TV Guide reports that the following favorites of mine will get a full season:
One Tree Hill
And now, the bad news.
TV Guide also predicts that Fringe, one of my absolute, favorite shows, is in danger. Here is my plea to Fox-
PLEASE move Walter and Peter and Olivia and Broyles and that freaky bald dude back to Tuesdays where they belong. Fringe is such a brilliant show, but it can't compete with the Thursday night lineup of Grey's, The Office/30 Rock, CSI, and Supernatural. I know your Thursday night ratings are up, but the shows audience is declining. Have you forgotten that last year, when the show was on Tuesdays, you scored the highest ratings for the 18-49 year old demo of any new show on television?
MOVE. IT. BACK.
And OTH finally ended its baby-momma-drama, when Dan outted Renee on his talk show. Next week, the boys go camping, the girls bond, and Quinn and Clay get closer. Oh yeah, and we finally get to find out more about Dan and Rachel's 'relationship.'
Tom and Lynette hired Lauren (I know that is not his name on the show, but he will always be the general store clerk from Dr. Quinn to me) as a handyman to help out around the house. Looks like Lauren is living back in the stone age, because he would only listen to what Tom, the 'man of the house' had to say (which, if you know Lynette, was NOT going to work). When she confronts him about this, he tells her that he isn't going to 'crush Tom's walnuts' like Lynette does (oh, burn).
Even though Tom likes Lauren, and you know that the guy is right- Lynette is pretty tough on her husband- Tom goes across the street (on his own accord, mind you) to talk to the fired handyman. He tells him about Lynette's childhood- growing up without a dad and a drunk for a mom- and her need to control every thing in her life. God knows there is a lot she can't control- her cancer, her finances, her kids, her sex drive (I mean, she is pregnant again!)- but he says, "There is one thing she can control.... Me. If I let her."
So Tom lets her boss him around because he loves her. All you men out there, take note.
Robert has been a less than stellar hubby in the past, but this season, in light of Kitty's cancer diagnosis, he has been amazing! Last night totally topped it off, inviting his wife to go debate with Senators at an event at the Reagan Library. Seeing how happy Kitty gets, you know that this gesture alone would ahve been enough to earn him Hubsband of the Year.
But, when they step on to the roof, she does not find a big event, but instead an intimate dinner for two to celebrate a successful first chemo treatment. And then just as she admits she doesn't want to be treated differently because she has cancer, white fireworks light up the sky (just like in her meditation/healing book she had been reading earlier).
Robert, you are the bomb.
Or should I say Dick Whitman? I honestly NEVER thought I would see this day. I mean, I never thought Betty would find out, and then when she did, I assumed she would never confront him. But when she confronted her husband about his sordid past last night... whoa, what a show.
It starts when he stands in his office and realizes she knows the truth. His hand that grips the keys to his past (literally) loosens its grip, and he doesn't even flinch as Betty takes them away and opens the drawer. The action moved to the kitchen, where we see a frazzled Don standing over the sink, reaching for a cigarette. The usually calm, cool, and collected leading man has never been shown so shaken. When she asks if he is looking towards the door, he responds simply, "I'm not going anywhere."
Finally, the scene in the bedroom, when he admits his whole past, is seriously breathtaking. I don't think I blinked for the whole converstaion. I thought he would maybe tell her a simple version; only reveal what he had to. But no, he tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Being born to a prostitute who died in child birth; being raised by Archie and his wife, and then later after his father died, Mac; going to Korea and taking Draper's identity because it was easier than starting over; divorcing Don's wife and buying her a house; he even admits to visiting her while he was in California!
And when she asks him about Adam, the little boy from the pictures, (ugh Jon Hamm you deserve all the acting awards they can possibly give you!) he breaks down, admitting that his brother came to him and just wanted to be in his life and he turned him away. He turned him away because he didn't want to 'risk all this.'
It is a known fact that I hate Betty and love Don. Even though she mostly acts like a seven year old, I really hope she takes this as a gesture of love and doesn't dangle it over his head forever. AND I hope Don doesn't take back up with that psycho school teacher. She is getting too googly-eyed at him anyway.
Check out my first post Where's my TGIF? and reminisce about how great primetime weekend programming used to be...
2. Maybe I was premature on saying the paso is my favorite dance. I forgot how much I loved the Argentine Tango!
3. I'll admit, Aaron was a lot better this week in his tango. He actually looked masculine and normal. But then at the end during the group hustle he looked weird again. Guys are supposed to be sexy when they dance! Aaron? Not so much...
4. Did Anna (Michael's partner) dye her hair dark? I could have sworn she was blonde...
5. Who knew Donny could be so serious; so masculine!? Well done, Osmnond.
6. I still love Louie. How is it possible that the youngest, shortest guy on the show is also one of the sexiest when he dances?! Love, love, love him.
