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Nashville Star – Angela Hacker? Zac Hacker? David St. Romaine?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Who should win Nashville Star this season?  I have to say that Zac Hacker should win based on his original song.  “If I Wasn’t For The Whiskey – Daddy Would Have Been a Good Man.”  What an incredible song!  He’s got a raspy voice and he put his whole soul into his singing.  David has a nice voice.  He sings well, but he just doesn’t have that unique quality that makes a star.  Angela may win – she has a great voice AND a unique voice.  However, my money is on Zac.

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Guy Fieri’s Big Bite – on the Food Network

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Since I really enjoy cooking, I watched parts of the show “The Next Food Network Star”  the past two seasons.  I enjoy seeing how people create original and good-tasting dishes.   The first year’s winners were forgettable – literally.  I can’t remember who won – just that it was a pair of guys who were so blah that I don’t remember anything about their cooking or whether their show got beyond the guaranteed six shows.   I made it a point to watch their show after it aired, but was so underwhelmed that I turned it off midway through the show and never looked for it again.

This past season’s winner, though, was Guy Fieri.  When I saw that his show – Guy’s Big Bite - was on, I set TiVo for a season pass so I could watch it sometimes.  If it was bad, I would just cancel the season pass.  TiVo is one of my favorites in modern technology.

Since I’ve been sick the past few days, I’ve spent a lot of time watching TV and catching up on shows that I’ve TiVo’ed over the past few weeks.  Yesterday I was watching “Guy’s Big Bite” when RT came into the room.  “Who’s THAT?” was his question.  Guy’s look is certainly a memorable one – white spiked hair, and he wears baggy shorts – almost an adolescent look.   I think his look is part of his charm.

Guy’s got a good thing going with his show.  Despite his unique looks, he comes off as just a regular guy with his buddies making food for their manly get-togethers.   I like the friendly banter he carries on with the friends who come in to help him prepare dishes.   And the racecar refrigerator can’t hurt – and the fact that he makes unique drinks to go along with each meal.

My prediction is that his show will do all right.  He might not end up being a major “star” of The Food Network, but I think he will be a popular part of it.

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Nashville Star – Zac Hacker

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

I usually TiVo “Nashville Star” and watch it over the weekend or whenever I sit down for awhile and want to watch something.  This past week’s show featured each of the five remaining contestants singing one of their own original compositions.  All five songs were really good, but there was only one that I reversed two times to listen to again.  “If It Wasn’t For The Whiskey” was Zac’s song.  You can click HERE and listen to the song.  His sister, Angela, is currently in top place, but I think Zac blew her out of the water with his original song.

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Boston Legal – Stereotypes and Intolerance in Action

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

At one time Boston Legal was one of my favorite TV shows.  It was funny and outrageous.  Unfortunately, it has gone the way of most shows that last beyond a few years.  The storylines are getting more and more absurd, and apparently they no longer are happy with their “progressive-friendly” scripts.  Now they simply MUST have scripts that preach their anti-conservative and anti-religion biases and intolerance. 

Last night’s show, in particular, was a constant barage of derision and disdain for conservatives and for religion.  It has stopped amazing me at the extent of intolerance the “progressives” can display toward anyone who doesn’t agree with them.   Their “accept everyone as they are” mantra only applies to other progressives – and certainly not towards conservatives or Christians.

If past blogging history is any indication and this post receives comments from the progressive side, they will most likely be laced with profanity and personal attacks and charges.   To progressives, conservatives are the “other America” that Denny and Alan discussed with so much disdain in last night’s show.  The “other America” that doesn’t believe in giving people equal rights and the “other America that elected a president.”  And I have yet to hear a progressive admit or even recognize that such a discussion is the epitomy of intolerance and stereotyping.

In last night’s episode, Denise told Brad that he was the father of the child she is carrying.  Immediately they put Brad in the dunce category as he started talking about getting schools  lined up for the baby – “It’s never too early.” 

Then Denise told him she hadn’t decided definitely about continuing the pregnancy.  So now it looks like that storyline will be one in which Brad will be portrayed as an  idiot male trying to exert his “father’s rights” while Denise will be portrayed as the brave and liberated woman guarding her “right to decide.”

I wish that “entertainment” shows would stick to entertainment – and leave the political commentary to the political shows.

