Last night’s season three premiere was JAM PACKED with talent as 8 acapella groups blasted off the most unique and one of a kind singing competition show, “The Sing-Off.” This being my first time ever tuning in, I wasn’t quite sure what I was preparing myself for, but I found, right off the bat, that i was clapping along in amazement at the fact that these crews sounded amazing with absolutely NO music! All 8 of them sounded like a way better, less corny, more polished episode of Glee, with people I actually liked! The judges: singer Sarah Bereillis, music junkie Ben Folds, and “Boyz II Men’s” Shawn Stockman are actually pretty bearable and more to-the-point than the “Idol” judges I am so accustomed to.
Kicking the show off was the group “Yellow Jackets” who sang a song about a flag. They were tight, controlled, and OK, which was good enough to save them for next week.
Next up was Osmand-like-family “Fannan Family” who were god awful! They sang Salina Gomez’s “Who Says,” and I was not shocked at all when they got the boot. On their way out they sang a melancholy version of Annie’s Tomorrow. Maybe if their modo was “today” they would have stuck around a bit longer.
After Fannan Family came “Afro Blue” who I actually liked. They were the stereotypical (almost all black) jazz group. They did, however, have the best base out of all the groups. And, as Sarah Bereillis wrote down in her notes, for the most part they were all attractive. They lived to sing another week. “Girl Put Your Records On,” was the song of their choice.
To top the first half of the premiere episode off was my favorite group, “Delilah” which is composed of all past female contestants, with a couple new additions. At first I thought this was unfair, but after I heard them sing a KICK ASS version of Bruno Mars’s “Grenade” I was in love. The arrangement of the song, paired up with the lead vocals and backup gave me the chills. I was standing to my feet cheering and clapping, alone, in my living room. They moved onto the next round.
Next came “Urban Method” who sang Eminem’s and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” So what? They can rap! Who cares. I hope they do not continue to do all rap songs because I will get really bored, really fast. Despite my immediate hesitation with them, they moved onto the next round.
After “Urban Method” was The “Cat’s Pajamas” who I REALLY liked! They were a group comprised of all guys who sung 50’s and 60’s style “doowap” songs. They were voted off for being too “showy” yet they were competing on a show. I don’t get it, but oh well.
"Kinfolk 9" was who I thought should have been voted off during the second half. Yes they have the passion. Yes they have a story But the harmonies were not good, plus the lead front man needs a new hairstyle pronto! They sung One Republic’s "Secrets."
Ending the night was an explosively energetic number by “Vocal Point,” my second favorite group. This, all Mormon men group is hilarious and, just as “Afro Blue,” has an amazing basest! They sung “Jive and Wale” after loosing one of their group members for the premiere night so he could be with his dying father in Australia. (Insert sad “awe’s” here.) Both “Kinfolk 9” and “Vocal Point” were saved by the judges and will compete in two weeks with the rest of their fellow “Part 1” contestants.
Next Monday is “Part 2” of the premiere competition where we will be introduced to the other 8 groups and lose 2 more, just as we did last night. I REALLY like this show and if you have never seen it, NOW IS THE TIME TO START!
Watch last nights episode here at: http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/
And if you REALLY like what you hear, you can download all the song performances on iTunes.
It’s that time of year again (MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR!) for the 2011 Emmys! With Jane Lynch as this years host, The Emmys should be nothing short of entertaining! Here is the list of nominations and my predictions for the winners!
Outstanding lead actress for Comedy:
Laura Linney: The Big C
Edie Falco: nurse Jackie
Amy Phoeler: Parks and Rec
Melissa McCarthy: Mike and Molly
Martha Plimpton: Raising Hope
Tina Fey: 30 Rock
I would LOVE to see Martha Plimpton win for her character Virginia Chance in the new series “Raising Hope,” but Laura Linney deserves this one.
Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy:
Matt LeBlanc: Episodes
Jim Parsons: Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell: Michael Scott
Johnny Galecki: Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K: Louie
Alec Baldwin: 30 Rock
Despite how Hilarious “The Big Bang Theory” is, I think Steve Carell may take this one, just based on his exit from “The Office.”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Jane Lynch: Glee
Betty White: Hot In Cleveland
Julie Bowen: Modern Family
Kristen Wiig: SNL
Jane Krakowski: 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara: Modern Family
WOW! This is a category built with front runners! I think it’s a toss up between Jane Lynch, Betty White, and Kristen Wiig, however, I think Lynch will take the title, yet again.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
Jon Cryer: Two and a Half Men
Chris Colfer: Glee
Jessie Tyler Ferguson: Modern Family
Ed O’Neill: Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet: Modern Family
Ty Burrell: Modern Family
I was EXTREMELY dissappointed last year when Colfer stole the title from Stonestreet last year (which he totally didn’t deserve!). My hopes is that any man from Modern Family takes it, with Stonestreet in the lead. Kurt Hummel’s not even funny! (unless your idea of funny is extremely, stereotypically, ANNOYING!)
Parks and Rec: NBC
The Office: NBC
Modern Family: ABC
30 Rock: NBC
Big Bang Theory: CBS
Go Modern Family! However, Glee could sneak up and snatch it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Big Bang took it either.
Lead Actress in Drama:
Elisabeth Moss: Mad Men
Connie Britton: Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay: SVU
Mireille Enos: The Killing
Julianna Margulies: The Good Wife
Kathy Bates: Harry’s Law
I’m rooting for Enos (I love the underdog!) But I think Margulies or Bates has this one in the bag.
Lead Actor in Drama:
Steve Buscemi: Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall: Dexter
Kyle Chandler: Friday Night Lights
Jon Hamm: Mad Men
Hugh Laurie: House
Timothy Olyphant: Justified
As scared as I would be to go up against Hamm (Who will probably take it AGAIN!) I think Hall deserves his shot. However, Buscemi may be a no brainer.
Supporting Actress in Drama:
Kelly Macdonald: Boardwalk Empire
Chrsitina Hendricks: Mad Men
Michelle Forbes: The Killing
Archie Panjabi: The Good Wife
Margo Martindale: Justified
Christine Barnaski: the Good Wife
I really don’t think anyone has a shot against Macdonald and Panjabi. My vote: Panjabi!
Supporting Actor in Drama:
John Slattery: Mad Men
Andre Braugher: Men of a Certain Age
Walton Goggins: Justified
Peter Dinklarge: Game of Thrones
Josh Charles: The Good Wife
Alan Cumming: The Good Wife
Everyone loves the little guy! (Dinklage) but I think Slattery took this one a while ago, however, either nominee from The Good Wife would be fine with me.
Boardwalk Empire: HBO
The Good Wife: CBS
Mad Men: AMC
Friday Night Lights: DirecTV
Game of Thrones: HBO
Can we have a three-way tie between Boarwalk, Mad Men, and Thrones please? If not, get ready to see another Boardwalk Empire win.
(I am skipping the miniseries/movie categories because I do not watch them. I am 110% positive I am not alone. Let’s all take a snack/washroom break during this part of the Emmys!)
Variety, music or Comedy:
Colbert Report: Comedy Central
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: NBC
Real Time with Bill Maher: HBO
Daily Show with John Stewart: Comedy Central
I hope Conan takes it, and sticks it to NBC! Realistically, it’s probably gonna be Stewart.
Reality Competition (My new favorite Category!):
So You Think You Can Dance: FOX
Amazing Race: CBS
Project Runway: Lifetime
American Idol: FOX
Dancing With the Stars: ABC
Top Chef: Bravo
I will absolutely commit suicide if Runway wins! Lifetime should never be nominated for an Emmy no matter what! I think SYTYCD will take it, hands down.
Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:
Jeff Probst: Survivor
Cat Deeley: So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan: Amazing Race
Tom Bergeron: Dancing With The Stars
Ryan Seacrest: American Idol
No one else deserves this more than Deeley, period.