7. Joanna should dump Derek and stick with Maks. They just look better together. His height and masculinity match her better than little, wimpy Derek.
8. The group dance? Eg.
Now, I could sit here and try to figure out who all these people are by their silhouettes, or I could let TV Guide do it for me. Here is what they think (left to right):
Faraday, Boone, Miles, Michael, Ana Lucia, Charlotte, Shannon, Desmond, Eko, Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Locke, Ben, Sayid, a young blond woman resembling Libby or Penny, Sun, Jin, Claire, Hurley, Juliet, Charlie, Frank, Richard, Bernard and Rose.
As for that blonde Libby/Penny character, Jorge Garcia claims we've seen the last of Libby and she would not be back this season. And Sonya Walger (Penny) is busy with ABC's Flashforward and says she has not yet been approached for Lost's final season. So either one of them is lying... or we are totally off and this is someone completely different...
And can anyone read hieroglyphics? That would most definitely be helpful.
For all the people out there worried about what would happen to the show post-Leyton (thats Lucas/Peyton), I hope you have been watching and letting the North Carolinians prove you wrong. Think new characters, new storylines, and truckloads of drama.
Here's an update of where we are this season, along with some scoop on what's to come.
Nathan: He achieves his dream to play in the NBA, but now must face some baby-daddy controversy. So did he or didn't he? Renee is starting to convince everyone- even Haley- but at the end of last week's episode we see her meeting with Dan, so who knows.
(SPOILER): James Lafferty told TV Guide that the drama will wrap up soon and won't threaten his marriage. "This is a story line that presents a real hurdle, a mountain for them to climb and they have to get through it together," Lafferty says. "Together they have to carry the whole family unit through the situation, and there's an immense amount of trust. At no point did I actually think it would break them up."
Dan: This story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. The over-bearing dad turned mayor turned murderer turned devoted, dying grandpa is now alive and well... and is a self-help guru with his own show... married to Rachel. WTF.
OTH warned us that this was the big, crazy story this season and they were right. So far we've learned that Rachel is still as conniving as ever, as Dan's ratings-hungry producer and wife (gag); and that Mr. Scott Sr. is still on the outs with his family. But the big question has been, is he really good? Has he really changed? At the end of last week's episode we saw him with Nathan's potential baby-momma Renee, so my guess is he's still evil.
Clay: Nathan's yummy agent is making his rounds with the Tree Hill ladies. First newcomer Alex, and now, maybe Quinn? Haley's married (soon to be divorced) sister stayed the night at his place and is now using his pad as a permanent getaway from the drama over at Naleyville. But will the two become friends or more than friends?
(SPOILER): Buckley tells E! that the two have a 'unique relationship,' but no news on whether that will develop into romance or not. But if they do get together, expect some drama from a disgruntled client. Nathan has made it very clear that he wants Clay to stay away from his sister-in-law.
Brooke: She's got a new line, a new BF (Julian), and new models (Alex and... Milli), but she's also got her old jealousey issues. Remember how crazy she was when she thought something was going on between Lucas and Peyton? (Okay, maybe she turned out to be right about that one, but still...) Brooke has got to cool it with her Julian/Alex jealous rage. Is he going to cheat on her? I have no idea. But her playing the role of suspicious girlfriend is annoying.
Marvin: (I hate calling him that, btw.) He got pulled off the air for not betraying his friend, and now his homely gf is becoming a tequila-drinking model. Poor guy.
My rant: OTH has been pretty good about intigrating new characters into the cast, especially in recent seasons, but there is one character that just doesn't stick- Mia. It's not like she is isolated from the rest of the group- she has had great relationships with Peyton and Haley- but there is something about her that still makes her seem like a special guest star. Is it because she is semi-famous in her own right (as musician Kate Vogele)? Tyler Hilton as Chris Keller fit into the cast just fine (bring him back!).
Whatever it is, she just doesn't fit. They have paired her off with Chase, aka Stephen Colleti, another character who doesn't seem to have found his footing, despite being on the show now for four seasons (yes, it has been that long), but I think it is only making it worse. The whole flight school plotline in last week's episode was disconnected from the overall story and was just plain boring.
"I think I popped my f-ing implant"- Shauvon
The MXC-type challenge of swinging around a fence into a wall turned out to be pretty easy- and boring. Good thing Shauvon popped her implant and made it more exciting! After Shauvon is whisked away by ambulance, the Champions win (duh). Turns out, she did not bust her implant, but has some serious bruising on her chest and stomach and has to take all these pills and be on bed rest and... You gotta hand it to those MTV editors- that whole sequence of Shauvon explaining her injury back at the house was brilliant!