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T. R. Knight to quit “Grey’s Anatomy” over Isaiah Washington’s use of a “homosexual slur.”

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

T.R. Knight, who plays George on Grey’s Anatomy, is apparently planning on quitting the show because of the furor over Isaiah Washington’s use of a “homosexual slur.”  That seems rather amusing to me.  Why would Knight quit? A fellow castmate calls him a name, and he quits his job?  What a wuss!  Actually, not a wuss – an attention-seeker.  “Poor T.R.  Someone picked on him.  So he won’t play anymore.”  He needs to grow some balls and tell Washington where to go, and then get on with his life.  One spoken “F” word should not shape his career path.

From CBS News:

NEW YORK (Jan. 29) – According to reports surfacing on the Internet, T.R. Knight is planning to leave “Grey’s Anatomy” over the scandal that has erupted around the homosexual slur directed at him by fellow cast member Isaiah Washington.’s The Scoop reported that Knight, who plays Dr. George O’Malley on the show, is upset over the way the incident was handled after Washington used the slur in October.

According to The Scoop, Knight was told to keep quiet about the incident. Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke, denied using the word about the openly-gay Knight at the Golden Globe awards, prompting outrage from the cast. Knight later appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and said that Washington absolutely used the word.

“He (Knight) kept his word, but then the whole thing blew up again at the Golden Globes, and when he was asked about it, he basically called Isaiah a liar,” a source told The Scoop. “He feels that the atmosphere there is so toxic and unhealthy. I suppose things could change and we would stay, but for now, he’s planning to leave the show.”

After much backlash, including an online petition for ABC to fire Washington, he entered counseling to deal with his behavior. At the Screen Actors’ Guild awards last night, co-star Chandra Wilson thanked all “10 cast members” when she gave her acceptance speech for female actor in a drama series. She also added “and the other one in rehab.”

The cast of “Grey’s Anatomy” won for best ensemble in a drama series, and they all appeared to enjoy Wilson’s joke.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reported that former coworkers have said that Washington isn’t a homophobe, but merely a hot-head.

While staring with Washington in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences,” actress Madeline McCray witnessed him punch a fellow actor who was straight and African-American, a source told the paper.

“It’s that his anger leads him to say and do things he wishes he hadn’t — to everybody. He’s always had a lack of control over his temper,” the source said. “I worked with Isaiah, and there were some difficulties. He lost his temper and had a physical altercation with one of the other male actors backstage. The actor missed his cue a couple of times, and Isaiah couldn’t control himself.

“Isaiah wants it to be perfect. He is a professional, and he expects everybody else to be on their mark, too. But when we’re adults, we can’t just allow our anger to get the best of us. He’s got to get a handle on it. He’s jeopardizing the incredible opportunity he’s been given — a distinguished role in a hit show created by an African-American woman.”

The Daily News also reported that Washington had a meltdown in 2000 against his “Soul Food” co-star, director and producer Tracey Edmonds. He also lost a job on “High Incident” in 1997 after a fight with crew member, which was severe enough to prompt someone to call the police.

McCray told the Daily News that she is “just really happy that he’s going to stand up and take responsibility and fix this.”

People just need to get a thick skin sometimes.  Sure, no one should be called a name.  But this happened in October, for heaven’s sake!  Get over it and move on.  T.R. Knight and the chick who plays Izzie have made a big deal out of something that happened months ago.  (And, speaking of Izzie,   has there EVER been a more lame character than Izzie?   She kills a patient, she inherits 8 million dollars from the guy she killed, and she’s allowed to return to the hospital, and she cooks muffins all the time.  Really – they need to at least try to make her character realistic in some small way).

So Washington is a hothead and he’s not particularly bright since he obviously hasn’t learned how to think before speaking.   He has apologized.  He has started counseling. Move on.

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Whatever you call it (“Monster Love” or “Love at Second Sight”) – It’s not a good idea

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

According to this news story, folks in the Netherlands are considering a new reality show – a dating program for the “visibly disfigured.”  Originally it was to called “Monster Love” but now they’ve changed it to the less insensitive “Love at Second Sight.”

AMSTERDAM (Jan. 24) – Netherlands, the country that has pioneered reality shows like “Big Brother,” is planning a new first — a dating program for the visibly disfigured.

