Tag Archives: Real Housewives

On Thursday: Vampire Diaries, Survivor and Real Housewives of New York City

Ep. “Let the Right One In”

This show continues to get more and more interesting. Apart from the city of Mystic Falls apparently being the center of vampire activity dating back to the Civil War era, the characters actually have something to them that makes them compelling to watch week after week. Jeremy continues to fascinate me, especially since he would not stop hassling Anna to turn him into a vampire. The show made you think that it was because Jeremy wanted to be with Anna, but when Vicky’s remains are found by Caroline during a tumultuous storm, Jeremy’s true intentions come out. He was manipulating Anna to turn him so that he could find and be with Vicky. Now, the question remains as to how Anna and Jeremy’s relationship will evolve in episodes to come.

On another note, Stefan is kidnapped by Frederick (a vengeful vampire from the 1860’s) and his band of vampire minions and is tortured in the basement of the house they have occupied with Pearl. Damon immediately goes to save him, but discovers that the owner of the house has been compelled to not let him in to save his brother. As a result, Elena and Damon manage to convice Alaric to help them infiltrate the house and rescue Stefan. The rescue mission was quite entertaining with Alaric manipulating himself into the house and then killing the vampire hoard alongside Damon as they rescued Stefan.

However, Frederick chases after Stefan and Elena as they run away from the house, and Elena has to give Stefan her blood to restore his strength before Frederick kills him. Afterwards though, Stefan cannot seem to control himself and the episodes ends with Stefan sitting in the middle of his living room with a number of IV bags littered around him. Apparently, when he goes off of a diet, he really goes off of it.

Ep. “Expectations”

So this week, the manipulator becomes the manipulated. I gaine so much respect for Sandra after she finally realized that if she plants the seed of doubt in Russel that Russel hones in on that person as his next target. It happened in the last Survivor, it happened to Boston Rob, and this week, it happened to Coach. Now, Coach was kind of asking for it. He has definitely been much less enjoyable this season as he seemed to mope about all the time. He was much more of a pawn this time and not so much the “Dragonslayer” of old.

For general details about the episode, J.T decides to go off and look for the hidden immunity idol and finds it, but he has no choice besides telling everyone about it, as Amanda caught eye of J.T.’s mischief. In the challenges, the Villains misinterpret the reward challenge clue and bring their entire camp with them as they suspect a merge (they were wrong) and the Heroes destroyed them in a bowling challenge akin to the one from Survivor: Somoa. Later, the Villains lose by a mile in a muddy obstacle course challenge, leaving the Heroes with a hidden immunity idol, team immunity and a lot of momentum and the Villains bruised, battered and defeated.

It is amazing that after 20 seasons, this show can still be so entertaining.

Ep. “Ambushed”

TEAM BETHENNY! RA, RA, RA!

Okay, so I thought that no season would be able to rival the Real Housewives of Orange County when it came to fights, especially after their last season, but the Real Housewives of New York continue to baffle me from week to week. This year, the show started off with a bang, and it has just gotten juicier and juicier every week. I must say I am definitely on Bethenny’s side when it comes to her fight with Jill, and I applaud her for her ability to enter into that completely awkward discussion at Ramona’s apartment. I could not believe, however, how much LuAnn kept on trying to get in the conversation with her tea and the car, etc., etc. Let the women talk it out, you crazy woman! And Jill really needs to be more understanding. Bethenny is not the “toxic” one. Holding a grudge is what is toxic. Forgive, move on and become cordial again. But at the same time, this fight is quite entertaining television.

But, apart from the Jill-Bethenny conversation, the episode was relatively boring. I wonder when they are going to announce Bethenny’s pregnancy. I’m looking forward to it!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Tuesday: The Mentalist & Real Housewives of NYC

So because of the Presidential Press Conference, a few shows I would normally be watching on Tuesday were either put on hiatus for a week or moved to another day. As such, American Idol was moved to Wednesday. However, even with the President ruining primetime Tuesday, The Mentalist and Real Housewives still aired.

The MentalistEp. “Carnelian Inc.”