So that’s it! What do you think? Agree/Disagree? I will probably be tweeting NONSTOP during the telecast so don’t forget to follow me and share my Emmy excitement! @Blucio23 for all your TV News!
The CW, which is embarrassingly becoming one of my favorite networks, introduced one of its highly anticipated premieres Thursday 9/15. “The Secret Circle” is a mysterious show about a group of high school witches (yes, boys as well can be considered Witches nowadays), the parents that hold a hush-hush secret over their heads, and the creepy and eerie town they live in.
Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) is forced to move in with her grandmother after her mother’s tragic, but evil and sinister demise in a conveniently set house fire. With her father already dead, she has no where else to go. Being the new girl is tough! Especially when everyone around you seems to be holding a secret! Cassie is thrown into the middle of a circle of “witches” and seems to have the most power out of all of them, though unbeknownst to her.
Unfortunately for Cassie, she wants absolutely nothing to do with this circle, which consists of a wide variety of stereotypes: The hunky boy next-door, the evil bitch and her clinger best friend, the nice, all american girl and her boyfriend who (UH-OH!) has a crush on Cassie! However, without her, the circle is less powerful and beg her to reconsider. It’s tough to be a witch in today’s society! Those damn vampires are hogging all the lime light!
It is unaware whether or not these kids know exactly what they are getting themselves into. As Peter Parker’s uncle would say, “With great power comes great responsibility.” (Insert nerdgasm here) However, some of their parents sure know! Although some parents seem to be wary of the fact that their kids may have discovered their powers, other parents seem excited to see just how much power these kids can exert. With a handful of confusion, mixed with interlocked fingers of unanswered questions, we are left in the same state of confusion as Cassie herself, after she finds her mother’s spell book and a note addressed to her beginning with the sentence, “My dear Cassie, I did not want this life for you…”
"Secret Circle" seems like it will be the next generations, "The Craft" and may fizzle out and die by November Sweeps. (For those of you who are not addicted to TV like myself, November Sweeps is the time of year where all the shows have one final, shocking episode before they go on break for the holidays and, if renewed, return in February.) HOWEVER The CW does a really great job at identifying with their audience and by casting a particularly dreamy/good looking cast, they might be able to stay afloat. Premiering after the widely popular and ratings whore, "Vampire Diaries" (which I LOVE!) probably didn’t hurt their cause either.
I give “The Secret Circle” 3-out-of-5-stars, but will probably continue to watch it. Gale Harold’s (Vampire Diaries Alumn) performance as the sinister badie, Charles Meade is worth the views alone, plus, Robertson is pretty hot as well!
Watch the premiere “pilot” episode of “The Secret Circle” at cwtv.com
Whether it be the insane rate in which teenaged pregnancy is climbing, or the fact that all the kids of the baby boomers are starting to get hitched, TV shows about babies are blasting off, pushing ratings to the top of the charts. NBC’s “Up All Night” is no exception.
Chris (Will Arnett) becomes a stay at home father after their baby is born. Reagan (Christina Applegate) a producer/writer for an Oprah/Ellen-esque talk show jumps right back into work. Her best friend/host of the show Ava (Played by the ridiculously talanted and overtly hilarious Maya Rudolph) leans on Reagan to make every important choice about the show and seems to be lost without her. Arnett and Applegate are probably the funniest pair of newlyweds to ever grace television, in my generation at least.
The pilot episode begins with a pregnancy scare, which turns into a reality, which turns into the depression, anxiety, panic, stress, acceptance, love, and peace a couple goes through while having a baby. In this 30 minute comedy, not much is given of the characters, besides their quirky traits and one liners, but offers a lot of promise. Nick Cannon plays a cameo, which will either be a blessing or a curse, and the writting is actually well thought out and plotted.
I give “Up All Night” 5-out-of-5 stars. This show seems like it will continuously to be entertaining and may replace “Raising Hope” as my go to baby show of the year!
