Apparently he is none too happy about being dissed by DWTS. I guess he (and his nutso wife/manager Carla) thought he was a shoe-in for the big show and were shocked (and dismayed) when he wasn't announced as one of the 'stars' on Monday.
According to E!, this is what Carla had to say...
"The producers told us he would have made an excellent contestant, and when you compare him to some of the 'so-called' celebrities they picked, it just does not make any sense at all... [The producers] never even had the class to give Lou a call and tell him that he was not going to be chosen. Lou is an American icon....We couldn't believe some of the people they picked... I mean, Tom Delay, a corrupt politician, a skateboarder who nobody has ever heard of, and what exactly has Ashley Hamilton ever done?"
Whoa, them is fightin' words.
According to the Hollywood Insider, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is ready to reprise his role as the mysterious (and tough) Mr. Eko, should producers come calling. Back in season 3, Adewale pretty much sealed his own fate, asking to be taken off the show because of issues going on in his personal life. The episode when Eko dies is probably one of my least favorite episodes ever (it was a poor tribute to one of my favorite characters), so hopefully if he returns they can do him some justice!
I guess you could say I'm a sucker for b-boys, but seriously, they were adorable. This is a great example of taking on a challenge with creativity and originality! They took the prop- the hula hoop- and totally ran with it. Not only were their stunts awesome, but the whole schoolyard vibe totally fit. And, they have personlaity too! Way to go, Massive Monkees!
Worst- Beat Yo Feet Kings
Last week they weren’t clean, and this week they weren’t original. All they did was reenact Beyonce’s Crazy in Love. They got a girl to dress like Beyonce and guys to dance around her. Not very creative. They didn’t even update the ‘uh oh’ dance. They were supposed to take the Beyonce move and take it further, make it their own. Fail.
Since the Kings were already safe (wha?), the salsa dancers and Artistry in Motion had to battle it out in the bottom, with the girls of Artistry going home. Was I bummed? Yes. But not as bummed as Donelle. A wee bit dramatic, wouldn't you say? I'm not even going to replay the clip here because it is kind of embarassing.
See, word of mouth wins.
Nowadays word of mouth has evolved into word of ‘mouse,’ using sites like Twitter and Facebook to get buzz going for your show. In fact, I just told you last weekend that you could become a fan of Community on Facebook and watch the pilot (which I did last night- hilarious!).
The one thing I don’t really agree with in the article is their assessment of which shows each network is pushing hardest for in their marketing- ABC fof Flashforward? Okay, sure. Fox for Glee? Um, duh. But NBC for Leno? I don’t think so. There has most definitely been a bigger word of mouse push for Community than any other fall show on NBC. I mean, come on, you even mentioned it in your article! I don’t see NBC doing anything new or original to advertise for Leno (beside the usual billboards, press releases, etc).
Anyway, here’s the bottom line. Word of mouse works. Just take a look at what happened to Bruno.
Other than that, not impressed.
Oh, yeah- MaryAnn you are a freak and scare me. Please leave Bon Temps and Sam Merlotte alone. Thank you.
Numbers aside, it was a beautiful premiere, and I expected no less. Betty was as child-like as ever (hate her.), Pete was snarky, Ken was suave, Joan was smart, and Don… ah, Don. I should not find him so appealing- considering he is living with a stolen identity, cheats on his wife, smokes like a chimney- but I can’t help it. I adore him.
The premiere started off some great plotlines for the season. Sal’s sex life… or lack thereof; Betty’s dream of a ‘perfect’ life for her new baby; more insight into Don’s mysterious past (worst way to get your name award goes to…); and of course the British/English tension post-takeover. But I am probably most excited about the Pete/Ken competition for the Head of Accounts position. These two are perfect foils for each other and I can’t wait to see it play out!
One problem- I can’t do this double dip between Fringe and Mad Men. The new Brit, played by Jared Harries, also plays the creepy Jones on Fringe, so I immediately am freaked out by him. Lucky for me, it looks like his villainous ways won’t be lost on the folks over at Sterling Cooper.
I’ll admit now, I have a deep-rooted disgust for O’Neal. Have you ever seen him play basketball?! He is just this huge tree in the middle of the court. He doesn’t run. He doesn’t hustle. He is just annoying. Good, yes. But Annoying.
That being said, I think this show sounds great! I may hate on his skills on the court, but Shaq is a great TV personality and I’m surprised it has taken so long for him to have a show like this. Tonight he takes on Superbowl champ Ben Roethlisberger in a test of who has better pigskin prowess. My bet is on the Berger.
Shaq Vs. airs tonight on ABC at 8pm central.
Coldplay; "Life in Technicolor II"
Kid Cudi, Ft. Common and Kanye; "Made Her Say"
The Academy had originally planned to cut eight of the awards from the telecast- pretaping them and then editing them- to save time. After uproar from, well, pretty much everyone, they- surprise!- changed their mind. Looks like we will be seeing a lot more of Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens) on Emmy night.
Check out TV Guide's article on Emmy snubs and surprises, it has some great insight.
But for some better insight, check out my winning picks!
I still hate the way they eliminate on the premiere (sending one to the 'battle' every three performances), and at first was not happy with who was sent home. Beat Ya Feet Kings' routine was sloppy and I was sure they would go home. But after thinking about all the other crews, I totally see why the judges kept Kings. All the other crews have something special to bring to the table, and Kings keeps with that vibe.
Don't get me wrong- I loved their performance; it was actually one of my favorites. But are they more than just another Kaba Modern or SoRealCru? Too bad we won't get to find out.
Peace out Fr3sh.
Another possibility? Newly Idolless Paula Abdul, who is guest starring on ABC’s Ugly Betty this fall. Since she dropped Idol, rumors of joining DWTS, as either a contestant or a judge, have been flying about, and now that ABC already has her tied down to one series, why not another? If she joins the show, it had better be as a contestant. What does Paula know about ballroom dance?!
We will finally find out who will be joining the cast on Monday, and my guess is that at least one of these rumored stars will be on that list. As much as ABC tries to keep it a secret, it seems like every year there is one obvious celeb choice.
My favorite thing about the show I haven't even seen yet? All of the comparisns it is getting to Lost!
Big-budget pilot? Check.
Crash int he first episode? Check.
Mapped out series (looking to span 3 seasons)? Check.
Charlie and Penny? Check.
Not to mention John Cho, Seth McFarlane, Joseph Fiennes, and Gabrielle Union.
Hmm, sounds like last year. This is what I had to say following that debacle.
Okay, so now I love Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and think Brand is hilarious in it- but that still does not change how I felt about last year's show. I will not be tuning in.
But in case you want to waste your Sunday night, the show airs Sept. 13, and will most likely repeat 24/7 after that...
I do, however, adore the new promos for the season featuring my loves from Quest Crew. Here is the full routine- 70 seconds of pure Quest glory!
I am not one of them.
For some reason, I never really cared for either of them (Lucas especially), and this last season, they were so annoying that I am glad to see the saps go.
The shake-up obviously means new faces on the block, including Robert Buckley as Nathan’s agent… And Shantel VanSanten as Quinn, Haley’s sister.
But will he be alive? Oh I hope so!!