It was kind of funny watching this weeks episode since it revolved around a financial company and the unfortunate murders taking place while they are on a retreat. Kind of appropriate, don’t you think? The overall story wasn’t too crazy. In the end, it was the CEO of the company that was the murderer. He actually killed one of the coworkers and faked a bomb threat on himself to try and pull of the intended murder. The fun part of the episode was watching the somewhat giddy, childish excitement Patrick Jane was expressing. He really makes this show. If it wasn’t for Simon Baker this show wouldn’t have lasted two episodes.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “Runway Run-In”

There definitely was some drama that arose this week while the housewives attended Fashion Week, but I feel like this was just a prelude to the bombs that are going to go off next week. There is a tension betwee Bethenny and Kelly that seems completely unfounded, but it seems like it is going to blow up big time in the near future. Also, Alex and Simon had another altercation with Ramona. Just before a fashion show, Simon and Ramona have it out in the front row. I would agree with Kelly that it wasn’t the right time or place for it. Apart from the drama, the entire episode did center around fashion. There was a luncheon/private runway show that Jill hosted and numerous trips to different designer boutiques in New York and Brooklyn. I like that with this subject matter the producers are choosing to start to look at Kelly a little bit more. It seemed like she was being neglected in previous episodes this season.

Can’t wait for next week.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Tuesday: American Idol, The Mentalist & Housewives

American IdolEp. “11 Finalists Compete”

This week’s theme was one of Simone’s favorites and a crowd pleaser: country. I was excited and it was interesting.

Michael Sarver: Performed “Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up.” I must say I am tired of people picking this song to perform on American Idol. There are a zillion words and it is a Garth Brooks classic. Leave the song alone. Michael did alright, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite.

Allison Irahetta: Performed “Blame It On Your Heart.” I thought the performance was alright. I am really starting to enjoy the tone of her voice more and more; she is kind of like a rocker with a touch of punk. A 16-year-old Pink if you will. I think she will definitely be moving on to the next round.

Kris Allen: Performed “To Make You Feel My Love.” I was a big fan of his performance this week. I liked that the song was really stripped down and so focused on the vocals. The whole time I watched it I thought he was singing it to his wife and it was really an emotional rendition. The judges loved it and I think he is definitely safe.

Lil Rounds: Performed “Independence Day.” I definitely agreed with the judges on this one. There are better songs for Lil that would have suited her more than this one. Also, that song had it’s Idol moment with Carrie Underwood singing it a long time ago. I think Lil is safe but I think that she can do better.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Ring of Fire.” I know there were mixed feelings about this one but I LOVED IT. They always talk about the contestants doing something unique with a song, and I thought that his rendition of a Cash classic was interesting and I was captivated. I plan in downloading it tonight.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “Wild Angels.” I definitely wasn’t a fan today. I agree with Simon that Scott should be able to keep himself behind the piano; however, I thought the vocal was extremely mediocre. Also, I need him to choose songs that are not so “inspirational.”

Alexis Grace: Performed “Jolene.” I love this song. I love Alexis Grace. I loved the performance. Period.I do agree with Kara’s commentary though, some of Alexis’ edge was gone this week. Hopefully, it doesn’t hurt her.

Danny Gokey: Performed “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Finally one of the contestants had the balls to perform a song recorded by a past Idol winner. The one issue I had with his performance is that the entire first half of the song was in such a stationary tone and it isn’t Gokey’s strength. He definitely added some soul to the song but I don’t get that “chill” I was hoping for. He should be fine.

Anoop Desai: Performed “You Are Always on My Mind.” I am going to steal a line from Paula, “You’ve got tender, amazing, sweet vocals.” He definitely was able to redeem himself from last week. I think he might be safe again.

Megan Corkrey: Performed “I Go Walking After Midnight.” She is slowly growing on me. The song was a bit slow and not the most vocally challenging but she sang it well and it had the Megan Corkrey spin. Oh and she had the flu? I imagine that is why a few of those notes sounded a bit odd.

Matt Giraud: Performed “So Small.” So in one night we get two Carrie Underwood songs?! This week was the first time I looked at Matt as a good singer and artist. Everything prior to this seemed like he was trying too hard and this one seemed almost effortless even though it is a difficult song. I hope he keeps this road as the contest progresses.

The MentalistEp. “Bloodshot”

YAY! The Mentalist and Simon Baker have returned after what seems like weeks and weeks of repeats. This week we got to have quite a few comedic moments with Patrick Jane temporarily loses his vision after an explosion. Also, it was interesting seeing the flashbacks into Jane’s past when he was a “psychic.”

The overall case of this week was a bit predictable. I immediately thought the detective’s boyfriend was involved, and it turns out that he was the murderer.