To watch the pilot episode of “Up All Night” go to nbc.com
Low and behold, Fall has began! And what a glorious season this is! With perfect hoody weather, the feeling of warmth and wholeness from close friends and family, pumpkin flavored everything, and the luscious nature transition from deep green to rich red, what is there not to love? In case you need anymore convincing, here it is. THE PRIME TIME TV SEASON HAS BEGUN! With a whole new set of pilots and the return of some amazingly anticipated series, let us begin with the first premiere of the season: The CW’s “Ringer”
The Ringer is a show staring Sarah Michelle Gellar who plays twins Bridget Cafferty, a troubled recovering alcoholic/ex stripper and prostitute and Shioban Martin a rich elite who is unhappily married, pregnant, and cheating on her husband with her best friend’s husband. When Bridget (Gellar) become an eye witness in a homicide case, detective Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell aka RICHARD ALPERT) agrees to protect her so long as she testifies. Afraid for her life, Bridget retreats to visit her twin sister Shiobahn.
After a fairly short conversation, forgiveness, and boating trip, Bridget wakes up alone in their speedboat to find an empty bottle of pills and her twin sister nowhere to be found. Thinking Shiobhan had killed herself for reasons unknown, Bridget assumes her sisters identity and is thrown into a life almost as crazy as hers. She begins to discover all the lies Shiobhan was living.Shiobhan, however, has not killed herself and, in turn, switched places with Bridget, unaware of the dangers Bridget faces by being the lone eye witness in a high volume homicide case.
The pilot showed immense promise and is definitely worth checking out! Though it is not currently on cw.com as a full episode view, I easily found the torrent and downloaded it in less than 10 minutes. With an A List cast, twisty-turney plotline, and Sara Michelle Gellar’s HUGELY anticipated return to television, I give The CW’s “Ringer” 5/5 stars for it’s premiere episode. Hopefully, The CW will keep up the good work!
I posted the preview to the premiere episode below this blog, so check it out!.
The Ringer airs Tuesdays at 8pm on The CW
As the avid TV viewer I am, i was up late the other night thinking of shows that used to be so good! Many shows came to mind. However, as happy I was to remember these amazingly written shows I was slapped in the face with the wrong turn they all took. These five shows, in my opinion, started higher than the rest, they were the Mount Everest of television. Unfortunately, they all tumbled down this mountain at an alarming rate…hitting every single rock along the way.
5.) Desperate Housewives
we open on Mary-Alice as she ascends the stairs to her master bedroom. Talking to us threw a unique and quirky voice over, she opens her closet, reaches high up to the top shelf, and pulls out a shoebox. Finally, she opens the box, pulls out a gun, places the pistol to her mouth, and fires the trigger. Thus begs the question, Why did she do it? One of my favorite pilot seasons to ever air on TV of all time. This show offered a variety of outstanding characters and paired them up with a mystery about a town who are not as perfect as they seem. Unfortunately, in recent seasons, the shows premise has changed from the mysterious, “Who Done It” notion it had once been to a “Which Housewife Looks Sexier In Lingerie” No Me Gusta ABC…No Me Gusta.
Superman’s High School years had never seemed more appealing to me than when I was in High School! Unfortunately, now that I am no longer in HS I am still waiting for Clark to become Superman…and to fly! Ten seasons later, both Lana and Lex are no where in sight. Who knew that the death of this show would be the death of the main villain! Although I am a big fan of The Green Arrow, Kara, and Louis, thank god the show is ending. Hopefully the past ten years have not been a waste of time.
3.) Prison Break
Probably one of the most creative starts to a prime time show ever! A man, wrongfully accused of murder who is thrown into a government conspiracy has to be broken out of prison by his younger, architect of a brother… genius! Unfortunately, four seasons were too many. How many prisons can these guys break out of, let alone be condemned to!
2.) Grey’s Anatomy
The first two seasons of this show were amazing. After season three’s bitchy George and season four’s Meredith-Suicide plot line, i wasn’t able to return. Damn you Mer, you should have never slept with George…that’s when everything started to go downhill!
WTF??? That’s all I have to say!