On the Aftershow, they aired some unseen footage from the challenge of Kenny calling Dunbar 'Dummy Bear' and saying he could be in a gay men's magazine. That obviously didn't go over well with Dunbar, who proceeded to scream in Kenny's face. At least you know Wes isn't the only one having hissy fits...
"I need a drink... It's about to be World War III in here" -Syrus
Let's see, in this episode we had Wes being called a psychopath (by Johanna) and a maniac (by Susie), as well as heard Johnny threaten to 'light up every freckle on his face.' Wes has some serious anger issues with the people in the house- specifically his own team. Wait til next week when he realizes they have no intention of pulling names out of a hat.. uh oh.
Oh, and on the Aftershow he called Kenny fat. And smelly. And a loser who sleeps on Batman sheets at his parents house. (Newsflash Wes: I do not care. Kenny is also smokin' hot).
Wes better start playing nice though, because at the end of the episode, Johanna dropped quite the bombshell. Turns out her name is the sole name on the deed to the once engaged couple's house, and Johanna threatens to sell it and keep all the money if Wes keeps throwing challenges. Damn girl! Well played.
"I've got to take my stake in Real World/Road Rules history" -Nick
So our players in the Ruins are Nick and Wes (duh), and bff's KellyAnne and Ev (obviously that decision did not go over well, see below). They were calling this battle 'epic', but I'm not so sure. The only thing really epic about it was the sudden downpour, and even that stopped by the time the girls battled it out. And, no offense, but did Nick really think he would beat Wes? I sort of felt bad for him, because that was a pretty pathetic showing. Poor Nick.
"Put the visor aside" -Ev
Here is an example of a good strategy gone bad. The Challengers and Champions all want insane KellyAnne (um, hi, did you hear her psycho laugh at the end? And what is this rumor about her being on steroids?) to go home, and all know Ev can beat her (and pretty much every other girl... and some guys too). So they send them in against each other. Whoops.
I guess these two formed some bond on The Island and are now BFFs, which leaves one very, very angry Evelyn. Ironically, she believes the person that 'betrays' her is Johnny. Back on The Island, Ev 'sold her soul to the devil' (her words, not mine) and helped Johnny, Evan, and Kenny win, shattering their alliance with Paula. She may call these guys 'horrific human beings,' but hey, karma's a bitch. Somewhere out there, Paula Walnuts is laughing.
Now Ev has a decision to make. Send her friend packing and join a team that 'betrayed' her? Or go against her competitive nature and let KellyAnne win? Believe it or not, she really does 'put the visor aside' (is her visor a metaphor for her competitive edge or something?) and purposely loses the battle. On the Aftershow, she calls throwing it the hardest thing she has ever had to do (wow, rough life), especially since she would have dominated the competition (humble much?).
At least we were reminded how much TJ hates quitters.
Not only did we get one awesome hour of drama, but we got an extra half hour with the Aftershow too, which posed some great questions-
Is Johnny really a genuine guy? Maybe. He was actually super nice, or at least honest, to Wes, KellyAnne, even Ev.
Do KellyAnne and Ev use 'Mane 'n Tail' to get their hair that thick? Quite possibly. Or maybe they are both on steroids.
Is Mark the best host ever? Yes.
And finally, are these challenges more like Monopoly, Clue, or Sorry? Answer unknown.
Well, you are absolutley nuts. This show is amazing. Yes, the characters are stereotypical and sometimes the story is a little crazy (a middle-aged woman comes back to high school to be in glee club? a fake pregnancy and plot to steal a cheerleaders baby?), but even still, you should watch for the musical numbers alone!
Last spring's premiere featured a rendition of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' that made it all the way to number one on iTunes 'most downloaded' list. So far this season, two more have hit the charts- 'Take A Bow' peaked at number six, and last Wednesday's 'Somebody to Love' made it into the top 20 by Thursday morning (Not only is Glee, like, my favorite new show, but 'Somebody to Love' is, like, my favorite song).
Tonight, the boys will sing Bon Jovi. Will you download it? Or wait to buy the first soundtrack on November 3rd?
Now, on with my rankings...
13. Joanna and Derek- I'm sorry, I'm just not impressed by her. She is annoying. And not that great of a dancer. And has really horrible hair extensions/wigs every week.
12. Mark and Lacey- I feel bad for not liking Mark, but he is just so boring. I kind of forget he exists.
11. Donny and Kim- Compared to his last two weeks, this was a complete trainwreck. In order to prove his sexiness, his kisses Bruno (?). I don't know if that was the way to go...
10. Aaron and Karina- Not sexy. At. All. Considering they are rumored to be more than just dance partners (barf), I expected better.