The episode was highly enjoyable and I am glad that it is back. Can’t wait for next week.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “New York State of Mind”

I haven’t gotten to this one yet but I will write something the minute I get to watch it.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Tuesday: American Idol & Housewives

American IdolEp. “13 Finalists Compete”

So this week the contestants hit the “Big Stage” and it was an interesting week. The contestants were given the repitoire of Michael Jackson to

Lil Rounds: Performed “Way You Make Me Feel.” I am not going to lie, every time I hear this song I think of the movie Center Staged. I know how horrible that is. But in relation to Lil Rounds performance. I thought she did a great job. I loved the little liberties she took with the melody and wooooh does she have a falsetto.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “Keep the Faith.” I must say, I haven’t really been a fan of him thus far, but this week he turned me. The judges weren’t lying when they said we needed to hear him on the piano. The performance felt heart-felt and the song was a good one. Way to go Scott! Did anyone think of Mika when he did that high note?

Danny Gokey: Performed “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” Whoo that was a performance. The man has some pipes! My one thing is I question whether he would be able to sustain that kind of voice for an entire concert. The “soul” he possesses is definitely something that doesn’t seem normal for a white guy. He is like a white SEAL from Michigan.

Michael Sarver: Performed “You’re Not Alone.” I kind of feel bad for him because he had to follow Danny. Also, I really couldn’t stand how nasally he sang the song. And the fact that his voice kind of gave after the first power note does not bode well for me. It was aight.

Jasmine Murray: Performed “I’ll Be There.” She did good. She has balls though. I mean to do a song that has not only been performed by Michael Jackson but covered by Mariah Carey! That takes balls; and she did alright. I really agree with Kara that she needed to move down about 1/2 a key and she would have sounded effortless.

Kris Allen: Performed “Do You Remember.” So the performance was alright, he sang well, but I don’t know if it was as good as other performances. Now he was very smart though; he added a guitar to his persona. He was the “hot guy” for the girls, but now he is the “hot guy with the guitar.” This show is going to have a hard time getting rid of them. Note: As a man who has been MRAZ-merized, I love to hear Randy say a performance is Jason Mrazy.

Allison Irahetta: Performed “Give Into Me.” Smart decision at song choice. She chose one of the few Michael Jackson “rock ballads.” I really liked the performance but the women rockers haven’t ever held on too long. Only time will tell.

Anoop Desai: Performed “Beat It.” So I love this song and I have to say the minute they announced that this was Michael Jackon Week, I placed this on the list of songs the contestants shouldn’t touch, just below “Thriller.” I think I was right, and the judges agreed. The man is a performer but he just can’t match Michael Jackson with that song.

Jorge Nunez: Performed “Never Can Say Goodbye” by the Jackson 5. I don’t know why but Jorge reminds me of Ricky Martin merged with Marc Anthony…and that’s not a good thing. Now on top that this week, he seemed like he was in a lounge in Vegas. It was so ballroom I didn’t know what to do with myself while he was singing. Not my favorite tonight!

Megan Corkrey: Performed “Rockin’ Robin” by Jackson 5. She definitely has a relevance for the music industry right now but I don’t know how far she is going to get on the show. It just sin’t a voice that can really be showcased in a “mainstream” competition.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Black and White.” So another good performance by Adam. I do think he needs to expand his song selection a bit so that he doesn’t seem to be doing the same rock song thing every week…I will eventually will I get tired of the “rock scream.” However, it was definitely one of the best performances of the night.

Matt Giraud: Performed “Human Nature.” So it only seems appropriate that the duelling pianist plays the piano the same night as Scott MacIntyre. I thought the performance was not strong enough to really hold up to the other preformances of the night. This one might not get him through to the next round. I guess I’ll found out tomorrow.

Alexis Grace: Performed “Dirty Diana.” So she is one of my favorite artists. She not only has a unique sound, but she is cute and personable. I thought the performance was awesome and she has to move on. Side Note: does she look a bit like Majandra Delfin from Roswell?

So I think this is going to be one great Top 13. The contestants came out tonight and the majority of them sang songs that work for them and had killer performances. In the end, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds and Alexis Grace were my favorites. I think Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Jorge Nunez and Jasmine Murray are the ones who need to be worried about the results tomorrow night.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “If You Have Nothing Nice to Say…”

So last week was the “spa/wellness” episode; this week we have the “home decor” episode. The show started with Jill dealing with her “gay husband” redesigning her apartment and then moved to Alex and Simon talking with an architect about their renovations. My thoughts on the matter…I wonder why Jill listens to her “gay” because I think his taste is HORRIBLE and I wonder if Alex and Simon are only doing these renovations because of the feedback from season 1 about their gross apartment. Later, Ramona and Kelley go to the Richard Meier “showroom.” Richard Meier is a world-famous architect just continuing the theme of the episode.