The broadcaster SBS 6 is seeking candidates for its “Love at Second Sight” show due to be launched on February 20.

“Do you have a visible serious handicap and are you looking for a partner?” says an appeal on its Web site.

“The program is a platform for people with such problems to share experiences and feelings in a positive way with the rest of the Netherlands and to show that they are absolutely not pitiful,” the broadcaster said.

“The main aim of the program is to remove prejudice about these people, to create more acceptance and respect and, of course, to find the love of their lives.”

But the majority of Dutch viewers are turned off by the show that was initially set to be called “Monster Love.” A poll by the mass circulation De Telegraaf daily showed 85 percent do not like the idea, with only 9 percent in favor.

Don’t you just love “The main aim of the program is to remove prejudice about these people . . . ” crap?  no, the main aim of the program is to make money by upping the ante on the shock factor for a tv show.

I doubt such a show could get off the ground here in the USA, and that’s a good thing.

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The Apprentice, LA: I miss George and Carolyn

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Is it just me, or do others also miss George and Carolyn?Ivanka and Don seem like nice enough people, and I know they got great grades at a great school.  However, even with their sterling qualifications, the main reason they’re working for Donald Trump is because he’s their dad. 

Their comments in the boardroom or during the challenges just don’t carry much weight for me.  Two twenty-somethings whose major qualification for their jobs is their paternity – dispensing advice to people who have actually WORKED their way up in the world.  It just doesn’t cut it, and it doesn’t ring true.

Now George and Carolyn were “seasoned veterans” of the business world.  When they gave criticism or advice, you knew it came from real experience.  It carried some weight.  They helped make the show interesting.

Ivanka and Don are like kids trying to act like grown-ups.  All the education and position in the world can’t make up for the lack of experience.

And the “tent city” thing was a novelty at first, but really – that is so lame – and not at all real-world.  Enough already!

As RT and I watched last night, he commented several times that The Apprentice just isn’t very good this season, and I have to agree with him.

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American Idol – Set to Premiere TONIGHT! Here’s What’ll Happen

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I’m going to save you two  hours tonight!  You can skip watching the season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL because I will tell you exactly what will happen.  While some specifics are yet to be determined, there are some aspects of the show that are givens.

For instance, at some point immediately after one of the “bad-publicity-is-better-than-no-publicity” contestant’s audition, Simon will lean back in his chair, his expression will display shocked snootiness, and in his British accent, he’ll remark, “Appalling!”  He’ll follow that up with something like, “That was reminiscent of someone’s fingernails scraping across a chalkboard.”  Oh yes, Simon will be wearing a black t-shirt.

Paula will play-slap at Simon and say, “Oh Simon!”  At least once during the auditions she’ll jump up and dance while the contestant sings.

Randy will be ultra-cool, and he’ll throw around words like “Dude!” and “Dawg!” And when someone really bombs, he’ll preface his critique with a declaration of his need to “keep it real.”

Simon, Paula and Randy will sit behind a table, and in front of each of them will be a Coke cup – a very dependable product placement.  They will also argue a lot about which contestants will “go to Hollywood.”

Yes, it is very predictable.  However, it’s those unpredictable specifics I mentioned at the beginning that will make it watch-able.  I will be right there will millions of other Americans watching every minute of it.

At the American Idol website, you can vote on what you believe are the biggest mistakes that contestants make:

Bad song choice

Forgetting the lyrics

Bad attitude

Singing off key

Terrible style choice

You can also design your own Coke cup at the website – Enhanced product placement

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If “Friends” Were Filmed in Tennessee

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

I found this on the Phil Valentine website.  Being a Tennessean, I can laugh at our sterotypes.  My favorite is the “Go Vols” t-sirt.  What do you think?



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Donald Trump and “The Apprentice: Los Angeles”

Monday, January 8th, 2007

I admit that “The Apprentice” is one of my favorite reality shows.  Last night’s premier of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” proved to be fun to watch.  Trump has thrown in some twists to keep interest up, such as making the losing team sleep in tents and letting the winning project manager sit with him and Ivanka during the boardroom session with the losing team.  Of course with editing, they always make it look like whoever gets fired thoroughly deserved it, and last night’s episode was no exception.  Buh Bye, Martin! (I THINK that was his name) Take a deep breath (and maybe a Valium), Frank!  Way to go, Heidi!

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