9. Chuck and Anna- I want so badly for him to get better. Hey, at least he smiled more this time!
8. Melissa and Mark- A lot more control this week, yet still fun. She is improving a little each week, but will it be enough?
7. Kelly and Louis- Poor girl. That first week must have been a fluke. This one was definitely better than her tango last week, but still doesn't live up to her first ballroom routine.
6. Michael and Anna- Considering I didn't like him at all the first week, this guy wins my vote for most improved. He can't dance at all, but he sure looks like he is having fun.
5. Debi and Maks- My early favorites are slipping. They are being too 'safe' and underwhelming. Come on, Maks!
4. Natalie and Alec- TV Guide is calling this her 'breakthrough dance', and I'll agree. Girls with skimpy outfits and good bodies usually excel at the rumba.
3. Tom and Cheryl- Seriously, what is not to love about this guy? He just danced to 'Why Can't We Be Friends?' clad in red, white, and blue, and Republican and Democrat animal logos! He is counting out loud! And he said this: "What's a little pain when you can party?"
2. Mya and Dimitri- Perfect. And Dimitri is smokin.
1. Louie and Chelsea- Puh-lease tell me these two are in love! They are so adorable. Louie, 'the dancing hobbit,' looked sexier out there than most of the other male celebs. I adore him.
I didn't even pay attention to the judges scores last night because they were so crabby and annoying (best Tom Bergeron quote of the night? "When we come back later, Len will read from his essay, 'Beethoven Is a Hack.'" haha). Who's going home? My money is on Chuck, Michael, Melissa, or Mark.
AND, at the end of each episode you get hilarious scenes during the credits... Exhibits A & B.
love triangles... or pentagons?
Usually with these things, you have your fair share of past hook-ups/legitimate relationships reunited, but this time it is out of control. For all you Cohutta's out there, we will go through this slowly.
Wes and Johanna met on RW: Austin and started dating, eventually getting engaged. After they broke up, Jo went on The Island and began a very public, very intimate, 'courtship' of Kenny. On that same deserted island, we saw RW: Sydney alums KellyAnne and Cohutta canoodling. Those two also met and dated on their original show. After the show, both couples broke it off (no surprises there), but the real shock came on the Reunion Special, when we learned that KellyAnne is now dating Jo's ex Wes (dun dun dunnnn).
And now they are all in Thailand for The Ruins. In one house. And some of them, on the same team. Oh, the drama.
Tonya = one hot mess
So Tonya has always been a little on the crazy side, but this season, it's out of control. The veteran even admitted that maybe she was a little 'unstable' (um, ya think?). I think that moving back to your hometown of Walla Walla, Washington, after seperating with your husband, probably isn't the best time to go on a Challenge.
You do, however, get to see that these people do (sort of) care about each other (even Ev was just joking/drunk when she was making the 'Walla Walla wombat' comments... which were hilarious, by the way). You see Syrus and Adam encouraging her after her fight with Ev; the girls giving her a bowl to puke in; and Chet's convo on the stairs with her the night before the elimination was seriosuly adorable ("I don't really know you that well... but you should probably drink less"). Even Evan told MTV's Remote Control Blog, that they are Tonya's 'family,' and he was glad she was there with them during that time of her life. Isn't he sweet?!
Wes and KellyAnne are the new Speidi
So maybe more people watch The Hills (and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here), but I think Wes and KellyAnne will be the new most hated MTV couple. I mean, people already didn't like them individually, and when they started dating, many said it was just Wes' revenge on Jo's public 'relationship' with Kenny. But then they come to Thailand and make it so much worse.
Wes makes is own 'apartment' in the basement of the house? Says he will throw missions til he gets his way/all the power? Come on, Wes. Maybe this strategy would work on a regular Challenge when you had rookies on your team- but these people are the Champions. They are almost all bigger, stronger, meaner, and most definitely, smarter than you.
And then we get into the Darrell and Wes fight (um hi, Darrell is a boxer and could kill you)- seeing KellyAnne hold people back and hearing Wes say, "My girl says I can go, so let me go," was seriosuly disgusting.
off the show drama
We all know these kids are friends outside of the Challenges (trust me, I follow them on Twitter. Last week, Evan went to the movies with Emilee and Dereck from RW: Cancun), and, as much as they try not too, they always bring outside drama to the show with them. Some of the scoop we got last night:
-As if the relationship drama wasn't enough, Evan doesn't trust Wes because he repeatedly denied he was coming on the Challenge, only to show up in Thailand anyway.
-Dunbar and his g/f broke it off and him and Kim tried dating, but there was 'no spark.'
-And the biggest shocker no one is going to explain for us? Adam and KellyAnne hooked up by 'accident'?! wtf.