In other news, Bethenny gets a cover shoot with Social Life magazine and when LuAnn makes the comment, “Are they doing any retouching?” Bethenny gets upset. Now, I see how Bethenny took it, but in the same sense, LuAnn was a model and understands the photo shoot experience and I don’t think that she meant it in the way that Bethenny took it. I am glad that Bethenny maturely handled the situation by privately having lunch with her. But then she turned that right around by gossiping about it in the Social Life issue launch party. Tisk tisk Bethenny.

So the drama this season might be petty, but at least they are laying on the drama like the ladies of the OC without any issue.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Tuesday: American Idol & Housewives

So this is yet another week without the Aussie awesomeness that is Simon Baker in The Mentalist. We, however, did get more shows than last Tuesday since the President isn’t taking up all the primetime slots.

American IdolEp. “Third 12 of 36”

The final set of 12 contestants performed to get a spot in the Top 12. This week’s contestants were very promising; a lot of them were ones I wanted to get through during the early audition rounds.

Von Smith: Performed “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye. I thought the performance was alright. He performed the song well but I don’t agree that it was as good as the judges thought.

Taylor Vaifanua: Performed “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. I think she performed the song well, definitely a better performance in my opinion than Von Smith’s. My only issue with it is that she selected a song that is so “trademarked” by an artist. Alicia Keys has a very distinct tone and originality in her music and to try and recreate it is something that doesn’t really work.

Alex Wagner-Trugman: Performed “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” by Elton John. I really didn’t get the gruntal portions of the song, and boy did I laugh when he knocked over the mic stand. I don’t believe it was a performance that will get him through to the Top 12. The only chance he has is if the ladies find his dorkiness cute. Pity vote if you will.

Arianna Afsar: Performed “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA. She is just as cute as a button! Also, she decided to enter a new world for American Idol by being the first person in Idol history to perform a song by the Swedish pop giant. The only issue I had with her performance was that it seemed a bit theatrical, like she was auditioning for Mamma Mia!. Her vocals were a also a little pitchy at times and kind of gloomy. I didn’t think it was as bad as the judges thought.

Ju’not Joyner: Performed “Hey There Delilah” by The Plain White Tees. I am not going to lie, I am a bit tired of hearing this song on American Idol after Hollywood week. Also, his rendition of the song was very boring. I do give him props for trying to give it an R&B vibe though.

Kristen McNamara: Performed “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman. What was she wearing during her performance? She looked like she was getting ready to attend a Catholic school dance in 1993. Her performance was good though. I didn’t realize that she could hit a note that high.

Nathaniel Marshall : Performed “I Will Do Anything For Love” by Meatloaf. This man’s voice and image do not mix. He’s an Indy “scene” kid who has a serious theatrical voice and flamboyant stage presence. I also don’t think his rendition of the rock classic was anything to write home about. I am glad he didn’t cry this time though.

Felicia Barton: Performed “No One” by Alicia Keys. Can anyone explain to me how she is here? What happened? She was cut then she’s in the Top 36?” Also her voice makes me think that she is the illegitimate love child of Alicia Keys and Nelly Furtado (if that were possible). I must say that she was definitely better at performing Alicia Keys when compared to Taylor Vaifanua. She has a chance of getting through.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby. I know he is one of the favorites of America with his “overcoming challenges” story, but I really don’t think he has the best voice in the competition. I am sure he will get through, but I wonder how long he will be around.

Kendall Beard: Performed “This One’s For the Girls” by Martina McBride. I really was pulling for her for some reason, but she definitely was a bit flat through most of the song. I don’t know if there is any hope for her to continue on.

Jorge Nunez: Performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down” by Elton John. I think he has a good voice, but I don’t think he was able to pull off the awesomeness that is Elton John. I guess we’ll find out what America thought sooner than later.

Lil Rounds: Performing “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige. I think she picked a song that really meets her personality and she sang it very well. On top of that, she is probably one of the most personable contestants on the show this year. People like her. I like her. You do what you do so well Lil Rounds.

So this week, predicting the contestants that make it through is kind of tough. I would probably guess…Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre and Felicia Barton (but that third spot is really up for grabs).

Real Housewives NYCEp. “On Their High Horses”

This week was the first one where the ladies of New York didn’t have to compete with the women of Orange County. It worked in their favor since the OC women were such train wrecks.

So I really cannot decide who my favorite housewife of New York is. In the OC, Gretchen was my #1. In NYC, I thought it would be LuAnn; she seemed the most down to earth, but this season they are really making her look like a snooty bitch. I definitely hate Ramona. Bethenny and Jill are a bit too gossipy for me, and I cannot deal with the oddity that is Alex and Simon. Maybe this is why they added Kelly to the cast. She has potential of taking the place of the favorite housewife.

In relation to the episode, they must have decided to make this one the “health & wellness” week. Not only do they begin the episode with surf lessons, they also show LuAnn playing tennis, the women attending  boot camp,  a spa day with Simon and Alex, Kelly going horseback riding, and Bethenny and Jill going to the salon for hair cuts and facials before the “Tea Dance” gay party. Seriously, they should have just called it “Housewives for Health,” but listening to Jill at the class was hilarious. I also want to have Simon stop talking about not being gay. It seems like he is trying to over-compensate for the flack he got about his sexuality in season 1.

This episode was definitely better than last weeks, but it looks like the real drama will start next week. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Tuesday: The Housewives & State of the Union

Tuesdays are usually my slower night, especially with Fringe being on hiatus until April 7th (What is with that!). However, even with Fringe gone, I would be typically awaiting the riveting performances of the Top 36 on American Idol or the Aussie awesomeness that is Simon Baker in The Mentalist, but this week the auditions were moved to Wednesday night and the Mentalist went missing due to Obama’s State of the Union.

State of the UnionPresident Obama’s State of the Union Address

First, I must give you guys the number. President Obama received 67 breaks for applause during the speech. In relation to the content, Obama seemed to really convey a sense of optimism. He seems to have that hopeful fervor that we fell in love with during the election, and he finally started to lay out his plan for the future: economic, environmental, etc. Now, one of my favorite moments was when Obama gave that little dig at Bush’s administration with the “debt we inherited” portion of the speech. It made me laugh. You rock, Barack.

But not all of TV was ruined, we were able to be graced with a double dose of the suburban drama that is The Real Housewives…

Real Housewives of OCEp. “The Housewives Confess”

So after the promos, there was a lot of hype surrounding this episode. Boy, they did not disappoint! To start, Jeff lost his battle with Leukemia in September and I really do feel bad for Gretchen and the heartbreak that comes with missing a loved one. And to that point, I really hate Vicki and Tamra for their horrible accusations and cold-heartedness towards the entire situation. If they watched the show, they would realize that the love was there and to berate Gretchen about their relationship would be seriously emotionally trying. Gretchen, I love you!

Second, the awkward tension between the other housewives (minus Gretchen) and Lynne could be cut with a knife. The worst part was when Lynne started to cry after Jeana said, “I had a Lynn moment, you know like ‘whoa, where am I?'” I really don’t think Lynne is a dumb or stupid woman, but I don’t completely agree with her parenting tactics. Give that kid a kick in the ass and make her get a real job. Seriously!

Third, there was the revisiting of the infamous night when Tamra decided to get Gretchen “naked wasted” at the dinner party. Ladies of the O.C. remember, “tequila makes your clothes fall off!” Now during the reunion episode, Tamra gave a really fake apology to Gretchen and it seems like there is still a little tension there.

And oh the scandal! Who is this J? Tamra seriously accused Gretchen of dating another man behind Jeff’s back. It really made my pulse quicken because you could see that Gretchen was blindsided by this story. I don’t know what the story is or who is telling the truth (everyone has ghosts in their closet), but I do believe that Tamra is a poisonous person who is attacking Gretchen on national television out of shear jealously. Also, where’s the harm in a booty call? Sometimes people need one to cope with the hurt.

All in all, season 4 ended up being pretty entertaining and dramatic. I’m not going to lie, I will probably be watching season 5 when it starts next year.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “Hamptons Retreat…But No Surrender”

Following The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion, this episode was a bit lack luster. There were some parties in the Hamptons, relationship advice for Bethenny, some beach activities, some shopping and a cancer society benefit. But this show is really going to have to turn up the notch if it wants to keep up with the intense OC women. I must say though, I literally laughed out loud when Bethenny comment about Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. Quote: “That was not very countess. In fact, that was dis-countess.” Hilarity.

So this Tuesday wasn’t the most exciting, but tomorrow we have Lost, Top Chef finale, Life on Mars and American Idol auditions. Damn you American Idol! Moving to Wednesday is going to completely destroy my Thursday lineup. But I fast-forward through the entire results show anyway since I HATE Ryan Seacrest.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,